Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust

OVERVIEW: The Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust supports human services, arts, culture, and humanities organizations in North Texas.

FUNDING AREAS: Human services, arts, culture, humanities

IP TAKE: Only well-established nonprofits that have been operating for many years tend to catch this funder’s attention.

PROFILE: Established in 1982, the Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust is a private foundation in Texas. Born to a family of ranchers, Crystelle Waggoner helped raise thoroughbred horses and cattle. During her lifetime, she was also considered to be a patron of the arts and supported various medical charities. She established a 50-year trust to “benefit charitable organizations in the arts and social services.” Managed by Bank of America’s Texas office, the foundation funds the arts, culture, humanities, and human services efforts locally.

The Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust prefers to support organizations that have existed since January 24, 1982, the year when its founder passed away. In the past, the funder has steadily supported summer day camps for children, basic needs services for local residents, high school drop-out prevention, and unrestricted general support for nonprofits that serve local senior citizens. The trust is expected to operate until approximately 2032.

Grants range between about $5,000 and $35,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on the state of Texas, but various Texas communities receive Waggoner’s support. Fort Worth and elsewhere in North Texas are priorities for this funder. Past local grantees include the Parenting Center, Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show, Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, and the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The annual application deadline is August 1, and applicants can expect to hear back with a funding decision within about three to four months after this date. Grantseekers must use the Bank of America online system to apply for a grant. Direct general questions to the staff at or 800-357-7094.


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