Founded in 1988, The Summerlee Foundation is a mission-driven, proactive organization dedicated to the support of animal protection and the preservation of Texas history. The Foundation makes grants for two specific purposes: to alleviate fear, pain and suffering of animals and to promote animal protection and the prevention of cruelty to animals, and to research, promote and document all facets of Texas History.
The Summerlee Foundation promotes a new ethic toward our fellow beings, supporting efforts to research, rehabilitate, rescue, protect, and advocate for animals. Our grantees give second chances to companion animals and injured or orphaned wildlife, provide refuge and sanctuary for exploited wild and domesticated animals, increase the understanding and protection of wild carnivores, and bring about the demise of policies and practices that abuse animals. Collectively, we alleviate fear, pain, and suffering in animals’ lives, advance and expand the rights of animals, defend the laws that protect them, and create policies and programs to address new grievances against them. The majority of our funding goes to small and medium-sized, lean and agile groups where we believe our contribution can be used quickly and have an outsized impact.
Grants applications should align with the following programs:
Only organizations that have a funding history with The Summerlee Foundation can apply for General Operating grants, unless a first grant is for ethical-based research.
Special emphasis is placed on those communities that are the most underserved and the most challenged; our aim is to help the most overlooked, underfunded, and heavily exploited animals.