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 you 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

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

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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


Pamela Baden

Energy Executive


William E. King (Bill)

Retired, Southwest Airport Services


Dr. Grenita Lathan

HISD Interim Superintendent of Schools


Freda Lee



Kathleen Martinez

BP America, Inc.


Gerald Merfish

Merfish Pipe & Supply, Co.


Christina Morales

Morales Funeral Company


Ore Owodunni

Conoco Phillips


Jim Rice

Rice & Gardner Consultants Incorporated

Lina Sabouni

AUTOARCH Architects


Benjamin Samuels

Victory Packaging


Rhonda Skillern-Jones

President, Houston ISD Board of Education


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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"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 dollars of Donations from across the country

Funding Innovation


Funding Innovation

The HISD Foundation’s Innovation Fund provides teachers and schools with grants to develop innovative programs that make learning dynamic and engaging while preparing students for graduation and beyond.

Our Innovation Fund Grants made all of these possible

$ 1

in innovation grants benefiting 7,200 people

Booker T. Washington High School

Student Designed interactive drone competition

Harvard Elementary School

launched outdoor wellness program

Stevens Elementary School

incorporating STEM into fashion design

Mark Twain Elementary School

started an Afterschool Coding Club

Energy Institute High School

expanded audio engineering opportunities for its students

Bellaire High School

fully funded by Alliantgroup Water Works, a community and global water quality project

Sharpstown High School

launched a new Story Telling Project to share and celebrate community diversity

Reynolds Elementary School

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

created a Mobile Maker Space that 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

Parker Elementary School purchased GoogleChrome books so that students can research topics that interest them. Sinclair Elementary School made physical computing accessible to their students by acquiring 24 small Raspberry Pi computers preloaded with programming languages.

Sinclair Elementary School

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


Student Designed interactive drone competition

Dogan Elementary School

launched outdoor wellness program

Berry Elementary School

incorporating STEM into fashion design

Holland Middle School

started an Afterschool Coding Club

Sugar Grove Academy

expanded audio engineering opportunities for its students

Atucks Middle School

fully funded by Alliantgroup Water Works, a community and global water quality project

community members



Financial Reports

HISD Foundation
Sources of Support












Unrestricted Donations$14,303
Temporarily Restricted Donations$1,930,889
Special Events Revenue$441,723
Interest Earned$219
Total Revenue$2,387,134


Program Related Costs$227,669
General & Administrative$7,459,323
In-Kind Expenses$265,390
Special Event Expenses$7,952,382
Total Expenses$14,301,801.47


Unrestricted Checking$418,421
Restricted Checking$1,614,666
Pledges Receivable$8,276,750
Pledges Discount$211,688.00
Prepaid Expenses$6,197
Total Assets$14,750

Liability & Equity

Accounts Payable$260,319
total liabilities$260,319
Unrestricted Equity$355,677
Temporarily Restricted Equity$550,825
Retained Earnings$14,517,555
Net Revenue-$5,565,248
Total equity$9,858,809
  Total Liability and Equity$10,119,127  

HISD Foundation Donors

$1,000,000 AND UP

  • Houston Endowment

$100,000 AND UP

  • Greater Houston Community Foundation

$50,000 - $99,999

$25,000 - $49,999

  • Branch Banking & Trust
  • Just Keep Livin Foundation
  • Kinder Foundation
  • Save the Children
  • SEWA International Co.
  • The Powell Foundation
  • Whole Kids Foundation
  • Arts Connect
  • BP
  • Capital One
  • Direct Energy
  • Lamar Business Resource Council
  • Lyondelbasell Chemical Company
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • The Simmons Foundation

$10,000 - $24,999

  • Alliantgroup
  • Aramco Services
  • AUTOARCH Architects
  • OTGO Petroleum Corp
  • Clutch City Foundation
  • Guilford County Schools
  • Harford Inc
  • HEB Grocery Company
  • Jacob's Technology
  • Linebarger Goggin Blair & Sampson, L.L.P.
  • National Council of Jewish Women
  • Praxair, Inc
  • Rice & Gardner Consultants Inc
  • Schlumberger Technology Corporation
  • Serendipity Wines LLC
  • Shell Oil Company
  • Southwest Wolesale LLC
  • Susan Sarofirn
  • Thompson & Horton L.L.P.
  • WithMerci Foundation, Inc

$5,000 - $9,999

  • Benadetto Bosco
  • Bracewell
  • Chevron Matching Program
  • Dannette Davis
  • Felix and Angela Morales Memorial
  • Gilbane Building Company
  • Hopewell Valley Central High School
  • Houston Community College
  • iSphere Innovation Partners, LLC
  • Kay Davis Associates
  • Lakeshore Learning Store
  • Lori Vetters
  • McDonald's Operators Association
  • Offshore Technology Conference
  • PayPal Giving Fund
  • PBK Inc
  • Reytec Construction Resources, Inc
  • RSM US Foundation
  • Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc
  • Scholastic Education
  • Sherry & Gerald Merfish Family Foundation
  • TAM International Inc
  • The Thomas Group
  • Trice Education Resources Inc
  • VLK Architects

$1,000 - $4,999

  • AcBSP
  • Access Sciences
  • ACHIEVE 3000
  • AIG
  • Anonymous
  • Bradley Lambeth
  • CenterPoint Energy
  • Charity Golf International
  • Chastain Holdings LLC
  • Christopher Harris
  • Comcast
  • Communities in School Houston
  • Conocophillips
  • D. Samuels & Associates
  • Dally & Associates, Inc
  • Data Projects
  • Delwyn Mitchell
  • Diamonds in the Rough Memorabilia & Sports Auctions LLC
  • Division One Contruction
  • Donald McCorquodale
  • Education and Charities Foundation of Houston
  • Edward R. Allen, III
  • EHRA Engineering
  • Forestar Group
  • Garland Independent School District
  • Harris County Department of Education
  • Hilltop Securities
  • Houghton Miffin Harcourt
  • HTS Consultants
  • Infrastructure Assocates
  • IPAA/PESA Energy Education Center
  • Ivy Educational and Charitable Foundation of Houston, Inc
  • J.P. Morgan Chase
  • Kathleen Martinez
  • Kelsey Seybold
  • Kimberli Robinson
  • Kyle Thomas
  • McGraw-Hill Education
  • Molina Walker Almaguer
  • Mount Airy City Schools
  • Emily Attwell Crosswell
  • N.A.E.I.F. Inc
  • Network For Good
  • Ore Owodunni
  • Pappas Restaurants, Inc
  • Paradigm Consultants, Inc
  • Pearson
  • Prime Contractors Inc
  • Priti Singh - Associated Testing Laboratories
  • Raelyn McNair
  • Raising Cane's
  • Raquel Oliver
  • Resource Action Programs, LLC
  • Richland County School District One
  • Robert Gonzales JR.
  • Ronald Sledge
  • Sandy Zarwulkoff
  • Schott Becker
  • Stanley Spurling & Hamilton, Inc
  • Stantec Consulting Services
  • Sterling McCall & Mike Smith Auto Group
  • Teri Solomon
  • Texas A&M University Health Science Center
  • The Benevity Community Impact Fund
  • The Marvy Finger Family Foundation
  • The W. Oscar Neuhaus Memorial Foundation
  • Tracy Garrett
  • Turner Construction Company
  • University of Houston College of Education
  • VCS Architects LLC
  • Webber Commercial Construction LLC
  • William King

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

We are committed to expanding students’ access to mental health resources and fine arts education.


The HISD Foundation isseeking to invest $290,000 in these priority projects during the upcoming year:

Mental Health Support Initiative
In partnership with the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, we will provide direct counseling and social services to students so that they have better access to mental health services they need,at no cost. We will also fund training for HISD Wraparound Specialists, administrators, and educators to further develop their skills and capacity to support mental health needs on campus

Fine ArtsProgramming
HISD has 28 campuses that need additional fine arts funding in order to sustain quality programming and expand opportunities for student engagement.These funds will strengthen 9 general music programs at the elementary level as well as band/instrumental music programs at 10 middle schools and 9 high schools.


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 are committed to eliminating barriers to college and career pathways and providing students with opportunities to explore postsecondary options.


The HISD Foundation is seeking to invest $300,000 in these priority projects during the upcoming year.

Building on HISD’s existing scholarship programs, the HISD Foundation will provide additional scholarship opportunities to HISD seniors through four programs: the Superintendent’s Beating the Odds Scholarship, Academic Achievement Scholarships, DACA Scholarships, and HBCU Scholarships.

Extended Learning Opportunities
The HISD Foundation is planning to expand Discover U, a program that provides economically disadvantaged high school students with resources and support focused on preparation for college and career. We will also fund internships through the Stanford Summer Law program, so that students can gain access to experience in the legal field that will have a significant impact on their career journeys.

Funding Innovation

We are committed to supporting students and educators who develop entrepreneurial plans for improving their school communities and expanding options for students


The HISD Foundation is seeking to invest $150,000 during the upcoming year in innovative projects developed by schools and educators

While HISD is currently able to support select innovation projects across the district through general operating budgets, we will expand these opportunities to more schools and more students. School groups and individual students will be invited to submit proposals for their most ambitious and innovative projects in the 2018-2019 school year. A panel of community volunteers will select and fund projects based on a defined set of criteria


From the Superintendent

On behalf of the entire HISD community, I want to express gratitude to the HISD Foundation for the crucial support they provide to our students and families. Their role is more integral than ever as the district’s budget is stretched to the limit and cannot fund the full range of supports that HISD students need in order to be fully prepared for success in school and in life.

 I look forward to seeing the impact that the HISD Foundation will have this year in opening new possibilities for our students and school communities. Many thanks again to the HISD Foundation and to the many generous supporters and sponsors who make its work possible.

Dr. Grenita Lathan

Interim Superintendent, HISD

Grenita Lathan

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