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.

Two Major Categories: Sectarian and Non-Sectarian

The Foundation gives grants in two distinct categories, Sectarian and Non-Sectarian. Nearly 90% of the total charitable contributions given are to Sectarian entities, primarily Catholic schools and churches. As the pie charts demonstrate, education has been strongly favored in recent grant-giving cycles, including Catholic schools, Catholic universities and public universities, all within the State of Texas. Health and human services are also favored, in keeping with the Foundation’s core values. The charts below represent grant funding as of 12/31/2015.

Sectarian Grants


Non-Sectarian Grants



The John G. and Marie Stella Kenedy Memorial Foundation makes grants to non-profit organizations that are 501(c)(3) charitable organizations under the Internal Revenue Service Code. To be considered for a grant, an applicant must be listed in the IRS Publication 78 or the Official Catholic Directory, as appropriate.

The Foundation does not lend or grant money to individuals. The Foundation makes grants to organizations only within the State of Texas.


All grant applications will be considered annually at the Board of Directors meetings in May of each year. To be considered in May, an application must be received by October 15th, there are few exceptions to the deadlines. Please see the Grants Policy for details on requests that may be considered outside of the normal grants cycle.