Supportive Communities


The Powell Foundation seeks to foster environmental benefits for current and future generations by connecting people to nature, building environmental stewardship, and addressing critical problems in the local environment.

Our Conservation investments are focused in the following areas 

Conservation & Environmental Education

to Nature


Photo Courtesy of: Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

We invest in organizations who champion efforts to:

  • Create high-quality conservation and environmental science learning experiences for children and youth.
  • Foster an appreciation and understanding of nature, the natural environment, and environmental stewardship, particularly among children and youth. 
  • Increase equitable access to public parks and urban greenspaces to support community wellbeing.
  • Address critical environmental issues and efforts focused on protecting, preserving, and improving natural resources impacting our geographies through the support of programs, initiatives, and advocacy efforts.

The Powell Foundation is interested in understanding the extent to which our Conservation investments impact the following population-level indicators:

Number of schools and students accessing environmental and conservation education programming

Access to urban parks and greenspaces

Percentage of the population within a 10-minute walk from a park

Improvements in Environmental Quality

Grantee Spotlights

Waterloo Greenway Conservancy

Waterloo Greenway Conservancy creates and maintains an extraordinary urban park system and a restored Waller Creek, in partnership with the City of Austin, for the benefit of all. The Powell Foundation supports Waterloo’s community outreach efforts through sponsorship of its educational programming and signature events.

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

The mission of the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is to educate people of all ages about the natural environment and to protect and enhance the Arboretum as a haven and sanctuary for native plants and animals. Grant funds support efforts to provide hands-on science education to thousands of Houston area elementary school students each year.

Environmental Defense Fund

Rooted in science, economics, and law, Environmental Defense Fund works alongside communities to create a future where everyone can thrive. The grant from the Powell Foundation will support efforts to inform, engage, and equip Texans to advocate for clean air and solutions to address health disparities resulting from air pollution and climate change.

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