In 1885 when Isla Randa Carroll was born in a small rural town near Temple, Texas, little did she know that she would become one of the faces of philanthropy. Well, she did and like W. K Kellogg and Andrew Carnegie, Isla Carroll Sterling Turner was one of those fortunate people who generously shared her treasure with her friends. Subsequently, the lives of untold numbers of Texans have been and will continue to be improved because of her industry, her thoughtfulness, and her consideration for others.
This photograph of Mrs. Isla Carroll Sterling Turner was taken in her later years following the establishment in 1956 of the Isla Carroll Turner Friendship Trust and the establishment in 1960 of Turner Charitable Foundation (which, in 1999, changed its name to Sterling-Turner Foundation). Mrs. Turner's first husband, Frank Prior Sterling, was one of the founders of The Humble Oil & Refining Company (today's Exxon Mobil Corporation). That group of founders drilled their first oil wells early in this century in Humble, Texas (near Houston). Sterling-Turner Foundation is a private trust which can assist any Section 501(c)(3) organization in the State of Texas. The Foundation is not permitted to assist individuals.
Some of Mrs. Isla Carroll Sterling Turner's gifts have benefited organizations such as Texas Heart Institute, Episcopal High School, Kinkaid School, St. Thomas High School, Trinity Episcopal Church, Brookwood Community, University of Houston, Christus St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, The Briarwood School, Schreiner University (Kerrville, Texas), San Jacinto Council of Girl Scouts, The Alley Theatre, American Cancer Society - Gulf Coast Chapter, Arbor Preschool, Austin Smiles (Austin, Texas), Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Southeast Texas, Boys & Girls Harbor, Boys & Girls Country, Casa de Esperanza, The Children's Fund, The Children's Museum, The Chinquapin School, Christ Church Episcopal (Jonestown, Texas), Coastal Conservation Association, Texas - Central Houston Chapter, DePelchin-Faith Center, Duchesne Academy of The Sacred Hearth, End Hunger, First Christian Church (San Angelo, Texas), Hill Country Youth Ranch (Hunt, Texas), Houston Ballet, Houston Eye Associates Foundation, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Public Television - KUHTV, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Symphony Society, Hunt Volunteer Fire Department (Hunt, Texas), Ingram Volunteer Fire Department (Ingram, Texas), Inprint, Inc., James Phillips Williams Memorial Foundation (San Angelo, Texas), Mars Hill Productions, The Oaks at Briargrove, Open Door Mission, Post Oak YMCA - Partners in Youth, S.I.R.E., St. Pius X High School, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts (San Angelo, Texas), San Jose Clinic, Star of Hope, Taping for the Blind, Texas Children's Hospital - Houston, Young Life (Kerrville, Texas), and Zoo Friends of Houston.