The Semp Russ Foundation Fund
With an initial gift of $2.9 million in 1978, Semp Russ' fund has given out more than $10 million in grants, with a balance of $6 million remaining today.
The $2.9 million bequest Semp Russ left upon his death in 1979 was the largest gift the Area Foundation had received in our then 15-year history. Semp Russ’ legacy of giving lives on nearly four decades since his death. When he passed away in 1978, just months shy of his 100th birthday, athlete, attorney, sportsman and philanthropist Semp Russ left the San Antonio Area Foundation a generous gift of $2.9 million. Over the decades, the Semp Russ Foundation has given nearly $11 million to medicine, healthcare and research projects in San Antonio and the surrounding area. Because Semp Russ chose the Area Foundation, his fund continues to grow, giving it the power to impact lives forever.