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We hope 2017 is off to a terrific start for you! 
Welcome back to Insights- the Foundation's e-newsletter that features philanthropic trends, donor profiles, impact updates, and upcoming events. This month's content showcases much of what is being talked about in the field of philanthropy and offers resources to you. 

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Second Screening
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

GHCF Office
Lunch provided. 
Contact Rachel Young to RSVP.


Your GHCF Roadmap
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
11:30 - 1:00 PM
GHCF Office
New and longstanding donors are welcome to attend.
Contact LaTanya Flix.
Featuring the latest thinking and commentary from the field of philanthropy.
2016's Philanthropy Headlines
Nonprofit Quarterly counts down the 10 big stories of 2016. It was a record breaking year as the number of Nonprofit Quarterly articles with 10,000 or more readers was 10 times greater than any prior year. (Avg. read time: 10 minutes)
Boomers and their Millennial Children Redefine Family and Finances
UBS Investor Watch reveals that Baby Boomers and their Millennial children are redefining family relationships and finances. (Avg. read time: 12 minutes)
Are We Criminalizing Our Students?
An article from Education Week looks at how an overemphasis on criminal justice undermines K - 12 education. (Avg. read time: 5 minutes)

We are delighted to feature the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation (BBHL). As a supporting organization of GHCF, we are a full-service philanthropic partner to BBHL. We work collaboratively by offering strategic guidance and support for their organization and operational execution on custom projects. GHCF provides outsourced business operations, accounting, and board administration, as well as grant management. BBHL continues to expand to increase their impact, and we are proud to enable
and bolster their growth!

What are BBHL's current initiatives? 

The Foundation is focusing on two key strategies this year - increasing access to books in the home and expanding access to summer and out-of-school educational programs for low-income children. Earlier this year we launched, a website on which children can log on through their school and create a wish list of books they want to read and own. Also, our Ladies for Literacy Guild is supporting the build of a one-of-a-kind mobile library, called Curiosity Cruiser, that, in partnership with the Harris County Public Library, will provide educational programming and books to children in affordable housing communities. 

As you have likely read, there is a lot of activity around tax reform right now, including discussion concerning the charitable deduction, but very little clarity. We can say the same thing regarding the activity around the possible repeal of the estate and perhaps the gift tax.  Our D.C. contact tells us that most analysts expect that the most meaningful work will take place in the Senate, where there is much less consensus about the best path forward. It is clear to all involved that Congress would like to push through comprehensive corporate and individual tax reform this year before we move into an election year; it is not yet clear whether or not they will be successful in achieving all of this. We will certainly reach out if we learn of any important developments that indicate a real directional move in these efforts.  
Perspectives on Philanthropy
Friday, March 3, 2017 |  7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Hotel Granduca 

Please join other professional advisors for a panel discussion featuring donors and clients who will share  how they contribute to the community though their relationship with the
Greater Houston Community Foundation. 
Chris Weekley, GHCF Board Member
Jimmy Erwin, President and Founder, Will Erwin Headache Research Foundation 
Meghna Goswami, Program Officer, Houston Endowment

The Professional Advisor Institute (PAI)
Designed to deepen participants' understanding of  the motivations for individual and family philanthropy, starts on April 19, 2017. Contact Susan Zarich with questions or to enroll.  

Next Gen Recruitment
Nominations for the 2017 Next Gen Donor Institute are still open. To refer your Next Gen clients or find out more about this program for 25 - 40 year olds, click  here  or contact  Susan Zarich

Meet Ben Brown
Next Gen Donor Institute Alum, 2013
GHCF Next Gen Governing Board member 2017
Next Gen Giving Circle president, 2015 & 2016
Next Gen steering committee member, 2016 - current

Who has influenced your giving?
I have looked at both of my parents as role models throughout my life. When my brother and I were growing up, our parents provided that positive influence by making sure we were doing what we could to give back. They never wanted us to be naïve about the fact that there were people who were less fortunate then we were.

We are currently taking nominations for the Next Gen Donor Institute. Please contact Anne Fried, to nominate someone for the 2017 Institute. 


Thank you to our newest Founding Family of the 
GHCF Center for Family Philanthropy! 

We are pleased to introduce Celestine and Mini Vettical and their children. We are grateful for their generosity and especially for their enthusiastic participation and leadership in all of the CFP programs including Family Philanthropy Day, Family Giving Circle, and the youth leadership team.
Touchdown Houston
The impact of perhaps the greatest Super Bowl ever will last a long time in Houston. The Greater Houston Community Foundation is honored to have played a role in such a historic event. As the Official Administrator of the Touchdown Houston Charitable Fund, it gives us great pleasure to create a lasting impact on the Houston community.

Highlights from our partnership with the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee
  • $4 million in grants
  • 78 local nonprofits
  • Grants will impact 11 counties in the greater Houston area
  • Three key areas: education, health, and community enhancement
View the press release f or a full listing of the grantees.  Over the coming weeks and months, we will continue to provide information on the impact of the grants.  
2016 In Review

The year 2016 was terrific for GHCF and we thank you, our donors, for helping us achieve new milestones in our growth.  We had our second largest annual amount of gifts into GHCF funds at $161 million (gifts were $129 million in 2015) and made grants of $107 million on behalf of our donors.   We ended the year with assets in excess of $641 million.

Opportunities for Impact
GHCF offers donors unique opportunities to create impact in three critical issue areas in the Houston community: Anti-Human Trafficking, Education, and Youth Homelessness. We are excited to announce the formation of the new Education Donor Working Group! You can join us to align funding or collaborate by giving with other donors, private foundations and local corporations. 

Co-Sponsored Screening

The Foundation was delighted to co-host with the Rockwell Fund a screening of GENERATION FOUND. Learn more about how Houston ignited a youth addiction recovery revolution and how you can support it. 

Grant Processing
The Foundation is always looking for ways to serve our donors and corporate clients as efficiently and responsively as possible. We are pleased to announce that our Donor Services Department recently implemented the processing of grants to twice a week, except for during weeks with office closures and holidays. This is a change from processing grants once a week. Donors will receive the same excellent service that our Donor Services staff has always provided.


GHCF is excited to welcome Mike Pawson as the Foundation's first Chief Financial Officer. Mike brings a broad background in the nonprofit sector to his role at GHCF. We are also delighted to welcome our new Family Philanthropy Manager, Scholarships Manager, and Donor Services Associate. 

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