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

Accepting Letters of Inquiry during the month of October, 2022 for the February 2023 Board of Directors Meeting. We regret we are not able to consider LOIs beyond October 31.



Texas History Program
Letter of Inquiry Deadline –

The next LOI deadline will be March 1, 2023 for possible consideration at the May 16,  2023 Board of Directors Meeting. If you have previously received the go-ahead from Gary Smith to submit an LOI for the December 1, 2022 deadline, please proceed.

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.