Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation is proud to partner with foundations and corporations who love Texas’ wild things and wild places as much as we do. The following profiles offer a glimpse of those who help advance Texas’ proud outdoor traditions and conserve our state’s wildlife, habitat, and recreational areas now and into the future.

Foundation Partners

Amarillo Area Foundation

Amarillo Area Foundation works to improve quality of life for residents of the Texas Panhandle. Generous support from Amarillo Area Foundation helped to restore the historic Canoncita Ranch House on the rim of Palo Duro Canyon.

The Brown Foundation

The Brown Foundation has supported TPWF since 1999, funding projects such as the acquisition of the 17,351-acre Powderhorn Ranch, efforts to restore coastal fisheries in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and improvements at Big Bend Ranch State Park.

Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program

Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program is dedicated to protecting, researching and restoring the bays and estuaries in the 12-county region of the Texas Coastal Bend. CBBEP has provided funding for habitat restoration at Powderhorn Ranch.

Coastal Conservation Association

Coastal Conservation Association works to advise and educate the public on conservation of marine resources. A long-time partner of TPWF, Coastal Conservation Association is helping to support the recovery of Texas’ coastal fisheries following Hurricane Harvey.

Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation

Generous funding from Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation is helping to restore the coastal fisheries resources that sustained damage in Hurricane Harvey.

Cross Timbers Quail

Cross Timbers Quail is supporting efforts to restore the grassland habitats that quail rely on, as well as research, education, and outreach for quail conservation efforts.

Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation

An investment from the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation in the Gulf Coast Conservation Loan Fund is helping TPWF and other nonprofit partners maximize Deepwater Horizon settlement funds and ensure that Texas’ coastal lands are conserved in perpetuity.

Dallas Safari Club

Since 1972, Dallas Safari Club has been the gathering point for hunters, conservationists and wildlife enthusiasts. A supporter of TPWF since 1997, Dallas Safari Club supports TPWF’s efforts to restore pronghorn populations in the Trans-Pecos.

Ed Rachal Foundation

The late Ed Rachal dedicated his entire estate to the creation of a foundation for the benefit of charitable institutions in the state of Texas. Ed Rachal Foundation has supported the acquisition of Powderhorn Ranch, as well as a fleet of kayaks for Lake Corpus Christi State Park.

The Elkins Foundation

Generous support from The Elkins Foundation is helping TPWF acquire the 17,351-acre Powderhorn Ranch on the Texas coast.

The Favrot Fund

The Favrot Fund is a supporter of TPWD’s Conserving Texas Rivers Initiative, with a current focus on access and conservation of Hill Country rivers. Unique aquatic resources of the region include the Guadalupe bass — the state fish of Texas — as well as 14 other endemic species of freshwater fishes found nowhere else in the world.

The Fondren Foundation

Generous support from The Fondren Foundation is helping TPWF complete Phase II of the Game Warden Training Center and ensuring that Texas Game Wardens have access to the facilities they need to achieve and maintain their high level of training and expertise. The Fondren Foundation is also supporting efforts to restore coastal fisheries resources damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

The George Foundation

The George Foundation provided generous funding to repair flood damage to the screened shelters at Brazos Bend State Park and equip Fort Bend County game wardens with specialty equipment to aid in public safety and law enforcement.

George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation

George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation is a valued partner in our fundraising efforts for the Game Warden Training Center, having supported both Phases I and II of TPWF’s capital campaign to build a training facility for our state’s game wardens. George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation has also supported Powderhorn Ranch and efforts to restore coastal fisheries in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund

A long-time supporter of organizations in the Galveston area, the Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund has invested in TPWF’s Gulf Coast Conservation Loan Fund, which works to conserve Texas’ valuable coastal lands and the habitats they contain.

Henderson-Wessendorff Foundation

The Henderson-Wessendorff Foundation provided generous funding to repair flood damage to the screened shelters at Brazos Bend State Park and equip Fort Bend County game wardens with specialty equipment to aid in public safety and law enforcement.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ benefits youth, supports education and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Funding from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo supports the Al Henry Natural Resource Conservation Internship Program, which provides talented college students with internships at TPWD.

Ippolito Charitable Foundation of Galveston

A dedicated supporter of causes in the Galveston area, Ippolito Charitable Foundation of Galveston is helping to Texas’ unique coastal resources through investment in TPWF’s Gulf Coast Conservation Loan Fund.

The John M. O’Quinn Foundation

Generous funding from the John M. O’Quinn Foundation is supporting educational programming at Sheldon Lake State Park and the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. The John M. O’Quinn Foundation also supported coastal fisheries recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey.

Knobloch Family Foundation

Thanks to a leadership gift from Knobloch Family Foundation, TPWF acquired Powderhorn Ranch, the most important Texas coastal land initiative to occur in a generation. Additional support from Knobloch Family Foundation is helping TPWF launch the Texas Coastal Conservation Initiative and leverage millions of dollars in public funding for priority land conservation projects.

The Meadows Foundation

The Meadows Foundation has been a valued partner of TPWF since 1998. The Meadows Foundation provided critical support for the Bastrop State Park restoration after the devastating 2011 wildfire and is supporting the acquisition of Powderhorn Ranch. TPWF is grateful to office in the Wilson Historic District, a nonprofit community owned and operated by The Meadows Foundation.

Meta Alice Keith Bratten Foundation

Meta Alice Keith Bratten Foundation has partnered with TPWF since 2010, most recently in support of a competitive grants opportunity for Texas State Parks. Funds awarded are providing critical improvements at dozens of parks, including habitat restoration and improvements to outdoor recreation facilities.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

NFWF has supported TPWF since 2001. NFWF is a lead supporter of the acquisition of the 17,351-acre Powderhorn Ranch through the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund and Acres for America, as well as providing significant grants for monarch butterfly conservation and grassland habitat restoration in both the Oaks and Prairies and Trans-Pecos regions of Texas.

Rebuild Texas Fund

The Rebuild Texas Fund is a collaborative project of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the OneStar Foundation. Funding from the Rebuild Texas Fund is repairing vital coastal fisheries infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

Safari Club International Foundation

Safari Club International Foundation supported the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Employee Relief Fund, which granted short-term emergency funding to TPWD employees whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.

San Antonio Livestock Exposition (S.A.L.E.)

San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. has grown to one of the largest, most prestigious single events in the city of San Antonio, with over one million visitors entering the grounds each year. In the spirit of developing the youth of Texas, S.A.L.E. provides scholarship funding that allows Texas undergraduates to hold summer internships at TPWD.

Shield-Ayres Foundation

Thanks to a generous grant from the Shield-Ayres Foundation, TPWF is ensuring that Powderhorn Ranch will be conserved in perpetuity. In addition, The Shield-Ayres Foundation is helping to conserve other vital coastal lands through investing in TPWF’s Gulf Coast Conservation Loan Fund.

Sid W. Richardson Foundation

A valued partner in TPWF’s Keeping it Wild campaign, the Sid W. Richardson Foundation is supporting the restoration of Cedar Bayou, a significant ecosystem along Texas’ coastal bend.

Stillwater Foundation

Stillwater Foundation is partnering with TPWF through the Texas Coastal Conservation Initiative to maximize Deepwater Horizon Funding and conserve vital coastal habitats. Stillwater Foundation is an investor in TPWF’s Gulf Coast Conservation Loan Fund.

Corporate Partners

Anheuser-Busch, Inc. 

Having supported the Foundation since 1993, Anheuser-Busch is one of TPWF’s longest-standing corporate donors and makes a tangible impact on conservation in Texas.

Apache Corporation

Apache Corporation has been supporting TPWF since 2008. Most recently, Apache committed a $1 million challenge grant towards the repair of the Balmorhea State Park pool, which is currently closed due to structural failure. This generous gift will help ensure that Texans can continue to enjoy this historic spring-fed swimming pool and unique West Texas destination.

DOW Chemical Company

The Dow Gives Community Grants Program recently awarded funding for new electronic educational displays at Sea Center Texas in Lake Jackson.

EarthShare of Texas

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation has partnered with EarthShare of Texas since 1997 to give conservation-minded employees an opportunity to donate through workplace payroll contribution campaigns.

Encana

TPWF is grateful for the longstanding support of Encana, which made a significant contribution to TPWD’s efforts to restore Bastrop State Park after it was ravaged by wildfires in September 2011, destroying 96% of the park. Most recently, Encana has supported the Trans-Pecos Pronghorn Restoration project as well as grassland restoration efforts across Texas.

ExxonMobil

Since 1997, ExxonMobil has been supporting Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and making a direct and positive impact on Texas’ lands, waters, fish and wildlife. Most recently, ExxonMobil was a sponsor of the 2017 Texas Conservation Hall of Fame.

Gulf States Toyota

Gulf States Toyota has been partnering with TPWF since 2002. Through its generous support, programs and events such as Toyota ShareLunkerToyota Texas Bass ClassicLone Star Land Steward AwardsTexas Outdoor Family, and Great Texas Birding Classic are succeeding and conserving the extraordinary species, land, and water we all enjoy.

Mustang CAT

Headquartered in Houston, Mustang CAT is a valued partner in the Foundation’s work. Most recently, Mustang CAT supported the 2017 Texas Conservation Hall of Fame.

National Rifle Association (NRA)

NRA has been supporting TPWF since 1998, most recently as a sponsor of the 2017 Texas Conservation Hall of Fame.

Phillips 66

Phillips 66 supported the expansion and improvement of the wetlands observation walkway, as well as the construction of a new outdoor classroom and improvements to the recreational pier at Sea Center Texas. Most recently, Phillips 66 is supporting efforts to acquire land on Follets Island, a project of the Texas Coastal Conservation Initiative.

REI

REI has generously supported improvements to Cedar Hill State Park and Ray Roberts Lake State Park, funding the construction of new trails, trail improvements, and a fleet of kayaks and mountain bikes that visitors to Ray Roberts can use for free.

Shell Energy Resources Company

Shell has been a corporate sponsor of Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation since 2006, supporting the efforts of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to improve and expand state parks and wildlife management areas, address critical conservation needs, and enhance opportunities to enjoy and appreciate the abundance of natural beauty throughout Texas.

Silver Eagle Distributors

Silver Eagle Distributors has been a supporter of TPWF since 2010. Silver Eagle generously sponsors the Texas Conservation Hall of Fame, Lone Star Land Steward Awards and the Houston chapter of Stewards of the Wild, the Foundation’s young professionals group.