Once Upon a Time…

The Once Upon a Time Foundation is a $250 million private foundation based in Fort Worth, Texas. We support a wide range of organizations including those that provide arts and humanities, community affairs, health and medicine, human services, and education benefits to members of the community.

Our Programs

The Philanthropy Lab

The Philanthropy Lab engages college students in philanthropy by giving them the tangible responsibility of directing real money to nonprofit organizations in the context of full-credit undergraduate courses. Over $12 million has been distributed to nonprofits, directed by undergraduate students

Electronic Data & Mental Health Research

Grants totaling $3 million were awarded to clinical teams of experts at Harvard McLean, Johns Hopkins University, and University of Pennsylvania to collaborate in parallel research studies on “The Use of Patients’ Electronic Communications in Psychiatric Evaluation and Treatment.”

Child Apraxia Treatment & Research

Child Apraxia Treatment provides resources to both parents and clinicians on evidence-based assessment and treatment of childhood apraxia of speech, including the Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC) treatment method. Grants totaling nearly $1 million have been awarded to study the effects of various treatment conditions, including parent training, length of therapy session, and masking, on outcome measures for children with moderate to severe childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), using Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC), an evidence-based treatment method.

Partnership with UT Southwestern

Once Upon a Time has been a philanthropic partner to UT Southwestern for nearly 20 years, investing over $13 million in some of the most important work underway, ranging from emergency medicine to neurology research to precision cancer treatments.


“Ongoing support from Once Upon a Time… has enabled UT Southwestern to advance transformational research and clinical programs that have the potential to change the landscape of medicine. The Foundation’s latest investment in UT Southwestern is an impressive reflection of confidence in groundbreaking work taking place at this institution.”

Dr. Daniel K Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern


Once Upon a Time…

is a Nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.

EIN 75-2765224