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Funding Agencies that Serve Our Communities

The Valero Energy Foundation -- a public charity and Valero's philanthropic arm -- funds nonprofit agencies that serve predominantly disadvantaged children and families. 

In 2019, the Foundation contributed appoximately $40 million in assistance in the communities where Valero has major operations.


We Aim to Improve the Quality of Life Through Four Pillars of Support:

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1. Basic Needs

Valero gives assistance to agencies that provide basic needs of life, including shelter, food and clothing necessary for the development of a strong and safe community. In 2019, we donated approximately $10 million to organizations such as emergency response services, children’s homes and area food banks.

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2. Health Care

We invest in the development of strategic community health resources and facilities that will support the needs of all members of our nearby communities, with major gifts going to children’s hospitals, university medical centers and service providers that offer specialized health care services and programs.  We gave more than $11 million in 2019 to facilities that support health resources  serving the current and long-term needs within our communities. 

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3. Education

Valero is a strong advocate of education as it creates a necessary foundation for all children to thrive and for adults to lead productive lives. In 2019, we invested approximately $18 million in public school programs that prepare kids for college, and in STEM education programs and after-school programs, just to name a few. 

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4. Civic

We support civic and environmental initiatives directly related to the success of the communities where we live and work. In 2019 we donated more than $2 million to support a diversity of conservation programs, city parks and zoos, museums and community safety infrastructure including police, fire and EMS.

Making College Possible

Jennifer Fuentes is the first in her family to go to college. Thanks to a landmark, five-year $8.4 million Foundation grant to the San Antonio Independent School district to provide advisors to work with the student, she now attends Texas Tech University.

“I am beyond grateful to Valero for investing so much support in making sure students like myself know the educational options that are out there,” 

Jennifer Fuentes

Sending Foster Families to Camp

A Valero Energy Foundation donation to Buckner Children and Family Services allowed a number of Texas children and their foster families to attend summer camp.

“People of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds coming together to take care of kids in need. I know the kids in foster care face all kinds of struggles, but this weekend was just about families getting out and having fun.”

Tiffany Foster and Adoptive Parent

Working to Prevent Child Abuse in Our Communities

Valero's support of Child Safe and sponsorship of Cardboard Kids has allowed treatment of hundreds of child abuse victims and helped build their resiliency to lead productive lives with their families and our community.

"Valero’s loyal sponsorship of Cardboard Kids has enabled the campaign's expansion and has had a positive impact on our community. Valero's investment allows ChildSafe to treat abuse survivors; prevent it from happening to other children; and breaks the intergenerational cycle of abuse."

Maliha I. ChildSafe SA
If you are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission aligns with our funding priorities, apply for a Valero Energy Foundation Grant

Request funding from the Valero Energy Foundation for your 501(c)3 non profit agency. 

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Our funding focuses on our four pillars of giving in communities where we have major operations.

  • Basic Needs/Social Services
  • Health Care
  • Education
  • Civic

Please request funding at least two months prior to your deadline. If you have more than one need for the year, please combine all of your needs in one application.

We look forward to your proposal.

Apply for a Grant

Valero Energy Foundation Leadership


Joseph W. Gorder
Seymour Battle
Harminder S. (Homer) Bhullar
Jason W. Fraser


Joseph W. Gorder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
R. Lane Riggs, President and Chief Operating Officer
Jason W. Fraser, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Gary K. Simmons, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer
Seymour Battle, Senior Vice President
Cheryl L. Thomas, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Richard J. Walsh, Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Stephanie A. Wersell, Vice President
Harminder S. (Homer) Bhullar, Vice President
John P. Locke, Vice President and Treasurer
Jude A. Dworaczyk, Assistant Secretary
Ethan A. Jones, Assistant Secretary
Kari Waclawczyk, Corporate Sponsorship Officer

Making a Positive Impact