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Since 1937,
we have been rooted in the success of Greater Houston.

Houston Endowment is a perpetual, place-based, private foundation that exists to serve the people of Greater Houston. We are inspired by the legacy of our founders, Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones, and moved by the pressing needs of our community today. We work with our fellow Houstonians to bring together the right expertise with the right funding and the right leadership to create meaningful change and expand opportunity for all. With anticipated funding of more than $1 billion over the next 10 years, we promise to stay in step with the needs of our ever-evolving, ever-rising city.

Our Work

We envision a vibrant region where all have the opportunity to thrive.


Houston Endowment advances equity of opportunity for the people of Greater Houston and enhances the vibrancy of our region.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At Houston Endowment, diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to being a highly effective organization and are fundamental to the work we do. As a team, we embrace the diverse perspectives both within our organization and from our partners across the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. We seek to connect with and contribute to our community, to better understand the life experiences of individuals different from ourselves to work with others to eradicate racism, injustice, and inequity.

Fair Market Value of Assets

We maintain a long-term view with respect to Houston Endowment’s investments, seeking returns that enable us to maintain a relatively consistent level of program funding each year while continuing to preserve the value of the endowment.

Fair Market Value of Assets at Year End