Electoral Participation

The right to vote is the foundation of representative democracy

The right to vote is the foundation of representative democracy. Yet many Houstonians confront significant obstacles to exercising that fundamental right. Moreover, racial injustice and inequities have created disproportionate barriers to the ballot box. We support initiatives that advance electoral participation for all of our region’s eligible voters.

The foundation invests in initiatives that:

  • Increase electoral participation, particularly in historically disenfranchised communities
  • Increase informed civic engagement
  • Empower residents to be effective advocates regarding key community issues
  • Increase youth electoral participation

Immigrant Civic Integration

Nearly one-quarter of Houston residents are foreign-born

Our region has long benefitted from a dynamic and diverse population. Today, nearly one quarter of Houston residents are foreign-born. However, challenges in civic integration make it difficult for newcomers to establish roots, access essential services, and participate in civic dialogue on policies that impact them. We support initiatives that strengthen civic engagement in immigrant communities.

The foundation invests in initiatives that:

  • Strengthen pathways to citizenship
  • Build capacity for grassroots organizations in emergent immigrant communities
  • Incorporate civic engagement into existing naturalization programs