Coastal Bend Community Foundation

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Our History

More than four decades ago, the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce, together with community leaders Cecil Burney, Pat Eisenhauer and Dick Sells launched a public foundation to promote and encourage philanthropy in the Coastal Bend…

Application Deadlines Adjusted for Annual and Arnim Grants

Please note a change in our application deadlines for the Annual and Arnim Grants. Applications will become available from August 1 – September 15.

Updated March 25, 2024

Accredited Foundation

Our Staff

  • Karen Selim – President & CEO
  • Lauren Ayala Garza, Esq. – Program Development Director
  • Alyssa Monette – Financial Director
  • Tracy M. Ramirez – Operations/Coastal Bend Day of Giving Director
  • Krystal E. Thomasson – Grants and Scholarship Director
  • Lari Young – Office Manager

Grant Recommendations from Donor Advised Funds after December 1st

Every effort will be made to pay Donor Advised Fund (DAF) grants as soon as possible after they are recommended. However, for recommendations made after December 1, 2024, some may not be paid until January 2025 due to Foundation workload. This delay does not cause any adverse tax consequences to the Donor/Advisor as the charitable contribution income tax deduction was received at the time of the gift to the DAF. No additional deduction is available when grants are paid from DAF’s.

Welcome to the Coastal Bend Community Foundation (CBCF)

We are a tax-exempt, non-profit foundation serving the seven-county region of the Texas Coastal Bend (Aransas, Bee, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio and San Patricio). We formed to help donors “pool” their charitable contributions and leverage that giving to benefit worthy causes in the community.


Here you will find information about us and the causes and people we support. You will also find information on applying for grants and scholarships, the benefits of partnering with CBCF and how to become a donor.

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2023 Annual Report: A Year of Growth and Giving Back

We're thrilled to announce the release of our 2023 Annual Report! This year's report highlights the incredible progress we've made together in supporting our community. Fresh Faces, Focused Mission: We're excited to welcome our new board members, whose diverse...

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Current Coastal Bend Community Foundation Fund Holders

As part of our continuing efforts to provide the best resources to our fund holders, the Foundation is implementing “DonorCentral” – an online portal to facilitate fund access for donors/fund holders. This online portal will provide more immediate access to fund data. It will allow you to view fund balances, obtain fund statements, make grant recommendations (if applicable), and review fund history.

We are pleased to be able to provide this tool. Thank you for your continued support of Coastal Bend Community Foundation and our community.

To access your portal, please click the DonorCentral button.



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