“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” ― John Holmes

Helping Local Schools
Helping Local Schools

We were so happy to present Sivells Elementary with a check toward their Butterfly Garden Project. Helping students grow and learn is what it’s all about.

Donation to Sivells Elementary School
Serving medical community
Serving Our Medical Community

We love giving to those in the medical field who help keep our friends and neighbors healthy! A healthier Wharton equals a brighter future for our community.

Oakbend Medical Donation
Donating to the PAWWS Program
Donating to the PAWWS Program

We love contributing to local schools like Sivells Elementary. Go Tigers!

Donating to the PAWWS Program
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Million in Grants given


Unique areas of focus


Years of Service

Our Mission

To support charitable organizations with an emphasis on enhancing the lives of youth in all aspects, in the Wharton County Area, although other charitable organizations are not excluded.


Mary Louise Dobson grants shall primarily be for education, health human services, civic or cultural purposes, with priority given to current initiatives.

For More Information, Click Here.


The Application Process Includes:
1) Submitting a qualification page to be approved by the foundation
2) Submitting the grant application


November 1st & May 1st for meetings occurring in the following months.

Need Help?

For questions about the application process feel free to call or email us! ↓

Recent Recipients

Boy Scouts of America (Local Pack) - $2,500 - Purchasing of Equipment

Boys & Girls Club of Bay City & Matagorda County - $8,000 - Operating Support

Boys & Girls Club of El Campo - $10,000 - Staff Resiliency Training & Operating Support

Donate Today!

Please send your check, made payable to:
“Mary Louise Dobson Foundation” to
P.O. Box 588, Wharton, TX 77488

We love giving back to our community!

The Team

Meet Our Directors

Abby King
Abby King
Chairman/Executive Director
Mary Louise Dobson
Mary Louise Dobson
Director - Emeritus Lifetime
Jimmy Schulz
Jimmy Schulz
Director - President
Jane Dobson
Jane Dobson
Director - Vice President Lifetime
Don Hillis
Don Hillis
Ron Sanders
Ron Sanders
Sarah Armour
Sarah W. Armour
Dwight D. King, DVM
Dwight D. King, DVM
Director - Lifetime

A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.

– Steve Maraboli

The Dobson Youth Center

Thank You Notes

Contact us

Questions? Contact Us today!
The Mary Louise Dobson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.  Since you receive no goods or services as a result of your donation, your gift is considered a tax-deductible gift within the limits allowed by the Internal Revenue Service.  It is always best to check with your CPA as to the effect of your donation on your personal situation.