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

Houston Endowment is a nonpartisan, 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.

The Joneses loved Houston and believed they owed their success to this city. They established Houston Endowment to ensure future generations benefit from a strong, vibrant region where the opportunity to thrive is available to all. With more than $2 billion in assets and $1 billion to deploy over the next 10 years, we promise to stay in step with the needs of our ever-evolving, ever-rising city.


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


Our mission is to improve the quality of life for everyone in Greater Houston.

What We Do


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