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. Additionally, the Foundation is not accepting unsolicited applications.

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, two to six 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 in 2018, and 2022 will be the fourth year of the initiative.

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. Applications are accepted on an invitation-only basis.

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 four components:

1. Adult Education for Parents that can include ESL, GED/High School Diploma, Financial Literacy, and/or Job Skill Training among others.

2. Parenting skills that give parents the tools and confidence they need to raise a healthy family which may include positive parenting behaviors, attachment, empowerment and appropriate disciplinary practices which help with the physical, mental, emotional, social and intellectual development of their children.

3. 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.

4. 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.

For 2022 we are doing an RFP process by invitation only with our current 2021 grantees. Our second grant cycle for 2022 will begin on or before March 1, 2022 when current 2021 Strengthening the Family Unit grantees will be advised of selection to submit a full grant application, which will be due by 5:00 p.m. on March 31, 2022. Grant awards for the first round will be decided no later than May 31, 2022 for the 2022 Grant year. Payments will be processed according to their fiscal year starting in 2022.

Invitation for Application Sent by March 1, 2022
Application Due March 31, 2022, 5 p.m.
Grant Notification by May 30, 2022

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
(512) 731-6614

Melanie Cazier, Consultant
(512) 422-4518

Linda McDavitt, President/CEO
P.O. Box 90987
San Antonio, Texas 78209
(512) 731-6614

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