The John G and Marie Stella

About the CEO

Marc Cisneros is a 10th generation South Texan, being a direct descendant of the Spanish officer who colonized that area. He was born in Brownsville, Texas and raised in Premont.

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Change in Foundations Grant Policy No. 13
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“Sarita Kenedy East
never wanted her name
on anything... 
she just wanted to help.”

Sarita Kenedy East
Sarita Kenedy East

The Founder  

Mrs. Sarita Kenedy East was one of the most remarkable women in South Texas - one of the last of the Kenedy family that exerted great leadership in the development of South Texas.  The John G and Marie Stella Kenedy Memorial Foundation was set up as a non-profit corporation for religious, educational & charitable purposes - to honor the couple that gave birth to Sarita Kenedy East.


Sarita Kenedy East established the foundation in 1960 to support and fund Catholic educational, charitable, and religious activities in Texas, primarily in the region of the Diocese of Corpus Christi (as that entity then existed).

The mission of the Foundation is to nurture and advance activities which contribute to the following core values:

  • Helping break the cycle of poverty
  • Assisting people to help themselves
  • Nurturing support and love for Catholic institutions
  • Developing the Catholic faith
  • Learning
  • Spirituality
  • Respect
  • Cooperative/collaborative partnership

The Foundation encourages grants with large “ripple effects,” that is, those which generate benefits which spread beyond their primary grantee into the wider community, as well as “seed money” grants, whereby Foundation support provides a needed catalyst or first step to very significant, and preferably ongoing, positive core value effects.  Although its principal beneficiary is Catholic charities, the Foundation supports non-sectarian charities in Texas to the extent of at least 10 per cent of its annual distributions.  Non-sectarian institutions are defined as non-religious and not church related.

The John G & Marie Stella

555 N. Carancahua St.
Ste 1700 
Corpus Christi, TX

Phone (361) 887-6565
Fax (361) 887-6582