The Powell Foundation is a private, family foundation incorporated in Texas. It is governed by a board of nine directors comprised of three generations of the Powell family and one independent director. The Foundation is operated by a small staff located in central Houston. The Powell Foundation places priority on organizations and programs that serve residents in Harris, Travis and Walker counties, principally in the fields of education, the arts, health and conservation.
Special consideration is given to grants that support demographic segments of the population that are particularly at-risk: people in poverty, the homeless, immigrants and minorities; grants that address a critical need and those having timing of the essence. The Foundation’s current emphasis is in the field of public education supporting programs that strengthen the public education system and programs that ensure children of early childhood age-12th grade are academically prepared to pursue postsecondary accreditation.