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houston endowment A Philanthropy Endowed by Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones

2014

ANNUAL REPORT


houston endowment A Philanthropy Endowed by Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones

Improving life for the people of greater Houston for 77 years

2014

ANNUAL REPORT


Children at the FlowWorks exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Houston. Houston Endowment donated $200,000 to the museum in 2014 to support programming to foster innovative, child-centered learning. Courtesy of Children’s Museum of Houston pg. 4


CONTENTS HOUSTON ENDOWMENT

5

GRANTS

7

9

ARTS & CULTURE

25

EDUCATION

41

ENVIRONMENT

53

HEALTH

65

HUMAN SERVICES

THE FOUNDERS

85

THE FOUNDATION

91

92

VISION STATEMENT

93

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

94

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

100

STAFF

104

FINANCIAL REPORT

107

GRANT APPLICATION

INDEX

109

pg. 5


Houstonians enjoying Buffalo Bayou Park. Houston Endowment invested $3 million toward the master plan to revitalize the park and improve connectivity between Shepherd and Sabine. Courtesy of Buffalo Bayou Partnership / Jonnu Singleton, SWA Group pg. 6


houston endowment Houston Endowment is a private philanthropic institution that works with leaders across the community to create change for the people of greater Houston. With assets of over $1.7 billion, the Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations totaling approximately $75 million each year in five areas: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Health and Human Services. Established by Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones in 1937, Houston Endowment has a rich legacy of addressing some of Houston’s most compelling needs. Today the Foundation continues efforts to create a vibrant community where all have the opportunity to thrive.

pg. 7


A western lowland gorilla enjoying a grassy perch at the Houston Zoo. Houston Endowment donated $5 million to the zoo to construct the two-acre gorilla habitat in the African Forest exhibit. Stephanie Adams, Houston Zoo pg. 8


GRANTS During 2014, Houston Endowment invested $63,935,720 in nonprofit organizations and educational institutions that produce enduring benefits for the people of greater Houston.

arts & Culture

20%

$ 12,015,000

education

25%

16,490,720

ENVIRONMENT

16%

10,350,000

health

9%

5,635,000

human services

30%

19,445,000

TOTAL

$ 63,935,720

pg. 9


Teenagers visiting an interactive exhibition by JesĂşs Rafael Soto in Cullinan Hall at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Houston Endowment donated $200,000 to the museum in 2014 to support exhibitions, educational and public programs, art instruction and community outreach. Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston pg. 10


arts & culture e n g a g i n g b r o a d e r a u d i e n c e s i n a r t s a n d c u lt u r e

visual, performing and literary arts

$

6,175,000

culture

4,235,000

building the capacity of the sector

1,605,000

TOTAL

$ 12,015,000

pg. 11


The 2013–14 world premiere of “Djembe and the Forest of Christmas Forgotten” at Ensemble Theatre. David Bray

arts & culture Ensemble Theatre

Houston Endowment donated $225,000 to Ensemble Theatre to produce theatrical works that portray the African American experience and to offer theater, dance and music classes to young performers. As we continue to move into the 21st century, we do so with a greater sense of social consciousness. Our commitment is to use art as a vehicle through which our audiences are enriched and moved to consider their own aspirations and to imagine greater possibilities. We strive to cultivate new voices for the theatre as the world around us evolves. The Ensemble believes in developing and producing new and classic works for local audiences that serve as a catalyst for discussion or a call to action. What sets this theatre company apart is our belief in the caliber of work we strive to produce, the selection of material we bring to our stage, and building meaningful relationships with the audience and surrounding communities. Eileen J. Morris Artistic Director, Ensemble Theatre

pg. 12


Arts and culture in Houston are important parts of our community’s fabric. Wherever you turn, there are interesting and important stories that don’t always get in the headlines. Our new Arts and Culture desk will cover Houston’s vibrant arts and culture scene the way we cover any other important newsbeat, providing our listeners and the community with thought-provoking news about what’s happening locally.

arts & culture Houston Public Media Foundation

Jack Williams News Director, Houston Public Media

Houston Endowment donated $700,000 to Houston Public Media Foundation to support a full-time arts and culture reporter for greater Houston.

Houston Public Media arts and culture reporter Amy Bishop (with headphones on) interviewing ballerina Misty Copeland (seated, front). Lauren Anderson, former principal dancer for Houston Ballet, sits to Copeland’s left. Courtesy of Houston Public Media

pg. 13


arts & culture Stages Inc.

In 2014 ... Stages Repertory Theatre purchased our home of 30 years from the City of Houston. As new owners of our performance venue, the Board and staff have had the opportunity to think beyond what we originally thought possible in creating high quality theatre experiences for Houston audiences. It’s pushed our organization to begin a comprehensive strategic planning process to really identify what our role is in presenting and supporting theatre in Houston. Owning our home has been a longtime dream of Stages Repertory Theatre. Having this dream come true this past year has provided new confidence and direction for the organization. Mark Folkes Managing Director, Stages Repertory Theatre

Shawn Hamilton and Ross Bautsch in “The Whipping Man” at Stages Repertory Theatre. Bruce Bennett

pg. 14

Houston Endowment donated $500,000 to Stages Inc. to acquire and renovate its historic theatre complex.


The ART of

Boosting arts & culture Texas Cultural Graduation Rates Trust Council

Houston Endowment donated $200,000 to Texas Cultural Trust Council to highlight the importance of the arts in educating children and sustaining the Texas economy. Materials promoting arts education in Texas The Texas Cultural Trust’s “Invest in the Arts. The Arts Perform.” campaign, produced by Texas Cultural Trust Council. At-risk high school students who funded by Houston Endowment, proved to be highly successful during the Courtesy of Texas Cultural Trust Council complete 84th Legislative Session. This campaign provided detailed data on the state- more than one art class are wide impact of the arts on our Texas economy and Texas students. As part to drop out. of the campaign, the Trust published the State of the Arts Report, which was personally delivered to each member of the Texas Legislature at the start of the legislative session in January 2015. This report provided the hard facts and economic research needed for key legislators to deliver compelling Texas Cultural Trust arguments for state funding for the arts. The “Invest in the Arts. The Arts INVEST IN THE ARTS. THE ARTS PERFORM. Perform.” advocacy campaign successfully brought awareness to the importance of the arts for the state economy and public education.Learn more at txculturaltrust.org/investinthearts

HALF AS LIKELY

Jennifer Ransom Rice Executive Director, Texas Cultural Trust Council

pg. 15


A Franklin Evans installation titled “houstontohouston� at DiverseWorks. Houston Endowment donated $150,000 to DiverseWorks to support visual and performing art. Courtesy of DiverseWorks pg. 16


grantee & purpose

year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

Alley Theatre HOUSTON, TX

2014 $

200,000 $

2014

150,000

75,000

2014

75,000

37,500

2014

120,000

60,000

2013

80,000

40,000

2013

30,000

15,000

2013

120,000

60,000

2013

50,000

25,000

2013

30,000

15,000

Toward presenting regional, national and international contemporary art with education and outreach programming

2011

300,000

100,000

Toward presenting regional, national and international contemporary art with education and outreach programming

2014

200,000

0

2013

225,000

75,000

2014

20,000

10,000

Toward theatrical productions and educational and community outreach

100,000

American Festival for the Arts HOUSTON, TX

Toward musical training and performance opportunities for youth and programs to remedy the declining availability of music education in schools

Ars Lyrica Houston HOUSTON, TX

Toward performing vocal and instrumental Baroque music on historically appropriate instruments and providing educational outreach programs

arts & culture

Visual, Performing and Literary Arts

Art League of Houston HOUSTON, TX

Toward visual arts exhibitions and classes in the visual arts for adults and young people

Aurora Picture Show HOUSTON, TX

Toward a media arts center that presents artist-made, non-commercial film and video

Bach Society Houston HOUSTON, TX

Toward presenting historically accurate performances of Johann Sebastian Bach’s music and the music of other composers who follow his tradition

Catastrophic Theatre Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward presenting contemporary plays and creating original works for theater

Chamber Music Houston Inc HOUSTON, TX

Toward bringing world-renowned touring chamber music ensembles to Houston, presenting master classes and demonstrations, and providing free or discounted tickets to students and seniors

Classical Theatre Company HOUSTON, TX

Toward presenting classical works of theater that are at least 100 years old

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston HOUSTON, TX

Da Camera Society of Texas HOUSTON, TX

Toward performances of thematically presented chamber, jazz and contemporary music by leading local, national and international artists, and toward educational outreach programs

Dance Houston HOUSTON, TX

Toward increasing the appreciation of popular dance forms through festivals, workshops, summer camps and the promotion of dancers and dance groups

pg. 17


year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

Toward promoting cultural understanding through traditional and contemporary Chinese dance and providing young dancers with professional training and performance opportunities

2012

30,000

15,000

Toward promoting cultural understanding through traditional and contemporary Chinese dance and providing young dancers with professional training and performance opportunities

2014

40,000

0

2014

150,000

75,000

2014

225,000

75,000

Toward Dance Month 2013 and 2014, a series of programs to promote the appreciation of all dance forms through master classes, workshops, commissions of new work and performances

2012

30,000

15,000

Toward Dance Month 2015 and 2016, a series of programs to promote the appreciation of all dance forms through master classes, workshops, commissions of new work and performances

2014

40,000

0

2012

60,000

30,000

2014

215,000

150,000

2014

50,000

25,000

2014

35,000

0

2014

40,000

20,000

2014

30,000

15,000

2014

25,000

25,000

grantee & purpose Dance of Asian America

arts & culture

HOUSTON, TX

Diverse Works Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward presenting visual and performing art that addresses difficult social issues, represents marginalized communities and challenges traditional aesthetic standards

Ensemble Theater HOUSTON, TX

Toward producing theatrical works that portray the African American experience and offering theater, dance and music classes to young performers

Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston Texas HOUSTON, TX

Express Theatre HOUSTON, TX

Toward creating and presenting culturally diverse performing arts programs for children and families

FotoFest Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward citywide exhibitions and educational programs at FotoFest 2014, a biennial international photography exhibition, and toward general operating support during the inter-biennial year of 2015

Foundation for Modern Music Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward organizational infrastructure to support the presentation of contemporary classical music with a focus on Latin American influences

FrenetiCore HOUSTON, TX

Toward presenting original dance, theater, film and other forms of performance art, including the annual Houston Fringe Festival, and providing outreach to children

Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston HOUSTON, TX

Toward presenting the comic operettas of Gilbert & Sullivan and launching education initiatives

Gulf Coast - A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts HOUSTON, TX

Toward publishing a biannual literary journal with a large visual arts critical component and cultivating publishing skills in University of Houston graduate students

Hermann Park Conservancy HOUSTON, TX

Toward installing temporary, large-scale art exhibitions in 2014 as part of the park’s centennial pg. 18


year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

2014

100,000

50,000

2014

200,000

100,000

2012

225,000

75,000

2014

65,000

0

2014

80,000

40,000

2014

10,000

10,000

2014

200,000

100,000

2014

70,000

35,000

2014

70,000

0

2013

30,000

10,000

2014

200,000

100,000

Toward educating and nurturing young musicians, providing orchestral performance opportunities and creating access to private music instruction in schools

2011

105,000

35,000

Toward educating and nurturing young musicians, providing orchestral performance opportunities and creating access to private music instruction in schools

2014

70,000

0

2013

110,000

50,000

grantee & purpose HITS Theatre Toward performance opportunities and musical theater production training for children ages six to 18

Houston Ballet Foundation HOUSTON, TX

Toward ballet performances and pre-professional training for children and young adults

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft HOUSTON, TX

Toward presenting art objects made primarily of fiber, metal, glass, clay and wood, and toward residencies, workshops, demonstrations and after-school and summer programs for students

arts & culture

HOUSTON, TX

Houston Center for Photography HOUSTON, TX

Toward photography exhibitions, lectures and interpretive programs, amateur and professional competitions, publications and educational outreach

Houston Chamber Choir HOUSTON, TX

Toward performances of choral music by a professional vocal music ensemble and education programs and festivals in local schools

Houston Early Music HOUSTON, TX

Toward performances of music of the medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods by artists and ensembles from around the world

Houston Grand Opera Association Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward opera performances and community engagement programming

Houston International Dance Coalition HOUSTON, TX

Toward the Dance Salad Festival featuring the performance of signature works by the world’s top contemporary dancers and choreographers, master classes and workshops

Houston Metropolitan Dance Center Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward performing contemporary and jazz dance works and offering dance instruction in all styles to children and adults

Houston Repertoire Ballet HOUSTON, TX

Toward performances for the community and educational programs for young dancers in northwest Harris County

Houston Symphony Society HOUSTON, TX

Toward concerts of orchestral works, music education and free community performances

Houston Youth Symphony & Ballet HOUSTON, TX

Inprint Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward creative writing programs and presentations that promote the literary arts, and toward enhancing the organization’s Web site

pg. 19


year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

2013

35,000

15,000

2014

40,000

20,000

2012

130,000

65,000

2014

150,000

75,000

2012

300,000

100,000

Toward performances of Baroque and classical music using period instruments and toward educational and community outreach programs

2013

150,000

75,000

Toward raising awareness and appreciation of Baroque and early music through the 2014 Houston Early Music Festival

2013

10,000

10,000

2014

200,000

0

Toward increasing and improving exhibit space to accommodate the museum’s growing collection and to attract a larger and more diverse audience

2013

5,000,000

2,500,000

Toward operating support for museum exhibitions, educational and public programs, art instruction and community outreach

2014

200,000

100,000

2014

10,000

10,000

2014

75,000

37,500

2013

60,000

30,000

2014

45,000

30,000

grantee & purpose Karen Stokes Dance

arts & culture

HOUSTON, TX

Toward modern dance performances, new choreography and educational programs

Katy Visual & Performing Arts Center KATY, TX

Toward training in visual and performing arts, primarily for youth but with offerings for adults, through classes, performances, exhibitions and community events

Lawndale Art and Performance Center HOUSTON, TX

Toward contemporary visual art exhibitions by regional artists, residency programs and educational events

Main Street Theater at Autry House HOUSTON, TX

Toward performances of classical, contemporary and new theatrical works, and programming and classes for young people

Menil Foundation Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward preserving and exhibiting the art collection of John and Dominique de Menil and presenting programs, publications and exhibitions of artists other than those in the collection

The Mercury Baroque Ensemble HOUSTON, TX

Miller Theatre Advisory Board Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward free performances of culturally diverse music, dance, film and theater at Miller Outdoor Theatre

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston HOUSTON, TX

Music in Context HOUSTON, TX

Toward presenting chamber music performances from a wide range of styles and eras on historically appropriate instruments using original scores

Musiqa HOUSTON, TX

Toward performing contemporary classical music in collaborative concerts that highlight other art forms and providing music education for schoolchildren

Nameless Sound HOUSTON, TX

Toward presenting contemporary music and providing music education programs to children in public schools, community centers and homeless shelters

NobleMotion Dance HOUSTON, TX

Toward an executive director for a company that uses choreography and lighting to create visually exciting dance concerts pg. 20


year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

2013

130,000

65,000

Toward preserving and promoting The Orange Show monument and the Beer Can House, presenting the Houston Art Car Parade and providing educational programming

2013

75,000

37,500

Toward preserving and promoting The Orange Show monument and the Beer Can House, presenting the Houston Art Car Parade and providing educational programming

2014

150,000

0

2013

80,000

40,000

2013

35,000

15,000

2012

15,000

5,000

Toward presenting acclaimed individuals and companies in a multidisciplinary range of performing arts and providing extensive arts education

2011

300,000

100,000

Toward presenting acclaimed individuals and companies in a multidisciplinary range of performing arts and providing extensive arts education

2014

200,000

0

Toward producing and presenting new and established theatrical works and offering internships and master classes for students

2012

225,000

75,000

Toward the acquisition, renovation, major enhancements and maintenance of its historic theatre complex

2014

500,000

500,000

2014

30,000

15,000

2012

22,500

7,500

2013

50,000

25,000

Toward musical theater productions and educational and community outreach programs

2012

300,000

100,000

Toward a three-story addition at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts to allow for more classes, higher enrollments and onsite rehearsals for all shows, plus office space and improved infrastructure

2014

1,000,000

0

grantee & purpose Opera in the Heights Toward presenting affordable, fully staged and costumed operas, and toward outreach programs

Orange Show Foundation HOUSTON, TX

River Oaks Chamber Orchestra

arts & culture

HOUSTON, TX

HOUSTON, TX

Toward a 40-piece professional chamber orchestra that presents classical and original compositions

Several Dancers Core HOUSTON, TX

Toward performances, educational programs and outreach activities that bring dance to isolated populations, deepen the dance experience for local audiences and support regional artists in their creative process

Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet singing in america inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward preserving and presenting a capella, close-harmony singing through educational outreach and performances by the Houston Tidelanders

Society for the Performing Arts HOUSTON, TX

Stages Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Texas Folklife Resources AUSTIN, TX

Toward a contest and apprentice program for young accordion players and an annual concert of polka, zydeco and conjunto accordion music with related symposia

Texas Medical Center Orchestra HOUSTON, TX

Toward classical music performances by volunteer musicians who are primarily health care professionals

Texas Repertory Theatre Company Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward a professional theater company in northwest Houston

Theatre Under The Stars Inc. HOUSTON, TX

pg. 21


grantee & purpose

year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

2012

1,510,000

415,000

2013

50,000

25,000

2014

40,000

20,000

University of Houston

arts & culture

HOUSTON, TX

Toward maximizing the impact of, and increasing accessibility to, UH Arts by unifying and coordinating the university’s art schools, programs and presentations

Virtuosi of Houston HOUSTON, TX

Toward a chamber orchestra that provides training and performance opportunities for musicians between the ages of 12 and 18

Voices Breaking Boundaries HOUSTON, TX

Toward a multidisciplinary arts organization that deepens the awareness of social and political issues through events featuring art and dialogue in low-income neighborhoods

$

6,175,000

2014 $

200,000 $

200,000

2014

200,000

100,000

2013

200,000

100,000

Toward preserving for public view and student tours ten historic homes and buildings (1832–1905) in downtown Houston’s Sam Houston Park

2014

150,000

75,000

Toward restoration of the 1847 Kellum-Noble House located in Sam Houston Park

2014

100,000

100,000

Toward teaching the dangers of prejudice, hatred and apathy through exhibitions and outreach programs about the Holocaust and other genocides

2013

150,000

75,000

Toward preserving and digitizing oral testimonies of survivors, liberators and witnesses of the Holocaust

2014

50,000

0

2012

300,000

100,000

Toward constructing a two-acre gorilla habitat in the African Forest exhibit

2012

5,000,000

2,500,000

Toward fostering appreciation of the natural world through education, animal exhibits and care, and conservation programs featuring wildlife and habitat protection

2013

100,000

100,000

Toward fostering appreciation of the natural world through education, animal exhibits and care, and conservation programs featuring wildlife and habitat protection

2014

200,000

0

TOTAL—VISUAL, PERFORMING & LITERARY ARTS

Culture Asia Society Texas Center HOUSTON, TX

Toward a sustainability plan for increasing revenue to support the Center’s programs promoting mutual understanding between Asia and the United States

Children’s Museum Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward operating support for museum programming to foster innovative, child-centered learning

Galveston Historical Foundation Inc. GALVESTON, TX

Toward preserving and promoting the architectural, cultural and maritime history of Galveston Island through stewardship, preservation, interpretation, advocacy and community events

Heritage Society HOUSTON, TX

Holocaust Museum Houston HOUSTON, TX

Houston Museum of Natural Science HOUSTON, TX

Toward presenting and interpreting natural science through a permanent collection, temporary traveling exhibitions and educational programs

Houston Zoo Inc. HOUSTON, TX

pg. 22


year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

Toward encouraging interest in health, medical science and the human body through exhibitions, films and education programming

2013

100,000

100,000

Toward encouraging interest in health, medical science and the human body through exhibitions, films and education programming

2014

200,000

0

2012

130,000

65,000

2014

195,000

65,000

2014

80,000

80,000

2013

100,000

50,000

2013

150,000

75,000

2014

100,000

100,000

Toward encouraging the appreciation, understanding and teaching of Texas history by expanding the Center for Digital History

2013

100,000

100,000

Toward expanding and supporting the digitization of its extensive publication holdings to increase online access to Texas history

2014

250,000

250,000

grantee & purpose John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science

Museum of Printing History HOUSTON, TX

Toward preserving, exhibiting and demonstrating artifacts that show the importance of printing to the development of the civilized world and to the advancement of freedom and liberty

arts & culture

HOUSTON, TX

Preservation Houston HOUSTON, TX

Toward the preservation of Houston’s cultural, architectural and neighborhood heritage through education and assistance

Project Row Houses HOUSTON, TX

Toward art exhibition and residency programs, community engagement and neighborhood revitalization rooted in a celebration of art and African American history and culture

Rothko Chapel HOUSTON, TX

Toward engaging the public in programs that explore the intersection of art, culture, spirituality and human rights

San Jacinto Museum of History Association LA PORTE, TX

Toward collecting and preserving materials and presenting educational programs and exhibitions about the early history and culture of Texas

Texas African American History Memorial Foundation AUSTIN, TX

Toward the installation of an African American Texans monument on the grounds of the State Capitol

Texas State Historical Association AUSTIN, TX

$ 4,235,000

TOTAL—CULTURE

Building the Capacity of the Sector Art Council Inc. BROOKLYN, NY

Toward grants to visual artists in Houston

2012 $

95,000 $

30,000

Cultural Data Project PHILADELPHIA, PA

Toward a management system that allows arts and culture organizations in Texas to collect and present financial, program and operational data in a standardized online form

2013

150,000

50,000

2014

70,000

35,000

Dance Source Houston HOUSTON, TX

Toward promotion and support services for smaller dance companies, individual dancers and choreographers, and toward management of The Barn, a rehearsal and performance space

pg. 23


grantee & purpose

year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

2013

110,000

55,000

2012

150,000

150,000

2013

450,000

225,000

2014

700,000

300,000

2011

1,410,000

515,000

2013

120,000

60,000

2014

25,000

0

2014

200,000

100,000

2014

170,000

85,000

Glasstire

arts & culture

HOUSTON, TX

Toward a Web site (www.glasstire.com) that provides news, exhibition information and commentary about the visual arts in Texas

Grantmakers in the Arts SEATTLE, WA

Toward the 2014 Grantmakers in the Arts conference in Houston

Houston Arts Alliance HOUSTON, TX

Toward strengthening local arts and culture organizations through funding, education and consulting services, and toward researching, documenting, preserving and presenting information about the city’s cultural and ethnic diversity through the City Folklife and Traditional Arts Program

Houston Public Media Foundation HOUSTON, TX

Toward stimulating interest in Houston arts by providing in-depth reporting on arts and cultural issues at multiple broadcast times and in multiple formats, including podcasts

Mid-America Arts Alliance KANSAS CITY, MO

Toward improving the finances, governance, planning and impact of greater Houston’s small and midsize arts and cultural institutions through a three-year intensive professional training and peer support program

Spacetaker HOUSTON, TX

Toward programs to strengthen the capacity and professional practice of artists and arts organizations and to enhance the public’s engagement with the arts

Texas Accountants & Lawyers for the Arts AUSTIN, TX

Toward providing volunteer pro bono legal and accounting services to artists and nonprofits in all creative disciplines

Texas Cultural Trust Council AUSTIN, TX

Toward the use of economic data, opinion polls, stakeholder input and field research to highlight the importance of the arts in educating children and sustaining the Texas economy

Young Audiences Inc. of Houston HOUSTON, TX

Toward providing interactive music, dance, visual arts and theater programs to schools and other child-focused venues, and toward training in using the arts to teach subjects such as history and science

pg. 24

TOTAL—BUILDING THE CAPACITY OF THE SECTOR

$

1,605,000

TOTAL ARTS & CULTURE

$

12,015,000


A Fort Bend ISD middle school student using an eBook to learn about the digestive system. Houston Endowment donated $390,000 to E3 Alliance to work collaboratively with Fort Bend ISD middle schools to transform teaching and learning. Courtesy of E3 Alliance pg. 26


Education improv ing opportunities for mor e students t o at t e n d a n d c o m p l e t e c o l l e g e

leadership

$

1,240,000

student success

10,405,000

jesse h. and mary gibbs jones scholars program

4,763,220

other

82,500

TOTAL

$ 16,490,720

pg. 27


School leaders taking part in a FuelEd workshop designed to build and enhance social and emotional competencies in educators. Trisha Cornwell

education FuelEd Schools Inc.

Houston Endowment donated $200,000 to FuelEd Schools Inc. to provide innovative professional development in relationship skills to public school teachers and staff. FuelEd was founded to improve student and school outcomes by equipping educators with the social and emotional competencies essential for building secure relationships in schools. We believe that if educators are equipped with essential social and emotional competencies—interpersonal skills, self-awareness and emotional well-being—then they will remain in their professions longer and develop more secure relationships with students, parents and colleagues. In turn, these relationships will drive students’ academic, social and emotional learning. Scaling from a simple concept into a full-fledged organization with large impact across the Houston landscape with the help of Houston Endowment has been tremendously exciting. In three years alone, FuelEd has served over 800 educators across Houston Independent School District, Spring Branch Independent School District, YES Prep, KIPP, Harmony, Teach for America, Citizen Schools, Green Dot and more. Megan Marcus CEO and Founder, FuelEd Schools Inc.

pg. 28


education Relay Graduate School of Education

Houston Endowment donated $1 million to Relay Graduate School of Education to develop programs leading to master’s degrees in education and alternative certification to increase the number of quality public school teachers in greater Houston. Through our work with school district and charter partners in Houston, we’ve learned that there is a real need to develop an additional pathway for talented, diverse individuals to begin lifelong careers as teachers in local public schools. In response, we’ve developed the Relay Teaching Residency—a two-year program that provides a structured and gradual on-ramp into the profession—in which aspiring teachers, or residents, complete a master’s degree, earn teaching certification and obtain a full-time teaching position at a partner school. During the 2015-16 school year, almost 50 first-year residents, working alongside a master teacher, and 15 second-year residents, in their own classrooms, will impact over 3,000 Houston students in kindergarten through 12th grade. These teachers, in turn, will create a “relay” of excellent teaching, with Relay Master of Arts in Teaching graduates already serving as advisors, mentoring and coaching new residents, and expanding the impact exponentially. So far, we’ve been particularly excited about the diversity of our Houston residents, several of whom were themselves students in the ... public schools where they are now employed. Davida Gatlin Director of Operations, Relay Graduate School of Education

Area teachers taking part in classes at Relay Graduate School of Education, which began offering graduate programs in education in Houston in 2014. courtesy of Relay Graduate School of Education

pg. 29


education University of Houston Downtown

The new Welcome Center and Student Services [Building] will demonstrate to prospective students, parents and families that the University of Houston Downtown is committed to student access and success, and offers services and facilities that support successful completion of a college degree. The facility is an important part of the University’s plan to expand the campus and broaden the services, degrees and opportunities offered to students. Ed Hugetz Provost, VP Academic Affairs, University of Houston Downtown

Architectural rendering of the new student support center at the University of Houston Downtown. courtesy of WHR Architects

pg. 30

Houston Endowment donated $1 million to the University of Houston Downtown to support coordinating, centralizing and expanding student support services through construction of a new building housing a welcome center and student services suite, scheduled for completion in late 2015.


education Writers in the Schools (WITS)

Houston Endowment donated $450,000 to Writers in the Schools to support a peer coaching model that imbeds writers in secondary schools to help teachers improve skills in teaching writing and literacy. The inspiration for the work of the WITS Collaborative has come from the participating teachers. Many began their work with the WITS Collaborative writing coaches feeling nervous and unsure about themselves as writers. As the year progressed, teachers began to feel more comfortable with the writing process and sharing their writing with other teachers before actually teaching the same writing lesson to their students. The pivotal moment came when a teacher told her WITS Collaborative writing coach, “When I first learned that we would be doing writers workshops, there was a feeling of anxiety. There were days I felt like I was treading water, barely keeping afloat. Then we began WITS Collaborative and what a difference ... It all came together when one of my students said, ‘I didn’t think I could be a writer, but now I do.’” Tina Angelo Education Director, Writers in the Schools

A teacher and student participating in a Writers in the Schools workshop. Alyssa Stephens

pg. 31


The foyer of the Ernest S. Sterling Student Life Center at Texas Southern University, a central hub where students can work and socialize. Houston Endowment donated $990,000 to Texas Southern University to support services that encourage student engagement and retention. pg. 32

Earlie Hudnall, Texas southern university


grantee & purpose

year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges WASHINGTON, DC

Toward improving college and university governance in Texas through educational programs for regents, trustees, presidents, chancellors and senior administrators

2011 $

30,000 $

10,000

Center for Reform of School Systems Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward intensive induction programs for new school board members, and toward follow-up programs for previously trained, sitting board members

2013

375,000

125,000

2014

75,000

75,000

2013

300,000

100,000

2014

215,000

115,000

2014

420,000

0

2014

1,000,000

500,000

2012

600,000

200,000

Toward sustaining and improving advances in standards-based reform and advocating for high standards and accountability within Texas’s public education system

2012

75,000

25,000

Toward a policy analyst to ensure that new education laws are properly implemented and regulatory authority is properly applied

2013

180,000

90,000

education

Leadership

Citizen Schools Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward modeling of a funding strategy for an extended school day program to improve academic achievement for low-income sixth graders

Education Pioneers Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward recruiting, training and placing talented leaders into public education management positions

Lone Star College System THE WOODLANDS, TX

Toward the “Texas Reverse Transfer Initiative” to streamline the process of awarding associate degrees to former community college students who transfer to a public four-year university and subsequently accumulate enough eligible credit hours to earn a two-year degree

National Staff Development Council DALLAS, TX

Toward a collaborative professional development program for educators in nine Galveston County school districts to advance student learning

Relay Graduate School of Education NEW YORK, NY

Toward programs leading to a master’s degree in education and alternative certification for novice teachers to increase the number of quality public school teachers in greater Houston

Teach for America Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward recruiting, training and placing outstanding teachers in Houston schools, and toward programs that encourage area alumni to assume leadership positions in public schools

Texas Institute for Education Reform AUSTIN, TX

TOTAL—LEADERSHIP

$ 1,240,000

pg. 33


grantee & purpose

year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

education

Student Success Achieving the Dream Inc. SILVER SPRING, MD

Toward programs to help eight community colleges in the Gulf Coast region improve student persistence and success

2013 $

400,000 $

250,000

2014

245,000

245,000

2012

300,000

100,000

Toward helping children succeed in school and in life by building parents’ knowledge and skills, improving the quality of early childhood education and informing the community about the importance and impact of high quality early childhood education

2013

800,000

500,000

Toward “College Bound from Birth,” a multi-year project in the Sunnyside and South Park communities to increase high school graduation rates and college attendance through programs that ensure children are ready for school by kindergarten and achieve reading and math literacy by third grade; support parents, caregivers and teachers; and provide children with access to health care

2014

1,015,000

515,000

2012

1,260,000

630,000

2014

550,000

300,000

2012

750,000

250,000

2014

390,000

315,000

2014

100,000

50,000

2014

200,000

100,000

AVID Center SAN DIEGO, CA

Toward preparing campus leadership teams to build sustainable cultures and systems to continue improving the college readiness of low-income students

Center for Effective Philanthropy Inc. CAMBRIDGE, MA

Toward YouthTruth, a survey that collects and analyzes data from students to help improve the effectiveness of those who fund and lead schools, and toward administering the survey in greater Houston secondary schools

Collaborative for Children HOUSTON, TX

College for All Texans Foundation: Closing the Gaps AUSTIN, TX

Toward the Texas Higher Education Policy Institute of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to conduct research on, and disseminate information about, practices that lead to higher levels of student success in Texas’s community colleges and universities

College Forward AUSTIN, TX

Toward Success Partnerships, a support program to help low-income students succeed during the critical early years of college

Communities Foundation of Texas Inc. DALLAS, TX

Toward supporting Educate Texas’s efforts to promote college readiness and postsecondary education access and success through policy, advocacy and communication strategies

E3 Alliance AUSTIN, TX

Toward replicating a promising middle school improvement program within two Fort Bend ISD schools and supporting the use of a student growth model within the district

Families Empowered HOUSTON, TX

Toward providing information about school choice options to low-income families through multiple outreach strategies

FuelEd Schools Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward improving student achievement by providing innovative professional development in relationship skills for public school teachers and staff in greater Houston

pg. 34


grantee & purpose

year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

2013

400,000

200,000

2013

250,000

250,000

2014

55,000

0

2014

750,000

420,000

2013

2,100,000

685,000

2014

350,000

350,000

2014

150,000

100,000

2013

900,000

300,000

2013

75,000

75,000

2013

750,000

250,000

2014

990,000

190,000

2013

325,000

100,000

2013

1,000,000

500,000

Houston A+ Challenge Toward including more schools in a pilot project to increase the academic achievement and high school readiness of middle school students

Houston Baptist University HOUSTON, TX

Toward increasing student success by expanding and improving Academic Success Center programs

education

HOUSTON, TX

Houston Hispanic Forum HOUSTON, TX

Toward Career and Education Day, where students and parents connect with colleges and universities, workforce programs and companies, and toward a participant registration system

MDRC NEW YORK, NY

Toward local implementation of Aid Like a Paycheck, a program to dispense existing Pell awards to students twice a month to incentivize persistence and financial planning

National College Access Network Inc. WASHINGTON, DC

Toward technical and capacity-building services for community-based organizations that improve the quality of college access programs in greater Houston for low-income, first-generation college students and their families

OneGoal HOUSTON, TX

Toward training the most effective teachers in low-income high schools to support the achievement of students from junior year through the first year of college

Posse Foundation HOUSTON, TX

Toward a comprehensive program that recruits, trains and supports public high school students from diverse backgrounds in attaining college access/success

Project GRAD Houston HOUSTON, TX

Toward increasing student success in public schools by offering college access services in collaboration with other organizations and by connecting directly with students and families

Texas Charter Schools Association AUSTIN, TX

Toward improving charter schools through support services and advocacy

Texas Community College Education Initiative AUSTIN, TX

Toward establishing the Texas Success Center to help coordinate, sustain and expand student success initiatives and develop state policies to advance the student success agendas of community colleges

Texas Southern University HOUSTON, TX

Toward the Urban Academic Village to provide services encouraging student engagement and retention

United Way of Baytown Area BAYTOWN, TX

Toward a collaborative community effort to increase the number of kindergarten-ready children in Baytown, Highlands and west Chambers County

University of Houston Clear Lake HOUSTON, TX

Toward expanding to a four-year university by adding freshman and sophomore classes and associated infrastructure, services, faculty and curriculum

pg. 35


year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

2013

1,000,000

500,000

Toward the New Mathways Project, a program to improve student success in developmental and gateway mathematics courses and persistence in college

2013

900,000

300,000

Toward the Board of Trustees Institute, providing professional development for community college boards in greater Houston by addressing the role of good governance in establishing policy that creates conditions supporting student success

2014

550,000

180,000

Toward a randomized experiment testing the effectiveness of an exercise in mindset intervention on reducing achievement gaps in high school students

2014

648,000

0

2014

100,000

100,000

2013

2,000,000

1,000,000

2014

450,000

150,000

2014

1,500,000

1,500,000

grantee & purpose University of Houston Downtown

education

HOUSTON, TX

Toward improving student retention and degree completion by coordinating, centralizing and expanding student support services

The University of Texas at Austin AUSTIN, TX

W. Oscar Neuhaus Memorial Foundation BELLAIRE, TX

Toward capital improvements to the Neuhaus Education Center facility to increase its capacity to provide online reading and literacy professional development to educators

Western Governors University AUSTIN, TX

Toward an online university designed to give working adults in greater Houston expanded access to an affordable, flexible option for earning an accredited college degree

Writers in the Schools HOUSTON, TX

Toward a peer coaching model that imbeds writers in secondary schools to help teachers improve skills in teaching writing and literacy

YES Prep Public Schools Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward additional capacity for low-income students to attend the YES Prep system

$ 10,405,000

TOTAL—STUDENT SUCCESS

Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones Scholars Program Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones Scholars Program HOUSTON, TX

Toward college and university scholarships for graduating Harris County high school seniors TOTAL—JESSE H. AND MARY GIBBS JONES SCHOLARS PROGRAM

pg. 36

2011 $

4,763,220 $

4,763,220

$

4,763,220


grantee & purpose

year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward hands-on learning experiences that teach school students financial literacy, job readiness and entrepreneurship

2013 $

75,000 $

25,000

Texas Tribune Inc. AUSTIN, TX

Toward disseminating on the “Texas Tribune” Web site information about the performance index that shows how many eighth grade students in Texas go on to obtain a higher education credential within six years of their high school graduation

2013

135,000

20,000

2014

1,000,000

0

2014

112,500

37,500

education

Other

University of St. Thomas HOUSTON, TX

Toward the first building of a Center for Science and Health Professions to house the nursing program and biology department

Wonderworks HOUSTON, TX

Toward rigorous, college-level summer workshops in architecture, filmmaking, literature and art history/appreciation for high school students TOTAL—OTHER

$

82,500

TOTAL EDUCATION

$ 16,490,720

pg. 37


education

jesse h. and mary gibbs

jones scholars program Houston Endowment established the Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones Scholars Program in 1958, when it gave $2,000 scholarships to graduating seniors in high schools in the Houston Independent School District. The program later grew to include all Harris County school districts, and Jones Scholars are now eligible to receive up to $16,000 in scholarship funds toward a baccalaureate degree. Jones Scholars are nominated by each high school, and a Rotary Club of Houston committee makes final selections based on academic achievement, economic need, leadership skills, community service and character. Although Houston Endowment furnishes the funds, it does not accept applications or select Jones Scholars. Seniors in all participating high schools in Harris County can apply at their school to become a Jones Scholar. Since the program’s inception 56 years ago, over 11,000 area students have been named Jones Scholars. While universities in Texas have attracted the largest number, Jones Scholars have matriculated at approximately 350 schools throughout the nation, have pursued careers in fields of every endeavor and have enhanced life in the communities where they live.

In 2015, 311 graduates from high schools in greater Houston were selected as Jones Scholars. pg. 38


Clear Creek Independent School District

Aldine High School

Clear Brook High School

George W. Carver High School

Clear Creek High School

Desarae Carter Merilin Saravia Dayana V. Sosa Erica Cheng

Benjamin O. Davis High School Daniel Do Adrianna N. Martinez Valerie E. Nguyen

Dwight D. Eisenhower High School Ahkeill Irving Marco A. Medina Zia Rehman

Mahmoud El-Shazly Marium Jetpurwala Kristen N. Leija Umair Ahmad Meggie Conley Victoria M. Turner

Clear Falls High School Nathan John Cameron K. Quarles Lan H. Vu

Clear Lake High School

Javier Saenz

Denise J. Kwong Jordan Mardis Khusboo Surtani

Douglas MacArthur High School

Clear Springs High School

W.T. Hall Academy

Luis Banda Nohema I. Carrillo Janet P. Padron Ana Rocha

Madelaine Heaven Hana N. Khan Dylan G. Pemberton

Crosby Independent School District

Cypress Ridge High School Tiffany Chov Thao M. Doan Yaseen Maleki Randy Nguyen

Cypress Woods High School Catherine Gonzalez Aylie Hood Jenna Polefko Natasha Solanki

Jersey Village High School Don Q. Huynh Phuong Trang H. Lam Sara G. Preza Truclan T. Tran

Langham Creek High School Aleeya Ali Veronica Emina Cynthia M. Flores Saad N. Yousaf

Deer Park Independent School District Deer Park High School

Emily Aguirre Malcolm X. McGee Elisa Tyler

Crosby High School Hannah Boring Mikayla Thomas

Pablo A. Absalon John K. Fulton Genesis A. Herebia Shelby S. Myers Searra M. Scroggs

Alief Independent School District

Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District

Galena Park Independent School District

Cy-Fair High School

Galena Park High School

Chester W. Nimitz High School

Alief Early College High School Alyssa M. Martinez

Alief Elsik High School Amiti Busgeeth Lisa V. Nguyen Nicholas Stone Uniqua J. Williams

Alief Hastings High School Anh V. Ho Michelle O. Ibidapo Thanh H. Le Stephanie Omaliko

Guillermo Gonzalez Christopher R. Larry Daaniyal D. Munir Josephine Owolabi Jeff S. Yi

Cypress Creek High School Ayesha S. Farooqui Dana T. Luu Marie Vu

Cypress Falls High School

Alief Kerr High School My D. Quan

Danielle D. Cerdena Dorothy L. Nguyen Kelly A. Pena Bryan N. Tran

Alief Taylor High School

Cypress Lakes High School

Denise G. Enamorado Musse A. Hersi Chelsea A. Uzoukwu

Channelview Independent School District Channelview High School

Adriana Aguirre Hernandez Mary Anna A. Elliott Ontiveros Frida K. Montoya

Maryam Ali Geina Iskander James G. Jackson Moriah L. Reyes

Cypress Ranch High School Alexa I. Hernandez Alexander H. Huynh Agustina Musso Aaron M. Oviedo

education

Aldine Independent School District

Ruby Diaz Emily Rivera

North Shore High School Jayair W. Chatman Brianna T. Esparza-Warren Jamie N. Guillen Magana Alan D. Hernandez Anjoli M. Johnson Anthony G. Rudd

Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District Goose Creek Memorial High School Noel Arellano Anthony R. Middleton

Robert E. Lee High School David B. Ramirez Alyssa P. Skarda

Ross S. Sterling High School Allie Guy Kenzie Lackey

pg. 39


education

Houston Independent School District Stephen F. Austin High School Antoinette M. Dao Cristian Gonzalez Jaqueline W. Reyes

Bellaire High School

Tyler A. Balloun Dorian A. Fernandez Mario Galdamez Leigh R. Gonik Deborah C. Okoro Bianca B. Rubio Castaneda Caitlin Sperling Paul Tan Erika A. Vinette

Carnegie Vanguard High School Paula M. Centeno Cole Introligator

Challenge Early College High School Zoe D. Ortiz

Cesar E. Chavez High School Mauricio A. Chacon Mireya Estrada Thanh P. Hoang Dustin Lee Thuy X. Nguyen Leticia Ortega Sydney Tran Monica S. Vela

Jefferson Davis High School Martin Cabrera Angel Hurtado Alycia F. McCardell Camila E. Mendoza

DeBakey High School for Health Professions Zainab Arif Kassandra M. Diaz

East Early College High School Dariana A. Resendez

Eastwood Academy Cinthia D. Avila

E. L. Furr High School Monica Guadarrama Sabrina L. Olvera

High School for Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice Denise Gonzalez

High School for the Performing & Visual Arts Fernell P. Hogan Jade A. Jackson pg. 40

Houston Academy for International Studies

Ross S. Sterling High School

Secily Jimenez

Tahchiona J. Smith Daniejure Wiley

Sam Houston High School

S. P. Waltrip High School

Pablo Calderon Galaviz Juan D. Estrada Flor A. Lucatero Jeniffer Ramirez Vanessa Rubio

Barbara Jordan High School Jonishia Cook Yeannet K. Ruiz

Kashmere High School Casey D. Hudson

Mirabeau B. Lamar High School

Ariel Batiste Isaias Gonzalez Michelle N. Huynh Joshua Lidiak Kevin Ngo Kishan Patel Carlo Pittman Elmer A. Rivera Palacios

Robert E. Lee High School David Cruz Saras Paudel Maria I. Ramirez

James Madison High School Idalia Castro Avery Dorsey Jamie L. Russell Jennifer Valle Camacho

Charles H. Milby High School Yesenia Alberto Katia F. Aragon Salma L. Chavira Julissa A. Enriquez Rosaura Martinez

North Forest High School Jarvis T. Dillard Ladawn Eason

John H. Reagan High School Denia L. Martinez Heraclio Reyes Odalis Rivera Joel Y. Salazar Ana P. Sanchez

Scarborough High School Alejandra S. Lopez Camero

Sharpstown High School Michael K. Julian Jose R. Santos Yesenia M. Santos

Sharpstown International High School Arsema Kidane

Jessica Dominguez Adriana Guillen Joey Hernandez Karla K. Perez

Booker T. Washington High School Joshua Epkins

Westbury High School Treasure D. Bailey Enrique Cortes Nahom H. Girmay Maira J. Molinero Justin T. Thomas

Westside High School Onyeka I. Agwuegbo Daiza V. Burleson Laura Chang Ali Mumbach Lauren A. Sampson Emily Wang

Phillis Wheatley High School

Ja’Kendria P. Parker Krystal J. Turner

Evan E. Worthing High School Janae T. Fields

Jack Yates High School Dajah A. Cade Kaela L. Washington

Huffman Independent School District Willie J. Hargrave High School Cassidy S. Harkins

Humble Independent School District Atascocita High School Alyssa A. Holbrook Alvin D. Nguyenly Matthew Parel Myra Thompkins

Humble High School Karishma A. Desai Olivia B. Ramsey

Kingwood High School Tyler J. Schattel Amber S. West

Kingwood Park High School Avery I. Johnson Taylor Wise


Summer Creek High School

Katy Independent School District Cinco Ranch High School Gauri G. Bora Andres M. Castillo Angela Co Vennela Pothugunta

Klein Oak High School Alisha Meharali Jeniffer Melendez

La Porte Independent School District La Porte High School Ashley Hayes David Quispe

Pasadena Independent School District J. Frank Dobie High School

Caroline S. Benson Avery L. Hager Emmnauel Osikpa Andres Rivera-Vazquez

Mayra L. Caisedo Bustillo Gilberto H. Campa Catherine Nguyen Glenda Reyes Andrea Tran

Mayde Creek High School

Pasadena High School

Katy High School

Annice Brown Collin M. Wang Jasmine A. Zenn

Mauro Alvarez Alfredo Dominguez Cynthia Moreno

Morton Ranch High School

Pasadena Memorial High School

Jaylin K. Alexander-Bradford Kelly M. Rivas Kiara M. Salamonovitz Starjjil Shelvin

Samuel E. Cervantes Buentello Vanessa Ortega Larissa Perez Juan J. Torres

Seven Lakes High School

Sam Rayburn High School

Quatia Dorsey Calistus C. Ezeokafor Matthew B. Hoang Collyn M. Kellogg Shereen S. Khan Hope K. Talton

James E. Taylor High School Alishia Ajani Leah H. Kobeissi America M. Moreno Jose A. Rodriguez

Klein Independent School District Klein High School Brittany R. Boehm Maheen Khan Samah K. Khan Sierra A. Schuman Jami Tanner

Rebecca M. Gomez Dillon T. Nassour Alicia M. Olivo Amanda Ramirez

South Houston High School Nestor Camacho Hilario Morales Karen I. Perez

Spring High School Mohammad Abbas Bradley Domian Serein Ghanayem

Westfield High School Angelo Gaunichaux Raevyn B. Ross Christina C. Vo

Carl Wunsche High School Joshua M. Kennedy Megan Ngai Hue Truong

Spring Branch Independent School District Memorial High School Sehwa Kang Saul Martinez Luis A. Molina

Northbrook High School Gabriela A. Gomez Carla J. Trochez Genaro Uriostegui

Spring Woods High School Henry A. Aguilar Jose F. Bonilla Miguel A. Morales

Stratford High School Kevin D. Han Seungjun Lee Kristen Peck

Westchester Academy Nancy Tran

Sheldon Independent School District

Tomball Independent School District

C. E. King High School

Tomball High School

Judith K. Elias Charissa D. Robbins

Spring Independent School District Andy Dekaney High School

education

Christen Augustine Joshua Cooper Lauren M. McMiller

Abraham Munnerlyn Daniel A. Trchalek

Tomball Memorial High School Syed Naqvi Eman Rustom

Zhorae H. Adams Quinton E. Coleman Laneisha R. Hale

Klein Collins High School Deepali Bhandari Boi-Han Nguyen Marlon A. Torres

Klein Forest High School Jared A. Hopes Ronesha Lewis Emmanuel Loredo Anh H. Nguyen

pg. 41


Volunteers at a garden clean up as part of Dig It Day! at Gregory Lincoln Education Center. Houston Endowment donated $170,000 to Urban Harvest Inc. to create and sustain community and school gardens and farmers markets. Courtesy of Urban Harvest pg. 42


environment c u lt i vat i n g a l i va b l e c o m m u n i t y w i t h a h e a lt h y , s u s ta i n a b l e e n v i r o n m e n t

air

$

1,575,000

water

2,770,000

land

1,325,000

urban development

995,000

other

3,685,000

TOTAL

$ 10,350,000

pg. 43


environment Houston Advanced Research Center/ Galveston Bay Foundation

Galveston Bay’s wetlands play an important role in our region’s ability to cope with floods and process some of the pollution that our cities generate, and the ports, fisheries and industry that rely on the Bay are central to our state’s economy. It is in everyone’s best interest to ensure a healthy future for Galveston Bay, and we hope that the Report Card will help Houstonians tackle some of the issues that threaten the Bay’s future proactively, before they become crises. Anja Borski Report Card Coordinator, Galveston Bay Foundation

Creating the Galveston Bay Report Card was an extensive process. The Galveston Bay Foundation and Houston Advanced Research Center worked together for over a year to gather input from thousands of local residents and analyze existing data to design the report. This is important because it provides a baseline for action and future assessments of Galveston Bay as the human population of Houston and the surrounding region continues to grow. Lisa Gonzalez President and Chief Operating Officer, HARC, Report Card Principal Investigator

Houston Endowment donated $720,000 to Houston Advanced Research Center to work in partnership with Galveston Bay Foundation on development of a Galveston Bay report card.

Volunteers planting marsh grasses around Galveston Bay. Gene Fisseler

pg. 44


environment BikeHouston Inc.

Houston Endowment donated $425,000 to BikeHouston Inc. to encourage safe bicycling and to support the development of a Bicycle Master Plan for Houston.

Bicyclists using the newly constructed Lamar Street Protected Bike Lane in downtown Houston. Cameron Belcher, BikeHouston volunteer

BikeHouston’s most important work is to build a community of people who ride bicycles ... we have united 9,000 people who support bicycles and want to build a safer city. Our goal is to build this list to 50,000 people from all backgrounds in the Houston region. We are excited to continue building this community in order to make Houston the most bicycle-friendly city it can possibly be. Michael Payne Executive Director, BikeHouston pg. 45


environment Air Alliance Houston

Houston Endowment donated $300,000 to Air Alliance Houston to reduce air pollution and protect public health through community outreach, education and advocacy.

One of the pictures of the Houston Ship Channel area taken as part of efforts to identify potential sources of contamination and pollution. Courtesy of Air Alliance Houston

Air Alliance Houston believes the quality of our air directly affects our quality of life. Our mission is to reduce air pollution in the Houston region and protect public health and environmental integrity through research, education and advocacy. Many people in Houston, including longtime Houston residents, do not appreciate that our health still suffers from air pollution. Some of the people who are most impacted—low-income and minority populations—have voices that are often not heard by the larger Houston community. On the other hand, Houston is a very spirited city with a “can do” attitude. I am consistently impressed by Houstonians’ willingness to take on new challenges and explore new possibilities. Adrian Shelley Executive Director, Air Alliance Houston

pg. 46


Recent research has shown the overwhelming benefits of time spent outdoors—on children, adults and families. We believe that people who are engaged in the natural world, especially children, experience a multitude of benefits for their minds, bodies and souls. We are honored to be able to provide an authentic outdoor wilderness experience that demonstrates the incredible diversity of Texas Gulf Coast wildlife and allows people of all ages to experience nature. On a trip to the Arboretum, visitors can see herons fishing in our ponds, [watch] turtles basking in the sun and listen to the melody of birds overhead, only a block from some of the busiest roads in Houston. This access to nature is essential.

environment Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Keely Everett Director of Development, Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Houston Endowment donated $3 million to help Houston Arboretum & Nature Center repair hurricane damage and increase capacity.

Children participating in one of Houston Arboretum’s summer camps. Courtesy of Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

pg. 47


The wetlands off the West Fork of the San Jacinto River are dominated by mature bald cypress. Houston Endowment donated $300,000 to Bayou Land Conservancy to help protect land, including river and bayou corridors that feed into the Lake Houston watershed. pg. 48

Matt Buckingham


grantee & purpose

year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

Air Alliance Houston HOUSTON, TX

Toward reducing air pollution and protecting public health through community outreach, education and advocacy

2014 $

300,000 $

Toward equipping residents of Pleasantville and north Pasadena to advocate for change related to air quality and health concerns

2014

100,000

50,000

2014

600,000

300,000

2014

300,000

150,000

Toward a coalition to reduce air pollution from the Port of Houston by highlighting the impact of pollution on communities adjacent to the Port and engaging local residents in efforts to improve air quality.

2012

630,000

210,000

Toward increased public awareness of the adverse impacts of air pollution in the Houston area

2014

185,000

0

2014

35,000

35,000

Toward determining the extent, distribution and health impact of particulate matter in Harris County and developing recommendations for a monitoring network and efforts to reduce the pollutants’ levels

2013

700,000

320,000

Toward the continued study of particulate matter and its relationship to health outcomes in Houston

2014

460,000

0

Toward Phase II of a project linking air quality conditions to asthma attacks to improve deployment of emergency health services and inform public policy

2014

730,000

360,000

150,000

Environmental Defense Fund Incorporated AUSTIN, TX

Toward partnerships with the Port of Houston and state agencies to accurately monitor and reduce diesel and air toxic emissions

environment

Air

Environmental Integrity Project WASHINGTON, DC

Toward improving the design and enforcement of environmental rules to further reduce air pollution from Houston area petrochemical plants

Public Citizen Foundation Inc. AUSTIN, TX

Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund AUSTIN, TX

Toward educating residents about the value of the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH), which enables public input on environmental permit applications, and empowering them to support the agency in its Sunset Commission review

William Marsh Rice University HOUSTON, TX

$

1,575,000

2013 $

150,000 $

75,000

Toward preserving, protecting and enhancing the bay through advocacy, conservation, education and research

2013

330,000

100,000

Toward non-reimbursable, non-budgeted expenses related to the March 2014 oil spill in Galveston Bay

2014

25,000

25,000

TOTAL—AIR

Water Bayou Preservation Association Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward protecting and improving local waterways through advocacy, education and restoration

Galveston Bay Foundation WEBSTER, TX

pg. 49


grantee & purpose

year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

2014

720,000

240,000

2013

1,125,000

375,000

2013

790,000

310,000

2014

120,000

60,000

2014

150,000

150,000

2014

85,000

85,000

2014

3,106,000

1,350,000

Houston Advanced Research Center

environment

THE WOODLANDS, TX

Toward the development and dissemination of a Galveston Bay report card on bay health to promote awareness and increase conservation

National Wildlife Federation AUSTIN, TX

Toward continued implementation of new state policies that protect Texas rivers, bays and estuaries by promoting environmental flow protection, groundwater management and water conservation in and around greater Houston

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi CORPUS CHRISTI, TX

Toward assessing the geographic impact on greater Houston of rising sea levels, estimating the economic effects and analyzing current policies and opportunities for coastal management

Texas Impact Education Fund AUSTIN, TX

Toward encouraging citizen participation in the public policy decision making on regional water planning strategies by engaging and educating members of faith communities

Texas Water Foundation Inc. AUSTIN, TX

Toward analysis of current conservation strategies among utilities operating in Region H of greater Houston to provide objective data for upcoming water planning

Trust for Public Land BOSTON, MA

Toward an assessment of opportunities to protect source water in the Lake Houston watershed by conserving land around lake tributaries

William Marsh Rice University HOUSTON, TX

Toward studies of the best mitigation strategies to protect the Houston region from the social, environmental and economic consequences of hurricane surge flooding

$ 2,770,000

TOTAL—WATER

Land Artist Boat Inc. GALVESTON, TX

Toward land acquisition, a business plan and a conservation funding initiative to preserve coastal margin and marine habitats on Galveston Island

2014 $

182,000 $

182,000

2012

300,000

100,000

2013

100,000

50,000

2014

200,000

100,000

2013

200,000

100,000

Bayou Land Conservancy HOUSTON, TX

Toward permanently protecting land through conservation easements, particularly river and bayou corridors that feed into the Lake Houston watershed

Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition HOUSTON, TX

Toward flood mitigation, development of parks and trails and preservation of green space in the Greens Bayou watershed

Houston Audubon Society HOUSTON, TX

Toward the protection of valuable lands through conservation easements and acquisitions in the eastern coastal areas of greater Houston

Katy Prairie Conservancy HOUSTON, TX

pg. 50

Toward protecting a sustainable portion of the Katy Prairie and working with public and private stakeholders to develop flood mitigation strategies


year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

2013

50,000

25,000

2014

225,000

225,000

2014

170,000

85,000

2014

50,000

50,000

2012

120,000

40,000

2014

70,000

70,000

2013

300,000

100,000

Toward documenting the need for new parks and facilitating public funding for land acquisition and conservation

2013

250,000

100,000

Toward the comprehensive evaluation of SPARK school parks in Harris County to support future SPARK project decision making

2014

98,000

98,000

grantee & purpose Land Trust Alliance Incorporated Toward accelerating and ensuring the permanence of land conservation by helping area land trusts strengthen leadership, comply with best practices, prepare for accreditation and strategically focus land protection efforts

National Parks Conservation Association HOUSTON, TX

Toward outreach and planning to create the Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area to protect and manage lands along the upper Texas Gulf Coast for environmental, social and economic benefits

environment

WASHINGTON, DC

SPARK HOUSTON, TX

Toward constructing community parks on Houston’s public school campuses

Texas Agricultural Land Trust SAN ANTONIO, TX

Toward a workshop to teach conservation finance strategies, build a network of professionals focused on such financing and explore new funding sources for private lands conservation in Texas

Texas Land Conservancy AUSTIN, TX

Toward protecting Brazos and Trinity River watersheds through conservation easements and acquisitions

Texas Land Trust Council AUSTIN, TX

Toward development of a communications strategy to motivate groups to support or advocate for the conservation objectives of land trusts in Texas

Trees for Houston HOUSTON, TX

Toward obtaining, growing, planting and maintaining trees in greater Houston’s public spaces

Trust for Public Land AUSTIN, TX

$

1,325,000

375,000 $

200,000

TOTAL—LAND

Urban Development BikeHouston Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward advocating for infrastructure, education and enforcement to encourage safe bicycling and supporting the development of a Bicycle Master Plan for the City of Houston

2014 $

Toward a Bicycle Master Plan to help the City of Houston establish a safer and more accessible cycling environment

2014

50,000

50,000

Toward an urban planning consultant to work with the City of Houston on the framework for a general plan to guide city planning, public improvements and land development

2014

45,000

45,000

Toward consultants and public outreach in developing a comprehensive general plan for Houston

2014

200,000

0

Citizens for Blueprint Houston HOUSTON, TX

pg. 51


grantee & purpose

year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

2012

80,000

15,000

2012

200,000

100,000

2014

300,000

150,000

2012

100,000

50,000

2013

170,000

85,000

2014

1,000,000

300,000

Houston Clean City Commission Inc.

environment

HOUSTON, TX

Toward reducing urban blight through neighborhood beautification and cleanup projects and community education programs

Houston Tomorrow HOUSTON, TX

Toward generating and distributing information and analysis about urban planning, land use, transportation, sustainability and regional growth

Scenic Texas Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward expansion of capacity to implement streetscape improvements that impact public safety, walkability and visual appeal

Texas Southern University HOUSTON, TX

Toward building university-community partnerships to address environmental issues in local low-income and minority neighborhoods

Urban Harvest Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward creating and sustaining community and school gardens and farmers markets, providing free or low-cost classes and advocating for policies and practices that increase access to nutritious food

William Marsh Rice University HOUSTON, TX

Toward a study to assist community leaders and service providers in addressing the needs of populations impacted by changing development patterns

$

995,000

2012 $

30,000 $

15,000

2012

70,000

20,000

2013

50,000

25,000

2014

180,000

60,000

2014

225,000

0

TOTAL—URBAN DEVELOPMENT

Other Brazoria County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals LAKE JACKSON, TX

Toward reducing dog and cat overpopulation by providing access to low-cost spay and neuter services

Citizens’ Environmental Coalition Educational Fund HOUSTON, TX

Toward a coalition that fosters education, collaboration and dialogue about environmental issues in greater Houston

Citizens for Animal Protection Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward rescue, shelter, adoption, care and spay and neuter services for abused and homeless animals, and toward educational programs that promote responsible pet ownership

Environmental Fund for Texas AUSTIN, TX

Toward providing revenue and broader exposure for 38 environmental nonprofits in Texas

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory Inc. LAKE JACKSON, TX

Toward land protection and restoration efforts to support healthy bird habitats along the Gulf Coast

pg. 52


year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

Toward protecting and enhancing the 155-acre urban nature sanctuary and educating people about the natural environment

2012

300,000

100,000

Toward implementing a master plan to repair hurricane damage, increase capacity and enhance the visitor experience

2014

3,000,000

3,000,000

2014

50,000

25,000

2013

1,000,000

325,000

2014

105,000

35,000

2014

150,000

50,000

2013

60,000

30,000

grantee & purpose Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Houston Humane Society HOUSTON, TX

Toward operating a full-service animal adoption and wellness care facility and eliminating animal cruelty and overpopulation

environment

HOUSTON, TX

Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals HOUSTON, TX

Toward renovating and enlarging facilities to increase animal intake and adoption, expand education programs and optimize administrative and operation spaces

The Nature Discovery Center Inc. BELLAIRE, TX

Toward protecting and enhancing the urban nature sanctuary and educating people about the natural environment

Spay-Neuter Assistance Program Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward a mobile clinic that provides free spay-neuter and immunization services to dogs and cats owned by low-income residents in greater Houston

Turtle Island Restoration Network HOUSTON, TX

Toward conservation programs along the upper Texas Gulf Coast to protect the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and other turtles in the Gulf of Mexico TOTAL—OTHER

$

3,685,000

TOTAL ENVIRONMENT

$ 10,350,000

pg. 53


A Healthy Living Matters neighborhood walk audit conducted in north Pasadena, which encouraged residents to consider their built environment and neighborhood conditions that impact their ability to be active. Houston Endowment donated $2.5 million to Harris County Healthcare Alliance to support the Healthy Living Matters Collaborative, an effort to curb childhood obesity in Harris County. pg. 54

Courtesy of Healthy Living Matters


Health

a d va n c i n g p r e v e n t i o n , w e l l n e s s a n d a c c e s s t o p r i m a r y c a r e

prevention

$

1,100,000

primary care

4,130,000

other

405,000

TOTAL

$

5,635,000

pg. 55


health Children’s Defense Fund

Houston Endowment donated $560,000 to Children’s Defense Fund to link eligible uninsured children and families in greater Houston to health coverage or a medical home and provide families with the resources to manage their care and long-term coverage. A Houston area Children’s Defense Fund school-based outreach partner sharing important information on campus about CHIP and Children’s Medicaid with the parent of a Houston area student. Courtesy of Children’s Defense Fund–Texas

Children whose basic health care needs are met are better prepared to succeed in school and in life. For more than 15 years, CDF–Texas has been a leading voice for children, working to ensure every Texas child has a healthy start in life, with access to affordable, comprehensive health coverage. Research confirms that adults who received Medicaid as children are healthier and have greater economic success as adults. They have lower incidences of obesity and high blood pressure and fewer hospitalizations and ER usage over time. They also performed better in school, were less likely to drop out of high school and more likely to graduate from college. By investing in children now, and connecting children and families to affordable health care coverage, we are investing in the future of our Houston community. Anat Kelman Shaw Communications Director, Children’s Defense Fund–Texas

pg. 56


Houston Endowment donated $200,000 to The Council on Alcohol and Drugs to address substance abuse and co-occurring health disorders and behaviors through therapy and support, community education and prevention programs. We are continually amazed at the growing number of people in Houston who are affected by substance abuse and addiction and in need of help and guidance. One thing people don’t often talk about is the family component. We know that addiction doesn’t just affect the individual—it affects the entire family, which is why we focus our services on meeting each family member or loved one’s needs, from young children and teens to adults and the elderly population.

Children participating in an activity at Kids Camp at The Council, a program for children from families who have struggled with alcohol or other drug addiction. Michelle Watson

health The Council on Alcohol and Drugs

William M. (Mel) Taylor, MSW President and CEO, The Council on Recovery (formerly The Council on Alcohol and Drugs) pg. 57


Dr. Teresa Grygo, Chief Dental Officer for Healthcare for the Homeless–Houston, with a dental patient. Felix Sanchez

Health Healthcare for the Homeless–Houston

Houston Endowment donated $1.4 million to Healthcare for the Homeless–Houston to support a new facility that provides services to the Houston homeless population. Healthcare for the Homeless–Houston provides highly integrated primary care, mental health care, substance abuse counseling, dental care and social services, all of which help facilitate stabilization [of individuals] and systematically combat homelessness. Our specialized programming collectively meets the needs of the homeless population while addressing the complex needs of various subpopulations of homeless individuals—from those who suffer with severe mental illness, to women and children fleeing domestic violence, to individuals struggling to break the cycle of chronic homelessness. Frances E. Isbell Chief Executive Officer, Healthcare for the Homeless–Houston

pg. 58


The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that supports the implementation of policies and programs that help Texans obtain effective, efficient mental health care when and where they need it. The Institute’s vision is for Texas to be the national leader in treating people with mental health needs. Tom Luce Chief Executive Officer, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Houston Endowment donated $1 million to Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute for Texas to improve mental health and reduce substance use in children, veterans and those in the criminal justice system by providing data, policies and recommendations on how health care is implemented.

health Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute for Texas

Early detection of, and intervention in, mental health problems means our children can lead healthy lives and become successful adults. Courtesy of Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

pg. 59


U.S. Marine Corps veteran Duane Perez and his service dog attend peer mentor training as part of a partnership with Mental Health America (MHA) of Greater Houston and the Military Veteran Peer Network. Houston Endowment donated $150,000 to MHA of Greater Houston to support increased access to mental health care treatment and prevention. pg. 60

Traci Patterson


grantee & purpose

year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

Houston-Harris County Immunization Registry Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward increasing immunization rates and eradicating vaccine-preventable diseases through education, advocacy and support of best immunization practices

2012 $

260,000 $

85,000

health

Prevention

Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Inc. AUSTIN, TX

Toward preventing teen pregnancy in Houston and in Texas by developing and implementing a communications strategy that builds a constituency for improvements in policies, practices and programs

2012

40,000

15,000

2012

3,000,000

1,000,000

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston HOUSTON, TX

Toward reducing teen pregnancy by supplementing evidence-based health curricula in middle schools with complementary community-wide strategies and interventions in areas with the highest teen birth rates. (Another portion of this grant is in Human Services under Children and Youth.)

$ 1,100,000

TOTAL—PREVENTION

Primary Care AIDS Foundation Houston HOUSTON, TX

Toward the support and comprehensive care of persons with HIV/AIDS

2014 $

200,000 $

0

2014

200,000

100,000

2014

125,000

50,000

2012

560,000

80,000

2013

200,000

100,000

2014

100,000

50,000

2013

300,000

150,000

2014

250,000

250,000

Bering Omega Community Services HOUSTON, TX

Toward providing housing assistance, adult daycare, dental care and residential hospice care for people affected by HIV/AIDS

Center for Community Change WASHINGTON, DC

Toward support for the Houston office of Young Invincibles whose mobilization campaigns, policy analysis and communications expand economic opportunities for young adults

Children’s Defense Fund BELLAIRE, TX

Toward linking eligible uninsured children and families to health coverage or a medical home and providing families with the resources to manage their care and long-term coverage

The council on alcohol and drugs HOUSTON, TX

Toward addressing substance abuse and co-occurring health disorders and behaviors through therapy and support for clients and their families, community education and prevention programs

DBSA Greater Houston HOUSTON, TX

Toward free facilitated support groups for people with depression and bipolar disorder

El Centro de Corazon HOUSTON, TX

Toward preventive and primary health care services for people in east Houston

Enroll America WASHINGTON, DC

Toward providing outreach, education and technical assistance to help greater Houston residents obtain health insurance coverage

pg. 61


year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

2014

75,000

50,000

2013

120,000

60,000

2012

130,000

65,000

2012

300,000

150,000

2014

100,000

50,000

2013

150,000

150,000

Toward primary health care, behavioral health counseling and intensive case management for homeless individuals

2012

600,000

150,000

Toward a new facility providing services to the Houston homeless population

2014

1,400,000

0

2012

300,000

150,000

2014

40,000

0

2012

1,500,000

500,000

2014

50,000

25,000

2014

1,000,000

1,000,000

2012

150,000

75,000

grantee & purpose Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services

health

HOUSTON, TX

Toward helping vulnerable populations in southwest Houston access preventive health care and social services leading to self-sufficiency

Eye Care for Kids Foundation HOUSTON, TX

Toward free eye exams and glasses for low-income, uninsured, visually impaired children

Family Service Center at Houston and Harris County HOUSTON, TX

Toward mental health counseling services for low-income individuals and families

Fourth Ward Clinic HOUSTON, TX

Toward primary health care services for low-income and underinsured people in central and north Houston

Fundacion Latino Americana De Accion Social Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward education, counseling, testing and treatment referrals for hard-to-reach Latinos affected by HIV/AIDS

Harris County Hospital District Foundation HOUSTON, TX

Toward purchasing vans and equipment to provide medical services to uninsured, underinsured and homeless people

Healthcare for the Homeless–Houston HOUSTON, TX

Houston Community Health Centers Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward primary health care services for low-income and underinsured people at Vecino Health Centers

Houston Galveston Institute Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward low-cost or free mental health counseling for low-income individuals and families

Houston Health Foundation HOUSTON, TX

Toward expanding a coordinated vision services program that includes free eye exams and prescription glasses for schoolchildren

Interface Samaritan Counseling Centers HOUSTON, TX

Toward client counseling and staff training to increase the understanding of mental illness and treatments among Houston nonprofits

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute for Texas DALLAS, TX

Toward improving mental health and reducing substance use in children, veterans and those in the criminal justice system by providing data, policies and recommendations on how health care is implemented

Mental Health America of Greater Houston Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward advocacy, education and training programs to increase access to mental health care treatment, promote the early intervention and prevention of mental health problems and increase understanding of mental health as part of total health and wellness pg. 62


grantee & purpose

year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

2012

180,000

60,000

2014

30,000

0

2013

75,000

25,000

2014

100,000

50,000

2013

400,000

100,000

2013

350,000

100,000

2012

300,000

150,000

2014

40,000

40,000

2013

800,000

400,000

Montrose Counseling Center Inc. Toward counseling and prevention services for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals and their families

NAMI Greater Houston HOUSTON, TX

Toward education classes, support groups and community outreach for people with mental illness

health

HOUSTON, TX

NAMI Gulf Coast ALVIN, TX

Toward mental health services and advocacy for families and individuals in Galveston and Brazoria Counties

National Society to Prevent Blindness HOUSTON, TX

Toward the “Healthy Eyes” program to provide vision screenings, eye exam referrals with vouchers and information to uninsured/underinsured adults in greater Houston

Network of Behavioral Health Providers Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward supporting local behavioral health providers with technical assistance to implement the infrastructure requirements mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

The Rose HOUSTON, TX

Toward a new digital mammography unit to provide more Houstonians with breast health services

San Jose Clinic HOUSTON, TX

Toward primary health care services for low-income and uninsured people in central Houston

Texas Public Interest Research Group Education Fund Inc. AUSTIN, TX

Toward educating college students about accessing affordable health insurance and care for themselves and their families

University of Houston-Victoria VICTORIA, TX

Toward a family nurse practitioner program to meet health care needs in Sugar Land and Katy by increasing the number of health care providers in the region TOTAL­— PRIMARY CARE

$ 4,130,000

pg. 63


grantee & purpose

year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

health

Other Air Alliance Houston HOUSTON, TX

Toward equipping residents of Pleasantville and north Pasadena to advocate for change related to air quality and health concerns

2014 $

100,000 $

50,000

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Houston-Galveston HOUSTON, TX

Toward fellowships to help graduate students develop skills and implement projects that improve health care services for underserved people in Houston and Galveston

2012

30,000

15,000

2014

450,000

175,000

2012

350,000

150,000

2014

30,000

15,000

Texas One Voice A Collaborative for Health & Human Services HOUSTON, TX

Toward a collective organization that engages, educates and empowers the community to address health and basic needs

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston HOUSTON, TX

Toward improving public health by identifying unmet health needs and targeting resources through the Health of Houston Survey

The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Research HOUSTON, TX

Toward free classes, publications, training and seminars to provide Houston area girls and women with accurate health information and prevention strategies

pg. 64

TOTAL—OTHER

$

405,000

TOTAL HEALTH

$

5,635,000


Dana Tyson of Sunny 99.1 and Star of Hope board member reads to children in the Transitional Living Center. Houston Endowment donated $1 million to Star of Hope Mission toward a new campus providing women and families with a full continuum of care, from emergency needs to long-term independent living. pg. 66

Courtesy of Star of Hope Mission


human services l e a d i n g p e o p l e t o wa r d i n d e p e n d e n t a n d f u l f i l l i n g l i v e s

basic needs

$

3,175,000

vulnerable populations

370,000

safe families

1,755,000

children and youth

2,320,000

economic development

1,415,000

strong communities

10,175,000

other

235,000

TOTAL

$ 19,445,000

pg. 67


human services Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Volunteers and attendees at World Refugee Day, hosted by a consortium of local charities, including Catholic Charities. Courtesy of Catholic Charities

pg. 68

As a proud board member of Catholic Charities, I have seen their deep commitments to compassionately serving the poor and the needy. For more than 70 years, this well-managed organization has fed, housed and sustained people in need, and it is a vital resource to our community. Jeffrey D. Hildebrand Chairman & CEO, Hilcorp Energy Company

Houston Endowment donated $200,000 to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to help promote and facilitate self-sufficiency among low-income families, including immigrants, refugees and children in foster care.


Houston Endowment donated $100,000 to Fort Bend County Child Advocates Inc. to support the Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program for children in foster care in Fort Bend County. Child Advocates of Fort Bend provides a voice, heals the hurt and breaks the cycle of abuse and neglect for children in Fort Bend County. The project is focused on increasing advocacy for children in foster care by matching 100 percent of [those] children with a CASA Volunteer, a trained community member who supports the child’s best interests and is transformational in their lives. It will also increase knowledge about child abuse in our community through education and outreach, a critical component to getting child victims the help they need and preventing other children from becoming abused.

The Wall of Hope, located at the entrance to the Children’s Advocacy Center at Child Advocates of Fort Bend, reminds children who come to the center that there is a caring community working to provide them hope and healing. Courtesy of Fort bend county Child Advocates

human services Fort Bend County Child Advocates Inc.

Ruthanne Mefford Chief Executive Officer, Child Advocates of Fort Bend pg. 69


human services New Hope Housing Inc.

For more than 20 years, New Hope Housing has helped low-income individuals mend their lives and recover their dignity by providing affordable, beautiful, permanent housing. Beyond bricks and mortar, New Hope Housing properties offer supportive environments that help people climb out of the tenuous situation of life on the streets, or on the edge, to repurpose and stabilize their lives. New Hope Housing at Reed [will be] our first supportive housing development serving homeless and at-risk families. Families will enjoy access to more than 8,000 SF of educational and service delivery spaces, as well as beautifully landscaped outdoor learning and recreational spaces. Reed will be located immediately adjacent to Star of Hope’s 41-acre family development campus “Cornerstone Community,� off Highway 288 and Reed Road. The Star of Hope (SOH) campus will include emergency shelter and services for women and children; transitional programmatic housing; a park; a community center; and a chapel. By locating next door to this campus, we will together with SOH create a true continuum of care. The combined effort of New Hope Housing and SOH will achieve a highly efficient, innovative, scalable national model for optimizing resources and providing opportunities for homeless and near homeless families. Joy Horak-Brown President and CEO, New Hope Housing Inc.

Houston Endowment donated over $1.6 million to New Hope Housing Inc. for construction of a new apartment complex and community campus serving homeless and at-risk families. Architectural rendering of the new apartment complex off Highway 288 and Reed Road in Houston. Gene Fisseler

pg. 70


Houston Endowment donated $350,000 to Northwest Assistance Ministries to support emergency assistance and social services for low-income people in northwest Harris County. Northwest Assistance Ministries is the largest assistance ministry in Houston, and last year [we] touched the lives of more than 131,000 children, adults and seniors through our comprehensive array of services. Every day, we see families who are in crisis—maybe they don’t have food to eat, or they’re about to lose their housing, or they’re trapped in an abusive relationship. Through the generosity of our community, we help meet those immediate needs. But then we take it to the next level. We look at what brought them to a place of need and provide the coaching, case management and accountability that is vital for long-term change. Our goal is always to move people from crisis to self-sufficiency. Carole Little President and CEO, Northwest Assistance Ministries

Ladies enjoying the 60+ Café at Northwest Assistance Ministries. Courtesy of Northwest Assistance Ministries

human services Northwest Assistance Ministries

pg. 71


Girls taking part in a Girls Inc. workshop. Houston Endowment donated $100,000 to Girls Inc. of Greater Houston to help support programs that promote leadership, financial literacy and self-esteem for girls. Courtesy of Girls Inc. of Greater Houston pg. 72


grantee & purpose

year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

3 A Bereavement Foundation HOUSTON, TX

Toward assisting low-income families with support services, grief counseling and burials

2013 $

35,000 $

10,000

Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward helping faith-based nonprofits provide basic needs services to low-income individuals and families

2012

300,000

150,000

Toward helping faith-based nonprofits provide basic needs services to low-income individuals and families

2014

150,000

150,000

2013

40,000

15,000

2013

124,000

20,000

2012

60,000

30,000

2014

200,000

100,000

2012

120,000

60,000

2014

145,000

120,000

2013

150,000

150,000

2014

25,000

25,000

2013

600,000

200,000

2013

160,000

80,000

2013

30,000

10,000

human services

Basic Needs

ArtBridge HOUSTON, TX

Toward expressive arts classes for homeless children living in shelters

Bay Area Homeless Services Inc. BAYTOWN, TX

Toward facility upgrades and software, and staff to collect, organize and report data to analyze and improve services for individuals who are homeless or nearly homeless

Bridges to Life HOUSTON, TX

Toward reducing the recidivism of released inmates and facilitating the healing of victims and the rehabilitation of perpetrators

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston HOUSTON, TX

Toward promoting and facilitating self-sufficiency among low-income families, including immigrants, refugees and children in foster care

Chinese Community Center Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward culturally and linguistically appropriate social services for Asian Americans, and toward programs that promote cultural understanding

Christian Community Service Center Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward a technology upgrade to create a shared database that will improve low-income client access, increase staff coordination and enhance tracking of client outcomes

Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County HOUSTON, TX

Toward developing, coordinating and implementing strategies among agencies that reduce new instances of, and returns to, homelessness

Community Family Centers-Centros Familiares de la Comunidad HOUSTON, TX

Toward board and staff training in a fundraising model to diversify its donor base

Corporation for Supportive Housing HOUSTON, TX

Toward creating more permanent supportive housing and improving local systems and infrastructure to help more people address the root cause of their homelessness, stabilize their lives and gain independence

Crisis Intervention of Houston Incorporated HOUSTON, TX

Toward a 24-hour telephone and Internet crisis counseling and referral service

Family Promise of Montgomery County Inc. CONROE, TX

Toward comprehensive social services to help families in Montgomery County transition from homelessness to independence

pg. 73


grantee & purpose

human services

year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

2013

45,000

15,000

2014

120,000

60,000

2014

150,000

150,000

2013

50,000

25,000

2012

50,000

25,000

2014

100,000

50,000

2014

100,000

0

2013

120,000

60,000

2014

200,000

100,000

2013

50,000

25,000

2013

80,000

40,000

2013

125,000

50,000

2013

40,000

20,000

Fort Bend Family Promise MISSOURI CITY, TX

Toward a full-time case manager to help low-income individuals and families transition from homelessness to independence

Fort Bend Senior Citizens Meals on Wheels & Much Much More Inc. ROSENBERG, TX

Toward hot meals and other social services for vulnerable seniors

Greater Houston Community Foundation HOUSTON, TX

Toward the Greater Houston Immigration Collaborative to improve service coordination, expand immigrant access to legal services and conduct research on Houston’s immigrant communities

House of Amos Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward emergency food services, immunizations for young children and literacy classes for adults in the Alief area of southwest Houston

Houston Compass Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward services that help homeless clients become employed and independent

Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward providing free legal assistance with civil matters to low-income and indigent people

Human Rights First NEW YORK, NY

Toward coalition building, research and public advocacy to support pro bono legal representation for refugees seeking asylum

Humble Area Assistance Ministries HUMBLE, TX

Toward assistance and social services for families and individuals in need in Humble and east Montgomery County

Immigrant Legal Resource Center SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Toward helping immigrants achieve citizenship and providing training, legal assistance and guidance on complicated cases for partner agencies

Interfaith Caring Ministries Inc. LEAGUE CITY, TX

Toward emergency assistance and social services for low-income people in Galveston County and south Harris County

Jewish Family Service HOUSTON, TX

Toward outpatient mental health care services for clients of all ages, and toward case management, counseling, referral and emergency financial services to help seniors maintain independence

KIND Inc. WASHINGTON, DC

Toward hiring a part-time family law attorney to help pro bono counsel expedite and complete Special Immigrant Juvenile Status procedures for unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in Houston

Main Street Ministries Houston HOUSTON, TX

Toward Operation ID, a volunteer-led program that helps homeless people obtain legal Texas photo identification documents pg. 74


total grant

2014 allocation

2013

100,000

50,000

2012

135,000

45,000

2013

150,000

75,000

2013

350,000

175,000

2014

70,000

35,000

2014

3,000,000

0

Toward construction management, labor and materials provided by the Greater Houston Builders Association to build or renovate shelters and facilities for homeless service providers

2012

50,000

25,000

Toward construction management, labor and materials provided by the Greater Houston Builders Association to build or renovate shelters and facilities for homeless service providers

2014

50,000

0

2013

40,000

40,000

2014

100,000

50,000

Toward emergency, transitional and long-term services for homeless men, women and their children

2012

300,000

100,000

Toward a new campus providing women and families with a full continuum of care, from emergency needs to long-term independent living

2014

1,000,000

0

2012

30,000

10,000

2012

180,000

80,000

Memorial Assistance Ministries Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward emergency assistance for west Houston families in need and services that move them to self-sufficiency

Missions of Yahweh Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward programs that help homeless women and children achieve independent and self-sufficient lives and that serve at-risk residents of the Carverdale community

Montgomery County Emergency Assistance CONROE, TX

Toward emergency financial assistance, referral services and case management to help individuals and families in crisis become self-sufficient

human services

year approved

grantee & purpose

Northwest Assistance Ministries HOUSTON, TX

Toward emergency assistance and social services for low-income people in northwest Harris County

Palmer Drug Abuse Program-Houston Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward peer group-based, substance abuse recovery and prevention programs for adolescents and their families, and toward education and outreach

SEARCH Homeless Services HOUSTON, TX

Toward a new Employment Services and Care Hub to support case management and essential services for Houston’s homeless

Shelter Providers of Houston Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Southeast Area Ministries SOUTH HOUSTON, TX

Toward emergency assistance for people in crisis in southeast Harris County

St. Vincent’s Episcopal House & Preschool GALVESTON, TX

Toward social services for indigent and poor families on Galveston Island

Star of Hope Mission HOUSTON, TX

Tamina Community Center CONROE, TX

Toward social services for low-income people in an unincorporated community in Montgomery County

Target Hunger HOUSTON, TX

Toward services that provide food to the hungry

pg. 75


year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

2014

200,000

100,000

Toward transitional and permanent housing to assist veterans experiencing homelessness, drug addiction and unemployment to reintegrate into society

2012

200,000

100,000

Toward transitional and permanent housing to assist veterans experiencing homelessness, drug addiction and unemployment to reintegrate into society

2014

200,000

0

2012

1,200,000

400,000

2014

30,000

30,000

2014

60,000

60,000

2013

80,000

40,000

2014

75,000

0

Toward a supportive family housing complex for women facing homelessness and mental health/substance abuse issues, and toward a social service center for residents of the facility and surrounding community

2014

1,500,000

0

Toward a residential treatment program for homeless and near-homeless women who have substance abuse and/or mental health issues and a supportive housing facility for low-income women

2014

40,000

20,000

grantee & purpose

human services

The Mission Continues ST. LOUIS, MO

Toward expanding a program that provides fellowships for post-9/11 veterans to work at local nonprofit agencies, strengthening their attachment to community and families

United States Veterans Initiative HOUSTON, TX

United Way of Greater Houston HOUSTON, TX

Toward supporting health and human services agencies and programs that serve children, youth, families, seniors and individuals

VN Teamwork HOUSTON, TX

Toward a strategic plan, more diverse board governance and greater staff capacity to support programs addressing the basic needs of low-income Vietnamese American families in greater Houston

West Houston Assistance Ministries Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward emergency food, financial and job search assistance programs for low-income people in west Houston

Westside Homeless Partnership HOUSTON, TX

Toward transitional housing programs that empower at-risk families to achieve self-sufficiency and a stable, secure home environment

Woman’s Heart FORT WORTH, TX

Toward an outreach coordinator for a program providing referrals and peer-to-peer support to women veterans

The Women’s Home HOUSTON, TX

$

3,175,000

2013 $

130,000 $

65,000

2012

300,000

TOTAL—BASIC NEEDS

Vulnerable Populations A Caring Safe Place Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward outreach, prevention and housing programs for homeless and chemically dependent HIV-positive individuals in Houston’s Fifth Ward

The Arc of Greater Houston HOUSTON, TX

pg. 76

Toward advocating for and assisting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and toward providing support services for their families, particularly those involved with the public school special education system, and securing these services in underserved communities

100,000


grantee & purpose

total grant

2014 allocation

2013

40,000

20,000

2013

150,000

75,000

2014

150,000

100,000

2012

30,000

10,000

Best Buddies International, Inc. DALLAS, TX

Toward helping high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities cultivate friendships and social skills by pairing them with non-disabled peers

Interfaith CarePartners, Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward volunteer services that help frail and elderly people stay independent and at home and that support their caregivers

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston HOUSTON, TX

Toward helping homebound seniors live independently at home through a Meals on Wheels program

human services

year approved

Volunteer Interfaith Caregivers Southwest BELLAIRE, TX

Toward transportation, escort and other support services for frail, elderly and healthimpaired people in southwest Houston

$

370,000

2014 $

300,000 $

175,000

2014

100,000

50,000

2014

75,000

75,000

2011

300,000

100,000

Toward recruiting, training and supervising volunteers who serve as court-appointed advocates for abused and neglected children who have been removed from their parents and are under the court’s jurisdiction

2013

100,000

50,000

Toward recruiting, training and supervising volunteers who serve as court-appointed advocates for abused and neglected children who have been removed from their parents and are under the court’s jurisdiction

2014

150,000

0

2014

150,000

75,000

TOTAL—VULNERABLE POPULATIONS

Safe Families AVDA HOUSTON, TX

Toward expansion of legal services, education outreach and intervention programs for victims of domestic violence among the working poor

Bridge Over Troubled Waters Inc. PASADENA, TX

Toward shelters and supportive services for victims of domestic violence

Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos Incorporated HOUSTON, TX

Toward specialized residential care for neglected and abused children and for children infected with HIV/AIDS

Child Advocates Incorporated HOUSTON, TX

Toward recruiting, training and supervising volunteers who serve as court-appointed advocates for abused and neglected children

Child Advocates of Montgomery County Inc. CONROE, TX

Child Builders HOUSTON, TX

Toward programs that help children and adolescents avoid and address abuse, create and sustain healthy relationships and become good parents in the future

pg. 77


year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

Toward recruiting, training and leading community volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children who have been removed from their parents and are under the court’s jurisdiction

2013

15,000

15,000

Toward recruiting, training and leading community volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children who have been removed from their parents and are under the court’s jurisdiction

2014

50,000

0

2013

30,000

30,000

2014

100,000

50,000

2013

200,000

100,000

2014

45,000

45,000

2014

100,000

50,000

2012

150,000

50,000

2013

300,000

150,000

2012

200,000

100,000

2012

150,000

50,000

2014

100,000

0

2013

130,000

65,000

grantee & purpose

human services

Court Appointed Special Advocates CASA of Liberty and Chambers Counties LIBERTY, TX

Darkness to Light CHARLESTON, SC

Toward providing child sexual abuse prevention and intervention training programs to Houston area educators

Daya Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward direct services, a transitional home and educational outreach for South Asian women who are victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault

DePelchin Children’s Center HOUSTON, TX

Toward counseling, abuse and neglect prevention programs, and foster care and adoption services that protect children and strengthen families

Engenderhealth Inc. NEW YORK, NY

Toward a teen dating violence prevention program for middle school students that combines classroom lessons with school policy and interventions

Fort Bend County Child Advocates Inc. ROSENBERG, TX

Toward the Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program to represent the legal interests and enhance the lives of every child in foster care in Fort Bend County

Fort Bend County Women’s Center, Inc. RICHMOND, TX

Toward helping survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault achieve safety and self-sufficiency

Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council HOUSTON, TX

Toward strengthening collaboration and cooperation among service providers who respond to victims of domestic violence

Houston Area Women’s Center Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward residential and nonresidential programs to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault create and implement plans for stability and independence, and toward community awareness and educational programs

Partners for Harris County Children Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward providing clothes, hygiene items and other basic necessities to children under the care of Children’s Protective Services

Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County GALVESTON, TX

Toward services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including a shelter, programs to recover self-sufficiency, crisis intervention and trauma treatment

Spaulding for Children HOUSTON, TX

Toward foster care, adoption and post-adoption services for children and families pg. 78


grantee & purpose

total grant

2014 allocation

2014

150,000

75,000

2014

200,000

100,000

2012

1,750,000

350,000

Tahirih Justice Center HOUSTON, TX

Toward pro bono legal services and protection for refugee and immigrant women and girls in greater Houston who have fled gender-based violence

Texas Council on Family Violence Incorporated AUSTIN, TX

Toward promoting safe and healthy relationships by supporting service providers, facilitating strategic prevention efforts and creating opportunities for freedom from domestic violence

Texas Woman’s University DENTON, TX

Toward continuing a study on the effectiveness of two actions, either filing a civil protective order or staying in a shelter, to determine the long-term outcomes for victims of domestic violence and their children

$

1,755,000

2013 $

100,000 $

50,000

2014

200,000

100,000

2014

400,000

200,000

2013

30,000

15,000

2013

100,000

50,000

2012

260,000

130,000

2014

200,000

100,000

2013

225,000

75,000

TOTAL—SAFE FAMILLIES

human services

year approved

Children and Youth Avance Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward programs that improve parenting skills and encourage children’s development and educational success

Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star HOUSTON, TX

Toward a one-on-one mentoring program that provides friendship, emotional support and guidance to at-risk children through positive adult role models

Children at Risk Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward evidence-based parent education programs to help parents support and establish nurturing relationships with their children

Children’s Prison Arts Project HOUSTON, TX

Toward a theater and visual arts program that encourages constructive self-expression and positive self-images in incarcerated, adjudicated and abused youth

Communities in Schools Bay Area Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward social services to help Clear Creek and Dickinson ISD students stay in school and succeed in life

Communities in Schools of Houston Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward coordinated social services to help at-risk Alief ISD students succeed in school

Covenant House Texas HOUSTON, TX

Toward shelter and counseling for homeless, abused and abandoned youth living on Houston’s streets

The Education Foundation of Harris County HOUSTON, TX

Toward research to determine how after-school programs impact other local systems; to identify and implement after-school programs that improve outcomes for participants; and to create citywide strategies that prevent program closures, improve quality and increase access to summer programs

pg. 79


grantee & purpose

human services

year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

2014

225,000

0

2014

200,000

100,000

2014

350,000

0

2013

100,000

50,000

2013

100,000

50,000

2014

25,000

25,000

2012

100,000

50,000

2013

35,000

10,000

2014

100,000

50,000

2013

50,000

15,000

2014

100,000

50,000

2014

35,000

35,000

2012

90,000

30,000

Fort Bend County Juvenile Probation Department RICHMOND, TX

Toward expanding a truancy reduction program for children ages six to 12 that provides case management, counseling and parent education

Genesys Works HOUSTON, TX

Toward enabling disadvantaged high school students to successfully enter the economic mainstream, then serve as peer ambassadors to materially change the culture of their schools

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council HOUSTON, TX

Toward an online system to streamline volunteer applications, support troop leaders and track recruitment success

Girls Inc. of Greater Houston HOUSTON, TX

Toward programs that promote leadership, financial literacy and self-esteem for girls

Harris County Children’s Protective Services Fund HOUSTON, TX

Toward services, resources and support that help older foster children successfully transition to independent and productive lives

Hope and Healing Center at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Houston HOUSTON, TX

Toward the development of a program that will work with local congregations to recruit foster and adoptive parents and create communities of support for them

Houston Achievement Place HOUSTON, TX

Toward an intervention and training program that teaches children social skills that prepare them to succeed in school and in life

Kick Drugs Out of America Foundation HOUSTON, TX

Toward KickStart Kids, a school-based physical education program that builds character and self-esteem in at-risk middle school students

Kids Hope USA Inc. ZEELAND, MI

Toward a mentoring program that partners local churches with at-risk students in public elementary schools

Making It Better HOUSTON, TX

Toward intensive literacy instruction for at-risk students in Houston area elementary schools

Montgomery County Youth Services Inc. CONROE, TX

Toward crisis counseling, street outreach and shelter programs, and prevention services that strengthen families and help young people stay out of trouble and in school

Nehemiah Center Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward a preschool, private middle school and after-school and summer programs for children of low-income parents engaged with the center

Playworks Education Energized HOUSTON, TX

Toward reducing bullying and increasing physical activity in Houston area schoolchildren by training teachers and staff to implement energized and safe recess periods, classroom play, after-school activities and peer leadership programs pg. 80


grantee & purpose

total grant

2014 allocation

2013

115,000

40,000

2013

225,000

50,000

2013

20,000

20,000

2014

50,000

25,000

2012

3,000,000

1,000,000

2014

150,000

0

Resolve It Inc. KEMAH, TX

Toward intervention programs that provide at-risk teens with alternatives to violence, drug abuse, delinquent behavior and leaving school

Spring Branch Baseball Program Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward an executive director to help transform a challenged Spring Branch community through baseball, softball, educational programs and mentors that help young people acquire personal and social skills that lead to a successful life

Texas Association for Infant Mental Health COPPELL, TX

Toward the healthy emotional development of infants and toddlers through an online curriculum for professionals working with children and their families

human services

year approved

United Ways of Texas Inc. AUSTIN, TX

Toward providing leadership, technical assistance and resources to Texas organizations dedicated to improving the quality of out of school care

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston HOUSTON, TX

Toward reducing teen pregnancy by supplementing evidence-based health curricula in middle schools with complementary community-wide strategies and interventions in areas with the highest teen birth rates. (Another portion of this grant is in Health under Prevention.)

Wesley Community Center Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward comprehensive social services for Houston’s low-income Northside neighborhood

$ 2,320,000

TOTAL—CHILDREN AND YOUTH

Economic Development Adult Reading Center Inc. PEARLAND, TX

2014 $

50,000 $

50,000

2013

80,000

40,000

Toward a full-time advocate to lead and coordinate regional and statewide efforts to advance clear messages and awareness about the importance of adult literacy and education

2012

450,000

150,000

Toward identifying adult literacy providers not currently part of its 60-member network and bringing them in to share in the center’s professional development and coalition building services

2014

200,000

100,000

2014

150,000

75,000

Toward volunteer-led classroom instruction and tutoring that lead to greater literacy

Galveston County Economic Alliance Foundation Inc. TEXAS CITY, TX

Toward support services for entrepreneurs and small business owners through the Galveston County Small Business Development Center

Houston Center for Literacy HOUSTON, TX

Literacy Advance of Houston Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward volunteer-led classes and tutoring in a learner-focused approach to improve literacy

pg. 81


grantee & purpose

human services

year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

2014

100,000

50,000

2013

1,400,000

650,000

2014

600,000

300,000

Literacy Volunteers of Fort Bend County Inc. SUGAR LAND, TX

Toward helping Fort Bend County residents achieve basic literacy and acquire computer and job readiness skills

Neighborhood Centers Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward free tax preparation services that help identify and claim tax credits created specifically to improve the economic well-being of low-income people

Prison Entrepreneurship Program HOUSTON, TX

Toward reducing recidivism by teaching inmates business skills, matching them with a volunteer mentor and providing reintegration and employment services after their release

$

1,415,000

50,000 $

50,000

TOTAL—ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Strong Communities Bay Area Habitat for Humanity Inc. DICKINSON, TX

Toward opening the Bay Area ReStore, selling donated home improvement items to the public, to finance programs providing safe, affordable housing

2014 $

Buckner Children and Family Services Inc. DALLAS, TX

Toward Family Place Houston, a transitional housing program that helps at-risk singleparent families become self-sufficient

2012

225,000

50,000

2011

1,540,000

480,000

2014

4,000,000

4,000,000

2014

30,000

15,000

2012

2,000,000

2,000,000

2014

40,000

20,000

2014

175,000

100,000

Center for Houston’s Future Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward equipping, engaging and enabling residents, policymakers and leaders to create a sustainable and competitive future by providing accurate, unbiased facts about key conditions through the Community Indicator Program

Corporation for Supportive Housing HOUSTON, TX

Toward a community-wide initiative to build an inventory of 2,500 permanent supportive housing units for the chronically homeless and veterans

Executive Service Corps of Houston Inc. HOUSTON, TX

Toward strengthening nonprofit organizations through free consulting and technical services provided by retired business executives and management professionals

Houston Parks Board HOUSTON, TX

Toward renovating the 1939 Emancipation Park Community Center to accommodate youth, seniors and fitness programs and cultural events

Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition HOUSTON, TX

Toward stopping human trafficking by training professionals most likely to encounter victims, promoting public awareness and working with at-risk youth

National Immigration Forum Inc. WASHINGTON, DC

Toward a project that works with businesses to assist low- to moderate-income, eligible immigrant employees directly with the citizenship process

pg. 82


total grant

2014 allocation

Toward developing four single room occupancy apartment communities for very lowincome individuals

2010

5,000,000

1,250,000

Toward construction of a new apartment complex and community campus serving homeless and at-risk families

2014

1,610,000

1,610,000

2014

200,000

200,000

2012

80,000

40,000

2012

155,000

70,000

2013

400,000

200,000

2014

150,000

50,000

2012

130,000

10,000

2014

30,000

30,000

New Hope Housing Inc. HOUSTON, TX

The OneStar Foundation AUSTIN, TX

Toward adjusting user targets to increase subscriptions in an online, interactive mapping tool that displays a community’s social service needs and available nonprofit resources

Rebuilding Together Houston

human services

year approved

grantee & purpose

HOUSTON, TX

Toward repairing, renovating and modifying the homes of low-income seniors and disabled people

Texans Together Education Fund HOUSTON, TX

Toward helping families solve problems and avoid relocating by encouraging ties with their neighbors and their communities through the “Apartments Are Communities” program

Texas Appleseed AUSTIN, TX

Toward the skills and research of volunteer lawyers and other professionals who determine and promote practical solutions to systemic problems facing the most vulnerable Texans

Texas Southern University HOUSTON, TX

Toward undergraduate and graduate student internships in the Texas Legislature and other state and municipal agencies

University of Houston HOUSTON, TX

Toward educating, preparing and certifying professionals to lead and strengthen nonprofit organizations through the David M. Underwood Chapter of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certificate Program at the University’s Graduate School of Social Work

Women’s Resource of Greater Houston HOUSTON, TX

Toward development of a business plan to price and market to their partners financial education and leadership classes for girls and women

$ 10,175,000

TOTAL—STRONG COMMUNITIES

Other American Leadership Forum HOUSTON, TX

Toward strengthening leadership and developing solutions in the areas of criminal justice, health care and public education by providing scholarships for nonprofit and public sector participants in the Fellows and Graduate Programs

2013 $

90,000 $

2012

15,000

30,000

Association of Fundraising Professionals-Greater Houston Chapter BELLAIRE, TX

Toward professional education programs to advance philanthropy

5,000

pg. 83


grantee & purpose

human services pg. 84

year approved

total grant

2014 allocation

2014

450,000

175,000

2013

25,000

25,000

Texas One Voice A Collaborative for Health & Human Services HOUSTON, TX

Toward a collective organization that engages, educates and empowers the community to address health and basic needs

ToolBank USA Inc. ATLANTA, GA

Toward launching Houston Community ToolBank to provide quick and reliable access to tools for corporate and nonprofit volunteer service and community revitalization projects TOTAL—OTHER

$

235,000

TOTAL HUMAN SERVICES

$ 19,445,000


the founders jesse h. and mary gibbs jones

After donating more than $1 million during their first years of marriage to help create and develop institutions and organizations that improved life for Houston’s people and encouraged the city’s growth, Jesse and Mary Gibbs Jones established Houston Endowment in 1937 to formalize and perpetuate their philanthropy. They both knew they would prosper only if their community thrived.

pg. 87


the founders Jesse Jones was born on April 5, 1874, just

At age 20, Mr. Jones moved from Tennessee

nine years after the end of the Civil War, and

to Dallas to work at his uncle M.T. Jones’s larg-

south of downtown that he sold on unique,

grew up on his family’s prosperous tobacco

est lumberyard. M.T. owned sawmills, lumber-

long-term

farm in Robertson County, Tennessee.

yards and timberland throughout Texas and

began building Houston’s first skyscrapers,

88

started

building

installment

small

plans.

homes

Then

he

Although the Joneses would eventually live

lived in Houston, the home base of his vast

including the 10-story Houston Chronicle

in one of the grandest homes outside of

operations. Mr. Jones would later recall in a

Building, which brought him a half interest

Nashville, poverty surrounded them. Jesse’s

speech, “It may be that my uncle and I were too

in the newspaper, and the Texas Company

father, William, always kept the farm’s

much of the same temperament to be entirely

Building, which helped make Texaco and the

smokehouse doors open so their struggling

congenial, but after he found that I had energy

petroleum industry a permanent part of the

neighbors could help themselves when food

and interest for business, as well as for play,

city’s business community. He continued to

was scarce. Jesse’s Aunt Nancy, who moved

we got on better and, I am glad to say, were

add office buildings, movie theaters and hotels

in with the Joneses after his mother died

fast friends long before he died at St. Paul’s

to the central business district in time for the

when he was six, always kept track of who

Sanitarium in June 1898. In fact, he named

opening of the Houston Ship Channel in 1914.

took food so she could make sure they were

me one of his executors and that took me to

eventually repaid. From their charitable

Houston, the headquarters of his business.”

but frugal example, young Jesse saw that a

pg.

He

Mr. Jones’s 1898 arrival, the 1900

loan worked better than a handout and that

Galveston hurricane and the discovery of

most neighbors honored their obligations

oil at Spindletop in 1901 changed Houston’s

when given sufficient time. When able, they

future. The hurricane shifted the region’s

helped others. Jesse saw how his family’s

inevitable development from Galveston to

beneficence helped his community, and

Houston; Spindletop marked the beginning

with enormous success and unparalleled

of the area’s evolution into the nation’s pet-

influence, he applied these early lessons

rochemical capital; and Jesse Jones began

throughout his life in business, public ser-

building the city that would accommodate

vice and philanthropy.

the explosive growth.

Houston Ship Channel, ca. 1914


In addition to Houston’s foremost devel-

THE FOUNDERS

oper, Mr. Jones became a prominent civic leader. He raised Houston’s half of the funds for the Ship Channel (the federal government paid the rest in one of the nation’s first public/private partnerships) and was the first chairman of the Houston Harbor Board. The opening of the Ship Channel internationalized Houston almost overnight and elevated the South’s still struggling post-Civil War economy. Mr. Jones’s success with the Ship Channel caught President Woodrow Wilson’s attention. President Wilson offered him ambassadorships and cabinet positions, but Mr. Jones turned the president down so he could continue to build his businesses and his city. However, World War I changed his mind. When President Wilson asked Mr. Jones to become director general of military relief for the American Red Cross, he accepted at once and delegated management of his businesses and buildings to his colleague Fred Heyne. Within months, Mr. Jones had recruited nurses and doctors for the battlefields, organized hospitals, canteens and ambulance networks throughout Europe, and established rehabilitation centers for the wounded. The Red Cross called him “big brother to 4 million men in khaki.” He was also an early

(t) Jesse H. Jones and his principal architect, A.C. Finn, 1928 (b) American Red Cross recreation center for soldiers in Europe during World War I

advocate for women’s rights and lobbied

and chaotic, and I do not know how it is

when few women went to college or finished

President Wilson to give Army nurses mili-

going to be adjusted. Surely there can be no

high school. Mary’s exposure to literature,

tary rank and authority.

peace unless people have the necessities of

music, education and other cultures through

life—food and clothes.”

extensive travel kindled an interest in learn-

After the war, Mr. Jones accompanied the president to the Paris Peace Conference

After the peace treaties were signed,

ing and the arts that would flourish through-

and helped reorganize the Red Cross from

Mr. Jones returned to Houston, embarked

out her life. While Mr. Jones was building in

a loosely knit group of local societies into

on the most ambitious phase of his build-

midtown Manhattan and filling up Houston’s

the permanent international relief agency it

ing career and married Mary Gibbs Jones

Main Street with the city’s tallest buildings, its

is today. He wrote to Mr. Heyne from Paris,

in 1920. Mary Gibbs, a doctor’s daughter,

most ornate movie palaces and its grandest

“I am very sorry not to be home during this

was born on April 29, 1872, in Mexia, Texas,

hotels, the couple began making substantial

opportune time, for no doubt I could accom-

and grew up with nine brothers and sisters

donations to colleges, hospitals, orphanages,

plish a good deal if I could bring myself to

in a home filled with music and books. With

museums and other civic institutions.

believe that my real duty did not lie here.

her family’s encouragement, she attended

In addition to real estate development

The situation of the world is most alarming

Methodist College in Waco, Texas, at a time

and philanthropic activities, Mr. Jones served pg. 89


as finance chairman of the Democratic

the founders

National Committee and helped bring the party’s national convention to Houston in 1928. It was the first major political convention to be held in the South since before the Civil War and was one of the first to be heard widely on the radio. An associate wrote Mr. Jones after the location was announced, “You have caused the South and Texas to receive greater recognition than any other individual in the history of this country.” Mr. Jones continued to realize his

Jesse H. Jones with President Roosevelt in Houston, 1930s

vision of a great city and in 1929 completed a 35-story Art Deco building for the

Depression. After the successful meeting,

President Franklin Roosevelt expanded

Gulf Oil Company and his National Bank

Mr. Jones wrote to one of his colleagues,

the RFC’s powers and made Mr. Jones its

of Commerce. Shortly after the build- “I believe that all we have done, are doing

chairman. Under his leadership, the RFC

and must continue doing is necessary

disbursed more than $10 billion (about $175

ing was completed, the nation plunged into the Great Depression. When two

for the general welfare, and we cannot

billion in constant dollars) to reopen banks,

failing Houston banks were about to

escape being our brother’s keeper.” Mr.

save homes, farms and businesses, rescue

bring down many others throughout the

Jones’s work did not go unnoticed. Mr.

region, Mr. Jones gathered the city’s lead-

Jones’s

business

the railroads and bring electricity to rural

acumen

and

areas. Fannie Mae and the Export-Import

ers for three days and nights to work

civic leadership were called upon during

Bank are only two of the many enduring

out a plan that allowed the stable banks

the

agencies created by Mr. Jones and the RFC.

and several local companies to rescue

when President Herbert Hoover asked

Remarkably, the funds allocated for the mas-

the two faltering banks. As a result of

him in 1932 to serve on the board of the

sive RFC recovery efforts were returned to

depths

of

created

the

Great

Depression

Mr. Jones’s leadership and determination,

newly

Finance

the United States Treasury, along with a $500

no banks in Houston failed during the Great

Corporation (RFC). After his inauguration,

Reconstruction

million profit. Vice President John Nance Democratic National Convention, Houston, 1928

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90


the founders

Jesse H. Jones with the San Jacinto Monument model, 1930s

Mary Gibbs Jones and Jesse H. Jones

Garner once said about Mr. Jones, “He has

After 15 years of public service in

council of New York’s Metropolitan Opera

allocated and loaned more money to vari-

Washington, D.C., the Joneses returned

and helped First Lady Mamie Eisenhower

ous institutions and enterprises than any

to Houston in 1947 and began to focus

support military widows. She joined Houston

other man in the history of the world.”

on

education

Endowment’s board in 1954, and one year

philanthropy.

They

felt

As World War II loomed, Mr. Jones

was the key to a healthy community and

later the Foundation made a $1 million grant

shifted the RFC’s focus from domestic eco-

established scholarship programs to help

to build the Mary Gibbs Jones College at Rice

nomics to global defense and used the cor-

students attend college. The programs

Institute (now Rice University) so women, for

poration’s enormous clout to build and equip

included minority students and always were

the first time, could live on campus. More

more than 2,000 plants that manufactured

divided equally between men and women.

than 30 scholarship programs were named

everything from airplanes and battleships to

By the time Mr. Jones passed away on June

for Mrs. Jones, and since her death on August

penicillin and synthetic rubber, an industry

1, 1956, the Foundation had helped more than

20, 1962, many more Houston Endowment

the RFC developed from the lab. In 1940, after

4,000 students attend 57 colleges and univer-

grants have carried her name as a tribute to

Congress passed a special resolution allow-

sities. In her later years, Mrs. Jones brought

her public service and philanthropy.

ing Mr. Jones to become secretary of com-

opera to Houston radio, served on the general

merce while maintaining his RFC position, the “Saturday Evening Post” reported, “Next to the President, no man in the government and probably in the United States wields greater powers.” Today scholars give Jesse Jones a tremendous amount of credit for his role in saving capitalism during the Great Depression and mobilizing industry in time to fight and win World War II.

Seventy-seven years ago, the Joneses began donating the wealth they amassed to Houston Endowment so they could, in perpetuity, continue to help create a thriving community where they had prospered.

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Neighborhood children enjoying the recently renovated playground at Wilson Montessori in Houston ISD. Houston Endowment donated $170,000 to SPARK to construct community parks on Houston area public school campuses. pg. 92

Tom Callins, Callins Photography


THE FOUNDATION Houston Endowment is governed by its board of directors and managed by its professional staff, partnering with charitable organizations to help create a vibrant community where the opportunity to thrive is available for all. Since its inception, Houston Endowment has contributed more than $1.8 billion ($3.2 billion in constant dollars). 2014

$1 .8 billion

$1,800,000,000

2010

$1,500,000,000

GRANTS TO DATE 2003

$3 .2 billion

$1,000,000,000

CONSTANT DOLLARS

1994

$500,000,000

1975

$100,000,000

1963

$25,000,000

1937

$9,317

1951

$1,000,000

C U M U L ATI V E G R ANT DIS BURS E ME NTS — MIL E STO NE S

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VISION

Vision Statement We are externally focused. We understand our diverse and changing community. We respect and learn from our grantees. We value transparency in our work.

We connect our decisions to clear goals. We measure our success by what our grantees achieve. We ensure our grants are linked to board-approved goals. We use defined strategies within our broad program areas. We make disciplined decisions. We remain open to new opportunities.

We commit to continuous learning. We look for clear measures of successful outcomes when considering a grant. We work with our grantees to develop measurements that serve our shared goals. We share successes and failures so that our grantees and community can learn with us.

We are good stewards of the Foundation’s assets. We are mindful of our legacy and reputation in the community. We protect and grow our financial assets for the benefit of the community in perpetuity. We have the right people, in the right jobs, doing the right things. We hold ourselves accountable for bringing our best every day. We protect and nurture our culture. Our people, processes and personal conduct support our mission.

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these principles guide our conduct inside and outside the organization .

Integrity We adhere to the highest ethical standards and are open, honest and objective.

guiding principles

guiding principles

Respect We seek and value diverse ideas and opinions. We are humble and gracious.

Collaboration We create connections to leverage collective strengths.

Discipline We act with a sense of both urgency and care, making every dollar and every hour count.

Excellence We work hard, smart and with passion, holding ourselves accountable to high standards.

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board of directors

board of directors Houston Endowment is governed by a selfperpetuating board of directors who are elected to three-year terms. Directors, who can serve up to four terms, typically are chosen from business and civic leaders in Houston.

Anne S. Chao ELECTED FEBRUARY 2, 2010

Anne Chao graduated from Wellesley College and received her master’s and doctoral degrees from Rice University, where she is a lecturer in the History Department and a project manager of the Houston Asian American Archive. At Rice she also holds the title of adjunct lecturer in the School of Humanities and visiting professor at the Chao Center for Asian Studies. Dr. Chao serves on the governing boards of the Houston Ballet, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Dunhuang Foundation. She serves on the advisory boards of Teach For America and Rice University’s Chao Center for Asian Studies, the Shepherd School of Music, the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, the Humanities Research Council and the School of Humanities.

Anthony R. Chase ELECTED FEBRUARY 4, 2014

Tony Chase is chairman and chief executive officer of ChaseSource, L.P., a staffing and real estate development firm. Mr. Chase is also a professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center. After attending Houston public schools, he earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from Harvard College, a law degree from Harvard Law School and a master of business administration degree from Harvard Business School. Mr. Chase serves on the governing boards of the Texas Medical Center, KIPP Houston, St. John’s School, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, The Plaza Group and Paragon Offshore. He is a past chair of the Greater Houston Partnership and a past deputy chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Mr. Chase is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an Eagle Scout.

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96


Linnet F. Deily

Douglas L. Foshee

Board of directors

ELECTED FEBRUARY 13, 2007

Linnet Deily graduated from The University of Texas at Austin and received a master of arts in international management from The University of Texas at Dallas. She currently serves on the boards of directors of Chevron Corporation and Honeywell International Inc. She has served as deputy U.S. trade representative and U.S. ambassador to the World Trade Organization, vice chairman of the Charles Schwab Corporation and chairman and chief executive officer of First Interstate Bank of Texas. Ms. Deily currently serves as executive chair of the Episcopal Health Foundation and on the boards of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Houston Zoo; she is also on the M.D. Anderson Board of Visitors. She previously served as president of the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and on the board of regents of The University of Texas System.

ELECTED FEBRUARY 2, 2010

Douglas L. Foshee is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Sallyport Investments LLC. He is former chairman, president and chief executive officer of El Paso Corporation. Previously he served in executive positions at Halliburton, Nuevo Energy Company, Torch Energy Advisors Inc. and ARCO International Oil and Gas Company. Mr. Foshee earned a master of business administration degree from the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University and a bachelor of business administration degree from Texas State University. Mr. Foshee serves on the boards of Cameron International Corporation, Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation and NextOp, Inc., a veterans organization that he co-founded. He is a member of the Rice University board of trustees, the Council of Overseers for the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University and KIPP’s board of trustees. He is a recipient of the 2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his commitment to helping children succeed and his leadership role in the business community. In 2008, Mr. Foshee was named Distinguished Alumni at Texas State University, and in 2012 he was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame.

Anthony W. Hall, Jr. ELECTED JANUARY 28, 2003

An attorney now in private practice, Anthony Hall previously served as the chief administrative officer and city attorney for the City of Houston. He is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. Mr. Hall has served as a representative in the Texas Legislature, a councilmember-at-large on the Houston City Council and chairman of the board of directors of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County. Mr. Hall serves on the board of directors of Kinder Morgan and is a past member of the board of directors of El Paso Corporation and the Coastal Corporation. He is chairman of the Boule Foundation and is past national president of Sigma Pi Phi fraternity. He serves on the boards of Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, Inc., the Ensemble Theatre and Lone Star Flight Museum. Mr. Hall is a Vietnam veteran who attained the rank of captain and received the Purple Heart and three Bronze Stars.

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Jesse H. Jones II

board of directors

ELECTED FEBRUARY 13, 2007

Jesse H. Jones II is the grandnephew of Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, and he currently has interests in several wireless communication ventures in the southwest and a snack food company in Georgia. Mr. Jones is former chairman of the Houston Ballet Foundation and remains on its board and Executive Committee. He also serves on the boards of the Independent Arts Collaborative (the MATCH) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is an advisory director for the Rothko Chapel and serves as an advisory board member on the UTHealth Development Board. He is the board chairman of the Foundation for the Society for the Performing Arts. Previously he served as president of DePelchin Children’s Center and board chairman of the Foundation for DePelchin Children’s Center, board chairman of the Society for the Performing Arts and a member of the boards of the Alley Theatre, Houston Achievement Place, Texas Freedom Network, Houston Arts Alliance, ChildBuilders, the Mental Health Association and Planned Parenthood.

David L. Mendez CHAIR ELECTED JANUARY 31, 2006

David Mendez is vice chairman of Middle Market Banking & Specialized Industries at JPMorgan Chase. He began his career at the bank after graduating from The University of Texas at Austin in 1975. Mr. Mendez serves on the boards of Texas Children’s Hospital, Central Houston and the Dean’s Executive Board of the University of Houston’s C.T. Bauer College of Business. His recent accomplishments and civic contributions include chairman of the Center for Houston’s Future for 2004-2005, member of the board of trustees and Executive Committee of the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, where he served as a co-chairman of the 2003-2004 citywide fundraising campaign, and member of the Executive Committee of the Greater Houston Partnership. He has served on the Galveston-Houston Diocese Bishop’s Finance Council, the 2004 Super Bowl Host Committee and the board of directors of Catholic Charities. He served as honorary chairman for the 2011 Urban League’s Gala and for the 2012 Avenue CDC Art on the Avenue event. In 2014, he and his wife, Terri, were recipients of the Career and Recovery Resources Barrier Breakers Award recognizing their years of volunteerism and community service.

Paul B. Murphy, Jr. ELECTED JANUARY 31, 2006

Paul B. Murphy, Jr., is the chief executive officer of Cadence Bancorp LLC, a Houston-based bank with $8.1 billion in assets. He was previously chief executive officer of Amegy Bank of Texas. A graduate of Mississippi State University, he also earned a master of business administration degree from The University of Texas at Austin. He began his banking career at Allied Bank of Texas and helped found Southwest Bank of Texas, the predecessor to Amegy Bank. Mr. Murphy serves on the governing boards of Oceaneering International, Inc.; Hines Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc.; the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch; and the Children’s Museum of Houston.

Ann B. Stern PRESIDENT AND CEO ELECTED JANUARY 31, 2012

Ann Stern became president of Houston Endowment on March 1, 2012. Prior to that, she was executive vice president of Texas Children’s Hospital, where she managed inpatient clinical operations and administration. Ms. Stern previously practiced law with Beck, Redden & Secrest and Andrews Kurth, and she taught business law at the University of St. Thomas. She earned her bachelor’s and law degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. In 2011, she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Community Service from The University of Texas School of Law. Ms. Stern chairs the board of St. John’s School and serves as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. pg.

98


thank you

Anthony W. Hall JR. Houston Endowment’s board and staff offer their sincere appreciation to Anthony W. Hall, Jr. for his 12 years of exemplary service on the board of directors. Mr. Hall first joined the board on January 28, 2003, and served until February 10, 2015, the maximum term for directors. He served as chair of the board from February 2, 2010, to February 5, 2013. During his service on the board, Houston Endowment invested more than $835 million in improving education; assisting the underserved; supporting the arts; protecting the environment; and increasing access to health care. More than 3,800 Houston area students received scholarships and were named Jones Scholars. Through Mr. Hall’s leadership, Houston Endowment has made greater Houston a more vibrant community and has honored Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones’s vision and legacy.

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board of directors

independent members of the investment committee

J. Philip Ferguson Philip Ferguson, a graduate of Texas Christian University and The University of Texas Law School, worked for 45 years in investment management with current involvement on the board of managers of Salient Partners L.P., on the Investment Committee for Silver Ventures and as non-executive chair of the Investment Committee of Ascendant Advisors LLC. Mr. Ferguson held various executive positions with AIM Capital Management, Inc. from 2000 to 2007, serving most recently as president and chief investment officer. Previously, he held senior positions at several investment management firms, including Beutel, Goodman & Co., Lehman Brothers, Inc. and Goldman, Sachs & Co. Mr. Ferguson is currently a director of ABM Industries, Inc. and served for nine years on the board of directors of The University of Texas Investment Management Company, where he chaired the Compensation Committee and was a member of the Risk and Policy Committees. Mr. Ferguson also serves or has served on various investment and civic boards, including those of the Investment Adviser Association, the Houston Ballet, the Memorial Hermann Foundation, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Advisory Committee of the MBA Investment Fund at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin and the Chancellor’s Advisory Council at Texas Christian University.

L.E. Simmons L. E. Simmons graduated from the University of Utah, studied at the London School of Economics and received his master’s from Harvard Business School. He is founder and chairman of SCF Partners and serves on the boards of directors of Zions Bancorporation, Ellison Ranching Company and United Airlines. He is on the board, and former chairman, of Texas Children’s Hospital; a former trustee of Rice University and former chairman of the Council of Overseers for its Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business; and a trustee of the Gordon and Mary Cain Pediatric Neurology Research Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Dean’s Advisors for the Harvard Business School, the London School of Economics North American Advisory Council, the advisory board of Scripps Cardiovascular Institute and the National Advisory Council of the University of Utah, and he was formerly a member and chairman of Houston Endowment’s board of directors.

Bruce Zimmerman Bruce Zimmerman is the chief executive officer and chief investment officer of The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO), one of the largest university endowments in the nation, responsible for investing over $33 billion. An honors graduate of Duke University and Harvard Business School, he began his career at Bain and Company and then served in a variety of management roles at Texas Commerce Bank (now JPMorgan Chase). Mr. Zimmerman served as chief investment officer for Citigroup’s Global Pension Plans before joining UTIMCO in 2007.

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staff

staff A S O F AUGU ST 2 0 1 5

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Ann B. Stern

Lisa A. Hall

PRESIDENT AND CEO

VICE PRESIDENT FOR PROGRAMS

Sheryl L. Johns

F. Xavier Pena

VICE PRESIDENT FOR ADMINISTRATION

VICE PRESIDENT FOR FINANCE / GENERAL COUNSEL


Staff

Deborah Bessire

Rosa H. Cervantes

Long Chu

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGER

MANAGER OF ACCOUNTING

PROGRAM OFFICER

Jeryce E. Clayton

Wendy Montoya Cloonan

Susan Connell

GRANT ASSOCIATE

SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

La Shaunda Davis

David Goodman, Ph.D.

Meghna Goswami

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

DIRECTOR OF EVALUATION AND LEARNING

PROGRAM OFFICER

Jennifer Hines

Jennifer L. Jouas

Elizabeth G. Love

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

MANAGER OF FINANCE AND SPECIAL PROJECTS

SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER

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staff Katlyn McDonough

Paul W. McKinney

Onica Miller

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND CEO

OFFICE ASSISTANT

STAFF ACCOUNTANT

Thomas C. Nall, Jr.

Meridian Napoli

Jamie Perkins

INFORMATION OFFICER

DIRECTOR OF GRANT MANAGEMENT

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT / PARALEGAL

Charles Plaster

Taylor Roe

Tonyel L. Simon

GRANT ASSOCIATE

GRANT SYSTEMS & REPORTING MANAGER

PROGRAM OFFICER

Leslie C. Wang SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER

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Financial report

Financial Report investments During 2014, the value of Houston Endowment’s investments increased from $1.694 to $1.720 billion. The $26 million net increase includes investment income and the increase in the market value of the investments less grant payments and investment and operating expenses. Total investment return (income plus capital appreciation), after investment fees, for the year was 7.2 percent. The average annual compound return for the past five years, net of fees, was 9.7 percent and for the past 10 years was 7.1 percent. At year-end, the Foundation’s endowment was invested as follows:

1% 6%

Cash and Miscellaneous

38%

Marketable Equity

Fixed Income

29% Private Equity and Real Assets

26% Alternative Strategies in Marketable Equity

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In 2014, Houston Endowment’s target allocation for grants was $83 million. Each year’s allocation is based on five percent of a three-year average of the endowment’s market value. The goals of this spending policy are to provide a relatively stable pattern of spending on grants, despite fluctuations in security markets, and to preserve the inflation-adjusted value of the endowment in perpetuity. Grant allocations for any given year will differ from the total grants approved and total grants paid during that year. In 2014, the board of directors approved 190 grants totaling $63 million, some of which will be paid in future years. Also, $85 million was paid on 358 grants, some of which were approved in prior years.

financial report

gr ant spending

In addition to its regular grantmaking program, Houston Endowment matches, on a two-for-one basis, personal gifts made to charitable organizations by the Foundation’s directors and staff. In 2014, $420,133 in grants was paid under the matching gift program. Under a directed grant program that allows directors and other program participants designated by the board to allocate certain amounts in grants to charitable organizations of their choosing, $697,500 in grants was paid in 2014. The Foundation also made grants of $75,000 to organizations that support philanthropy and the charitable sector. Since Houston Endowment was founded in 1937, the Foundation has paid more than $1.8 billion ($3.2 billion in constant dollars) in grants.

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grant spending in millions of dollars

100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 $ 0

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

f i n a n c i a l s tat e m e n t s The Foundation prepares financial statements on the federal excise tax basis of accounting. Once audited financial statements for the years ending December 31, 2014 and 2013, are complete, they will be posted on the Foundation’s Web site at www.houstonendowment.org. pg. 107


Houston Endowment makes grants to nonprofit organizations that are recognized as charitable organizations by the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation supports organizations that serve Harris County and contiguous counties* in Texas. Houston Endowment provides funds to organizations that support and promote arts and culture, education, the environment, health and human services. The Foundation does not fund religious activities, fundraising events or galas.

grant application

grant application

Houston Endowment accepts applications only through its online Grant Management System. To learn about submitting online applications, please click on “Application Guidelines� at www.houstonendowment.org or call 713.238.8100. *Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller Counties.

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index

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index pg.

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3 A Bereavement Foundation 71

Center for Houston’s Future Inc. 80

A Caring Safe Place Inc. 74

Center for Reform of School Systems Inc. 31

Achieving the Dream Inc. 32

Chamber Music Houston Inc 15

Adult Reading Center Inc. 79

Child Advocates Incorporated 75

AIDS Foundation Houston 59

Child Advocates of Montgomery County Inc. 75

Air Alliance Houston 44, 47, 62

Child Builders 75

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Houston-Galveston 62

Children at Risk Inc. 77

Alley Theatre 15

Children’s Defense Fund 54, 59

Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries Inc. 71

Children’s Museum Inc. 2, 20

American Festival for the Arts 15

Children’s Prison Arts Project 77

American Leadership Forum 81

Chinese Community Center Inc. 71

The Arc of Greater Houston 74

Christian Community Service Center Inc. 71

Ars Lyrica Houston 15

Citizen Schools Inc. 31

Art Council Inc. 21

Citizens’ Environmental Coalition Educational Fund 50

Art League of Houston 15

Citizens for Animal Protection Inc. 50

ArtBridge 71

Citizens for Blueprint Houston 49

Artist Boat Inc. 48

Classical Theatre Company 15

Asia Society Texas Center 20

Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County 71

Association of Fundraising Professionals-Greater Houston Chapter 81

Collaborative for Children 32

Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges 31

College Forward 32

Aurora Picture Show 15

Communities Foundation of Texas Inc. 32

Avance Inc. 77

Communities in Schools Bay Area Inc. 77

AVDA 75

Communities in Schools of Houston Inc. 77

AVID Center 32

Community Family Centers-Centros Familiares de la Comunidad 71

Bach Society Houston 15

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston 15

Bay Area Habitat for Humanity Inc. 80

Corporation for Supportive Housing 71, 80

Bay Area Homeless Services Inc. 71

The Council on Alcohol and Drugs 55, 59

Bayou Land Conservancy 46, 48 Bayou Preservation Association Inc. 47

Court Appointed Special Advocates CASA of Liberty and Chambers Counties 76

Bering Omega Community Services 59

Covenant House Texas 77

Best Buddies International, Inc. 75

Crisis Intervention of Houston Incorporated 71

Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star 77

Cultural Data Project 21

BikeHouston Inc. 43, 49

Da Camera Society of Texas 15

Brazoria County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 50

Dance Houston 15

Bridge Over Troubled Waters Inc. 75

Dance of Asian America 16

Bridges to Life 71

Dance Source Houston 21

Buckner Children and Family Services Inc. 80

Darkness to Light 76

Buffalo Bayou Partnership 4

Daya Inc. 76

Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos Incorporated 75

DBSA Greater Houston 59

Catastrophic Theatre Inc. 15

DePelchin Children’s Center 76

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston 66, 71

Diverse Works Inc. 14, 16

Center for Community Change 59

E3 Alliance 24, 32

Center for Effective Philanthropy Inc. 32

The Education Foundation of Harris County 77

College for All Texans Foundation: Closing the Gaps 32


Harris County Hospital District Foundation 60

El Centro de Corazon 59

Healthcare for the Homeless–Houston 56, 60

Engenderhealth Inc. 76

Heritage Society 20

Enroll America 59

Hermann Park Conservancy 16

Ensemble Theater 10, 16

HITS Theatre 17

Environmental Defense Fund Incorporated 47

Holocaust Museum Houston 20

Environmental Fund for Texas 50

Hope and Healing Center at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Houston 78

Environmental Integrity Project 47

House of Amos Inc. 72

Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services 60

Houston A+ Challenge 33

Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston Texas 16

Houston Achievement Place 78

Executive Service Corps of Houston Inc. 80

Houston Advanced Research Center 42, 48

Express Theatre 16

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center 45, 51

Eye Care for Kids Foundation 60

Houston Area Women’s Center Inc. 76

Families Empowered 32

Houston Arts Alliance 22

Family Promise of Montgomery County Inc. 71

Houston Audubon Society 48

Family Service Center at Houston and Harris County 60

Houston Ballet Foundation 17

Fort Bend County Child Advocates Inc. 67, 76

Houston Baptist University 33

Fort Bend County Juvenile Probation Department 78

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft 17

Fort Bend County Women’s Center, Inc. 76

Houston Center for Literacy 79

Fort Bend Family Promise 72

Houston Center for Photography 17

Fort Bend Senior Citizens Meals on Wheels & Much Much More Inc. 72

Houston Chamber Choir 17

FotoFest Inc. 16

Houston Community Health Centers Inc. 60

Foundation for Modern Music Inc. 16

Houston Compass Inc. 72

Fourth Ward Clinic 60

Houston Early Music 17

FrenetiCore 16

Houston Galveston Institute Inc. 60

FuelEd Schools Inc. 26, 32

Houston Grand Opera Association Inc. 17

Fundacion Latino Americana De Accion Social Inc. 60

Houston Health Foundation 60

Galveston Bay Foundation 42, 47

Houston Hispanic Forum 33

Galveston County Economic Alliance Foundation Inc. 79

Houston Humane Society 51

Galveston Historical Foundation Inc. 20

Houston International Dance Coalition 17

Genesys Works 78

Houston Metropolitan Dance Center Inc. 17

Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston 16

Houston Museum of Natural Science 20

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council 78

Houston Parks Board 80

Girls Inc. of Greater Houston 70, 78

Houston Public Media Foundation 11, 22

Glasstire 22

Houston Repertoire Ballet 17

Grantmakers in the Arts 22

Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition 80

Greater Houston Community Foundation 72

Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 51

Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition 48

Houston Symphony Society 17

Gulf Coast – A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts 16

Houston Tomorrow 50

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory Inc. 50

Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program Inc. 72

Harris County Children’s Protective Services Fund 78

Houston Youth Symphony & Ballet 17

Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council 76

Houston Zoo Inc. 6, 20

Harris County Healthcare Alliance 52

Houston-Harris County Immunization Registry Inc. 59

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Education Pioneers Inc. 31

Houston Clean City Commission Inc. 50

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Human Rights First 72

NAMI Gulf Coast 61

Humble Area Assistance Ministries 72

National College Access Network Inc. 33

Immigrant Legal Resource Center 72

National Immigration Forum Inc. 80

Inprint Inc. 17

National Parks Conservation Association 49

Interface Samaritan Counseling Centers 60

National Society to Prevent Blindness 61

Interfaith CarePartners, Inc. 75

National Staff Development Council 31

Interfaith Caring Ministries Inc. 72

National Wildlife Federation 48

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston 75

The Nature Discovery Center Inc. 51

Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones Scholars Program 34, 36–39

Nehemiah Center Inc. 78

Jewish Family Service 72

Neighborhood Centers Inc. 80

John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science 21

Network of Behavioral Health Providers Inc. 61

Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas Inc. 35

New Hope Housing Inc. 68, 81

Karen Stokes Dance 18

NobleMotion Dance 18

Katy Prairie Conservancy 48

Northwest Assistance Ministries 69, 73

Katy Visual & Performing Arts Center 18

OneGoal 33

Kick Drugs Out of America Foundation 78

The OneStar Foundation 81

Kids Hope USA Inc. 78

Opera in the Heights 19

KIND Inc. 72

Orange Show Foundation 19

Land Trust Alliance Incorporated 49

Palmer Drug Abuse Program-Houston Inc. 73

Lawndale Art and Performance Center 18

Partners for Harris County Children Inc. 76

Literacy Advance of Houston Inc. 79

Playworks Education Energized 78

Literacy Volunteers of Fort Bend County Inc. 80

Posse Foundation 33

Lone Star College System 31

Preservation Houston 21

Main Street Ministries Houston 72

Prison Entrepreneurship Program 80

Main Street Theater at Autry House 18

Project GRAD Houston 33

Making It Better 78

Project Row Houses 21

MDRC 33

Public Citizen Foundation Inc. 47

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute for Texas 57, 60

Rebuilding Together Houston 81

Memorial Assistance Ministries Inc. 73

Relay Graduate School of Education 27, 31

Menil Foundation Inc. 18

Resolve It Inc. 79

Mental Health America of Greater Houston Inc. 58, 60

Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County 76

The Mercury Baroque Ensemble 18

River Oaks Chamber Orchestra 19

Mid-America Arts Alliance 22

The Rose 61

Miller Theatre Advisory Board Inc. 18

Rothko Chapel 21

Missions of Yahweh Inc. 73

San Jacinto Museum of History Association 21

Montgomery County Emergency Assistance 73

San Jose Clinic 61

Montgomery County Youth Services Inc. 78

Scenic Texas Inc. 50

Montrose Counseling Center Inc. 61

SEARCH Homeless Services 73

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 8, 18

Several Dancers Core 19

Museum of Printing History 21

Shelter Providers of Houston Inc. 73

Music in Context 18 Musiqa 18

Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America Inc. 19

Nameless Sound 18

Society for the Performing Arts 19

NAMI Greater Houston 61

Southeast Area Ministries 73


Turtle Island Restoration Network 51

SPARK 49, 90

United States Veterans Initiative 74

Spaulding for Children 76

United Way of Baytown Area 33

Spay-Neuter Assistance Program Inc. 51

United Way of Greater Houston 74

Spring Branch Baseball Program Inc. 79

United Ways of Texas Inc. 79

St. Vincent’s Episcopal House & Preschool 73

University of Houston 20, 81

Stages Inc. 12, 19

University of Houston Clear Lake 33

Star of Hope Mission 64, 73

University of Houston Downtown 28, 34

Tahirih Justice Center 77

University of Houston-Victoria 61

Tamina Community Center 73

University of St. Thomas 35

Target Hunger 73

The University of Texas at Austin 34

Teach For America Inc. 31

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston 59, 62, 79

Texans Together Education Fund 81

Urban Harvest Inc. 40, 50

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi 48

Virtuosi of Houston 20

Texas Accountants & Lawyers for the Arts 22

VN Teamwork 74

Texas African American History Memorial Foundation 21

Voices Breaking Boundaries 20

Texas Agricultural Land Trust 49

Volunteer Interfaith Caregivers Southwest 75

Texas Appleseed 81

W. Oscar Neuhaus Memorial Foundation 34

Texas Association for Infant Mental Health 79

Wesley Community Center Inc. 79

Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Inc. 59

West Houston Assistance Ministries Inc. 74

Texas Charter Schools Association 33

Western Governors University 34

Texas Community College Education Initiative 33

Westside Homeless Partnership 74

Texas Council on Family Violence Incorporated 77

William Marsh Rice University 47, 48, 50

Texas Cultural Trust Council 13, 22

Woman’s Heart 74

Texas Folklife Resources 19

The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Research 62

Texas Impact Education Fund 48

The Women’s Home 74

Texas Institute for Education Reform 31

Women’s Resource of Greater Houston 81

Texas Land Conservancy 49

Wonderworks 35

Texas Land Trust Council 49

Writers in the Schools 29, 34

Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund 47

YES Prep Public Schools Inc. 34

Texas Medical Center Orchestra 19

Young Audiences Inc. of Houston 22

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Spacetaker 22

Texas One Voice A Collaborative for Health & Human Services 62, 82 Texas Public Interest Research Group Education Fund Inc. 61 Texas Repertory Theatre Company Inc. 19 Texas Southern University 30, 33, 50, 81 Texas State Historical Association 21 Texas Tribune Inc. 35 Texas Water Foundation Inc. 48 Texas Woman’s University 77 Theatre Under The Stars Inc. 19 The Mission Continues 74 ToolBank USA Inc. 82 Trees for Houston 49 Trust for Public Land 48, 49

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