Recent Press


A major step in serving the talent and research needs of a challenging world
Thanks to a landmark $100 million commitment from the Moody Foundation, SMU is launching the Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies. This is a transformational moment for SMU, signaling that the University has the means to attract and support research of the highest caliber, and the men and women who deliver it.

Moody Foundation Donates $130M to UT; New Arena to be Named Moody Center

The University of Texas at Austin’s new basketball arena and events center will be named Moody Center in honor of a $130 million grant to UT from the Moody Foundation.

Moody Foundation Awards $1.5 Million Grant to Comp-U-Dopt

Grant to provide technology access and education for underserved youth in Galveston
The Moody Foundation has awarded a $1.5 million grant to Comp-U-Dopt to provide computers to underserved youth in Galveston over the next five years.

Moody Foundation Welcomes New Regional Grants Officer

AUSTIN, Texas – July 30, 2019 – The Moody Foundation has hired Emily Greer as its new Central Texas regional grants officer. Greer’s hiring comes as the Foundation continues to expand its presence across the state, especially in Austin.

Moody Foundation Brings World-Class Green Spaces to Austin

Mayor Steve Adler proclaimed May 9 Moody Foundation Day for green spaces involvement
As an avid green spaces enthusiast and long-time Austinite, Ross Moody, trustee of the Moody Foundation and Chairman and CEO of Austin-based National Western Life Group, witnessed a pressing need in his beloved city for world-class green spaces.

Moody Foundation Awards $5 Million Grant to Presidential Leadership Scholars

Second Major Gift Since the Program’s Inception
The Moody Foundation has made its second $5 million grant to the Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program. PLS serves as a catalyst for a diverse network of leaders brought together to collaborate and make a difference in the world.

Moody Foundation Awards $250,000 to Galveston County Long Term Recovery Group

Funds will support continued Hurricane Harvey Recovery in Galveston County
TEXAS CITY, Texas (Jan. 14, 2019) - The Moody Foundation awarded $250,000 to support the Galveston County Long Term Recovery Group (GCLTRG) through the Mainland Children’s Partnership. The grant funds labor to repair homes on the GCLTRG’s waiting list when volunteer help is unavailable.

Moody Foundation Recognized with TTIA Heritage Award for Contributions to Texas Travel Industry

AUSTIN, Texas (Oct. 15, 2018) – In honor of 75 years of supporting travel and tourism in communities across Texas, the Texas Travel Industry Association (TTIA) presented its 2018 Heritage Award to the Moody Foundation on Sept. 26 during TTIA’s 33rd Annual Texas Travel Summit in Galveston.

Moody Foundation Announces Third Round of ‘Generation Moody’ Grants with $6,115,000 Investment

Grants Focus on Educational Achievement for Galveston Youth
GALVESTON, Texas (July 31, 2018) – The Moody Foundation announced today its third round of Generation Moody education grants with a $6,115,000 commitment to three grant recipients, all focused on helping Galveston students access career-readiness programs.

Moody Foundation Awards Grant Benefiting Santa Fe High School Victims, Families and Local First Responders

$250,000 Grant to Improve Security and Safety Measures
GALVESTON, Texas (July 31, 2018) – In response to the May 18 shooting tragedy at Santa Fe High School, the Moody Foundation has granted $250,000 to provide financial support to victims and their families, augment Santa Fe ISD security measures to make classrooms a safer place and purchase updated equipment for Galveston County first responders.

Moody Foundation Awards $15 Million to Create New Comprehensive Breast Health Center at Parkland

Fundraising effort for new center reaches more than $30 million
DALLAS, Texas (May 15, 2018) – The Moody Foundation has made a $15 million gift to help create a new comprehensive breast center at Parkland Health & Hospital System.

Moody Foundation Awards More Than $12.5 Million ‘Generation Moody’ Investment in Programs Benefiting Galveston Youth

Recipients Provide After-School Programs, Dual Credit Programs and Professional Development
GALVESTON, Texas (May 14, 2018) – The Moody Foundation approved a $12,955,472 commitment in Generation Moody grants today to seven grant recipients, the second and largest round of grants to date.

Moody Foundation Contributes $6.25 Million To YMCA Camp Cypress Project

AUSTIN, Texas (March 6, 2018) – The Moody Foundation has granted $6,250,000 to the YMCA of Austin in support of the Phase I campaign goal for Camp Cypress, an 85-acre overnight and day-camp along Onion Creek in northern Hays County.

Moody Foundation Grant Brings 4,000 Volunteers to Rebuild Galveston County

$860,000 Grant Follows Initial $1 Million Response to Hurricane Harvey
GALVESTON, Texas (Feb. 27, 2018) – The Moody Foundation granted $860,000 to the United Way of Galveston County to help home rebuilding efforts in Galveston County in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Moody Foundation Launches Generation Moody Education Initiative with $8,613,679 Investment

Grant Recipients Form Links in Initiative’s Cradle-to-Career System
GALVESTON, Tex. (Feb. 23, 2018) – The Moody Foundation has launched its Generation Moody Education Initiative, a signature project benefitting Galveston Island by providing a catalyst for exceptional education opportunities.