About KMF

Sarita Kenedy East established The John G. and Marie Stella Kenedy Memorial Foundation with the mission to support and fund mostly Catholic, educational, charitable, and religious activities primarily in South Texas. The goal of the Foundation is to nurture and advance endeavors which contribute to the following core values:

Help Break the Cycle of Poverty / Assisting People to Help Themselves / Developing the Catholic Faith / Advancing Spirituality / Nurturing Support and Love for Catholic Institutions / Cultivating a Passion for Learning / Fostering Respect / Encouraging Cooperative, Collaborative Partnerships

The Foundation encourages grants with large “ripple effects,” that is, those which generate benefits which spread beyond their primary grantee into the wider community. The Foundation will consider “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.
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Effective 01/01/2020, all fundraiser requests to be considered by the Kenedy Memorial Foundation must be submitted through the website electronically. Please do not send letters or invitations through the mail as they will not be considered for funding. The fundraiser request form can be found by clicking here. The Fundraiser form can also be found in the last tab under the Grants Icon.