Meet the Meadows Foundation of Texas

Jacqueline Beretta

On this day, April 16th, 2018, this is what we know about the Meadows Foundation.

When Algur and Virginia Meadows established The Meadows Foundation in 1948, they wanted to create a wellspringof resources to benefit and serve the people of their state of Texas. They left the privilege of giving to future generations of their family, with the mandate to continuously improve the quality of life for Texans.This meant not only to give, but to give well.

The Foundation funds in the areas of arts and culture, civic/public affairs, education, health,and human services, with special emphasis on three high-priority initiatives.


Our Three Major Initiatives



The population of Texas is expected to double by 2040, generating new stresses on our natural resources, in particular, our water supply. Water is the most urgent environmental issue facing Texas in the years ahead, as existing water supplies cannot sustain the state’s population growth unless appropriate water resource stewardship is learned, and tough conservation measures are enacted.

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Mental Health

Approximately one in four adults in Texas has a mental illness. However, the mental health system in our state is chronically underfunded, ranking 49th in the nation in per capita public mental health expenditures, and unable to provide services to all Texans in need.

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Public Education

The gap among racial and ethnic groups in both enrollment and graduation from the state’s colleges and universities is wide and getting larger. Only 20 percent of Texas eighth-graders will go on to receive a college degree or any post-secondary certification, and the state is expected to have nine million public school students by the year 2050, with a significant portion growing up in poverty.

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Current Officers and Directors

Robert A. Meadows – Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Trustee and Director

Daniel H. Chapman- Trustee and Director

Mimi Ritzen Crawford – Director

Linda Perryman Evans – Trustee and Director

Deborah Gill – Trustee and Director

Mike McCullough – Trustee and Director

John Meadows – Director

Mark A. Meadows – Trustee and Director

Peter Miller – Trustee and Director

Kimberly Morris – Trustee and Director

Dawn Culbertson Peterson – Director

Keith A. Rhodus – Trustee and Director

Joel Williams III – Trustee and Director

Steve Wilson – Director


Grants Department 
Cynthia Cass – Grants Administrator
Bruce H. Esterline – Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Grants
Charles Glover – Senior Program Officer
Michael K. McCoy – Senior Program Officer
Cindy M. Patrick – Senior Program Officer
Betty Roddy – Administrative Assistant
Kathy Smith – Senior Program Officer
Rosie Sosa – Administrative Assistant
Judith Swihart – Executive Assistant


To learn more about the Meadows Foundation and to see if you are a fit, go to The Meadows Foundation

What we fund:visit


The Meadows Foundation exists to assist people and institutions of Texas improve the quality and circumstances of life for themselves and future generations.


The Meadows Foundation strives to exemplify the principles of its founder in addressing basic human needs by working toward the elimination of ignorance, hopelessness and suffering; protecting the environment; providing cultural enrichment; encouraging excellence; and promoting understanding and cooperation among people.

Grant application guidelines:  

The Meadows Foundation exists to assist people and institutions of Texas improve the quality and circumstance of life for themselves and future generations. Under the terms of its charter, the Foundation can distribute grants only to qualified public entities or 501(c)(3) charities serving the people of Texas. The Foundation does not lend or grant money to individuals.

Grants are made in five categories:

Within these categories of giving, there are currently three initiatives, each with an individual strategic plan:

The Foundation provides grants throughout the state of Texas, but tries to allocate between one-third and one-half of its grant resources to organizations helping those in the Dallas area. Applications for specific programs or projects, capital projects, and less often, for general operations, are considered. Endowment and scholarship grants are rare. The Foundation also considers program-related investment loans as part of its grant-making activities.

Requests of any amount are considered. There are no application deadlines, and grant applications are accepted at any time. Each organization is limited to one application within a 12-month period. Applications are acknowledged within one week and are usually processed within three to four months.

No standard application form is required. Applicants may submit a proposal in their own format following the application guidelines set forth below. They also may use the downloadable application form or the online application form available on this site. Please note that the Foundation cannot guarantee the confidentiality of information contained in electronic submittals.

The Foundation looks for one or more of the following conditions in an application:

  • Foundation support would be vital or catalytic to a proposed project’s success
  • The project is well planned and the agency has the capacity to execute the plan
  • Financial support from other sources exists to ensure that the project will be implemented andcontinue after the grant period. It will expedite the review process if between one-third and one-half of the needed project funds have been secured before applying.

Applicants seeking funding for construction and renovations should review the Foundation’s Green Building Guidelines.

The Foundation is also interested in projects and programs that recognize and incorporate the human-animal connection as part of their delivery service. For more information, please see the Foundation’s Animal Welfare Plan.

In general, grants are not made for purposes of:

  • Church or seminary construction
  • Underwriting fundraising events
  • Annual fundraising drives
  • Professional conferences and symposia unless directly related to our initiative areas
  • Out-of-state travel expenses for performances or competition
  • Support of single artistic events or performances

Applicants are encouraged to use our Grants Search tool to see the Foundation’s typical grantmaking. Please review our Frequently Asked Questions section for additional useful information.

Applications should include:  

  • Organization Information– A brief history of the organization, its current focus, and recent accomplishments:
    • A copy of the latest verification of tax-exempt status from the IRS
    • Certified audits for previous three years (if a young agency, send last fiscal year’s financial statements and the most recently-filed IRS Form 990)
    • The organization’s current operating budget and year-to-date financial statements
  • Market and Customers– Current population served including socio-economic status, ethnicity, gender, age, and geographic location.
  • Project Description– A statement of need for the proposed project and a description of how it will address that need
  • Targets and Outcomes– Who will be served and what specific results are expected from the proposed activities and within what stated time period?
  • Key Individuals– List of directors and corporate officers including profession, ethnicity, and gender, and names and qualifications of key staff involved with the proposed project
  • Financial Projections– A project line item budget including income and expenses
    • The specific dollar amount requested from the Foundation and date payment is needed
    • A list of all entities asked to give financial support to the proposed project (include their responses to date and dollar amount committed)
    • Financial support for the project afterthe grant period
  • Verification and Learning– Plans to measure progress against expected outcomes
    • Include current or baseline levels, if available
    • Describe program data to be collected and how it will be used to improve the program

Progress reports on goals and expenditures of grant funds are required of all grantees.

Grants staff is available by phone or email to respond to inquiries at any time and may schedule pre-grant interviews with applicants as time permits.

After receiving an application, a face-to-face meeting may be scheduled as needed.

Please send grant email correspondence to and postal correspondence to:

Grants Administration Department
The Meadows Foundation
3003 Swiss Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75204-6090