Orsinger Foundation


The Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation seeks to improve people's lives by supporting organizations and institutions in Bexar and selected Central Texas Counties that give people the tools to become educated, healthy, and self-reliant through the grantmaking areas of Cultural Enrichment, Education and Human Services.

The Foundation does not provide grants to individuals or for scholarships, debt reduction, start-up, capital campaigns, endowments, fundraising events, 509(a)(3) Supporting Organizations or sponsorships. All grant recipients must be 501(c)(3) organizations or public non-profits.

Since its founding, the goal of the Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation has been to be faithful to the spirit of its founders and responsive to the needs of the communities it serves.

During a June 2018 Board Retreat, the Board developed our initiative and focus for the coming years. Our vision is:

We, the Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation, aspire to achieve a community where all people can access opportunities to be their best selves, build stronger family dynamics and provide a nurturing environment for the success of future generations.

Our commitment to this vision has resulted in a decision to spend out our assets over the next, now, five to nine years. Our funding focus represents our commitment to improve the quality of life for people in the counties we serve (Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall and Travis Counties) by being the most effective partner and catalyst for the nonprofit community that we can be.

The Foundation has launched an initiative, "Strengthening the Family Unit," based on the "Dual Gen" (Two Generation) philosophy.

While many programs tend to arrange parent-oriented and child-oriented programs into separate silos, Dual Gen programs and policies seek to engage families in ways that knit together these services and address both groups simultaneously. Programs must have been in operation for at least one year and serve families with children aged 0-8. The Foundation has chosen this focus, "Strengthening the Family Unit," because it will allow us to support lifelong learning, self-reliance and healthy lifestyles aligning with our longtime mission.

Dual Gen approaches help develop an infrastructure to address parent and child needs together. Specifically, we will be looking for programs that are comprised of all of the following three components:

1. Adult Education for Parents that can include ESL, GED/High School Diploma, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Anger Management, Financial Literacy, and/or Job Skill Training. At least one of the above must be present along with a parenting skills/parent education program.

2. Quality Early Childhood Education (0-8 years), composed of basic academics that are designed to prepare the child for school readiness, along with creative play, the arts, social emotional development and other possible programs to enhance a child's learning opportunities. There may be children in the family that are older than 8, however, the family must include children in the 0-8 year-old category.

3. Family Activities, programs that then bring the parent and child(ren) together for play, reading, and family-oriented activities in an effort to strengthen the family unit.

The Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation will accept only one request per organization per year. Organizations with a past-due follow-up (e.g. final report) from a previous grant may not apply.

A Letter of Inquiry (LOI) process will be open to any organization that feel they meet all three components of the Strengthening the Family Unit requirements. Please read those requirements carefully prior to submitting an LOI! If you intend to submit an LOI, please contact Melanie Cazier at macazier@orsingerfoundation.org.

Current 2019 Strengthening the Family Unit Grantees do not submit a Letter of Inquiry. We will be requesting an application from you.

On or before October 1, 2019, organizations will be advised of selection to submit a full grant application, which will be due by 5:00 p.m. on October 31, 2019. Grant awards will be decided no later than February 3, 2020.

LOI's Accepted August 15-September 15, 2019
Invitation for Application Sent by October 1, 2019
Application Due October 31, 2019, 5 p.m.
Grant Notification by February 3, 2020

For more information, read the Frequently Asked Questions section of the website.

Click HERE to access the online process to complete requirements for grants.

With questions, please contact either:

Linda McDavitt, President/CEO

Melanie Cazier, Consultant

Linda McDavitt, President/CEO
P.O. Box 90987
San Antonio, Texas 78209
(210) 590-0535

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