Houston Newsmakers: Houston-area nonprofits receive nearly 100 million dollars

Houston Newsmakers: Houston-area nonprofits receive nearly 100 million dollars
Houston Newsmakers: Houston-area nonprofits receive nearly 100 million dollars

Prairie View A & M University was a big winner toward the end of 2020 when it was awarded 50 million dollars by the Mackenzie Scott Foundation. That one time unrestricted gift was put to work immediately. “We carved off a piece of it, ten million dollars, to get it to our students as quickly as possible to alleviate some of the financial problems that they were experiencing because of COVID,” said Dr. Ruth Simmons, President of Prairie View A & M University. “So it meant all the world to be able to do that for our students and to do it so quickly without restrictions.” It was the first of many generous gifts for several Houston area organizations.

Happy days for Houston Area nonprofits

  • 50 million dollars-Prairie View A & M University
  • 18 million dollars-YMCA of Greater Houston
  • 15 million dollars-Goodwill Industries Houston
  • 7 million dollars-Easter Seals of Greater Houston
  • ? Meals on Wheels Montgomery County

YMCA of Greater Houston

After an aggressive pivot on priorities because of the pandemic, the YMCA of Greater Houston now has a much needed cushion for programs. “This couldn’t have come at a better time to just reinforce that doing the right thing at the right time when it’s needed most, is the right thing to do and that it can be rewarded,” said Steve Ives, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Houston. “But as well giving us the confidence to stay the course going forward.”

Houston Newsmakers: Goodwill Industries Houston received $15 million donation
Houston Newsmakers: Goodwill Industries Houston received $15 million donation

Goodwill Industries Houston

Goodwill Houston is another of those deeply entrenched Houston organizations receiving funding. Steve Lufburrow is the President and CEO and recounts his thoughts when told of his 15 million dollar award. We need to rejoice for a couple of days and take this moment and be thankful and then we have to start planning on what’s next with these dollars, that you know are unrestricted so it can be used for anything, but I want it to be used for the good of our mission.”


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