Mission & History

The Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country’s mission is to foster a thriving Hill Country, inspire greater giving, celebrate legacy and heritage, and steward charitable resources for today and tomorrow. The Foundation’s stakeholders envision the Texas Hill Country as a vibrant community with opportunity for everyone. Future generations of the Hill Country will proudly inherit a hopeful, prosperous region where generosity and collaboration abound to create lasting improvement. Its mission and vision have guided its work for decades.

In 1981, a few forward-thinking residents of the Hill Country embarked on a journey to establish perpetual philanthropy. Their efforts have been wildly successful and many residents in the area have reaped the benefits of their vision.

Mrs. Alma Dietert gave the first gift of $5,000, and she continued to contribute during her lifetime and later, through her estate. Other area residents followed Mrs. Dietert’s lead, and the Community Foundation now boasts assets of more than $20 million. The same amount – $20 million – has been granted out to nonprofits in that same time frame.

The Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country serves 10 Central Texas counties: Bandera, Blanco, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Mason, Real and Uvalde.

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