R ecognized extensively for their longstanding leadership and generosity, Joe and Teresa Long have been pillars of their community in Austin, Texas. With an acute awareness that education is essential to unlocking potential, Mr. and Mrs. Long have spent the past three decades shaping the educational landscape of their native Texas through their extraordinary generosity. Together, the couple created The Long Foundation in 1999 to promote programs that provide opportunities for young Texans to improve their economic and social potential, as well as that of their communities. Alongside education, the couple is fiercely dedicated to improving healthcare access and offerings in their community. The Longs have donated over $60 million to UT Health, allowing for more than 290 scholarships and empowered excellence in faculty recruitment.
Beyond education and healthcare, Mr. and Mrs. Long are loyal patrons of the arts, with their support of cultural initiatives and institutions reflecting a sincere appreciation for how the arts can enrich lives. The Longs became the lead donors for the renovation of Austin’s downtown auditorium, known today as the Joe R. and Teresa L. Long Center for the Performing Arts, which gives a home to the city’s major music ensembles, opera company and theater troupe. The couple has also channeled their love of the arts in building a personal collection of remarkable Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. Connoisseurs of collecting for more than five decades, Mr. and Mrs. Long have traveled the world assembling a superb collection of nineteenth and twentieth century portraiture, landscape and genre paintings from European, American and Latin American artists, which they bring home to Austin.