The Foundations of Texan Philanthropy

The Foundations of Texan Philanthropy

by Mary L. Kelley
     
 
The Lone Star State has produced not only revolutionary heroes and cowboy legends, but also larger-than-life promoters of philanthropic activity. The Foundations of Texan Philanthropy, the first systematic study of the origins of foundation philanthropy in early twentieth-century Texas, chronicles the fortunes, motivations, and benefactions of affluent Texans

Overview

The Lone Star State has produced not only revolutionary heroes and cowboy legends, but also larger-than-life promoters of philanthropic activity. The Foundations of Texan Philanthropy, the first systematic study of the origins of foundation philanthropy in early twentieth-century Texas, chronicles the fortunes, motivations, and benefactions of affluent Texans who pioneered organized giving for the public good.

In the three decades following the creation of the George W. Brackenridge Foundation in 1920, donors established approximately 180 private, philanthropic institutions. These charitable-minded organizations funded medical research, established educational scholarships, and supported community projects. In addition to the Brackenridge Foundation, this book features George B. Dealey and the Dallas Foundation, Jesse Jones and the Houston Endowment, "Miss Ima" and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, the Amon G. Carter Foundation, and the Conference of Southwest Foundations, which united the many foundations in the region.

The Foundations of Texan Philanthropy balances personal and family stories with the missions and financial operations of the foundations they established. The result is a detailed look at some of the leaders of Texas history and the ways in which their largesse has continued to influence the history of the Lone Star State.


About the Author:
MARY L. KELLEY, a Fulbright Scholar and assistant professor of history at Lamar University, lives in Beaumont, Texas. This is her first book.

Editorial Reviews

The Journal of American History
"Kelley has provided a much-needed examination of the historical origins of private Texas foundations and is therefore invaluable for any student of Texas history."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585443277
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Series:
Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University, #98
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


MARY L. KELLEY, a Fulbright Scholar and assistant professor of history at Lamar University, holds a Ph.D. from Texas Christian University. This is her first book.

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