About Us

Mission

The Campbell Foundation gives a voice to the voiceless. We seek to change lives and break cycles of poverty, violence, and injustice, primarily through grants that support education for women, youth and children.

Grant Application Guidelines

The Campbell Foundation frequently makes unrestricted general operating support grants, but if your organization wishes to apply for specific program support, you are welcome to do so. Initial grants to The Campbell Foundation average $15,000-$20,000 in size. We do not grant to individuals or to other private foundations, and we do not accept unsolicited grant applications. Grants are focused in the regions where trustees live: Austin, New Orleans, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Campbell Foundation uses Foundant, an online Grants Management System.

For first-time applicants:

If your organization has not previously received funding from the Campbell Foundation, please use this link to set up an account in Foundant and submit a Letter of Inquiry.

For previous grantees:

  1. If your organization has received funding in the past from The Campbell Foundation, a Letter of Inquiry is not required.
  2. To apply for renewed funding, an access code is needed for use in Foundant. Please email us for this access code at info@thecampbellfoundation.org.
  3. A grant report must be submitted for the previous grant before any future grant will be considered. Please download the grant report form here.
  4. The Campbell Foundation reviews grant applications quarterly. The Foundation does not make grants to an organization more than once in a calendar year.

History and Background

The Campbell Foundation is a small family foundation headquartered in Austin, Texas. The trustees of the foundation currently live in Austin, New Orleans, and the San Francisco Bay Area and focus their grantmaking on organizations in those regions. The Campbell Foundation’s grants support education for women, youth and children. When considering grants, the trustees of the foundation remember the roots of The Campbell Foundation and are keenly aware of family history and core family values of education, service and sharing.

T.C. and Clara Campbell started The Campbell Foundation in 1979 in Abilene, a small city in West Texas. T.C. was born in Abilene, and Clara’s family moved there when she was twelve. Both T.C. and Clara came from families which valued service to the community and care for the disadvantaged. Both had come of age in the Great Depression and had seen social suffering first hand.

In creating The Campbell Foundation, T.C. and Clara joined their backgrounds and interests. T.C. had extensive business and investment experience. He started right out of college by helping to keep his family’s dry goods business from going under in the Great Depression, and he continued in a range of real estate, oil and equities investments. He put this business experience to work in managing the foundation’s investments and grant-making. Clara dedicated herself to community and public service, ranging from weekly volunteering at state school coffee hours, to serving on the governor’s commission for state schools and special hospitals in the 1960’s. Her commitment to bettering her community informed the kinds of grants The Campbell Foundation made.

Their values and experiences deeply influenced T.C.’s and Clara’s lives and philanthropy. Over time they came particularly to value the arts, both for themselves and for the enrichment which music, drama and visual arts bring to a community. They saw their foundation as a means of public service and community support and instilled those values in their daughter and granddaughters.