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Karen Selim, President & CEO

What is the Coastal Bend Community Foundation?

It is a 501(c)(3) public charity that:

  • Connects donors with causes they care about in the seven counties of the Coastal Bend of Texas that we serve – Aransas, Bee, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio and San Patricio
  • Awards grants to nonprofit organizations working to improve life in our region (Click here to see a list of recent grants)
  • Provides scholarships for college students and grants for school scholarship funds
  • Manages a community endowment that is a permanent source of funding for the present and future needs of the Coastal Bend

Quick Facts

  • Established in 1981 by the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce with a $150,000 donation from the Paul and Mary Haas Foundation
  • The crux of our mission is to “enhance and improve the quality of life in the Coastal Bend”
  • Manages almost 300 funds created by donors from all walks of life
  • Has distributed over $93 million in grants to nonprofits and scholarships to individuals since 1981
  • Manages assets of approximately $70 million
  • Grant focus areas are arts, education, environment, families (including youth and the elderly), health, human services and public good
  • Is one of over 700 community foundations in the United States and 35 in Texas bringing together the financial resources of individuals, families, and businesses to support worthy causes in a specific geographic area.

Resource For:

  • Charitable giving and philanthropy (including donor-advised funds, endowments, bequests and planned giving)
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Community needs
  • Scholarships for college


The Mission of the Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the Coastal Bend by building community endowment and addressing social, educational, environmental, and cultural needs through the awarding of grants and scholarships.

The Foundation’s Vision is to provide the Coastal Bend with:

  • Efficient gift options to meet donors’ charitable wishes
  • Effective grants to charitable organizations and scholarships to students
  • Ethical leadership to promote and enhance area philanthropy



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