Austin Bat Cave has many supporters–individuals, local businesses, corporations, and foundations. One foundation that we celebrate as a friend and supporter is the Burdine Johnson Foundation.
In 1960 Burdine Clayton Johnson, with the help of her husband J.M. Johnson and several trustees, founded the Burdine Johnson Foundation for the “purposes of public usefulness.” Today the foundation supports ABC’s programs, development, and creation of our kid-written annual anthology, as well as many different environmental, historical, and arts-based projects.
Burdine Johnson was one of four sisters and her father, William L. Clayton, helped form the Marshall Plan to revitalize Europe after WWII. An avid believer in the power of the arts, she played piano and loved music, acting, and poetry, even self-publishing a collection of poems called Winds Over Halifax, focusing on the family’s ranch (now a nature preserve) and the natural world. Today the organization is run by Bill Johnson, his daughter Katherine Johnson, and Robert Giberson.