SUMMERLEE FOUNDATION. The Summerlee Foundation was established in 1988 by Dallas philanthropist Annie Lee Robertsqv as a private nonprofit charitable foundation. Its purpose was to support animal protection and the study of Texas history. The foundation underwrote the work of the Summerlee Commission on Texas History, which in 1991 conducted a needs assessment for Texas history studies and teaching. From inception through June 1995, 180 grants totaling $1.5 million had been expended on Texas history programs. In 1996 the foundation had assets of $35 million. Directors of the foundation included David D. Jackson, president; John W. Crain, vice president; and Melanie A. Roberts, secretary. The foundation is a member of the Council on Foundations and the Conference of Southwest Foundations.
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