Houston Endowment Awards up to $1 Million in In-Kind Support for HISD Strategic Planning

HOUSTON—September 10, 2021 – Houston Endowment, a private philanthropic institution dedicated to a thriving Greater Houston, today announced up to $1 million in in-kind support for Houston Independent School District’s (HISD) strategic planning efforts. The investment will support the development of a district-wide strategic plan to maximize student outcomes.

The strategic planning process will include the creation of a student-centered vision, district benchmarking, and a plan to optimize Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds. “This support will help ensure we build a plan that will move the needle for our students and help us become the greatest school district in this country,” said HISD Superintendent Millard House II. “I want to acknowledge and thank Houston Endowment for their support and for being a critical partner for the district.”

Improving educational outcomes for students in Greater Houston is a deep commitment for Houston Endowment. “Every child should have access to a great education that gives them choices about their future,” said Ann B. Stern, president and CEO of Houston Endowment. “We are proud to work alongside HISD to improve educational outcomes for Houston students.”

About Houston Endowment
Houston Endowment Inc. is a private philanthropic institution that enhances the vibrancy of greater Houston and advances equity of opportunity for the people who live here. Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones established Houston Endowment in 1937 to help create a community where the opportunity to thrive is available to all. Visit

About Houston Independent School District
The Houston Independent School District is the largest school district in Texas and the eighth largest in the United States, with 280 schools and 197,000 students. The 333-square-mile district is one of the largest employers in the Houston metropolitan area, with more than 27,000 employees.

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