Houston Endowment today announced it will give $2 million to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund established by Mayor Sylvester Turner and County Judge Ed Emmett and managed by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

“Our hearts go out to all those affected by Harvey,” said Ann Stern, president & CEO of Houston Endowment. “At the Endowment, we are fierce believers in the promise of the greater Houston region. Today that means we join in the efforts to rebuild, not just to return to the status quo, but to rebuild even stronger and more resilient than before.”

In addition to its donation to GHCF, Houston Endowment has been working with its community partners, starting with its current grantees, to better understand and address the greater Houston region’s needs. The foundation has approved special grants for expenses that were not likely to be provided by other sources of funds, including for small to mid-sized arts organizations and individual artists, for early childhood education and care in under-served communities, and for impacted immigrants.

Houston Endowment is also committed to long-term recovery from Harvey.

“Harvey has shed new light on existing vulnerabilities,” said Stern. “Yes, Harvey leaves behind heartbreak. But it also leaves us with an opportunity to re-envision our community.”