Welcome to the September edition of Insights! We hope you enjoy reading about the progress of our new initiatives and all of the changes at GHCF. Do you have feedback regarding Insights? Contact us to share your thoughts.

Best Regards,
The GHCF Team 

Legacy planning can help advisors make connections to the next generation of wealth so that advisors maintain assets when clients pass.

Kevin Peterson of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation discusses how impact investing is a positive vehicle for funding social change.

Understanding Houston is well on its way! This collaborative regional indicators initiative shares data, stories, and insights to raise awareness and inspire community action across Harris, Fort Bend, and Montgomery counties. Understanding Houston will also be a resource for donors who want to educate themselves on Houston’s context to inform giving or engagement in collaborative efforts.

Join us for the official launch on Thursday, November 21!
We are nearly sold out, with very limited seats and tables remaining.
For event details and sponsorship opportunities, contact
We have engaged hundreds of nonprofit, philanthropic, and civic leaders in Montgomery, Fort Bend, and Harris County to inform the initiative. View the final summary report for the Montgomery and Fort Bend County Convenings to learn more.

To stay up-to-date on the progress of the initiative, follow Understanding Houston on social media! For questions regarding the initiative, please contact Diana Zarzuelo at

Did you know that GHCF can help facilitate any legacy gifts you’d like to make to benefit the community in the future? We can also help you involve the next generation in your philanthropic legacy.

We are excited to offer a  planned giving program, The Legacy Project, that aims to capture your donor intent and help you shape the future plans for your fund. Our team is experienced in guiding people through their legacy planning process – at any stage in life. We have created a workbook and exercises that help you document your values and clarify your giving goals - now and in the future.

Not sure where to start? Two ways to learn more...

  • Meet with us or schedule a phone call to discuss your charitable goals and to learn more about the Community Foundation. 
For more information or to RSVP for an info session, contact:
Jennifer Touchet at or 713-333-2228.

Throughout our history, we have been proud to support and administer disaster philanthropy when our region has needed it the most. The devastation has been felt across the state by families and businesses who have been impacted in profound and numerous ways. The Greater Houston Community Foundation is proud and honored to serve our community in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. We are pleased to share the Fund’s latest update, which summarizes the progress we have made in building our community back up.

Saturday, November 9, 2019
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: BakerRipley Sheltering Arms Senior Services

We hope you will join us for our fourth annual Family Philanthropy Day! Many of our community’s older adults face challenges that prevent them from living happy, healthy lives. This year, we are excited to partner with BakerRipley Sheltering Arms Senior Services as we bring generations together to volunteer and to learn about how we can all work together to positively impact the lives of older adults in the greater Houston community. Family Philanthropy Day is a multi-generational program for adults and families, including children ages 5+. To RSVP or learn more information, click here or contact Allison Hale at

We are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Next Gen Donor Institute class! Throughout this year-long program, participants will develop a deeper understanding of their philanthropic journey and identity as well as learn from peers and community leaders about philanthropic trends and possibilities. Participants will gain new tools, resources, and a network to help shape their giving and community leadership. To learn how you can get involved, contact Annie Hurwitz at

We are excited to announce a new partnership with  Generation SERVE . Generation SERVE is an Austin-based nonprofit organization that engages youth ages 3-17 in volunteerism while empowering them to make a difference in their communities. Beginning in October 2019, families will have access to family-friendly volunteer opportunities with several community partners in the greater Houston area through Generation SERVE. Families interested in supporting Generation SERVE’s expansion to Houston and receiving early access to their volunteer opportunities can join the Houston Founder’s Circle with a minimum donation of $3,000. To date, there are twenty-one Houston Founder's Circle members including several Center for Family Philanthropy families. Register with Generation SERVE to join the email list and find out about future family volunteer opportunities.

The end of the year will be here before you know it! Click here for the 2019 year-end giving deadlines and instructions.

Thank you to Michele McClinton, Marie Bat, and Lulu Alvarez for all of your hard work this summer! Michele and Marie assisted with our Understanding Houston efforts and Lulu has played an integral part in our accounting processes. 

Chelsea, our new Administrative Assistant, supports the GHCF Philanthropic Services team, specifically with Understanding Houston, foundation clients, and business development. She is finishing college at the University of Houston to obtain a B.S. in Economics with minors in Mathematics and Biology. Chelsea started a nonprofit chapter for Nourish International on her university campus and now serves on their board of directors. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her two younger brothers who are 9 and 10.