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

We are not accepting Letters of Inquiry for the Animal Program at this time. For the September 19, 2023 Board of Directors Meeting, we will begin accepting LOIs this summer. Please check back starting in June 2023 for more information.



Texas History Program
Letter of Inquiry Deadline –

The next LOI deadline will be December 1, 2023 for possible consideration at the February 20,  2024 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.