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.

Animal Protection Program

As we develop our strategies for effective programs, Summerlee will continue the initiatives we originally created. Please review our funding priorities:


The Americas and the British Isles, with special emphasis on those communities which are the most underserved and the most challenged.


Cats only in the United States and Canada – The tragedy of cat overpopulation and homelessness in this country results in intense and immense suffering due to disease, starvation, and inhumane practices by some local communities and agencies. Funding emphasis is on sterilization and vaccination primarily in rural or underserved communities.

Dogs outside of United States (Latin America) or living in First Nations/Native American communities, – Emphasis on sterilization, vaccination, and humane euthanasia.

Wildlife – Primarily mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, and black bears, funding only those programs which protect through ethical-based research and advocacy/educational campaigns.

Marine Life – Emphasis on addressing marine mammal issues, health and well-being and anti-captivity (dolphins and orcas).

Sanctuary for Captive Wild Animals – Captive wild animal sanctuaries should be verified or accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

Wildlife Rehabilitation – Emphasis on hands-on animal care and well-being (emergency rescue, food, medications, housing improvements).

Emergency funding for animal cruelty cases – May be awarded through the Annie Lee Roberts Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS) fund administered by Greater Good Charities, Denise Bash, denisebash@greatergood.org.


Texas History Program

Since 1988, the Texas History Program has embraced a broad and diverse group of projects from all regions of Texas. These projects have included the disciplines of archaeology, archives, libraries, media, museums, middle and secondary schools, higher education, preservation, publications and scholarly research.







Financial Summary

Assets as of June 30, 2019:

Prepaid Expenses$77,096
Investment Assets$33,775,916
(Market Value)
Mineral Assets$3,600,000
Real Estate$861,186
Land & Equipment$181,000
Other Assets$1,145,143
TOTAL ASSETS$69,960,356