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


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Houston, TX 77019

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Grants by Year

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Total grants funded in 2016: $1,532,546

ARTS - $254,000
EDUCATION - $803,500
HEALTH - $85,600
OTHER - $109,446

ARTS - $254,000
Alley Theatre
Educational outreach support
American Festival for the Arts
Support for need-based scholarships to the summer youth conservatory program
Art Access Initiative-Houston
Collaborative art access and integration program in HISD public schools
Art League of Houston
Support for school art & literacy program
Ballet Austin
Support for school arts program
Classical Theatre Company
Classical theatre programs for school children
Contemporary Austin Museum
Support for school art programs
Creative Action-Austin
Support for education and community outreach programs
FotoFest, Inc.
After school literacy & photography programs
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
Houston Youth Symphony
After school music program
MindPop - Austin
Collaborative arts integration program with 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
Education and outreach programs for school children
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra
Education and outreach programs for school children
Sam Houston State University- Huntsville
Summer youth arts program
Theatre Under the Stars
Support for education and community outreach programs
Young Audiences of Houston & Arts Access Initiative
Performing arts outreach program to HISD schools & collaborative arts integration program with HISD

Barton Springs Conservancy- Austin
Conservation and education programs
Bayou Preservation Association, Inc.
Support for education and community programs
Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Operational support for hike & bike trails and bayou park creation & restoration
Hermann Park Conservancy
General operations for the park
Hill Country Conservancy- Austin
Support for the Violet Crown hike and bike trail
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
Katy Prairie Conservancy
General operations including education programs
Memorial Park Conservancy
Park programs
National Wildlife Federation
Schoolyard habitat program in HISD
Nature Discovery Center
Support for education programs
Development of neighborhood playgrounds on public school grounds
Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation
Support for Powderhorn Ranch
Travis Audubon Society- Austin
Support for education and conservation programs
Trees for Houston
Support for public education programs
The Woods Project
Wilderness exploration program for inner city youth
Trust for Public Land
Green mapping of the San Jacinto River in Walker County
Urban Harvest
School gardening programs
Waller Creek Conservancy – Austin
Community and education programs
The Woods Project
Youth outdoor leadership development program

EDUCATION - $803,500
Ann Richards School Foundation
After school and summer program for enhanced learning
AVANCE – Austin
Early childhood parenting program
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star
After school & mentoring program for at-risk youth
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas
Afterschool & mentoring program for at-risk youth
Bookspring- Austin
Community literacy 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
Children’s Museum of Houston
Para Los Ninos- Literacy Program for Spanish speaking families
Chinese Community Center
Early childhood and after-school programming
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 Foundation of Texas- Educate Texas
Support for the Regional STEM Initiative in Harris County
Communities in Schools
In-school support for children and their families
Communities in Schools of Central Texas - Austin
In-school support for children and their families
Enrichment opportunities for at-risk high school students
Education Pioneers
Administrative support for schools and nonprofit education programs
EMERGE Fellowship
College placement for at-risk youth
Families Empowered
Support for parents in navigating best education options for their children
Friends of Montessori
Expansion of Montessori options to HISD high school
Socio-emotional training for teachers
After school mentoring program for young girls
Genesys Works, Inc.
Student job training in the sciences and technology
Greater Houston Community Foundation- Houston 17
Planning funds for expansion of quality seats in Houston schools
Houston A+ Challenge
Teacher professional development training in HISD
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Education and outreach programs
Kids Hope USA
School mentoring and tutorial program
KIPP Academy
Charter school expansion
Literacy Advance of Houston
Free adult literacy programs
Making It Better
After school enrichment program support
OneGoal Houston
In school College access program
Project GRAD
In school College access program
RELAY- Graduate School of Education
Master teacher preparation program
Reasoning Mind
Online math curriculum support
Rice University- School Literacy & Culture Project
Early Childhood literacy program
SEARCH- House of Tiny Treasures
Early childhood program for homeless children
St. Edwards University
STEM Teacher Circle
Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium
Effort to improve public schools with focus on teacher preparation and school finance
University of Houston, Downtown
Summer STEM program for teens- Houston PREP
University of Texas Health & Science Center- Children’s Learning Institute
Early childhood teacher training
Wayside Schools- Austin
Charter school support
World Affairs Council of Houston
School-based education programs
Writers in the Schools
School-based creative writing program
YES Prep Public Schools
Charter School Expansion

HEALTH - $85,600
Bridges to Life - Huntsville
Recidivism reduction program
Cathedral Health Outreach Ministries
Homeless services
De Pelchin Children's Center
In school counseling for troubled children
Environmental Defense Fund
Initiatives for clean air in Houston
Houston Compass, Inc
Case management for the homeless
Northwest Assistance Ministries
Services for homeless families & school support for children
Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas
Education program support

OTHER - $109,446
Exponent Philanthropy
Philanthropic education programs
Philanthropy Roundtable
Philanthropic education programs
Philanthropy Southwest
Philanthropic education programs
Trustee Directed Grants
Matching grants and trustee discretionary grants