INNOVATIVE EDUCATION GRANTSThe program that “started it all,” the Innovative Education Grants program awards more than $300,000 each year to teachers, programs, and departments around the district for creative and innovative educational projects that drive student achievement. The grants process is competitive and culminates in the “Prize Posse” visiting schools to grant awards. Teachers and students are always surprised when donors and community members burst into their classroom with an over-sized check to announce they are the winners of a Foundation grant!
In 2000, the first year the Foundation awarded Innovative Education Grants, $46,000 was allotted to 24 teachers. In 2018, we awarded $303,701 for 83 projects on 41 campuses. Interested in donating to our Innovative Education Grants program? Click here.
Our Wish List Program is set up like a gift registry: any school employee, department, or student activity group can create an online list of items they need and email the link to their contacts. Then, donors can make a gift to the Foundation in the amount of a particular wish list item. The funds are sent to the district and can be accessed by our schools. It’s "Crowdfunding 101," Humble ISD Education Foundation–style.
The wish list offers a convenient, low-pressure way to ask for important supplies that individuals and groups might otherwise have to pay for out-of-pocket. For donors, buying off a wishlist means a tax-deductible purchase at a lower cost since supplies come from district-approved vendors, at or near wholesale prices. That same box of crayons costs less for the donor when it’s purchased through a wish list! To see if your child’s teacher or school group has a wish list, or to email them the link to create a wish list, click here.
When a school launches a fundraising campaign through the Foundation, it can raise funds for everything from general education needs to playgrounds to renovations. In working with us rather than a private, for-profit entity, schools realize more money from their fundraising efforts, maximize corporate matching, and ensure their donors are well cared for. Even if your school doesn’t currently have an active campaign through the Foundation, you can always make a donation by clicking here.
The Humble ISD Education Foundation operates, invests, and manages an endowment valued at over $1.7 million. Many generous donors set up endowed grants, ongoing support of a campus, or scholarships in their family's name or to honor a loved one. The Endowment is invested and spins off revenue annually, so donors can support programs in perpetuity with their gifts.
Our goal is to grow the endowment to $5 million, to provide limited operating expenses to the Foundation as well as approximately $250,000 in Innovative Education Grants annually. Toward that goal, at the end of each fiscal year, 30% of the Foundation’s undesignated revenue is directed toward the endowment. We also solicit major gifts ($20,000 or more, payable over five years) to support student scholarships or Innovative Education Grants. If you would like to learn more about contributing to the Foundation Endowment at this time or via a bequest in your will, please click here.
Designated funds make up the largest chunk of our support to schools and include grants for specific projects such as the Bear Branch Elementary Playground Campaign, Insperity Observatory in Humble ISD, and Shadow Forest Elementary School's Exercise Path Campaign. These funds are “donor restricted,” meaning a donor has chosen to give to a particular cause, and 100% of the funds go directly to the campus or program of the donor’s choice (minus credit card donation processing fees).
The Foundation is proud to see tremendous growth in our Designated Gifts program:
• In 2012, the Foundation received $392,907 in designated funds.
• In 2017, we received $788,256 in designated funds.
Because the Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. If you are interested in supporting a particular project or campaign, please click here.