Herzstein Charitable Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Herzstein Charitable Foundation supports education, historic preservation, museums, arts, humanities, public affairs, environment, youth development, health, science and social services, and religious causes in Texas.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, historic preservation, museums, arts, humanities, public affairs, environment, youth development, health, science and social services, religion

IP TAKE: Houston-based nonprofits in nearly any nonprofit field should get in touch with this funder for local support.

PROFILE: Established in 1965, the Herzstein Charitable Foundation is a private foundation based in Houston, Texas. This is the foundation of Albert and Ethel Herzstein. Born to Jewish settlers, Albert Herzstein owned a mercantile store and built a cinema in Clayton, New Mexico. A native of Fulshear, Texas, Ethel Herzstein was a Western Union operator, and her family helped establish a Methodist church. The foundation funds education, historic preservation, museums, arts, humanities, public affairs, environment, youth development, health, science and social services, and religion-related efforts.

The Herzstein Charitable Foundation typically gives over $4 million per year, and the bulk of these grants go towards education. The next most funded grant category encompasses historic preservation, museums, humanities, and the arts. Herzstein often provides program support, but it also considers capital campaigns and requests for general operations funding.

Grants range between about $5,000 and $25,000. Learn more about past giving on the funder’s grantee highlights page. Grantmaking largely focuses on Texas, especially the Houston area, and New Mexico. Past local grantees include the Lone Star Flight Museum, Texas Hillel, St. Thomas High School, and the University of Houston.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits via online application system. The foundation board meets in February, May, August, and October to approve grants. There are no deadlines for proposals, as the funder accepts throughout the year. Direct general questions to the foundation staff at 713-681-7868 or via online form.

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