About Us



The T.L.L. Temple Foundation works alongside rural communities to build a thriving East Texas and to alleviate poverty, creating access and opportunities for all.


Our team, our work, and our grantmaking are guided by the following beliefs:

  • We believe in the inherent dignity–the value and worth–of each individual.
  • We work toward equitable outcomes for all people.
  • We recognize and value diverse perspectives.
  • We believe in the importance of being a good neighbor and giving back to communities in our region.
  • We will act ethically and with integrity.
  • We value learning and are committed to utilizing available knowledge and to developing new knowledge.
  • We are committed to partnering with others to advance shared goals, and we rely on strong nonprofit partners to fulfill our mission.
  • Rural people and rural places are important to us. We recognize the challenges of rural isolation and are committed to bringing resources to rural communities in East Texas.