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

Areas of Interest


2121 San Felipe, Suite 110
Houston, TX 77019

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


Driving Directions


The Powell Foundation supports efforts to improve the public education system within the Houston Independent School District (Harris County), Austin Independent School District (Travis County) and Huntsville Independent School District (Walker County). However, there is a willingness to consider particular programs that reach beyond those districts if there is potential to benefit indirectly one or more of these districts. The greatest emphasis in the Foundation’s funding over the past twenty years has been in the areas of early childhood education, teacher training and development, dropout prevention and after school mentoring and enrichment programs. The Foundation will also consider supporting initiatives that strengthen school leadership, support college and career access, utilize technology to support instruction and advocacy efforts to improve policy and effect systems change.

Education grants funded in 2016: $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

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