OVERVIEW: With a long history and an endowment that’s grown rapidly in recent years, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health gives to a wide range of mental health programs throughout Texas.
IP TAKE: We’ve seen more transparent foundations, but at the end of the day, the HFMH’s affiliation with the University of Texas is key: research and education are this foundation’s sweet spot.
PROFILE: When Will Hogg died suddenly at the age of 55, his siblings Mike and Ima were charged with deciding where his $2.5 million bequest would go. Based on Ima Hogg’s experience with emotional trauma, Ima convinced Mike that those funds should be used to establish the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at the University of Texas.
The Hogg Foundation has been around since 1940, and at this point, it has a cast of organizations it prefers to work with. The outfit spreads its influence far and wide across the state of Texas. Over the course of its long history, it’s supported such diverse initiatives as research exploring the link between race and mental health, efforts to ease soldiers’ transitions to civilian life, and workshops and seminars to improve the quality of care offered by Texas’ mental health providers.
The foundation has over 10 different areas of funding interest, and grants are awarded through a competitive application process. Hogg does not accept unsolicited grant proposals but it does announce RFPs for specific programs throughout the year. While the foundation’s mental health funding interests are pretty broad, it does not award grants for intellectual or developmental disabilities, such as autism, or neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s. It does, however, support research, healthcare, and outreach. To that end it puts out requests for proposals on a regular basis.
- Octavio N. Martinez, Executive Director
- Lynda Frost, Director of Planning and Programs
- Vicky Coffee-Fletcher, Program Officer
- Stephany Bryan, Program Officer
- Tammy Heinz, Program Officer
- Colleen Horton, Program Officer
- Rick Ybarra, Program Officer