Supporting public education, arts, conservation, and human services in Harris, Travis and Walker counties since 1967

Areas of Interest


2121 San Felipe, Suite 110
Houston, TX 77019

Telephone: 713-523-7557

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 the education sector. The Foundation’s overarching educational goal is to ensure that children achieve college and career readiness by supporting the entire education continuum, from early childhood development through post-secondary education completion. The current focus within 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.

 2017 EDUCATION GRANTS- $3,800,000
Ann Richards School Foundation
After school and summer program for enhanced learning
Austin Partners in Education
College access program for AISD
Austin Public Library Friends Foundation
Support for education programs
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
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area
“Power Hour” after school program
Boys & Girls Clubs of Walker County
Support for new building
Breakthrough Central Texas - 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 Literacy Initiative
Reading initiative in HISD
Children’s Museum of Houston
Para Los Ninos- Literacy Program for Spanish speaking families
Chinese Community Center
Early childhood and after-school programming
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 Houston
In-school support for children and their families
Communities in Schools of Central Texas - Austin
In-school support for children and their families
Con Mi Madre
Support for Latina girls wishing to enter college
Enrichment opportunities for at-risk high school students
EMERGE Fellowship
College placement for at-risk youth
Families Empowered
Support for parents in navigating best education options for their children
Fifth Ward Enrichment Program
After school academic support, career readiness and college access
Friends of the Children
Mentoring and intervention program for at-risk children
FuelEd Schools, Inc.
Socio-emotional training for teachers
Genesys Works, Inc.
Student job training in the sciences and technology
Girls Empowerment Network - Austin
After school mentoring program for young girls
HISD Foundation
College access initiatives
Houston A+ Challenge
Teacher professional development training in HISD
Houston Area Women’s Center
Early childhood school and elementary on-site school
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Education and outreach programs
Houston Revision
Youth mentoring program at Yates High School
IEducate USA
Elementary in-school mathematics instruction and mentoring
KIPP Academy
Charter school expansion
Literacy Advance of Houston
Free adult literacy programs
Literacy First – Austin
K-2 reading tutoring and support
Making It Better
After school enrichment program support
Neuhaus Education Center
Support for the early childhood literacy initiative
Project GRAD
In school College access program
Coordination of academic, health and social services for students
RELAY- Graduate School of Education
Master teacher preparation program
Rice University- School Literacy & Culture Project
Early Childhood literacy program
SEARCH- House of Tiny Treasures
Early childhood program for homeless children
Seedling Foundation - Austin
Mentoring support for children of incarcerated adults
Teach for America – Houston
Operating support for teacher corps
TEACH: To Educate All Children
Support for programs that teach conflict resolution in schools
Texas Children’s Hospital
Support for the upWords program for early literacy
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 Houston College of Education
Support for the ACE Teacher project in Third Ward
Wayside Schools- Austin
Charter school support
Wesley Community Center
School-based education programs
Writers in the Schools
School-based creative writing program
YES Prep Public Schools
Charter School Expansion

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