The Greater Houston Community Foundation is dedicated to expanding philanthropic impact with our donors. We support our donors with their philanthropy in a variety of ways — including custom solutions for even their most complex needs. We can work with donors to determine the best ways to donate complex assets such as land, businesses, and other types of property. We are a convener for leading philanthropists with a variety of programs and events based on donor interest. And our team serves as ongoing advisors and provides access to knowledge resources, research, and a peer network of donors with similar interests.
CUSTOMIZED PHILANTHROPIC PLANS
Working with you to craft your legacy.
Every donor starts differently. For those who are new to philanthropy, we craft a fund’s mission statement, assist with an initial giving plan, and plan for a legacy they want to leave. For donors already engaged in philanthropy, GHCF can help strengthen their impact by working creatively to achieve their philanthropic goals. Our local emphasis allows us to counsel our donors on major opportunities for giving in the region.
PHILANTHROPIC CONVENING & CONSULTING
Helping donors give more.
The Greater Houston Community Foundation understands the important issues and needs in the community. We are a hub for the local giving community: connecting Houston’s leading donors to an extensive network of nonprofits and innovative solutions for the social sector. We actively convene donors to collaborate and share ideas on philanthropy through a variety of educational and social events throughout the year, including panel discussions and lectures. Together with leading donors, we have created the following platforms for high engagement philanthropy.
Community Impact Funds
Community Impact Funds (CIF) are giving vehicles for donors and private foundations who want to learn and give together and to collaborate around a specific issue to increase their impact. GHCF has two CIF’s, the Strategic Education Fund and the Youth Homelessness Fund, which have a positive impact on our community.
Strategic Education Fund
The purpose of the SEF is to create a critical mass of influence and funding to have a breakthrough moment in education reform. In its first three years, the SEF focused on the areas of instructional effectiveness and parental engagement. The SEF made significant grants to support the development of a blended learning pilot at KIPP Courage which has proven to be very successful and has helped the KIPP network leverage and attract national foundation dollars. This has inspired a blended learning community of practice and new models of learning at Landrum Middle School where KIPP Courage is collocated. SEF donors are now planning for the second phase of their grant making to build on what they have accomplished in phase one.
Youth Homelessness Fund (YHF)
The YHF, previously known as the Greater Houston Fund to End Homelessness, a local network of funders who are committed to reducing youth homelessness through leadership, education, and advocacy; strategic collaboration and grant making; and effective promotion and replication of best-practice models in the greater Houston area. The fund focuses on pooling resources toward common goals that promote effective, strategic, and innovative grant making and targeting solutions for preventing and reducing homelessness in our community.
Donor Working Groups
Donor Working Groups provide the opportunity for donors to work and learn together. In a collaborative effort, donors may choose to align their foundation resources around organizations or strategies that they collectively identify as high-impact opportunities.
The Anti-Human Trafficking Working Group
The Anti-Human Trafficking Working Group is the first official Donor Working Group of GHCF, initiated by Molly Gochman, an anti-human trafficking donor and advocate. GHCF partnered with Molly to organize a growing network of philanthropic leader’s in Houston to raise awareness and to identify solutions to the problem. For more information, click here to view the most current newsletter.
Houston is a city George and I are proud to call home. It's a vibrant and extremely generous city filled with people who care about others and make the effort to do something about it. At the heart of giving in Houston is the Greater Houston Community Foundation. We are proud to support the impact they make in our community.
Making meaningful impact.
Whether you are opening a scholarship to help students achieve higher education, encourage studies in certain fields, or assist your employees through a corporate scholarship, GHCF can help customize your scholarship program to achieve you charitable goals. GHCF plays an active role in managing several scholarship programs. We utilize industry best practices and offer expert advice in the design and management process to ensure they comply with IRS rules and regulations. We manage the entire process from start to finish, allowing donors to play a passive or active role in the process. In 2016, GHCF awarded over $1.5 million to over 400 students. For information on the many scholarships available, check out our resources page.
GHCF stands ready as a resource to individuals, families, and businesses to address emergency needs during a disaster. In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Allison in 2001, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and Hurricane Ike in 2008, GHCF played an important role in addressing the immediate and long-term needs of the Greater Houston area and the Gulf Coast. Partnering with other nonprofits and local governments, we helped gather and distribute financial resources to agencies providing direct relief. Several companies, which wanted to aid their employees who had suffered damage from the storms, turned to GHCF for assistance. We helped these companies establish eligibility requirements, manage the grant application procedure, and process and distribute grant payments in accordance with IRS guidelines. Our experience with disaster relief funds made it possible to establish one quickly and efficiently and relieve affected employees as soon as possible.