Waco Foundation is humbled and honored to announce the second largest gift in the Foundation’s history from a generous bequest by Kent Harvey Keeth.
The gift, totaling more than $8 million, will ensure Kent’s legacy of community, civic and charitable service will live in perpetuity.

Kent graduated from Baylor University in 1960 with a B.A. in history and minors in English, Spanish, philosophy and economics. He earned an M.A. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1961 and a master’s degree in library science from the University of California-Berkeley the following year. Kent was a member of the Peace Corps, spoke fluent German and established a library at the Malaysian Teachers College in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 1973, Kent and his wife Lucy returned to Waco where Kent served as the Director of the Texas Collection until he retired in 2003.
Kent and his wife Lucy were committed to improving quality of life in Waco and made a tremendous impact in many areas of our community. They were both lifelong learners and avid readers with a host of civic and professional accomplishments. Kent and Lucy were instrumental in the founding of the Sanger Heights Neighborhood Association in 1984, which remained near and dear to him throughout his years. Kent also represented Sanger Heights as a NeighborWorks board member where he helped the organization adopt and reconstruct the Gildersleeve homes with historical accuracy. He was a supporter of many local organizations and boards, including Waco Plan Commission, Fuzzy Friends Rescue, Waco Friends of the Library, the YMCA of Central Texas, the Texas Collection and Mission Waco.
“It’s a tremendous honor for Waco Foundation to receive this gift," Ashley Allison, Executive Director of Waco Foundation. "The impact of Kent Keeth’s generosity will be far-reaching, and Waco will truly be a better place because of his kindness."
Kent believed that being involved in civic and charitable activities was part of being a good citizen, and he always encouraged others to do the same. His bequest to Waco Foundation ensures his legacy of community vision and charitable giving will benefit the Waco community for generations to come.   
Waco Foundation's Board of Trustees and staff would like to thank Cara Chase for her 11 years of outstanding service to the Foundation.

Cara joined the Board in 2008 and ended her tenure by serving as Board Chair for the past two years. Cara’s leadership has helped guide the Foundation with integrity and dedication, and her passion for helping Waco is both apparent and greatly appreciated by all who have had the privilege to work with her.

Though her official role with Waco Foundation has come to a close, we look forward to a continued partnership with Cara as we strive to improve quality of life for our community.
At the end of 2018, Waco Foundation's Board of Trustees adopted a new vision and values statement that formally established racial equity as one of the Foundation’s priorities.
Vision for Racial Equity Work
To make Greater Waco a better place to live for all members of the community and to help foster an environment in which a person’s race or ethnicity has no influence on how one fares in society. (Source: Equity in the Center)
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Waco Foundation is proud to introduce the 2018-2019 graduates of The LeadershipPlenty® Institute-Waco. We look forward to continuing to partner together to improve quality of life in our community!
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The Waco Foundation Board of Trustees and staff would like
to welcome the newest Board Members and thank them for their service.
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60th Anniversary Annual Report
Check out Waco Foundation's 60th Anniversary Annual Report to learn more about the Foundation's work in the community.
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Giving Connection
A monthly, 26-minute talk show hosted by Waco Foundation on Waco’s City Cable Channel (WCCC-TV).
This special episode of the Giving Connection was filmed on location at Hustle Co-Working and featured conversations with Prosperity Tax Service, DeuxSouth and Olive IP, just a few of the tenants who have made Hustle Co-Working their new home base.
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Pie Society
Pie Society is a community-wide giving society made up of generous donors who have promised to leave a portion of their estate — or a piece of their pie — to charity. If you’ve made this commitment, you are already a part of the Pie Society, and we want to hear from you!
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