In a town comprised of just 1,969 residents, a small group of leaders is actively working to make a powerful difference in the quality of life in Houston, MO. This is the goal of the recently created Houston Community Foundation. Now just one year old, the Houston Community Foundation continues to grow its total assets as well as support for its role in the community.
The Houston Community Foundation was established in April 2006 by a group of community members under the leadership of Susan Warkentin, now president. In December 2006, the Houston Community Foundation formed its board of governors with nine members. Those members are: Susan Warkentin, Toni Coomes, Carol Dale, Jay Gentry, Curt Hugenot, David Keeney, Ron Reed, Dr. Joe Richardson, DDS, and Barb White.
The Houston Community Foundation is one of the newest affiliated Community Foundations for the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Only one year into its existence, they have been able to develop close relationships with local nonprofits and the public schools, resulting in the establishment of several funds. Today, the Houston Community Foundation has eight funds and $6,310 in assets. Those funds include: Houston Community Grantmaking Endowment Fund, Houston R-1 Educational Foundation Fund, Houston R-1 Educational Foundation Endowment Fund, Houston R-1 Speech and Debate Fund, Texas County Technical Institute Capacity Building Fund, Texas County Technical Institute Endowment Fund, Texas County Technical Institute Scholarship Fund, and the Texas County Memorial Hospital (TCMH) Healthcare Foundation Fund.
Already the Houston Community Foundation has given its first grant from the Houston Community Grantmaking Endowment Fund. This $200 grant was given to the Texas County Public Library. The funds went into a capital campaign focused on building a new library building. Additionally, the Houston Community Foundation has shown commitment to the continual learning process of understanding Community Foundations by attending the Essential Questions Web Conference series together. Recently, participants from the Houston Community Foundation as well as the Houston Education Foundation and the Houston R-1 School District attended the Essential Questions series Web Conference together to learn about the establishment of scholarships at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
As the Houston Community Foundation grows and develops in its region, it is their hope to create an increasingly positive impact upon the charitable landscape of Houston and the Texas County area.