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.

Organizations that offer only one or two of these components may choose to collaborate with other nonprofits that could provide the missing component(s), so that all are represented.

There will be no LOI process in 2019. Applications for any programs outside the Strengthening the Family Unit initiative will not be accepted.

Two presentations/Q&A sessions have been scheduled at the San Antonio Area Foundation on Tuesday, August 28th; one from 9 am to 10:15 am and one from 10:30 am to noon. We will review the basic concept of the initiative, answer any questions, and help organizations identify collaborative partners.

Due to space limitations, only one person per organization may attend. RSVPs are required and may be sent to Amy Phipps at adphipps@orsingerfoundation.org by Friday, August 24. Attendance at the session is not required in order to participate in the initiative.

Organizations in Central Texas Counties may contact Linda McDavitt at lmcd@orsingerfoundation.org by August 24 to obtain information about a presentation in Austin.

From September 4 through September 28 at 5 p.m., organizations that believe they provide a program that fits the Strengthening the Family Unit initiative may complete a brief eligibility quiz through our online portal.

No later than October 1, organizations will be notified whether they qualify for an interview with either Linda McDavitt, President/CEO or Amy Dameron Phipps, Executive Director, to discuss program plans. If organizations plan to partner in order to encompass all three program components, all organizations must be present at the interview. Interviews will take place between October 1, 2018 and October 26, 2018.

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.

Starting September 4, 2018, click HERE to access the online process to submit an eligibility quiz for 2019 grants.

Click HERE to access the online process to complete requirements for past grants.

With questions, please contact either:

Linda McDavitt, President/CEO

Amy Dameron Phipps, Executive Director

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

EMAIL: adphipps@orsingerfoundation.org

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