Supporting public education, arts, conservation, and human services 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 2017: $6,296,857

ARTS - $372,500
CONSERVATION - $1,390,000
EDUCATION - $3,800,000
OTHER - $523,457

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

2017 ARTS - $372,500
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
Ballet Austin Inc.
Support for school arts program
Contemporary Austin Museum
Support for school art programs
Creative Action-Austin
Support for education and community outreach programs
DaCamera society
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
Main Street Theatre
Theatrical programs for school children
MindPop- Austin
Collaborative arts integration program with AISD public schools
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
Young Audiences of Houston
Performing arts outreach program to HISD schools

2017 CONSERVATION GRANTS - $1,365,000
Bamberger Charitable Trust
Support for education programs
Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Operational support for hike & bike trails and bayou park creation & restoration
Camp Allen
Support for education and community outreach programs
Hermann Park Conservancy
General operations for the park
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
Development of neighborhood playgrounds on public school grounds
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

2017 HUMAN SERVICES - $210,900
Bridges to Life - Huntsville
Recidivism reduction program
Cathedral Health Outreach Ministries-The Beacon
Homeless services
Support for student education programs
De Pelchin Children's Center
In school counseling for troubled children
Environmental Defense Fund
Initiatives for clean air in Houston
ESCAPE Family Resource Center
Child abuse prevention programs
Houston Compass, Inc
Case management for the homeless
Kids' Meals
Nutrition program for young children under the age of three
Mental Health America
School Behavioral health program
Nick Finnegan Counseling Center
Trauma counseling for students impacted by Hurricane Harvey
Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas
Education program support

2017 OTHER GRANTS - $523,457
Exponent Philanthropy
Philanthropic education programs
Grantmakers for Education
Philanthropic education programs
Philanthropy Roundtable
Philanthropic education programs
Philanthropy Southwest
Philanthropic education programs
Texas Environmental Grantmakers Group
Education programs for funders
Trustee Directed Grants
Matching grants and trustee discretionary grants
United Way of Greater Houston
Hurricane Harvey Emergency Recovery efforts