2014 Community Foundation Rankings
We achieved our strongest numbers ever, and we recognize that these results flow from your generosity and engagement with GHCF and we are, as always, most appreciative of your efforts! Out of approximately 760 community foundations located in the United States, we were ranked 6th in gifts received (over $188 million total gifts), our highest ranking ever and up from 15th in 2013. We were ranked 15th in grants, down from 11th last year; our payout rate – i.e. grants relative to assets – remains among the highest in the country, at 17%. We are now the 34th largest community foundation in the country ranked by total assets, up from 36 last year. Thank you for helping us to continue to grow, as this growth helps us to expand philanthropic impact in Greater Houston.
GHCF Staff Highlight: LaTanya Flix
I am thrilled to join GHCF as the newest team member. It has been an exciting month and I've been able to dive right in and get to work! As Donor Engagement Director, my primary charge is to develop programs and knowledge resources that help donors fulfill their giving priorities and deepen their learning, engagement, and giving. I will also manage a portfolio of donor relationships.
My experience includes working and consulting for international and community based organizations in donor relations, fundraising, program development, and evaluation. I have held executive positions exclusively in the nonprofit sector with a focus on creating equity, access, and opportunity for the disadvantaged and underserved. Most recently, I was Executive Director of The Women's Resource of Greater Houston- one of our city's leading financial education providers. I am delighted to bring my perspective, expertise, and experience to GHCF and to advance and strengthen philanthropy in Houston.
I appreciate the efforts of my predecessor, Jennifer Touchet. She has been an outstanding resource for family philanthropy and expanded our work through the growth of the Next Gen Donor Institute and our first Youth Philanthropy Conference. Jennifer will now assume the role of Director of Family Philanthropy and will lead the GHCF Center for Family Philanthropy that will launch this Fall. Jennifer can still be reached at email@example.com and 713-333- 2228.
I look forward to working with many of you and creating learning opportunities that you find interesting, enjoyable, and relevant as you seek to expand your philanthropic impact. If you have suggestions for programs, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and 713-333-2229.
LaTanya is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Public Policy and International Affairs and completed her summer institute at UC Berkeley. She holds a Master of Public Affairs from The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, UT Austin, and a B.A. in Sociology from Trinity University. She is a fifth generation Texan and proud native Houstonian.
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