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Kronkosky Foundation Announces Grants
Kronkosky Foundation

December, 2009

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Kronkosky Charitable Foundation announces support for a broad    range of local needs with grants to programs operated by 41 organizations


·         $2.98 million in new grants includes 11 of the Foundation's          charitable areas

Programs targeting a broad range of local needs are among 45 grants totaling $2.98 million approved in September and December 2009 by the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, which has an area of geographic emphasis that includes Bandera, Bexar, Comal and Kendall counties.

             For the year 2009, the Foundation has approved $9.6 million of grants to area nonprofit organizations. There were 115 grants made in 2009 ranging from $5,000 to $400,000 with an average of about $80,000.


The grants announced today bring the total since inception of the Foundation to $151.4 million. "This phenomenal level of support to the area's nonprofit community has been made possible by the remarkable generosity of Albert and Bessie Mae Kronkosky, who established the Foundation," said Palmer Moe, Managing Director.


The Kronkosky's generosity has helped leverage the work of thousands of individuals committed to meeting the needs of children and families, the elderly, the disabled and those with illnesses. Others work to protect our natural areas, parks and wildlife and to provide our community with cultural opportunities that strengthen the character of our community. Our thanks go out to all of those whose passions translate funding into critically needed services and successes.


The grants announced today are described briefly in the following paragraphs.



Arts Activities - $846,825


            The San Antonio Symphony and the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center were each awarded a grant of $250,000 for use in general operations. ArtPace, Inc., Arts San Antonio, San Antonio Brass, Southwest School of Art & Craft, and YOSA were awarded grants totaling $225,000 focused on youth participation in arts activities. In addition, Jump Start was awarded $51,825 and Gemini Ink was awarded $50,000 to help fund operating costs. The Mid-Texas Symphony was awarded $20,000 to fund performances in New Braunfels.


Serving Persons with Illnesses - $620,000


            The San Antonio Food Bank was awarded $175,000 to help fund nutritionists who make presentations to community groups as part of a program to prevent obesity. Foundation funds supplement government funding restricted to low income groups so the broader population may benefit from this excellent program. Any Baby Can was awarded $150,000 to help fund its case management program for children with autism and their families and $145,000 to help fund its prescription assistance program which facilitates access for a broad range of low-income families and individuals to free or low-cost prescriptions from pharmaceutical companies.  The Arthur Nagel Community Clinic in Bandera was awarded $50,000 for its operations. The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio received $50,000 for community clinic operations at Alpha Home, Seton Home, SAMMinistries' transitional living facility and Haven for Hope. The Palmer Drug Abuse Program was awarded $50,000 to support its individual and group based services for chemically dependent youth and their families.


Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect - $455,750


            Programs aimed at prevention of child abuse are a priority for the Foundation. Boysville received $150,000 in grants, including a $50,000 grant in honor of Mrs. Kronkosky made on her birthday, all for its residential and other services for abused, neglected and homeless children. Two grants, totaling $65,750, were made to Family

Service Association and Martinez Street Women's Center for their "Precious Minds, New Connections" parenting education programs. Other operations grants totaling $240,000 were made in the area of prevention of child abuse and neglect to Jump Start Performance Company, San Antonio Birth Doulas, Voices for Children, Connections (in New Braunfels) and Child Safe.


Elderly - $270,000  


            Silver Sage Corral in Bandera was awarded $100,000 for its senior center operating costs. Catholic Charities received a $75,000 grant ($37,500 requiring a match) for its money management program for elderly persons. Merced Housing ($50,000) and San Antonio Kiwanis Charities ($25,000) received grants in support of home modifications and ramp construction services for elderly and disabled persons. The Bulverde Senior Center was awarded $20,000 for its senior home visitation program in the Bulverde and Spring Branch areas in Comal County.


Character Development of Youth -$250,000


            Grants of $100,000 were awarded to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of South Texas and to Boys and Girls Clubs of Bandera County in support of their operations. Communities in Schools in New Braunfels received $50,000 for the character development components of programs provided for at-risk youth in Comal County.


Disabilities - $175,000


            Four key programs serving disabled persons were awarded grants, including $50,000 for the Low Vision Resource Center for its Owl Radio programming for vision impaired persons, $50,000 for Respite Care of San Antonio, $50,000 for Project Mend and $25,000 for Our House, which serves mentally ill persons in Bexar County.



Other Charitable Areas of Grants - $360,000

            Museums - Witte Museum                                         $125,000

Public Parks                                                                $  95,000

Wildlife Sanctuaries                                                    $  75,000

Libraries                                                                      $  45,000

            Animal Cruelty Prevention                                         $  20,000



The mission of the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation is to produce profound good that is tangible and measurable in Bandera, Bexar, Comal and Kendall counties in Texas by implementing the Kronkoskys' charitable purposes.  General areas of interest for the Foundation are outlined in its Program Guidelines booklet, which may be obtained by contacting the Foundation's office or may be found on the Foundation's website at
The Kronkosky Charitable Foundation was established by Albert and Bessie Mae Kronkosky with a trust agreement in January 1991 and was funded in August 1997.  Bank of America is the trustee for the Foundation.  The Kronkosky family presence in Texas dates back to the 1860s when they moved into the New Braunfels area.  Over the years, the family became a significant shareholder in Merck stock and they involved themselves in a number of successful local business ventures, mainly the Gebhardt Chili Powder Company and the San Antonio Drug Company. 


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