Houston Endowment—a philanthropic foundation established by Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones in 1937—improves life for the people of greater Houston through its grants to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions.* The foundation donates approximately $75 million each year to organizations that support and promote arts and culture, education, the environment, health and human services.

Houston Endowment also funds and manages the Jones Scholars Program, which since 1958 has helped more than 10,000 Houston area graduating high school seniors attend and complete college.

Houston Endowment is governed by its board of directors and managed by its professional staff, who join with nonprofit agencies to advance the Joneses’ vision of creating a vibrant community where the opportunity to thrive is available to all.

* Greater Houston is defined as Harris County and the contiguous counties of Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller.

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