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 six to ten 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.

In looking forward, the Foundation will be launching 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. Parent Education that can include ESL, GED/High School Diploma, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Anger Management, Financial Literacy, and/or Job Skill Training. At least two of the above must be present; however, other types of parent education will also be considered in addition to those mentioned.

2. Quality Early Childhood Education, 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.

3. 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 2019 Strengthening the Family Unit Grant RFP process is now closed. Information about the 2020 grant process will be available in August 2019.

For all our grant programs, preference will be given to requests that have funding from other sources. Collaboration with other organizations is also important to the Foundation.

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.

On or before November 30, 2018, organizations will be advised of selection to submit a full grant application, which will be due by 5:00 p.m. on January 15, 2019. Grant awards will be decided no later than March 1, 2019.

Eligibility Quiz opens September 4, 2018
Eligibility Quiz closes September 28, 2018 5 p.m.
Interview Process opens October 1, 2018
Interview Process closes October 26, 2018
Invitation for Application Sent by November 30, 2018
Application Due January 15, 2019, 5 p.m.
Grants Awarded by March 1, 2019

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

Melanie Cazier, Consultant
P.O. Box 90987
San Antonio, Texas 78209
(210) 590-0535

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