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The Robert A. Welch Foundation


Last profile update: 12/21/2017
Last grant data update: 05/24/2018

At A Glance

The Robert A. Welch Foundation

5555 San Felipe St., Ste. 1900

Houston, TX United States 77056-2730


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation






Established in 1954 in TX as a private foundation - The Welch Foundation is a legacy to the world from Robert Alonzo Welch, self-made man with a strong sense of responsibility to humankind, an enthusiastic respect for chemistry and a deep love for his adopted state, Texas. Mr. Welch came to Houston as a youth and later made his fortune in oil and minerals. Over the course of his career and life, he became convinced of the importance of chemistry for the betterment of the world. He had a belief in science and the role it would play in the future. With his death in 1952, Mr. Welch left a generous portion of his estate to his employees and their families. The balance began what is now The Welch Foundation

Purpose and Activities

The general policy of the foundation is to support fundamental chemical research at colleges and universities within the state of Texas.