Braunfels Foundation Trust
The Braunfels Foundation Trust (BFT) is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization founded in 1974 in New Braunfels, Texas. Following the devastating flood of 1972, the good people of Braunfels, Germany, our city's namesake, presented New Braunfels with a monetary gift of $1,500 to be used as seed money for the development and launch of the Braunfels Foundation Trust.
Mission of the Trust
The purpose for which the Braunfels Foundation Trust was created was the advancement of education and science, the lessening of the burdens of government, the combating of community deterioration, and the social welfare in the greater New Braunfels area. Today, the Trust emphasizes youth education programs and scholarships.
Home Page Castle Images: Braunfels Castle, located in Braunfels, Germany, our city's namesake, was a stately home that had been built from a castle built in the 13th century by the Counts of Nassau, served as of about 1260 as the Solms-Braunfels noble family's residential castle. After Solms Castle had been destroyed by the Rhenish League of Towns in 1384, Braunfels Castle became the seat of the Counts of Solms. Over the castle's more than 750-year-long history, building work was done many times. Particularly worthy of mention is the town and castle fire of 1679, which burnt much of Braunfels and its stately seat down. Both were then built into a Baroque residence. Braunfels Castle was rebuilt out of materials that were still on hand.
2020 Braunfels Foundation Trustees
The Braunfels Foundation Trust is led by nine Trustees. Three are selected by the Board of Directors of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. Three are selected by Hall of Honor Inductees of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. One Trustee shall be the President, one shall be the Chairman, and one shall be the Immediate Past Chairman of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.