About the HISD Foundation


The HISD Foundation supports education in the largest public school district in the state and the 7th largest in the nation and partners with district leaders to secure private support manage funds and provide donor accountability. The Foundation’s fundraising efforts focus on institutional priorities set by the superintendent of schools and board of education. Funds raised by the HISD Foundation provide resources to advance the core initiatives of the district’s Strategic Direction. A separate 501 (c)(3),  the Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of business, community and philanthropic leaders. The Foundation’s core programming is aligned with the district’s Strategic Direction and five core initiatives:


  • Effective Teacher in Every Classroom
  • Effective Principal in Every School
  • Rigorous Instructional Standards and Supports
  • Data-Driven Accountability
  • Culture of Trust through Action


District Initiatives
Supported by HISD Foundation


Apollo 20 School Turnaround Project supported with leadership gifts from corporations and philanthropic foundations such as JP Morgan Chase, The Houston Endowment, The Brown Foundation, The Fondren Foundation, Bank of America, and Chevron. Please see a full list of donors in Projects


Advanced-Placement District-wide supported by the Susan and Michael Dell Foundation


Effective Teacher Initiative supported by the Laura & John Arnold Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


District-wide Literacy Initiative supported by The Target Foundation and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo


To learn more about HISD’s Strategic Direction please visit www.houstonisd.org