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WHAT WE FUND
DESIGNATED GIFT FUND
Every student deserves to have access to the same education, extra-curricular activities, and funding.
Well-funded schools or schools with active parent organizations often benefit from a host of “extras” that enrich students’ lives and learning. Schools that struggle with parent and community support often miss out on enrichment, fine arts, athletic and supplemental academic opportunities. The equity fund provides flexible funding to schools and students who have traditionally gone without and seeks to level the playing field and increase student opportunities in traditionally underserved student populations, including low-income students and students with disabilities. Funds are available to schools, PTOs and departments on a case-by-case basis, by application only and the approval of the foundation board.
How We Support Equity and Opportunity: stipends, equipment, start-up/matching funds, things that replicate successful examples from other well-resourced schools, clubs, sports, reasonable student travel, student support in or at school (tutoring, academic, grief, social-emotional)
We must provide the resources that students and schools need to turn new ideas into reality.
(formerly known as Innovation Fund)
This is a pool of funding available to all educators in the district to launch small projects that directly impact student learning or lead to operational improvements. Awarded amounts range from $500 to $25,000.
How We Support Ideation: STEAM, action-oriented, trade/magnet schools, problem-solving, innovative arts programming, district wide iniatives focused on improving student outcomes.
EDUCATOR SUPPORT FUND
We must provide the resources that educators need to feel empowered in their role and create the best educational experience for our students.
Educators and teachers specifically benefit from knowing a community is rallying behind them to achieve great things for students. The ESF funds a variety of initiatives that aim to attract, grow and retain teachers in HISD. Whether providing a “dream classroom makeover” for a new teacher, professional development for a school counselor or awarding funds for excellence in the classroom or school leadership, educators are celebrated and supported by the Houston ISD Foundation.