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As the end of 2017 approaches, we are thankful to live in a community where giving back is a cornerstone of our culture. This spirit of generosity makes Houston a special place and continues to bolster our efforts.
The Foundation began strategic planning this year and we are excited about our progress. In 2017, we also hosted our second annual Family Philanthropy Day and several new programs- a poverty simulation, regional community indicators focus groups, and a luncheon on disaster philanthropy.
The year has been marked by unprecedented global, national, and local challenges. We began 2017 excited to administer grants for historic Super Bowl LI. We close the year managing and guiding the grantmaking process for the extraordinary devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. The support of donors and colleagues from near and far has been encouraging and a welcomed reminder of the kindness of strangers and friends.
In late February, the Foundation will publish a printed progress report and this e-Newsletter will return to your inbox. We look forward to working with you in 2018! 
Wishing you a cheerful holiday season,
The GHCF Team 
We are available to assist you. Please don't hesitate to  contact  us.  The GHCF o ffice will be closed  from 12:00 PM on Friday, December 22 - Tuesday, December 26.

Here's a reminder of year-end deadlines for donor gifts and grantmaking. 
In celebration on National Philanthropy Day, our social media team captured 30 second videos of Houstonians answering the question, 
"What does philanthropy mean to me?" 

Check them out here! Press play on the first video to start the playlist. 

Click here for the most recent press release regarding the second round of funding! To learn more about the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, click  here.
GHCF impact funds are making great progress and welcome your support as a donor and/or a member. 
Anti-Human Trafficking (AHT) Donor Working Group
You're invited to support the AHT Donor Working Group!  Learn more here. The last meeting of 2017 will be held Tuesday, December 12th  from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM. Reach out to Rebecca Hove at for details or to discuss making a contribution.

Youth Homelessness Fund
The YHF is building grantee capacity and encouraging collaboration among organizations that support homeless youth. Learn more about impact here. You are welcome to join the fund at the 2017 Donor Levels or give an amount of your choosing. Contact LaTanya Flix at for more information.
Since June, the Foundation staff has grown!  We are proud to welcome: LaMecia Butler, Kolby Gilbert, Courtney Grymonprez, DaMon Jackson, and Michelle Morrison! Read more about each of them here. Our Foundation Services team is delighted that Leah Wade joined them as Senior Associate. Leah was most recently a Senior Associate in the Donor Services Department.
Yolanda Vargas and Jordan Lauver moved on from the Foundation to pursue their passions. After five years in the Donors Services Department, Yolanda started a new career as an aesthetician. Jordan began as an English teacher at Cypress Falls High School.  While we were sad to see them move on, we wish them every success in their next chapter!
Our goal is to inform and interest donors, clients and friends of the Foundation. 
We invite your feedback.  Contact us here  or through our website .  

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