Dear Friends,

We are delighted to share this report with you highlighting and celebrating the HISD Foundation’s impact in 2018.

2018 was a very important year for the HISD Foundation and for Houston as a whole, as people came together in extraordinary ways to help schools and families rebuild what was lost in Hurricane Harvey. It was deeply moving to see so many people, companies, and foundations from all over the country step up to provide financial and in-kind support to address the needs of HISD families, students, and staff. Whether it was replacing classroom computers, rebuilding school libraries, sending truckloads of school supplies, or providing gift cards for displaced families to help them deal with their most urgent challenges, the HISD Foundation was able to play a key role in helping our school community recover, thanks to our partners’ excellence and our supporters’ amazing generosity. For that, we are proud as well as forever grateful.

Meanwhile,in the midst of all of the post-hurricane recovery work, our board, leaders, and staff remained steadfast in their commitment to the success of students in HISD.

As will see in these pages, we continued to invest in programs and opportunities that expand students’ access to a world-class, life-changing education.

As you read this report, we invite you to join us in celebrating what we accomplished last year. We also urge you to join us in the next phase of our journey. As you know, the challenges facing HISD are enormous, and the existing financial resources to address them are insufficient. It is more important than ever for us to come together as a community to support our students’ success. Your support for the HISD Foundation this year will allow us to advance new strategic priorities that will have a powerful, transformational impact on students, their families, and the community as a whole for many years to come.

We ask you join us in this most important work – and thank you again for everything you do to support Houston’s public schools!

Lori Vetters


Lori Vetters

Ann Scott

Executive Director

Ann Scott


Supporting districtwide initiatives aimed at increasing student academic achievement in every classroom.



HISD Foundation Overview

Our Mission

The Houston ISD Foundation is dedicated to mobilizing the local community in support of innovative priorities in HISD to improve outcomes for all students in the district.

Our Vision

The Houston community is invested in every child’s success and demonstrates this dedication by advocating for and funding critical initiatives in public education through HISD.

2017-2018 Board of Directors

Lori Vetters

Chairman, HISD Foundation


Robert X Allen

Praxair Inc.


Pamela Baden

Energy Executive


Diana Davila

President, Houston ISD Board of Education


Freda Lee



Gerald Merfish

Merfish Pipe & Supply, Co. 


Dr. Grenita Lathan

Iterim Superintendent of Schools, Houston ISD


Ore Owodunni

Conoco Phillips


James Rodriguez

Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP


Lina Sabouni

AUTOARCH Architects



Jim Rice

Rice & Gardner Consultants Incorporated


Jessica Kemp St. Rose

BP America


Andrea Young

Sam Houston Race Park


Ann Scott

Executive Director, HISD Foundation

HISD is the largest school district in Texas and the seventh largest in the United States

HISD At A Glance

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Foundation Overview

Approximately 75 percent of the students attending HISD schools – or about 160,500 children – are economically disadvantaged. Many of these children, and the schools they attend, have significant needs that go beyond what the school district’s budget can provide.

The HISD Foundation is dedicated to mobilizing the local community to improve outcomes for all students in the district. Established in 1994, the Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors that includes local business, industry, and community leaders.

In the last decade, the HISD Foundation has supported the district with over $62 million dollars in philanthropic support that has had a significant impact on school and teacher performance, student academic success and character building experiences, and family and community engagement.

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Hurricane Harvey


"I don’t know what I would have done if it were not for the help the HISD Foundation provided"

Hurricane Harvey

On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm on the coast of Texas, devastating coastal towns for many days to follow. Houston was one of the cities most impacted by record rainfall over the course of many days while the storm passed. This rainfall resulted in catastrophic flooding and lasting damage to homes, businesses, public infrastructure, and so much more throughout the city.

Among the losses was significant damage to seven HISD schools. Although most students were able to return to school after 2 weeks of closures, these seven campuses were deemed unsafe for students to return to for the remainder of the school year. The loss of these campuses placed significant physical demands on district resources as well as emotional, health, and other burdens on displaced students, family members, and staff – many of whom carried the additional burden of personal losses at home.

During this unimaginable tragedy, the HISD Foundation stepped forward as a vital force in relief and rebuilding efforts. Members of the Houston community as well as people, foundations, and companies from across the country shared financial and in-kind gifts to help students and teachers across HISD whose lives were adversely affected by Hurricane Harvey.

We express our deep appreciation for our partners near and far who provided vital resources to rebuild and reimagine HISD after one of the most damaging events in our city’s history.

Julianne Dickinson

Principal at Kolter Elementary

“We’re proud to showcase their contributions and continue to be very grateful”

Aramco rebuilt not only several classrooms, but almost our entire inventory of technology. Specifically, we used their generous donation to recreate, rebuild and replenish our Pre-K classroom, and both classrooms that house students with special needs.

Eric Thompson

Teacher at Austin High School

"I am lucky to be part of the HISD

The HISD Foundation sent me a gift card after Hurricane Harvey, and it was a miracle for my family. The hurricane caused extensive damage to our home, but we did not have flood insurance, so we had to rebuild the home ourselves.

HISD Parent

Five Children Attend HISD Schools

“I don’t know what I would have done if it were not for the help they provided.”

When the Greater Houston Community Foundation provided a $420,000 grant to the HISD Foundation through its Harvey Relief Fund, we worked closely with HISD’s Homeless Education Office to ensure that the funds would have the greatest possible impact on homeless students and their families.

Hurricane Harvey relief efforts helped to raise

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Over 2 million of Donations from across the country

Funding Innovation


Funding Innovation

The HISD Foundation’s popular Innovation Grant program provides crucial funding for exciting new ideas generated by HISD teachers and students

Our Innovation Fund Grants made all of these possible

$ 1

in innovation grants benefiting 7,200 people

Berry Elementary School

launched a new Makerspace where kindergarten studentscan invent, engineer, and buildtheir own designs.

Harvard Elementary School

started a new program calledInside Outthat improvesstudents’ health and well-beingthrough fun outdoor activities

Kolter Elementary School

rebuilt STEM and Makerspace spacesdestroyed byHurricane Harvey

Mark Twain Elementary School

started an Afterschool Coding Club

Energy Institute High School

acquired an Audiboxto expand audio engineering opportunities for its students.

Attucks Middle School

expanded its engineering and robotics opportunities so that more students can participate in the FIRST Tech Challenge, a national robotics competition.

Sharpstown High School

launched a new Story Telling Project to share andcelebrate the school community’s extraordinary diversity through student narratives

Reynolds Elementary School

created a new Maker Space where students can develop valuable problem solving and critical thinking skills in a safe and funlearning environment

Baylor College of Medicine at Ryan

developed new STEM stations and an outdoor Harvest Lab to give students a deeper understanding of engineering and health occupations

McReynolds Middle School

started a new Robots and Literature project that engages students in “hands on” and “minds on” learning by drawing connections amongliterature, coding, and robotics.

Austin High School

createdaMobile Maker Spacethat gives students the chance to work with 3D printing and design software applicable to many engineering and drafting jobs

Roosevelt Elementary

launched a new financial literacy program called Coins for Kinder that teaches students about money and how to make smart financial decisions

Parker Elementary School

purchased Google Chromebooks so that students can research topics that interest them

Horn Elementary School

used innovation funds tolaunch a STEM lab featuring robotics, drones, and iPads, where students can engage in collaborative STEM projects that build programming and engineering skills

Community Services K-12

launched a STEM-In program for students at alternative settings, including residential facilities and hospitals.

Cook Elementary School

purchased assistive tools for students with dyslexia and provided training to help teachers use these tools to empower their students

Durham Elementary School

created a new Maker Space where students can develop valuable problem solving and critical thinking skills in a safe and funlearning environment

Sinclair Elementary School

made physical computing accessible to their students by acquiring 24 small Raspberry Pi computers preloaded with programming languages

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Financial Reports

HISD Foundation
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HISD Foundation Donors


  • Anonymous
  • Aramco Services

$1,000,000 - $3,999,999

$400,000 - $999,999

  • Greater Houston Community Foundation
  • Marc and Lynne Benioff
  • C.T.Bauer Foundation​
  • The Allstate Foundation

$100,000 - $399,999

$50,000 - $99,999

  • American International Group Inc.
  • Cheniere Energy Shared Services, Inc.​
  • Ecclesia Houston​​
  • Life Time, Inc.​
  • Noble Energy​
  • Walmart​
  • Annenberg
  • BASF Corporation​
  • Chevron
  • Greater Texas Foundation​
  • Life Time Fitness Foundation​
  • Schlumberger Technology Corporation​

$25K - $49,999

  • 21st Century Education Foundation
  • Bank of America
  • BP
  • Capital One
  • Intel
  • Jeunesse Kids Foundation, Inc.
  • Kinder Foundation
  • Robert and Ruth Halperin Foundation
  • Save the Children
  • Stephen M. Seay Foundation-OEC
  • The William Blair + Glen Waltrip Family
  • Foundation
  • Thompson & Horton, LLP
  • Whole Kids Foundation

$10K - $24,999

  • Acciona Energy
  • Allen Elementary School
  • BBVA Compass
  • Bethlehem Area School District
  • Branchburg Rotary Foundation
  • Community Unit School District 200
  • District 6 Spartanburg County Schools
  • Dr. Willie Wilson Foundation
  • Erick Olson
  • Fortunebuilders, Inc.
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • Guilford County Schools
  • Joe Greenberg
  • Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLp
  • Marc Benioff
  • MCAF Winthrop LLC
  • National Council of Jewish Women
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Prime Contractors Inc.
  • Raikes Foundation
  • Rice & Gardner Consultants Inc.
  • Society for Information Management
  • St. Louis Public Schools
  • Susan Sarofim
  • The Actuarial Foundation
  • The Benevity Community Impact Fund
  • The Community Foundation for the National
  • Capital Region
  • The Robbie & Katherine Wright Family Fund
  • The Simmons Foundation
  • The Susan & John Thompson Family Fund
  • The Triangle, LLC
  • Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • Victor Li
  • WithMerci Foundation, Inc.

$5K - $9,999

  • Achieve 3000
  • Andrews Kurth Kenyon
  • Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation
  • Bobby & Phoebe Tudor
  • Chambersburg Area School District Foundation
  • Chevron Matching Program
  • Cigna Health and Life
  • CollegeBoard
  • Conocophillips
  • D. Samuels & Associates
  • Dannette Davis
  • Dinesh Nayak
  • Dunhill Development and Construction
  • Eagle Middle School
  • Firoz Jhaver
  • Gilbane Building Company
  • HDR Foundation
  • Heery International, Inc.
  • Houston Community College
  • IMS Global Learning
  • Consortium Inc.
  • Jessie R. Carter Traditional Elementary School
  • Just Construction
  • Kirksey
  • Maffei Foundation
  • Manheim Central School District
  • Marathon Oil Company
  • Mariachi Aztlan Parent Association
  • Max Zipperman
  • Michael Thetford
  • Moelis & Company Group LP
  • N.A.E.I.F. Inc.
  • Network for Good
  • New Lenox School Dist. 122
  • Oklahoma City Board of Education
  • Omaha Schools Foundation
  • Pamela Baden
  • PBK Inc
  • Pearson
  • Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Inc
  • Shrewsbury High School
  • Southwest Wholesale LLC
  • State Farm
  • Texas Organizing Project Education Fund
  • The Waymire Group, Inc.
  • Trice Education Resources Inc.
  • Universal Giving
  • University of Houston Downtown
  • VLK Architects

Looking Ahead


Looking Ahead

2018-2019 Fundraising Priorities

Looking Ahead

As we approach our 25th anniversary, the HISD Foundation will continue to seek out resources in the Houston community to advance progress toward district goals and prepare young people for the opportunities and the challenges ahead.

For the 2018-2019 school year, our goal is to raise more than $1 million to support four priority areas:

Educating the Whole Child

Every student deserves to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged in school.


The HISD Foundation is seeking to invest $2,00,000 in these priority projects during the upcoming year:

Mental Health Support Initiative

HISD Foundation will fund Social Work Manager to oversee UH Graduate Social Work students to provide counseling to neediest HISD campuses

Series of deep dive trainings for HISD Wraparound Specialists, administrators, and educators on topics that include: crisis, trauma, abuse, and suicide prevention

Yoga and mindfulness training through VYASA Houston, an organization dedicated to education, research, and services through yoga to promote health, happiness and peace in society

Partnership with We-Wellbeing for Mental Health Conference

Partnership with The Menninger Clinic on specialized training for parents and wraparound specialist. Access to consultation and both inpatient and outpatient services

Enhance Fine Arts Programming at 37 Campuses

Support 37 campuses with new fine arts program at the campus level by providing supplies and needed instruments and materials for general music and visual arts


We are committed to providing supports that students and families need to access the full spectrum of opportunities.


The HISD Foundation is seeking to invest $270,000 in these priority projects during the upcoming year

Ascending to Men
We will secure funding to support a variety of programs aimed atimproving school attendance, academic performance, graduation rates,and postsecondary successfor boys and young men of color. These will include mentorship focused on character and leadership skills to minority males in HISD middle and high schools, along with academic advocates who will support their educational aspirations.

HISD Parent University
We will fund the full costs of four Parent University sessions so that ability to pay will not be a barrier to participation. The sessions will focus on an array of key topics, such as the importance of parent involvement, cyber safely, career pathways ,and college and career readiness.

College and Career Readiness

We must do more to help students on the path to the college and career of their choice.


The HISD Foundation is seeking to invest $11,700,000 in these priority projects during the upcoming year.

College and Career Success

Support HISD to fund a college and career success advisor at every high school campus. Key data show that advisors working one on one with students increased overall financial aid by 21% and doubled scholarships received.

Fund additional campuses interested in International Baccalaureate, which prepares students to think critically and independently

Improve Academic Rigor

Provide Khan Academy platform to over 200,000 students in HISD with a personalized practice plus actionable data and support for teachers and administrators


HISD Foundation working in partnership with the district and EMERGE will secure funding to sustain the EMERGE program in HISD. EMERGE prepares low income students to attend nation’s top colleges by providing a holistic, developmental college readiness curriculum


HISD Foundation will raise funds to offer full ride scholarships, industry and subject specific scholarship and supplemental college funds to cover airfare dorm supplies, and books


Dear Friends,

The Houston Independent School District greatly values its partnership with the HISD Foundation and generous donors who have invested in the lives of our students over the past year. Their partnership and philanthropy has empowered HISD to make a difference in the lives of all of the students we serve.

The Foundation has provided support for the Strategic Vision of the district, helping fund initiatives, from innovative projects in the classroom to college and career readiness programs. Connecting the resources of our community, businesses, and government entities creates a ripple effect throughout our city and builds a network of strong and robust support for public education.

With our donors’ help, we are creating a more prosperous future – not just for today’s students, but for tomorrow’s students and our community’s future. When we pool our resources and work together, we create access to opportunity for an even greater number of our children.

Dr. Grenita Lathan

Interim Superintendent, HISD

Grenita Lathan

Invest In Every Child

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