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
The grant will help support United Way’s Coffee & Quality, an initiative that began in 2019 as a way to help nonprofits understand how to use data evaluation for continuous quality improvement. Melanie Trent began a two-year term as Chair of the Houston Endowment Board of Directors on January 1, 2024. She has served as a Director since July 2019.The Migration Policy Institute recently published “Immigration and Integration in the Ever More Diverse Houston Area,” a robust report about immigrant communities in the nine-county Greater Houston area. Here, our civic engagement program team members Meghna Goswami and Gislaine Williams explain the report’s importance to their work and why it matters for the community at large.