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We hope you enjoy this condensed summer issue of Insights. Please click on links on the left for brief updates and exciting announcements about new programs, grants and resources and much more. It has been a busy year!

We look forward to returning in August 2017 with a new issue of Insights. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Wishing you a fun and relaxing summer,
The GHCF Team 
We continuously strive to provide useful resources to our donors. In addition to DonorHouston, we now offer a digital Knowledge Library and host a YouTube Channel. Recent additions to the Knowledge Library include:
Strategic Philanthropy: A Primer on Roles and Strategies , The Philanthropic Initiative

The Nonprofit Starvation Cycle, Stanford Social Innovation Review
The mission of the Next Gen Donor Institute (NGDI) is to connect, cultivate, inspire and engage the Next Generation of Philanthropic leaders.
We're thrilled to announce that the NGDI will now be offered in a retreat format to Next Gen Donors ages 25 - 40.  Read the NGDI overview to learn more. There are a few spots left for the upcoming class, so don't delay in completing the  nomination form !
October 27 - 28, 2017 in Galveston
January 26, 2018 in Houston

"Through my participation in the Next Gen Donor Institute, I have gained a lot of insights from my 
peers about how they think about and analyze their giving. It has helped me to think critically about issues and organizations as I form my own strategy." - Brad Bracewell, NGDI Alumnus
Contact Anne Fried at to find out more or to submit a nomination. 
The Next Gen Donor Institute hosted a spring open house for alum and prospective members. Guests met and mingled while learning more about NGDI. There was also a break out session where Next Gen alumni led small group discussions on topics such as creating a personal giving plan, serving on a board, and private family foundations. Thank you to Caren and Rob Sweetland who opened their beautiful home for the event!

The Center for Family Philanthropy is proud to announce the three recipients of the Inaugural Family Giving Circle grants: Kids' Meals, Brighter Bites, and Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. The giving circle granted a total of $15,000 among these great organizations who are all combatting childhood hunger and food insecurity in the Greater Houston Area. Thank you to the youth leadership committee for joining us on this learning journey by reviewing grants, volunteering, going on site visits and donating to make a difference. For more information, contact Jennifer Touchet.

Thursday, September 28, 2017
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM 
The Briar Club, 2603 Timmons Lane, Houston, TX 77027

Featuring keynote speaker, Ginny Esposito, Founder and President of the National Center for Family Philanthropy.
You won't want to miss this opportunity to learn about engaging in critical conversations involving transfer of philanthropic wealth, wishes versus realities, and topics that families are discussing locally and across the nation. 
The GHCF Scholarships Team wishes to thank all of those that participated on the Scholarship Review Committee. Together, we reviewed over 600 scholarship applications! A big thank you and heartfelt appreciation to everyone that gave of their time. If you are interested in being part of the Review Committee for 2018, please contact Diane Higginbotham, Scholarships Manager, at or 713-333-2231.
GHCF is pleased to welcome six new board members this year. We are glad to have their leadership and support. 
J. Murry Bowden
Chairman & CEO
Hanover Company
Ben S. Brown
Baker Katz, LLC
Ron Hulme
Parallel Resource Partners, LLC
Laura R. Jaramillo
Senior Vice President
Wells Fargo
Kim A. Ruth
Managing Director
Apex Partners, LLC
Chris Weekley
Vice President of Central Living & Innovation
David Weekley Homes

Our staff continues to grow! The Foundation is delighted that four new members recently joined our team: Luz Acevedo, Stephanie Lopez, Nancy Mikolajczhak and Michael Trout. Read more about them here.
The Hire Houston Youth Program is a progressive initiative created by Mayor Turner that addresses the youth employment crisis in Houston. Spanning the course of seven weeks during the summer months, Hire Houston Youth targets 16-24 year olds seeking gainful employment. The impact in 2016 was 1,100 employment opportunities extended to Houston's youth. Mayor Turner's goal for 2017 is to create 5,000 jobs for Houston Youth. For more information about the program, contact Emma Oliver at   

Presented in collaboration by The Philanthropy Workshop and 
Greater Houston Community Foundation
November 30 - December 1, 2017
The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa

Audience: The course is designed for GHCF Donors & Family Members, Private Foundation Trustees & Family Members, Next Gen & Next Gen Alumni who do not have a fund with GHCF, and other philanthropists. The course is limited to 25 participants.

Tuition:    $1,700 - GHCF Donors & Family Members
       $2,000 - All other registrants
A 10% discount will be applied for multiple registrants from the same family/foundation.

Q: Why should I attend?
A: Donors will gain a deeper framework for practicing strategic philanthropy and will accelerate their learning through this one of a kind opportunity to learn from both The Philanthropy Workshop and Greater Houston Community Foundation.

Q: What will I learn?
A: Please click here to see learning outcomes and course description.

Q: How will this benefit me/my family?
A: You will become part of a peer network dedicated to pursuing philanthropic impact, which can be a resource to you and/or your family.
Learn more about The Philanthropy Workshop Accelerator. Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

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