Kinder Foundation

Kinder Foundation The mission of the Kinder Foundation is to support Greater Houston as a model city for economic opportunity and quality of life.
A family foundation of Rich and Nancy Kinder.

The mission of the Kinder Foundation is to support Greater Houston as a model city for economic opportunity and quality of life by providing transformational grants to promote preservation and accessibility of parks and green space for healthy recreation, encouraging and improving learning opportunities for those who strive to achieve, and supporting those Community, Arts and Medical Science organizations that can be shown to favorably impact the quality of life of Houstonians. In short, urban green space, education and quality of life. Rich and Nancy Kinder established the Kinder Foundation in 1997 to provide major gifts to public causes with the intention of helping people realize healthy and rewarding lives. The Kinder Foundation is primarily, but not exclusively, focused on the Greater Houston Community and the State of Texas.

Mission: The mission of the Foundation is to enrich the lives of people in the Houston area through transformational grants that impact green space, education, and quality of life.

“Now grand views and more enticing magnets are almost ready for their reveal — among them a lawn of cushy ‘Zorro’ Zoysia...
07/17/2020
Memorial Park unveils the highly anticipated, 100-acre Eastern Glades

“Now grand views and more enticing magnets are almost ready for their reveal — among them a lawn of cushy ‘Zorro’ Zoysia grass where visitors can sit comfortably on blankets while they observe wildlife a few feet away; Hines Lake, encircled by a boardwalk that becomes a raised trail through wetland woods; picnic pavilions with built-in fireplaces; and a food truck court within a grove of live oaks."
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/life/article/memorial-park-unveils-eastern-glades-houston-15413236.php
#memorialparkconservancy #houston #houstonchronicle

The "park within a park" is the first major project of Memorial Park’s long-simmering, long-range plan and has revived land previously inaccessible to the public.

Congratulations to @kinderhspva for being named #Houston's Best Public School - a wonderful recognition to HSVPA's stude...
07/15/2020

Congratulations to @kinderhspva for being named #Houston's Best Public School - a wonderful recognition to HSVPA's students, educators, administrators and staff.

Thanks to the Houston Chronicle​ and all of the Houstonians who named us the BEST Public School!!! Houston Independent School District

A new effort by @buffalobayou highlights the damaging impact of plastic in our environment. Learn more and how you can j...
07/13/2020
Parting with Plastic Takes Practice — Buffalo Bayou Partnership

A new effort by @buffalobayou highlights the damaging impact of plastic in our environment. Learn more and how you can join their goal of a Plastic Free July. #buffalobayou #houston

Buffalo Bayou Partnership is the non-profit organization revitalizing and transforming Buffalo Bayou, Houston's most significant natural resource.

07/10/2020
Stand Tall For Small, Texas

#Houston let's join in this statewide effort to #standtallforsmall. Our collective commitment to wear a mask is one of the best ways we can help our small businesses get back on their feet.

In Texas, small businesses are our moms, our uncles, our friends. They're family, and they're trying to get back on their feet again. We can help. Let's Stan...

Summer 2020 brings another engaging special exhibit to The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Ag...
07/08/2020

Summer 2020 brings another engaging special exhibit to The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power" runs June 27–August 30.

"Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power" opens today!

#SoulofaNationMFAH is on view June 27–August 30! | Advance timed tickets are recommended. https://bit.ly/3enzkUS

We believe that this exhibition, at this time, demonstrates in each and every work that Black Lives Matter.

William T. Williams, “Hawk’s Return,” 1969–70, acrylic on canvas, courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, NY. © William T. Williams

As COVID-19 continues to spread, Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research is looking to the #Houston communit...
07/06/2020
Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research

As COVID-19 continues to spread, Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research is looking to the #Houston community to help track and better understand the virus' health and economic impacts. Learn more and join the COVID-19 Registry through the link below.

Houston-area residents, especially those from underrepresented communities of color, are encouraged to take part in the COVID-19 Registry to help health officials more accurately determine where services are needed most.

A well-deserved recommendation for Buffalo Bayou Partnership as one of #Houston's top free attractions.
07/03/2020
Buffalo Bayou Partnership

A well-deserved recommendation for Buffalo Bayou Partnership as one of #Houston's top free attractions.

Thanks, Tailor-Made Itineraries, for including us in the top free things to do in Houston! Whether you're going to the park to see the art, enjoy nature or just to get some fresh air, there is something for everyone.

Released last week, the Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research's first State of Housing report reviews and ...
07/02/2020
Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Released last week, the Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research's first State of Housing report reviews and shares findings on key housing indicators in #Houston and Harris County. The report will be updated yearly to assist in tracking trends over the long run.

This first State of Housing report compares how dozens of key housing indicators in Houston and Harris County have shifted between 2010 and 2018. The report shows that once-affordable Houston is growing less accessible, with nearly half of renter households spending 30% or more of their income on rent.

Extending our congratulations to Jean Becker on her appointment to the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at t...
07/01/2020

Extending our congratulations to Jean Becker on her appointment to the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri’s advisory board. A Mizzou alumna, Becker is a former chief of staff to George H. W. Bush with an accomplished career in government and a best-selling author. Read more here https://bit.ly/3dPvjaE

We agree that a ride on the Hermann Park Railroad is a great way to kick off a summer day in #Houston. Hermann Park Cons...
06/29/2020

We agree that a ride on the Hermann Park Railroad is a great way to kick off a summer day in #Houston. Hermann Park Conservancy

A Monday morning train ride sounds like a perfect start to a new week.

Hermann Park Railroad is open today (and everyday) from 10 am to 6 pm, with trains leaving from Kinder Station. 🚂☀️

06/26/2020
Discovery Green

Last week we shared photos of the recently completed mural by local artist Anat Ronen. This video captures the impressive transformation of an empty panel into a meaningful addition to Houston's public art collection.

Many thanks to Houston artist Anat Ronen for this stunning mural honoring the heroes of 2020. The hands she depicts belong to those who put their health at jeopardy to keep others safe, including first responders, essential workers and those who peacefully protest injustice.

06/24/2020
Kinder HSPVA

Kinder HSPVA's class of 2020 had the opportunity to explore a new medium this year - their graduation caps. Lots of incredible designs on display during the recent senior celebration held at Discovery Green.

Hats (and caps) off to the Class of 2020. This year graduates were able to decorate their caps. This video captures some of the highlights that appeared at our senior celebration at Discovery Green.

Last week, representatives of the Kinder Foundation joined in for an afternoon of volunteer work with Houston Food Bank....
06/23/2020

Last week, representatives of the Kinder Foundation joined in for an afternoon of volunteer work with Houston Food Bank. “Volunteering at the Houston Food Bank opened my eyes to the immense impact the coronavirus has had on the Houston community,” shared one of the Foundation team members. “I learned about the negative impact the closing of schools has had on children and families in the Houston area; children who, before the breakout of COVID-19, relied on their schools for breakfast and lunch each day had to look to other places for their basic nutritional needs. Luckily, the Houston Food Bank is taking many steps to reach these students as well.”

William Fulton, of Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research, delves into the findings of a new report compari...
06/19/2020
As Texas’ biggest cities face deficits, parks are likely to see first cuts

William Fulton, of Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research, delves into the findings of a new report comparing revenue sources to service levels of Texas’ three biggest cities with specific insights for Houston.

A new Kinder Institute report comparing the revenue sources and service levels among the three largest cities in Texas — Houston, Dallas and San Antonio — shows the three were financially strapped even before the coronavirus pandemic. As a result of COVID-19 and its impact on the economy, all th...

Memorial Park Conservancy reminds us of the beauty, diversity and functionality of our native Texas coastal prairie syst...
06/17/2020

Memorial Park Conservancy reminds us of the beauty, diversity and functionality of our native Texas coastal prairie systems.

Every time you step into the Memorial Park prairie remnants, you’re stepping into the past, into a cataclysmically small remaining fraction of the once vast and biodiverse community of the coastal prairies. Memorial Park’s remnant prairies are a small but incredibly important part of the Park. The prairies in the powerline right-of-ways are remnant coastal prairies, meaning they were once part of an expansive 9 million acre ecosystem that sprawled from eastern Louisiana along the coastline to south of Corpus Christi, Texas. Roughly 6.5 million acres of this ecosystem existed in Texas. Settling and the conversion of this land into pasture, cityscape, and monoculture crop rows has left less than one percent (< 1%) of the 9 million acres of coastal prairie, making it an endangered ecosystem. Coastal prairies, and native grasslands in general, are vital to wildlife and people. These ecosystems contain hundreds of species of plants—coastal prairies support nearly 1000—and support thousands of forms of wildlife. In addition, they act as water and air cleaners by filtering pollutants out of both. This makes coastal grasslands an ideal natural solution for storm water runoff and land erosion mitigation.

In just four days, artist Anat Ronen's murals transformed these blank panels at Discovery Green into a moving and meanin...
06/16/2020

In just four days, artist Anat Ronen's murals transformed these blank panels at Discovery Green into a moving and meaningful mural. The hands depicted belong to those who put their health at jeopardy to keep others safe. Titled “Healing hands,” you can take in the beauty and important message of Anat Ronen’s work in person at #DiscoveryGreen today. #HandsofHeroes #HealingHands #KinderFoundation

Following the end of an unusual school year, Good Reason Houston's mission for students goes on.
06/15/2020

Following the end of an unusual school year, Good Reason Houston's mission for students goes on.

Only 1 in 5 Houston area students will go on to earn a college degree or certification - that is unacceptable. Good Reason Houston champions a bold mission to change that. Learn more about our story and how you can get involved. https://goodreasonhouston.org/story/

06/12/2020
Maggie in the Mornings

CW39 spent a recent morning chatting with Kinder HSPVA 2020 graduates and showcasing their incredible talents. Congratulations to this year's senior class on your success - we wish you the best of luck on all your future endeavors.

DOSE OF GOOD NEWS!

Kinder HSPVA is not allowing COVID-19 to “upstage” its seniors. I'm helping shine a spotlight on three remarkable seniors.

For more, please visit: https://bit.ly/3duZ0hL

This year's Juneteenth celebrations started this week as virtual experiences. Check in with Emancipation Park Conservanc...
06/10/2020

This year's Juneteenth celebrations started this week as virtual experiences. Check in with Emancipation Park Conservancy for full schedule details and how you can join in.

Check out our virtual Juneteenth schedule. Visit our events section to register or follow an event. Thank you sponsors and partners for helping us make this celebration possible! Kinder Foundation Houston Arts AllianceHolthouse Foundation for Kids, H-E-B Houston Airports, United Healthcare Unity National Bank TexasDow Chemical CompanyTargetNational Trust for Historic PreservationGeotouristHouston Freedmen's Town ConservancyHouston Play on Purpose - HPOPHouston Museum of African American CultureReginald AdamsWheeler Avenue Baptist ChurchEmancipation Economic Development CouncilHouston Parks - HPARDBLCK MarketBlack Restaurant WeekKTSU 90.9FM #WEAREJUNETEENTH #EPConservancy #EmancipationPark

Construction is progressing at The Montrose Center's Third Ward senior housing project. Scheduled to be completed later ...
05/29/2020

Construction is progressing at The Montrose Center's Third Ward senior housing project. Scheduled to be completed later this year, the center will provide much-needed affordable housing to LGBTQ-affirming seniors. The Kinder Foundation is proud to support construction of the center, which broke ground on August 6, 2019.

As of Saturday, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has reopened with new with enhanced health and safety protocols in plac...
05/27/2020

As of Saturday, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has reopened with new with enhanced health and safety protocols in place for visitors and staff.

Friends and family of the MFAH,

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and our house museums, Rienzi and Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, will reopen to the public Saturday, May 23, with enhanced health and safety protocols in place for our visitors and staff.

We have been thoughtfully preparing to reopen our galleries to you. When you visit, you’ll notice many of the familiar precautions you’ve seen across the city.

For a full list of our safety measures, including face-mask requirements, visit mfah.org/visitingupdate.

From your home to our home, we look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum.

Amedeo Modigliani, "Léopold Zborowski," c. 1916, oil on canvas, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Audrey Jones Beck.

Did you know it's National Bike Month? Be sure to enjoy a bike ride during these last few days of May.
05/25/2020

Did you know it's National Bike Month? Be sure to enjoy a bike ride during these last few days of May.

Happy #NationalBikeMonth! Where is your favorite spot to go for a ride?

Photo Credit: John Garcia

Enjoyed touring @Houmayor Sylvester Turner in the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building MFAH - The Museum of Fine Arts, slated ...
05/24/2020

Enjoyed touring @Houmayor Sylvester Turner in the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building MFAH - The Museum of Fine Arts, slated to open this fall.
Photo Credit: N. Kinder
#KinderFoundation

Welcoming these signs of spring and summer in the Eastern Glades of Memorial Park Conservancy.
05/22/2020

Welcoming these signs of spring and summer in the Eastern Glades of Memorial Park Conservancy.

This beauty is the Bee balm (with a bee visiting!) and is a great addition to a pollinator garden. The flowers are favorites of hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Fun fact! Bee balm is a member of the mint family (Lamiaceae). Have you spotted it in Eastern Glades?

"The Legend Awards honorees for cities with the best beautification projects are finding innovative architectural soluti...
05/18/2020
Houston Parks Board

"The Legend Awards honorees for cities with the best beautification projects are finding innovative architectural solutions to accommodate growing populations—all while shrinking their carbon footprint."

Houston, Texas was recognized as one of the world's most eco-friendly cities and was announced as a Departures Magazine 2020 Legend Awards honoree!

In the write up, #BayouGreenways2020 was acknowledged for increasing accessiblity to parks and trails for Houstonians.

#DEPLegendAwards

05/15/2020
Hermann Park Conservancy

Last week, Hermann Park Conservancy hosted a second week of lakeside Tai Chi. If you missed it, enjoy catching up here and follow Hermann Park Conservancy as they add additional sessions.

Happy Thursday, y'all!
Almost to the weekend, if that is still even a thing. Take a break today and practice a little tai chi, with our friends Tai Chi in the Park. Get the latest 15-minute practice on our YouTube. #HermannParkAtHome

05/13/2020
Kinder HSPVA

Adding our congratulations to the cast and crew of The Color Purple for their three Tommy Tune Awards - a wonderful recognition for their incredible talent and hard work.

Congratulations to our entire cast, crew and orchestra of The Color Purple for 3 Tommy Tune Awards! It is a celebration of the more than 100 students and faculty who made it a huge success. Theatre Under The Stars Tommy Tune Awards, from Theatre Under the Stars #TommyTunes2020 Houston Independent School District

Next Monday, Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research's re-envisioned annual luncheon - now a virtual "Lunch-...
05/11/2020
Kinder Institute Lunch-Out

Next Monday, Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research's re-envisioned annual luncheon - now a virtual "Lunch-Out" - will take place and is accessible at no cost by all who wish to participate. Stephen Klineberg will reveal findings of the Kinder Houston Area Survey, along with insights from Rice University and community leadership. Join in by following this link: https://bit.ly/35NRDiy

Honoring Rev. William A. Lawson | Featuring Dr. Stephen L. Klineberg

04/28/2020
Discovery Green

Enjoy this lunchtime concert from Kinder HSPVA students, part of the OnDeck! Series at Discovery Green. And set your calendars for May 5 when students perform their next concert, Mariachi, on the Discovery Green page.

Get ready for OnDeck lunchtime concerts. These noon concerts are one of downtown's best kept musical secrets. You can now watch at home! The talented students at Kinder HSPVA created a performance remotely—for best results, watch it outside on your lunch break. On Deck! is funded in part by the Houston Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs through the Houston Arts Alliance. Support free programming at Discovery Green by becoming a member https://www.discoverygreen.com/membership

Teaching from home? The team at Good Reason Houston is regularly sharing their favorite online learning tools. https://w...
04/24/2020

Teaching from home? The team at Good Reason Houston is regularly sharing their favorite online learning tools.

https://www.facebook.com/GoodReasonHouston/photos/a.604541153317232/895247497579928/?type=3&theater

"Rice School Literacy and Culture Project (https://bit.ly/RiceSLCP) produced a Hurricane Harvey Activity Guide in 2017 with suggested books, activities, and ideas for play centers that help pre-K and K students acclimate to school and process their emotions. SLCP’s approach and teacher trainings transformed my literacy instruction and these resources are based in sound research on socio-emotional learning." -Luna

Parents, enjoy some in-home activities inspired by art at MFAH - The Museum of Fine Arts.
04/21/2020

Parents, enjoy some in-home activities inspired by art at MFAH - The Museum of Fine Arts.

Friday family fun with in-home art activities! The inspiration for this family-friendly art project comes from the “Chief’s Ceremonial Hat” in the MFAH collection of African art.

Download our step-by-step instruction guide by studio and gallery programs manager, Elizabeth Roath Garcia!

Family Art Activity | https://bit.ly/2ynp26W

Bamileke peoples, “Chief’s Ceremonial Hat,” 1900–1930, plant fibers, cloth, and beads, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by Mrs. John P. Bullington, by exchange.

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