Orsinger Foundation


The Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation seeks to improve people's lives by supporting groups and institutions in Bexar County that foster lifelong learning and self-reliance, use the fine arts to enhance quality of life, and support healthy lifestyles.

The Foundation also conducts a focused grantmaking program in selected Central Texas counties for early childhood fine arts programs.

The Foundation does not provide grants to individuals or for scholarships, debt reduction, start-up, capital campaigns, endowments, fundraising events 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.

After taking time in late 2016 and early 2017 for strategic planning and visioning, the Foundation's Board of Trustees has determined its focus for the 2018 responsive grant process. This focus represents its commitment to improve the quality of life for the San Antonio and Central Texas areas it serves by being the most effective partner and catalyst for the nonprofit community.

Bexar County: LOIs will be accepted in 2018 for DualGen (Two-Generation) Programs only. While many programs tend to arrange parent-oriented and child-oriented programs into separate silos, two-generation programs and policies seek to engage families in ways that knit together these services and address both groups simultaneously. Programs must have been operated for at least one year and serve families with children aged 0-8. The Foundation has chosen this focus because DualGen Programs support lifelong learning and self-reliance and healthy lifestyles, aligning with its longtime mission.

Two-Generation (DualGen) approaches help develop an infrastructure to address parent and child needs together. Two-Generation programs might include ESL, GED, anger management, financial literacy or job training classes for parents, along with early childhood education (including creative play, the arts, and social-emotional development) for children, combined with programming that brings parents and children together to build on their separate activities.

The Aspen Institute's Two-Generation Playbook further defines these approaches. If you are not sure whether your program will qualify for our LOI process, please review the playbook. If you need further clarification, contact Amy Phipps at adphipps@orsingerfoundation.org.

Central Texas Counties (Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall and Travis): Programs delivered to children ages 0 to 5 years old that utilize fine arts in the curriculum.

For all its grant programs, strong preference will be given to (1) requests that have funding from other sources and (2) existing programs. Collaboration with other organizations is also very important to the Foundation.

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

As in prior years, the Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation requires a Letter of Intent (LOI) from interested applicants. The LOI must be filed electronically through our online process between September 1 and September 29, 2017 (received by 5 p.m.). Late submissions will not be accepted.

On or before November 22, 2017, organizations will be advised of selection to submit a full grant application, which will be due by 5:00 p.m. on January 12, 2018. Grant awards will be decided not later than February 28, 2018.

LOI Online Process Opens Sept. 1, 2017
LOI Due Sept. 29, 2017 5 p.m.
Invitation for Application Sent by Nov. 22, 2017
Application Due Jan. 12, 2018 5 p.m.
Grants Awarded by February 28, 2018

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

Click HERE to access the online process in order to complete requirements for past grants and, starting September 1, 2017, to open the LOI process for 2018 grants.

Amy Dameron Phipps, Executive Director
P.O. Box 90987
San Antonio, Texas 78209
(210) 590-0535

EMAIL: adphipps@orsingerfoundation.org

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