The RFL opened its doors in 1962, making it the fifth Cooperating Collection in the Foundation Center’s national network. The RFL began as a dream of Dr. Robert L. Sutherland, the first President of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, a grantmaking and operating foundation that is an administrative unit of The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Sutherland recognized the critical importance of providing information and facilitating open communication between tax-exempt entities seeking funds and the growing number of grantmakers, especially those in Texas.
In 2007, the Hogg Foundation and RFL became part of the university’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) with the RFL becoming a separate unit within DDCE. It is now housed in the DDCE’s Community Engagement Center in East Austin. Its patrons include representatives of nonprofit programs and services, educational entities, charitable organizations, faith-based programs and services, governmental entities, as well as individuals.