Donor Advised Funds
As the fastest growing philanthropic platform in the U.S., Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) are simple, yet highly effective and streamlined giving tools. You can contribute as much and as often as you like, and you can distribute grants in the time frame of your choosing. Because of their structure, DAFs allow you to take a tax deduction at the time of your donation without having to immediately decide where to direct it. Our philanthropic advisors and administrative staff give you the same support and expertise as if you were running a private foundation, while removing many details that consume your time and energy. Our donors have 24/7 access to their funds via a secure online donor portal.
The Greater Houston Community Foundation is proud to partner with leading Houston companies to enhance their social investment and ensure that their giving has maximum impact. Our comprehensive approach ensures that a broad range of customized services are available.
Each company is unique and we work with you to understand your values, market position, and stakeholders. Our team helps you assess your current corporate giving and engagement, develop your mission and focus areas, address your grant making strategies, and structure reporting and evaluation.
Whether you are opening a scholarship fund to help students achieve higher education, encourage studies in certain fields, or assist your employees through a corporate scholarship, the Greater Houston Community Foundation can help customize your scholarship program to achieve your charitable goals.
The Greater Houston Community Foundation stands ready as a resource to individuals, families, and businesses to address emergency needs during a disaster. Our solutions are structured to offer resources to agencies that provide direct relief, as well as allow companies to aid employees who suffered in the disaster.
Community Impact Funds (CIF)
We have giving vehicles for donors and private foundations who want to learn and give together and to collaborate around a specific issue to increase their impact. The Greater Houston Community Foundation has two CIFs, the Strategic Education Fund and the Youth Fund to End Homelessness, which have a positive impact on our community.