Start typing and press enter to search

IMPACT


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.

3,969
GRANTS
$171
MILLION GIVEN
$705
MILLION ASSETS
TOTALED
2017
STATISTICS

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 currently has one CIF, the Youth Homelessness Fund, which has a positive impact on our community.

Youth Homelessness Fund (YHF)

The Youth Homelessness Fund is a local network of individual donors and private foundations who are committed to reducing youth homelessness through leadership, education, and collaborative grant making. To date, the fund has granted $155,851 for the first collaborative planning grants for youth homelessness and to administer YouthCount 2.0, a program that provides the first-ever comprehensive look into youth homelessness in the greater Houston area. In 2018, the YHF will support the implementation of the planning grants made in 2016 and will also explore opportunities to connect homeless youth to local resources through increased social media and communication efforts. If you are interested in joining the fund or have questions, visit our resources page or contact Eileen Alexander at ealexander@ghcf.org or 713-333-2237.

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 purpose of the AHT DWG is to convene and connect a variety of high-capacity donors (private, corporate, & individual) involved in anti-human trafficking efforts. Annually, the group sets a collective strategy to define, implement, and measure actionable goals, including: grant making opportunities aligned around gap analysis and member funding projections, identification of key project interests or needed innovation, and cultivating or creating strategic partnerships or initiatives. Join us – we need you! To learn more and to request to attend a meeting, connect with Rebecca Hove at rhove@ghcf.org or 713-333-2245

The Education Donor Working Group

The Education Donor Working Group focuses on providing opportunities to support promising strategies in our local community through a learning series model with shared discussions, briefings on the latest trends and research, and presentations from issue-area experts. If you have questions about the group or would like to participate in the learning series, please contact Stephanie Blair at sblair@ghcf.org or 713-333-2233.

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.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT


Making meaningful impact.

Scholarships

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 2017, GHCF awarded over $2 million to over 500 students. For information on the many scholarships available, check out our resources page.

Disaster Relief

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.