Mission: The goal of the foundation is to nurture and advance endeavors which contribute to the following core value: 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. (www. Kenedy. Org website)
Programs: The foundation makes all of its charitable donations within the state of texas. Approximately 10% of its total charitable grants are made to non-sectarian entities, institutions that are defined as non-religious and not church related. 90% of its total charitable distributions are made to sectarian entities. It is the foundations practice that a sectarian organization must be listed in the official catholic directory. Of these sectarian grants, about 70% are made in the south texas area which includes the diocese of brownsville, the diocese of corpus christi, and the diocese of laredo. Education has been strongly favored in recent grant giving cycles including tuition assistance for catholic schools, and scholarships for catholic and public universities. Service organizations and catholic charities which target health, human services, the indigent, equal opportunity, and service to others are also favored. By continually evoking the foundations core values when making grant decisions, the foundation is able to help countless numbers of people.
the foundation has established a museum in the historic kenedy pasture company building in the township of sarita, texas. Since its opening on october 21, 2003, approximately 16,339 individuals have toured the museum or participated in its programs. Examples of programs may be viewed at www. Kenedyranchmuseum. Org.