Supporting education, health, conservation and the arts in Harris, Travis and Walker counties since 1967



Caroline J. Sabin, Executive Director
The Powell Foundation
2121 San Felipe, Suite 110
Houston, TX 77019


2121 San Felipe, Suite 110
Houston, TX 77019

Telephone: 713-523-7557
Fax: 713-523-7553


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Grants by Year

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Total grants funded in 2013: $1,004,600

ARTS - $153,500
EDUCATION - $529,500
HEALTH - $91,000
OTHER - $71,800

ARTS - $153,500
Alley Theatre
Educational outreach support
American Festival for the Arts
Support for need-based scholarships to the summer youth conservatory program
Ballet Austin
Support for educational programming
Da Camera of Houston
Support for education and community outreach programs
Hope Stone
After school arts programs for at-risk children
Houston Ballet Foundation
Support for education and community outreach programs and new ballet school facilities
Houston Grand Opera Association
Support for education and community outreach programs
Houston Symphony Society
Support for education and community outreach programs
Main Street Theatre
Support for education and community outreach programs
MindPOP- Austin
Arts curriculum integration into AISD
Museum of Fine Arts/ Glassell School of Art
Support for the CORE Artist-in- Residence Program
Museum of Fine Arts/Bayou Bend
Support for education and community outreach programs
Support for education and community outreach programs
Project Grad Houston
Support for the fine arts education program in HISD
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra
General operations
Shakespeare Globe Centre Southwest, Inc.
Outreach performances of Shakespeare for underserved children
Theatre Under the Stars
Support for education and community outreach programs
Young Audiences of Houston
Performing arts outreach program to HISD schools

Bamberger Charitable Trust
Support for educational programming for Austin school children
Bayou Land Conservancy
Support for the preservation of Deer Park Prairie
Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Operational support for hike & bike trails and bayou restoration
Camp Allen – Episcopal Diocese
Hands-on environmental program for elementary students
EarthShare of Texas
Support for Texas Environmental Grantmakers Group
Environmental Defense Fund
Initiatives for clean air in Houston
Herman Park Conservancy
Support for Centennial Gardens
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Education and community Outreach programs
Houston Audubon Society
Education and community Outreach programs
Houston Zoo, Inc.
Education and community Outreach programs
Memorial Park Conservancy
Park restoration efforts
National Wildlife Federation
Schoolyard habitat program in HISD
Nature Discovery Center
Education and community Outreach programs
Development of neighborhood playgrounds on public school grounds
Travis Audubon Society
Operational support
Trees for Houston
Support for public education programs
The Woods Project
Wilderness exploration program for inner city youth
Urban Harvest
School gardening programs

EDUCATION - $529,500
AVANCE – Austin
Early childhood parenting program
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star
After school program for at-risk youth
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area
“Power Hour” after school program
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston
“Power Hour” after school program
Breakthrough Austin
Support to encourage low-income students to pursue college and a career in education
Breakthrough Houston
Support to encourage low-income students to pursue college and a career in education
Change Happens
Juvenile mentoring program
Children’s Museum of Houston
FLIP- Family Literacy Involvement Program
Citizen Schools
Support for a high-impact, after school program with mentoring component
Collaborative for Children
Support for the neighborhood initiative, College Bound Culture, Beginning at Birth
College Forward
College matriculation for at-risk youth
Communities in Schools
In-school support for children and their families
Education Pioneers
Placement of graduate program fellows in school district administrations
After school mentoring program for young girls
Genesys Works, Inc.
Student job training in the sciences and technology
Houston Center for Literacy
Literacy program support
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Education and outreach programs
KIPP Academy
Charter school expansion
Literacy Advance of Houston
Free adult literacy programs
Making It Better
After school enrichment program support
Memorial Area Assistance Ministries
Adult education program support for immigrants
Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
Comprehensive family literacy program
Neuhaus Education Center
Teacher literacy and curriculum planning support
Charter school enrichment and manhood development programs
Rice University- School Literacy & Culture Project
Dual language and early literacy support for early childhood centers
SEARCH- House of Tiny Treasures
Early childhood program for homeless children
St. Edwards University
STEM Teacher training and professional development
Teach for America
Expansion of corps members in Houston
Texans Association for the Education of Young Children
Support for training of early childhood teachers
Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium
Statewide effort to improve public schools
University of Houston- College of Education
TEACH2LEAD program to develop master teachers
University of Houston, Downtown
Summer STEM program for teens- Houston PREP
Wesley Community Center, Inc.
Early childhood and after school program
Writers in the School
In school creative writing support for elementary students
World Affairs Council of Houston
In school curriculum support for current events and world history
YES Prep Public Schools
Charter School Expansion

HEALTH - $91,000
Cathedral Health Outreach Ministries
Homeless services
Child abuse prevention program geared to children
Community of the Streets Outreach
Homeless services
De Pelchin Children’s Center
In school counseling for troubled children
ESCAPE Family Resource Center
Support services for Hispanic families
Houston Area Women’s Center
Education programs for children
Houston COMPASS, Inc.
Homeless services
Meals on Wheels and More- Austin
Free meals for preschool age children
Mental Health America
Education and community outreach
Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas
Education program support

OTHER - $71,800
Association of Small Foundations
Philanthropic education programs
Conference of Southwest Foundations
Philanthropic education programs
Philanthropy Roundtable
Philanthropic education programs
Trustee Directed Grants
Matching grants and trustee discretionary grants