Genevieve McDavitt Orsinger was born and reared in San Antonio, Texas. Upon graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in Physical Education, she went to New York City where she became an instructor for Arthur Murray's first dance studio. She also performed exhibition dances at nightclubs and cruise ships. Returning to Texas to be with her parents during World War II, following the capture of her brother on Corregidor, she worked as a junior hostess at the Aviation Cadet Center at Lackland AFB. She later taught at Stephens College in Missouri and in the San Antonio public school system. In 1954, she married Ward Orsinger and together they traveled the world. Her philanthropy started as a young child when she and several of her friends performed for charity fundraisers. Prior to starting the foundation, Genevieve had a trust at the San Antonio Area Foundation and gave gifts personally. She loved helping people, inspiring people to be not only the best that they could be, but to be more than they thought they could be. She was always willing to help those who were willing to help themselves. Genevieve Orsinger was a gracious and charming lady who loved life and people and was "Auntie Mame" personified.