The mission of Waco Foundation is to promote solutions to community challenges, strengthen local nonprofits, engage philanthropists and manage charitable assets in order to improve quality of life in McLennan County.

Read the complete Vision and Values Statement.

“The first couple of years were spent working out details about how we were going to operate. We spent a lot of time letting the community know about the Foundation and its mission. We took awarding grants very seriously and we would have long discussions about which organizations should get them. In 1963, we presented our first grant to the Cherry Street YWCA for playground improvements.”

- JOE L. WARD, JR., TRUSTEE, 1959-1983

Waco Foundation was established in 1958 with a $30,000 gift from R.B. and Edith Heinze Parrot. Today the Foundation manages nearly $130 million in charitable assets, all for the benefit of the community.

Explore the timeline to learn more about our history.