Gifts and Grants

Faculty, students, and staff associated with the ANSERS Institute benefit from the gifts provided to us by individuals and organizations. These gifts may take the form of a one-time gift or an endowed gift (whose pooled assets are invested in perpetuity). Often, endowments are named gifts that leave your own legacy or memorialize or honor the life and accomplishments of loved ones. Gifts can be designated for specific purposes (e.g., scholarships for graduate students interested in pursuing a career in special education), or gifts may be unrestricted, providing ANSERS with the flexibility to address priorities that may shift over time. Whether or not you give to ANSERS through a one-time donation or an endowment, we appreciate all of our supporters – your generosity allows us to better meet the needs of children, families, and teachers in the North Texas region. Make a gift or contact Development Director Marc Mitrano for more information.


  • Ann Jones Endowed Chair in Special Education
  • Lay-Williams Endowed Fund for Special Education
  • Kay Lynn Curtis Reininger Endowed Fund for Professional Development


  • Anonymous Gift – Unrestricted
  • Morris Foundation Professional Development Project
  • Nicole and Carl Stroud Pinwheel Project
  • Hugh and Janet Thompson Research Gift


ANSERS has received more than three million dollars in grant funding over the past five years. Grants have been awarded by the U. S. Department of Education, Universities, and Organizations. Grant projects have included research and service projects. Faculty associated with the ANSERS Institute engage in grant writing in order to fund continued research and service activities through the Institute. A list of current grants is shared below.

  • Amon G. Carter Foundation: The LEAP Program at KinderFrogs
  • Institute of Education Sciences: The Math Learning Companion: An Individualized Intervention for Students with Learning Disabilities
  • University of Oregon’s Mathematics and Electronic Text Research Center: Learning Mathematics Online