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The Summerlee Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-29

At A Glance

The Summerlee Foundation

5556 Caruth Haven Ln.

Dallas, TX United States 75225-8146

Telephone: (214) 363-9000


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-06-30)

Assets: $69,320,708

Total giving: $1,936,079





Additional Contact Information

Animal Protection Program Contact: Melanie K. Anderson, V.P. and Prog. Dir., tel.: (800) 256-7515 or (719) 266-5460, fax: (719) 266-5459, e-mail:; Texas History Program Contact: John W. Crain, Pres. and Prog. Dir., e-mail:


Established in 1988 in TX

Purpose and Activities

Giving limited to 1) the alleviation of pain and suffering and the prevention of cruelty to animals; and 2) for the study, promotion, preservation, and documentation of all facets of TX history.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Animal Protection

Supports rescue, research, advocacy and education throughout the world. Grants have assisted a wide variety of projects including companion animal issues, predator protection and research, sanctuary and refuge, and endangered species issues. It emphasizes not only research, but also the dissemination of information with its potential power to effect lasting changes for animal protection throughout North America. Special emphasis will be placed on predators who are especially suffering under extreme stress from eradication programs and loss of habitat. Emphasis is also placed on companion animals through priority funding of spay/neuter programs and feral cat protection projects. In addition, the foundation will devote time, resources, and energy to sanctuaries for both captive wildlife and farm animals. The foundation will continue to focus on the oceans through support of protection and research programs for sea turtles, small cetaceans, and whales.

Texan History

Funds a wide variety of Texas history programs in a multitude of disciplines, ranging from academic research to field archaeology, throughout every region of the state. To date, the foundation has invested nearly six million dollars in Texas history projects. Grants applications pertaining to the preservation of historic structures must not exceed $50,000. To be eligible for a grant award, the house or building must be on the National Register of Historic Places.

Fields of Interest

  • Animal rescue and rehabilitation
  • Archaeology
  • Historic preservation
  • History
  • Wildlife biodiversity
  • Wildlife rehabilitation
International Interests
  • Canada
  • Mexico
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-06-30

Assets: $69,320,708 (market value)

Gifts received: $58

Expenditures: $4,029,195

Total giving: $1,936,079

Qualifying distributions: $2,863,922