EIN 74-6036466

The Brown Foundation

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The Brown Foundation 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 $1.60 billion in grants through the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. 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 is to distribute funds for public charitable purposes, principally for support, encouragement, and assistance to education, the arts, and community service.
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Program areas at The Brown Foundation

Funds spent to preserve and rehabilitate over 6,000 acres of freshwater marsh on The Texas gulf coast damaged by saltwater intrusion from a levee breach resulting from hurricane harvey and other significant rain events. The rehabilitation of The marsh, which is held for conservation purposes, will promote The return of native grasses, birds, fish, and wildlife.
Lease payment for The chambers county ranch property which is held for conservation purposes. All income is reinvested in The property to further conservation purposes, mitigate wetland damage and prevent further erosion.

Grants made by The Brown Foundation

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Buffalo Bayou PartnershipBuffalo Bayou East 10-year Plan (Contingent)$14,594,744
Houston Parks Board (HPB)Transforming Regional Parks: Hill at Sims$7,096,078
The Foundation for Jones HallOverture To the Future - A Capital Campaign for Jones Hall$5,000,000
...and 789 more grants made totalling $70,237,794

Personnel at The Brown Foundation

Jacklyn TatgeChief Financial Officer$315,000
Gwendolyn GoffeChief Information Officer$137,505
Ann ZikerExecutive Director$332,360
Chereze TherkildsenController$189,850
Ryan SmithCgo$200,000

Financials for The Brown Foundation

RevenuesFYE 06/2023
Total grants, contributions, etc.$0
Investment income and dividends$31,797,477
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$54,399,787
Gross sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$3,438,240
Total revenues$89,635,504

Form 990s for The Brown Foundation

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2023-062023-11-01990PFView PDF
2022-062022-11-08990PFView PDF
2021-062021-11-11990PFView PDF
2020-062022-03-15990PFView PDF
2019-062020-02-03990PFView PDF
...and 7 more Form 990s

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Data update history
January 23, 2024
Updated personnel
Identified 1 new personnel
January 16, 2024
Posted financials
Added Form 990PF for fiscal year 2023
January 2, 2024
Used new vendors
Identified 2 new vendors, including , and
July 28, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990PF for fiscal year 2022
July 6, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 2 new personnel
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General information
2217 Welch St
Houston, TX 77019
Metro area
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
Harris County, TX
Website URL
(713) 523-6867
IRS details
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Form 990-PF
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
T20: Private Foundations
NAICS code, primary
813211: Grantmaking Foundations
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