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  • Empowerment Enthusiast, Dr. Gena Jerkins

    March 22, 2024 | Kaitlin Necas https://ghcf.org/articles/empowerment-enthusiast-dr-gena-jerkins/ In the heart of Houston, a woman is exhibiting what it means to overcome and empower. From being labeled “at risk” in 3rd grade to leading an organization that takes actions that change our communities, her journey is a testament to resilience, dedication, and the power of believing in the potential of every individual. Meet Dr. Gena Jerkins, Executive Director of the Houston Fund for Social Justice and Economic Equity (HEF), who has dedicated her life to challenging stereotypes and championing change.

  • 11 Terms You Should Know to Better Understand Structural Racism

    July 11, 2016 | Aspen Institute https://www.aspeninstitute.org/blog-posts/structural-racism-definition/

  • The Importance of Funding Leaders of Color To Build Equity and Justice

    Giving Compass https://givingcompass.org/article/the-importance-of-funding-leaders-of-color?utm_source=newsletter154&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly_email

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  • Home | Greater Houston Community Foundation Black-Led Nonprofit Giving Guide

    Giving Guide OF HOUSTON BLACK-LED ORGANIZATIONS Ready to align your passions with a nonprofit? Type the nonprofit name or topic area into the search bar below. Elevating Awareness & Connecting Donors The Greater Houston Community Foundation Giving Guide of Houston Black-led Organizations is an online resource created to share information and raise awareness in the philanthropic community about how you can support Black-led organizations. With this guide, we’ve made it easy for you to find the causes that align with your charitable goals. You can browse Black-led organizations by categories including arts and culture, education, environment, housing, and more. ​ More Nonprofit Categories Arts & Culture Houston’s vibrant creative community has tremendous benefits for both our economy and our diverse population. ​ ​ ​ ​ Learn More Disasters Understanding disasters helps us minimize risks, mitigate impacts, and improve our response, ensuring a swift recovery for all, especially the vulnerable. Learn More Environment Fundamental to our existence are clean air, potable water, and temperatures being “just right” on Earth. And while eight billion people share this planet, most environmental impacts are felt locally — and unevenly. Learn More Civic Engagement When Houstonians stay connected and engaged, we cultivate trust and achieve more as a region. ​ ​ ​ ​ Learn More Economic Opportunity Access to fundamental elements of financial stability such as jobs, credit and entrepreneurial resources are essential to ensuring that all Houstonians can contribute to the building of a vibrant, equitable Houston. Learn More Health The physical and mental health and well-being of all Houstonians is essential to a thriving, equitable region. Learn More Community Context/Development Population growth, family composition, diversity and public safety provides us with valuable insight into how our communities are doing. Learn More Education The benefits of an education extend not only to earnings, health and quality of life, but also to future generations and the collective well-being and economy of our region. ​ ​ Learn More Housing Access to affordable and safe housing is critical to the health, quality of life, and well-being of all residents. Learn More Partners In particular, we want to honor and uplift the following individuals and organizations for their valuable contributions. We honor... LaTanya Flix Black Philanthropy Houston Brandi Holmes ImagiNoir Equity Group Kelli King-Jackson The Simmons Foundation Ryan Smith The Brown Foundation Cleve V. Tinsley IV ImagiNoir Equity Group Ann Ziker The Brown Foundation Submit Your Nonprofit

  • Resources | GHCF Giving Guide

    Explore Our Resources Understanding Houston ​To learn more about important community needs, visit UnderstandingHouston.org . Understanding Houston is a collaborative initiative led by Greater Houston Community Foundation to empower us all with the information we need to act — individually and collectively — to build a Houston region that provides everyone the opportunity to reach their full potential. brings together disparate data across the three most populous counties (Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery) to provide an accessible, one-stop platform for understanding key quality-of-life issues for the Houston region. Learn More Videos The Danger of a Single Story Racism Has A Cost For Everyone Decolonizing Wealth Articles Empowerment Enthusiast, Dr. Gena Jerkins 0 Post not marked as liked 11 Terms You Should Know to Better Understand Structural Racism 5 Post not marked as liked The Importance of Funding Leaders of Color To Build Equity and Justice 5 Post not marked as liked How Philanthropy Can Support Racial Equity 6 1 like. Post not marked as liked 1 Are You Willing to Give Up Your Privilege? 2 Post not marked as liked Overcoming the Racial Bias in Philanthropic Funding 2 Post not marked as liked Racial Equity and Philanthropy Disparities in Funding for Leaders of Color Leave Impact on the Table 2 Post not marked as liked Websites Black Philanthropy Houston

  • FAQs | GHCF Giving Guide

    How can I give to one of the Black-led organizations listed in the GHCF Giving Guide? If you currently have a donor-advised fund with Greater Houston Community Foundation, you can go online to DonorSphere and make a grant recommendation. You can also go to the organization’s website (listed on the GHCF Giving Guide) and follow their instructions for how to make a donation. How can a Black-led nonprofit get included in the GHCF Giving Guide? Reach out to us at connect@ghcf.org and a Foundation staff member will follow-up with you regarding the requirements and sign-up survey. The organization must be a 501c3 or have a fiscal sponsor. Inclusion in the GHCF Giving Guide is not a guarantee for funding from Greater Houston Community Foundation or its donors. Why did Greater Houston Community Foundation choose to focus on Black-led organizations? Black leaders bring a racial lens to their work, creating effective solutions, and striving towards equitable outcomes. Strong Black communities and institutions contribute to a more equitable future for everyone. Black-led organizations are often underfunded and face unique barriers to funding and investment. Will you feature other BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) organizations in the future? We are taking that under advisement, as it relates to our overall equity work. What is the Foundation doing internally in regards to racial equity? Like most organizations, we have been reflecting and actively working on our role in addressing systemic racism, beginning with us launching a new effort to develop a comprehensive, effective, and sustainable plan to address racial equity challenges within our own organization. How do I become a donor with Greater Houston Community Foundation? To become a donor with Greater Houston Community Foundation, please visit our website and navigate to the "Donate" or "Become a Donor" section. There, you'll find detailed information on the various ways you can contribute, including establishing a donor advised fund. Our team is also available to assist you every step of the way. For further inquiries or personalized assistance, please reach out to us via email at connect@ghcf.org or visit our website for contact details. Join us in making a difference in our community today! How can I learn more about important community needs? Understanding Houston is a collaborative initiative led by the Greater Houston Community Foundation to empower us all with the information we need to act — individually and collectively — to build a Houston region that provides everyone the opportunity to reach their full potential. Understanding Houston brings together disparate data across the three most populous counties (Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery) to provide an accessible, one-stop platform for understanding key quality of life issues for the Houston region. Visit UnderstandingHouston.org to learn more. How can I learn more? Visit our resources page to learn more. To learn more about Greater Houston Community Foundation and our initiatives, please visit our website. There, you'll find comprehensive information about our programs, impact areas, donation options, and how you can get involved. Explore our blog, news section, and resource library for additional insights and updates on our community impact efforts. Whether you're interested in supporting a specific cause or seeking information about our services, our website is your go-to resource for all things related to the Foundation. Visit us online today to discover how you can make a meaningful difference in your community! Contact 515 Post Oak, Blvd., Suite 1000 Houston, Texas 77027 713-333-2200 connect@ghcf.org First Name Last Name Email Message Thanks for submitting! Send

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