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Youth In Philanthropy

 

YIP Logo Take4The first initiative for the Brownsville Community Foundation is Youth in Philanthropy:  The Brownsville Community Foundation created a 'donor-advised' fund called The Common Goal Fund.  The BCF contributed half of the funds and The Brownsville Foundation for Health and Education contributed the other half of the funds to begin this new initiative.  Administrators and project team members from the Brownsville Independent School District also contribute time, resources and skills as full partners in the project.


brownsvilleISD“We think that creating an awareness in our youth of what philanthropy really is, of the endless possibilities involved in philanthropy, of the countless career choices involved in philanthropy, of the many ways Brownsville can take of Brownsville might just change some lives.”

 
The Brownsville Youth in Philanthropy Initiative classes is made up of students from all seven of the BISD public high schools.  They spend a semester learning all about the world of non-profits and philanthropy. Each is given actual grant dollars to be given to Brownsville non-profits who apply for their grants through the process of the program.

 

 

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 Spring 2022

 

Pay to the Order of
Signature
Amount
Ozanam Center
Hanna ECHS
$3,000
Proyecto Juan Diego
Hanna ECHS
$1,000
Catholic Charities
Hanna ECHS
$1,000
 
Tip of Texas Family Outreach
Rivera ECHS
$2,500
Down by The Border
Rivera ECHS
$2,500
 
Brownsville Repertory Theatre
Lopez ECHS
$5,000
 
Big Heroes, Inc.
Pace ECHS
$5,000
 
Good Neighbor Settlement House
Porter ECHS
$2,000
Children’s Advocacy Center
Porter ECHS
$3,000
 
Brownsville Animal Defense
Veterans ECHS
$4,500
Brownsville Wellness Coalition
Veterans ECHS
$250
Healthy Communities Brownsville
Veterans ECHS
$250
 
Moody Clinic
BECHS
$3,500
Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts
BECHS
$1,500
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pay to the Order of

Signature

Amount

Ozanam Center

Lopez

$3,000

Brownsville Wellness Coalition

Lopez

$1,000

Tip of Texas Family Outreach

Lopez

$1,000

 

Moody Clinic

Porter

$3,000

Proyecto Juan Diego

Porter

$1,000

CASA

Porter

$1,000

 

Sunshine Haven

Hanna

$3,500

Brownsville Junior Service League

Hanna

$1,000

Healthy Communities in Brownsville

Hanna

$500

 

Good Neighbor Settlement House

Pace

$3,000

Catholic Charities

Pace

$2,000

 

Brownsville Repertory Theater

Rivera

$3,000

Gladys Porter Zoo

Rivera

$1,000

Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts

Rivera

$1,000

 

ROCA

Veterans

$2,500

Camille Playhouse

Veterans

$2,500

 

Brownsville Animal Defense

BECHS

$2,000

Children’s Advocacy Center

BECHS

$500

Big Heroes, Inc.

BECHS

$2,500

 

 

 

 

 2020 YIP Grant Recipients - Fall

Hanna

Brownsville Society of the Performing Arts

Lopez Ozanam Center
Pace Big Heroes
Porter Tip of Texas Family Outreach
Rivera Cameron County Children's Advocacy Center
Veterans Good Neighbor Settlement House

 

 

 

 

 2019 YIP Grant Recipients - Fall

Hanna

Tip of Texas Family Outreach

Lopez Brownsville Animal Defense
Pace Good Neighbor Settlement House & PCI Coalition Youth Group
Porter Children's Museum of Brownsville
Rivera Catholic Charities of Brownsville
Veterans Brownsville Community Health Center

 

 

 2018 YIP Grant Recipients - Fall

Hanna

Cameron County Children's Advocacy Center

Lopez Brownsville Wellness Coalition
Pace The Costumes of the Americas
Porter Brownsville Literacy Center
Rivera Tip of Texas Family Outreach
Veterans Gorgas Science Foundation

 

 

 2017 YIP Grant Recipients - Fall

Hanna

Brownsville Preservation Society

Lopez Proyecto Juan Diego, Inc.
Pace Brownsville Literacy Center
Porter Brownsville Soc for Crippled Children
Rivera Brownsville Animal Defense
Veterans Children's Museum of Brownsville

 

 

 2016 YIP Grant Recipients - Spring

Hanna

Brownsville Society of the Performing Arts

Lopez Brownsville Adult Literacy Council
Pace CC Children's Advocacy Center
Porter Moody Clinic
Rivera Tip of Texas Family Outreach
Veterans CASA of Cameron County

 

 

 2015 YIP Grant Recipients - Fall

Hanna

Cameron Works

Lopez Friendship of Women
Pace Foundation to Support Proyecto Juan Diego
Porter Bishop E San Pedro Ozanam Center
Rivera Good Neighbor Settlement House
Veterans Brownsville Adult Literacy Council

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990's and IRS Letter 
 
Audit Information
 
Annual Reports

IRS Determination Letter
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2013 Tax Return form 990
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2016 Tax Return form 990
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2013 Audit
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2014 Audit
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2015 Audit
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2013 Annual Report
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2014 Annual Report
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2016-17 Annual Report
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2019 Annual Report

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990's and IRS Letter 
 
Audit Information
 
Annual Reports

IRS Determination Letter
View PDF

 

2013 Tax Return form 990
View PDF

 

2014 Tax Return form 990

View PDF

 2016 Tax Return form 990

View PDF

2017 Tax Return form 990

View PDF

 

2018 Tax Return form 990

View PDF

2019 Tax Return Form 990

View PDF

 

2013 Audit
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2014 Audit
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2015 Audit
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2013 Annual Report
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2014 Annual Report
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2016-17 Annual Report
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Our Board Members

Apolonio Borrego, Jr.

President

Apolonio Borrego is currently the Rio Grande Valley Regional President at Falcon International Bank.  He has 25 years of international and commercial banking experience on the Texas border. His community interests include art and education. He served on the Brownsville Children’s Museum board, Texas Business & Education Coalition and Valley Baptist Foundation.  He currently serves on the UT-Brownsville Development Board and is the current chair of the Guadalupe Regional Middle School board.

 

Mary Lou Ray

Vice President

Mary Lou Ray is a member of the law firm of Ransome and Ray. She graduated from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Texas in Austin with a B.A. with honors.

 

Diane Garza

Vice President

Diane Milliken Garza holds a doctorate in special education and is a consultant with BISD’s special education department.  She is past chairman of the Brownsville Red Cross, and vice-chairman of the Tip of Texas Girl Scout Council. She is a past board member for the Children’s Museum of Brownsville, St. Joseph Academy Development Board and the Guadalupe Regional Middle School.

 

Richard Burton

Secretary/ Treasurer

Richard Burton, a founder of the Brownsville Community Foundation, is a Certified Public Accountant and partner in the regional accounting firm of Burton McCumber & Cortez, L.L.P. He helped establish the Brownsville Adult Literacy Center and has assisted the United Way of Southern Cameron County for more than 20 years. He has served on boards of the Brownsville Economic Development Council and the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation.

 

Irvine W. Downing

Irvine Downing is President of Chase Bank’s Rio Grand Valley region, where he directs Commercial Banking from Brownsville to Laredo. His current community service involvement includes being vice president for the Texas Southmost College Foundation, and member of the UT-Brownsville Development Board and the Rio Grande Valley Multibank board, a regional affordable housing corporation.

 

Gilbert Elizondo

Gilbert Elizondo is a Vice-President of Human recourses  for Keppel AmFELS, Inc. He is currently on the boards of the United Way of Southern Cameron County, Cameron Works Inc., the National Association of Workforce Boards and the UT-Brownsville Development Board.

 

Fred Rusteburg

Fred Rusteberg is founder and CEO of IBC Bank in Brownsville and has been honored repeatedly for his community service. Rusteberg has been involved in numerous regional economic development projects, and helped pass important civic and educational improvement campaigns at both the public school and university level. His other interests include the Boy Scouts, the Gladys Porter Zoo and the Brownsville library. He is currently serving as one of the three co-chairs of the Imagine Brownsville! Task Force, the city-wide comprehensive planning effort.