The Animal Protection Program is now closed to any additional grant proposals for Fiscal Year July 2021-June 2022. We have exceeded our maximum number of requests. On April 1 we will begin considering proposals for our September 2022 Board of Directors meeting. Please remember to send an initial inquiry by email and wait for an invitation before submitting a full proposal.

Melanie K. Anderson Announces Retirement

Welcome to the Summerlee Foundation

Founded in 1988, The Summerlee Foundation is a mission-driven, proactive organization dedicated to the support of animal protection and the preservation of Texas history.

Today, the foundation is governed by a seven member board of directors composed of animal and history experts and community leaders and remains actively involved in the broader philanthropic sector as members of national and regional philanthropy serving organizations including Animal Grantmakers, Exponent Philanthropy, Philanthropy Southwest, and Texas Rural Funders.

Since inception, The Summerlee Foundation has awarded 45 million dollars in grants and has been recognized as the Outstanding Foundation by the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Animal Protection Program –

Proposals will be accepted from April 1 to July 1 for the September 2022 Board of Directors meeting



Texas History Program
Letter of Inquiry Deadline –

July 1, 2022 for the September 2022 Board of Directors Meeting

What We Fund

The Foundation makes grants for two specific purposes: to alleviate fear, pain and suffering of animals and to promote animal protection and the prevention of cruelty to animals, and to research, promote and document all facets of Texas History.