2016 Data

Total Grants Approved:
202 grants to 171 organizations

Total of Grants Approved:
(includes commitments to be paid in future years)

2016 new grants approved by Type of Support

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Type of Grant Value of Grants (USD Millions) Number of Grants
Capital $4.4 4 Grants
Operating Support $18.8 114 Grants
Project Support $39.2 84 Grants

Fair Market Value of Assets

We maintain a long-term view with respect to Houston Endowment’s investments. Our investment objective is to achieve returns that allow us to maintain a stable pattern of grant spending each year while continuing to grow the real value of the endowment.

Fair Market Value of Assets at Year EnD

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Year Fair Market Value of Assets at Year End
2011 $1.45B
2012 $1.54B
2013 $1.73B
2014 $1.76B
2015 $1.67B
2016 $1.69B

Grant Spending

Houston Endowment determines our yearly grant spending budget using a formula based on five percent of a three-year rolling average of the endowment’s market value. The spending policy is designed to provide a relatively stable pattern of spending on grants, despite short-term market fluctuations, and to preserve the inflation-adjusted value of the endowment in perpetuity.

Grants Paid

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Year Grants Paid (USD in Millions)
2011 $77.15
2012 $78.72
2013 $64.48
2014 $85.83
2015 $62.67
2016 $65.14

Financial Statements

Houston Endowment engages independent auditors annually to audit our financial statements.

Audited Financial Statement 2016-2015

Audited Financial Statement 2015-2014