Houston’s Diversity is an Asset in Increasing Voter Accessibility

The path to the ballot box isn’t the same for all voters. Many encounter barriers and detours that make casting their ballots difficult, if not impossible. It’s a plight that diminishes the strength of our community and our representative democracy. Houston’s diversity is a powerful asset in bridging these barriers. As the most diverse city in the U.S., this region could be a leader in accessible voting practices. Our community’s wealth of perspectives can produce solutions creative enough for the toughest of problems. However, making voices heard entails another set of challenges.


SPARK Parks Increase Park Access in Houston

Supported by lead grants from Houston Endowment and Kinder Foundation, SPARK, the Houston-based nonprofit organization that transforms public school playgrounds into community parks for out-of-school time use, has successfully introduced 25 new parks and updated, or ‘re-SPARKed,’ five at campuses across 12 independent school districts and three charter schools since 2016.


Houston Endowment Message on Electoral Participation

For over 83 years, Houston Endowment has worked to advance equity of opportunity for the people of Greater Houston. We believe that in order to realize an equitable and vibrant city we should all participate in shaping our shared future.


A Letter to the Community – 2020 Census

On Monday, the United States Census Bureau announced a shortened timeframe for the 2020 Census. This curtailment will almost certainly result in an inaccurate census count, which is bad news for our region.


Houston Endowment Statement – June 10, 2020

We stand with Black people everywhere who are feeling grief, outrage, and deep pain about George Floyd’s murder and the continuing pattern of violence and racism toward Black people throughout the country. Houston Endowment condemns his killing and we condemn the racism and structural inequities underlying this violence. We stand in solidarity with Black communities and all who are fighting to eradicate racial injustice.