In 1999, the Junior League of Houston created the Community Endowment. In 2005, a separate organization, the Junior League of Houston Foundation, was created and Community Endowment assets were transferred to the new Foundation. In 2022, the Building Preservation Fund assets and Building reserve assets were transferred to the Foundation to be invested and managed by the Foundation. The Foundation’s board is charged with overseeing the management, investment and distribution of funds. The purpose of the Community Endowment Fund is to sustain and expand the League-designated Community Program in perpetuity, as well as help fund new initiatives. The purpose of the Building Preservation Fund is to assist with capital purchases including technology-related capital purchases when deemed appropriate and to maintain and preserve the Junior League of Houston building for the long term. The Junior League of Houston is grateful for your commitment and generosity. Because of supporters like you, the Junior League will remain a powerful resource for the Houston community for generations to come. Together the League and its donors are indeed “Building A Better Community.”
Purpose: The purpose of the Junior League of Houston Foundation is to sustain, expand and initiate League-designated Community Program and the Junior League of Houston building in perpetuity.
Goal: The Community Endowment Fund was established with a goal of ten million dollars. Currently, the Community Endowment Fund is valued at approximately $17.8 million. The Building Preservation Fund is currently valued at approximately $7 million.
Oversight and Fund Management: The Junior League of Houston Foundation is responsible for the oversight and fund management of the Community Endowment Fund. The Foundation Board includes four community directors, three active League directors and two sustainer directors.
Time Frame: The initial kickoff of the Community Endowment Fund campaign spanned three years (1999 – 2002). The League continues to raise funds in support of the Community Endowment Fund and the Building Preservation Fund on an ongoing basis.
Income Disbursement: Upon approval by the foundation’s board, a portion of the earnings on the Community Endowment Fund may be available to the Junior League of Houston each year to help sustain, expand and initiate League-designated Community Programs, including community projects, community assistance, and community initiatives. In 2012 – 2013, the first gift from the endowment was made to the League’s Community Program in the amount of $75,000. Since then, over $4 million has been disbursed in the greater Houston community.
Disbursements by fiscal year:
2023 – 2024 $ 546,576
2022 – 2023 $ 507,074
2021 – 2022 $ 472,477
2020 – 2021 $ 450,412
2019 – 2020 $ 430,620
2018 – 2019 $ 365,000
2017 – 2018 $ 245,000
2016 – 2017 $ 320,000
2015 – 2016 $ 310,000
2014 – 2015 $ 300,000
2013 – 2014 $ 75,000
2012 – 2013 $ 75,000
Investment Strategy: The investment strategy of the Foundation is to emphasize total return, the aggregate returns from capital appreciation and dividend and interest income.
Your contribution to the Junior League of Houston Foundation supports the Community Endowment Fund and allows The Junior League of Houston, Inc. to continue to finance, sustain, and expand its Community Program in perpetuity, as well as help fund new initiatives.