The Brown Foundation, Inc. was founded in July 1951 by Herman and Margarett Root Brown and George R. and Alice Pratt Brown. Since its inception it has awarded more than $1.4 billion in grants through the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. Of these funds, approximately 80% were awarded within the State of Texas with special emphasis on the City of Houston.
The purpose of The Brown Foundation, Inc. is to distribute funds for public charitable purposes, principally for support, encouragement and assistance to education, the arts and community service.
The Brown Foundation’s current emphasis is in the field of public education at the primary and secondary levels. The Foundation will focus on supporting non-traditional and innovative approaches which are designed to improve public education primarily within the State of Texas.
The visual and performing arts remain a principal area of interest. The Foundation also supports community service projects which serve the needs of children and families.
In all program areas, the Foundation is interested in funding projects which fulfill one or more of the following criteria:
- Addressing root causes of a concern rather than treating symptoms.
- Serving as a catalyst to stimulate collaborative efforts by several sectors of the community.
- Resulting in a growing, long-lasting impact on the situation beyond the value of the grant itself.
- Reflecting and encouraging sound financial planning and solid management practices in administration of the project.