The Ryan Foundation
was founded by Helen McKee Ryan and her son,
John P. Ryan in 1983. Helen Ryan was the widow
of Thomas M. Ryan, a prominent businessman in
Fort Worth. The Ryan family owned several
businesses including Waples Platter Company,
Ranch Style, Inc., White Swan Foods, Ryan
Mortgage Company, and First Life Insurance
Company. John P. Ryan served as President and
CEO for most of these companies at one time or
The Foundation received its initial funding from
the Estate of Helen Ryan upon her death in 1983.
The Foundation received additional funding from
John Ryan during his lifetime and from his
Estate upon his death in 2003. The name of the
Foundation was changed to The Thomas M.,
Helen McKee & John P. Ryan Foundation, Inc.
to adequately reflect all the names of the
significant donors to the Foundation.
The Foundation is governed by a Board of
Directors with 5 members all from Fort Worth.
The mission of the Foundation is to support a
wide variety of public charities in the State of
Texas, with an emphasis on Tarrant County and
Fort Worth as this is the lifelong home of the
donors of the Foundation. Areas of interest
include health care, human and social services,
education, children services, and the arts. We
do not make any grants to individuals.
As of December 31, 2013, the total assets of the
foundation are approximately $110,000,000.00. Since the inception of the Foundation, we have made
grants of $46,000,000 to local charities.
Our grants range in size from $5,000 to
$500,000. The median or typical size grant is
around $ 25,000.
The Foundation has Guidelines for Grants
which detail all the items we require with a
grant request proposal.
Our Foundation Board meets 4 times a year in the
first week of March, June, September and
December to consider grant request proposals.
Our deadline for submitting a written
application is the 1st day of the month
preceding the Board Meeting. All grant requests
will receive a formal written response
specifying the action taken by the Board.