Our Mission

vibrancy and
Equity of
for all

Who We Are

Houston Endowment is a place-based funder that is deeply committed to addressing our community’s most significant challenges and reducing barriers to opportunities.

We pursue bold goals through strong partnerships, community involvement, long-term thinking, and hard work so that our region and its people thrive.

Our Current Priorities

Our current priorities are to strengthen public education, increase informed civic engagement, and enhance Greater Houston’s arts, cultural organizations, and greenspaces. We believe these are essential elements for a vibrant, thriving, and inclusive community. Additionally, we stand ready to address emerging opportunities with potential to significantly advance our mission.

Our goal is for residents to have abundant opportunities to connect and create.

Our goal is to increase informed civic engagement in our region.

Our goal is to increase the number of children that graduate from high school with choices for their future.


Learn more about our funding process



Naturalize Now, Houston!

The City of Houston, Harris County, Houston Endowment, National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative (HILSC) and other nonprofit organizations announced an unprecedented public-private partnership to help eligible immigrants apply for citizenship.

‘Citizenship Changed My Life’

Program Officer Gislaine Williams oversees Houston Endowment’s strategies to increase immigrant civic integration in the Greater Houston area. Here, she shares insights about her work, what it means to Houston, and how it has impacted her personally.