The legacy of this hardworking, generous couple, Bob and Helen Kleberg, lies in their namesake, the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation. Their legacy is deeply rooted in South Texas. Their abiding interest in science combined with their shared passion for cultural, civic, and environmental issues has helped ensure that the South Texas spirit lives on for future generations.
The Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation is committed to supporting and improving quality of life in South Texas communities, investing in scientific research and innovation, and wildlife and habitat stewardship. Robert and Helen Kleberg founded this private, family foundation in 1950 in Kingsville, Texas. Initially the Foundation made very small grants ranging from $25 to $250. To date, the Foundation has awarded nearly $277 million and continues to take pride in the vision of its founders and the accomplishments of the Foundation’s grant recipients.