Embrey Family Foundation | Grant History
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Grant History

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In 2004, the Embrey Family Foundation began a tradition of granting in the North Texas community that continues to hold a special place in the hearts of the EFF Board and staff. Since the initial 6 grants totaling $36K in 2004, EFF has granted $6.4 million to the North Texas non-profit community to support a broad range of social programs in the areas of Education, Human Services, Human Rights, Arts & Culture, Community Enhancement and Animal Rights. Community Grants in North Texas continue to be made each year by EFF at its October Board Meeting.


As the Board and staff of EFF began learning more about the needs of the North Texas community and of the potential impact that a significant dollar commitment over a multi-year period can have on non-profit institutions, an expansion of EFF’s granting philosophy was implemented. Beginning in 2006, EFF identified 9 North Texas institutions to receive a total of $6.2 million over the seven year period from 2006 to 2012. These multi-year commitments signaled the belief of EFF in the importance of education (human rights education, arts education, access to education), the support and empowerment of women and girls, the power of play and participation in sport, and the rights of animals. In 2013, EFF extended this multi-year commitment program with continuing grants to 2 institutions dedicated to education in human rights and to education in gender rights. Since 2006, EFF has granted $9.1 million to Multi-Year Commitment Programs.


In 2009, EFF expanded its community grant making program to the state of Colorado. Grants in Colorado have primarily focused on Human Services, Arts & Culture and Animal Rights. Between 2009 and today, EFF has granted $1.8 million to organizations serving the needs of the Colorado community.


As a result of knowledge gained from its granting programs over the first 5 years of its existence, EFF became aware of the dire need for real systemic change in order to effectively address the myriad of injustices that impact our society and its members. EFF knew that achievement of such systemic change would require an expansion of EFF’s geographic borders and a strategic clustering of EFF’s giving infused with the willingness to give big and bold at this pivotal time in history. Operating with a compelling sense of urgency and an understanding that EFF had the resources available to be a role model and to help affect vital change, EFF committed $15 million to a 5 year initiative to drive systemic change in the following areas: Human Rights, Domestic Human Trafficking, Women and Girls Leadership, Racial and Gender Equity, Arts for Social Change and Women’s Media. For more information, please see the Mission Without Borders tab.


As EFF was embarking on its Mission Without Borders initiative in 2010, EFF came to understand the value of funding grants to organizations that were either: (1) pursuing innovative strategies to address the issues that EFF was passionate about, (2) engaged in programs that were creating change by raising awareness through gatherings, convenings, performances and social media, or (3) just starting out as organizations. These organizations were not geographically limited to Texas or Colorado, but rather, were working throughout the United States. Because of the varied and unique nature of these grants, EFF began approving and funding these grants throughout the calendar year as the need for funds arose. Through the end of 2017, EFF has granted $6.26 million in discretionary grants.


In 2010, EFF began making periodic donations to organizations that EFF wanted to support in a general way. The work of these organizations may or may not have been totally aligned with the issues that EFF was primarily focused on, but it was work that EFF admired. Beginning in 2016, EFF began emphasizing and encouraging the donation category as a simplified process for our non-profit partners to receive funds when the amount of the funds being requested was below $25,000. This simplified process allows our non-profit partners to spend less time on fund acquisition and more time on doing the work that they have been established to do. EFF has currently funded $1.2 million in donations.

Grant Distribution Visualizations

EFF Grants by Category

Total: $39.31 Million

EFF Grants by Category

Embrey Foundation Grants by Category Graph - 2018

Total: $39.31 Million

Yearly Distribution by Category (2004-2018)

Community Grants
Community Grants
Texas (Multi-year commitment programs)
Community Grants
Mission Without Borders (MWB)
Across the United States
Discretionary Grants (DIS)
Across the United States
Donations (DON)
Across the United States

Total: $39.31 Million