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Title: Greater Houston Women's Foundation Records, 1989-2000

ID: 02/1999-006

Primary Creator: Greater Houston Women's Foundation

Extent: 3.5 Linear Feet

Subjects: Greater Houston Women's Foundation, Women - Societies and clubs - Texas - Houston

Forms of Material: Clippings (information artifacts), Correspondence, Newsletters, Records (documents), Rosters

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The records of the Greater Houston Women's Foundation (GHWF) consist mainly of documents related to the organization, including financial and administrative records, membership records, newsletters, correspondence, and some oversize material such as promotional posters and placards.

The material is arranged into eleven series: Administrative Records, Articles, Correspondence, Education, Ephemera, Financial Records, Invitations, Membership Records, Newsletters, Oversize Materials, and Studies/Research.

Biographical Note

The Greater Houston Women's Foundation (GHWF) was established in 1990 by a group of Houston women who were concerned that only four to five percent of nationwide charitable donations were allocated to help women and girls. Consequently, the Greater Houston Women's Foundation was created to focus specifically on the needs of women and girls in Houston, and the mission of the Greater Houston Women's Foundation is to provide funding for projects and programs that benefit women and girls. Through grants, the Foundation gives back to the community seventy-five percent of the money donated.

Each year, the Greater Houston Women's Foundation awards grants to agencies and programs that are devoted to women and girls. The Grants Committee reviews proposals and makes its recommendations to the Board of Trustees, who then finalize the selection. The Foundation typically awards grants to seven to twelve agencies per year, at its annual Grants luncheon. The Foundation strives to award grants to a diversity of programs. Recent recipients include the Chinese Community Center, the Women's Home and the Women's Resource and Crisis Center in Galveston, Project Row Houses, Chinquapin School, ESCAPE Family Resource Center, the Houston READ Commission, and the San Jacinto Girl Scouts.

Education is another important component of the Greater Houston Women's Foundation The Foundation sponsors a number of educational seminars and conferences, many of which feature prominent Houston women who address issues such as career enhancement and the importance of self-confidence and self-esteem for women and girls. The main focus of the Foundation's educational efforts, is however, financial planning and money management.

The Greater Houston Women's Foundation and several institutions of higher learning in the Houston area, including the University of Houston, Texas Southern University, and Houston Community College, have worked together on research projects which examine current issues relevant to women. These studies have focused on topics such as the "glass ceiling" in the workplace, childcare and benefits, and girls and gangs. Copies of the completed research projects can be found in the Houston Public Library and its branches, and they are also distributed to elected officials. Based upon the findings of the research project, each year the Greater Houston Women's Foundation presents its Excellence awards to local businesses in recognition of their progressive policies. Recent recipients of the Excellence awards include Shell Oil Company, Mir Fox and Rodriquez, PanEnergy Corporation, and Browning-Ferris Industries.

Although no items relating to it are included in the collection, in 1992 the Greater Houston Women's Foundation, in conjunction with PBS station KUHT, developed and produced a television series entitled "Focus on Success." The Greater Houston Women's Foundation also participates in programs such as the national "Take Our Daughters to Work Day." Many prominent women have been involved in some manner with the Greater Houston Women's Foundation, including Oprah Winfrey, Nellie Connally, Elizabeth Rockwell, former Secretary of Labor Lynn Martin, former United States Ambassador to Austria Swanee Hunt, and local celebrities Jan Carson and Shara Fryer.

Subject/Index Terms

Greater Houston Women's Foundation
Women - Societies and clubs - Texas - Houston

Administrative Information

Repository: University of Houston Libraries

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Use Restrictions:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.

For privacy reasons, membership records and lists cannot be photocopied.

Acquisition Method: Donated by Greater Houston Women's Foundation, 1999

Related Materials: Linda May Papers http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=575

Preferred Citation: Greater Houston Women's Foundation Records, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. To cite a specific item from this collection, please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting.

Processing Information: Joanie South-Shelley, October 1999

Finding Aid Revision History: Fri Jul 25 13:40:01 CDT 2003 urn:taro:uh.warc.00004 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (20030505). Revised March 3, 2017.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Administrative Records, 1990-2000],
[Series 2: Education, 1991-1999],
[Series 3: Studies/Research, 1992-1997],
[Series 4: Newsletters, 1990-1999],
[Series 5: Financial Records, 1990-1997],
[Series 6: Correspondence, 1900-1998],
[Series 7: Invitations, 1991-1999],
[Series 8: Membership Records, 1990-1994],
[Series 9: Articles, 1900-1999],
[Series 10: Ephemera],
[Series 11: Oversize Materials],

Series 1: Administrative Records, 1990-2000
This series contains thirteen folders, dating from 1990 to 2000. In general, the original order has been maintained, although some changes have been made to facilitate access. The folders contain minutes and memoranda of the Board of Trustees meetings and Executive Committee meetings. There were no minutes for 1992. The series also contains policies and procedures guidelines for the organization, as well as a sublease agreement. Unless they were attached to the minutes of meetings, some items, such as Treasurer's Reports have been moved to other series. The Foundation did not hold board meetings in December of any year. A number of miscellaneous financial documents were placed at the back of the original folder dated 1997, and these items have been moved and re-foldered.
Box 1
Folder 1: Brochures, undated
Folder 2: Committees, 1990-1991
Folder 3: Grants and Grantees, 1990-1998
Folder 4: Meetings, 1991
Folder 5: Meetings, 1992
Folder 6: Meetings, 1994
Folder 7: Meetings, 1995
Folder 8: Meetings, 1996
Folder 9: Meetings, 1997
Folder 10: Meetings, 1998
Folder 11: Meetings, 1999
Folder 12: Policies, Procedures, Plans, 1997, 1999-2000
Folder 13: Sublease Agreement, 1991
Series 2: Education, 1991-1999
This series contains ten folders, dating from 1991 to 1999. It contains materials such as flyers, brochures, and packets pertaining to educational seminars and conferences sponsored by the Greater Houston Women's Foundation. Most of the educational seminars concern financial planning and money management.
Box 1
Folder 14: Moneyworks I, undated
Folder 15: Moneyworks I (in Spanish), undated
Folder 16: Moneyworks II, undated
Folder 17: Moneyworks Credit, undated
Folder 18: Moneyworks Crédito, undated
Folder 19: Moneyworks for Teens, undated
Folder 20: Moneyworks for Young Adults, undated
Folder 21: Smart Money I, undated
Folder 22: Women: Starting Out, Changing and Re-Emerging, 1991-1996
Folder 23: Miscellaneous Education Brochures, 1997-1998
Series 3: Studies/Research, 1992-1997
This series contains six folders, dating from 1992 to 1997. The folders are arranged chronologically rather than alphabetically in order to show more clearly the issues of interest to the Greater Houston Women's Foundation over the years. Included in this series are the research projects and studies compiled by the Greater Houston Women's Foundation, in conjunction with such institutions as the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work, the University of Houston College of Business Administration, Texas Southern University, and Houston Community College. Topics of the studies include the status of women and girls in Houston, corporate relationships with female-owned businesses, education and employability, and girls in gangs.
Box 1
Folder 24: Greater Houston Women's Foundation Excellence Awards, Funded Research, 1992-1994
Folder 25: Promoting Partnerships: Successful Corporate Practices for Mentoring Women Business Owners, 1994
Folder 26: Family Friendly Benefits: What's Happening in Houston?, 1995
Folder 27: Corporate Responsibility, A Focus on Girls and Gangs, 1996
Folder 28: The Status of Women and Girls in Greater Houston, 1997
Box 2
Folder 1: The Gap Between Education and Employability, 1998-1999
Series 4: Newsletters, 1990-1999
This series contains one folder of newsletters of the Greater Houston Women's Foundation, dating from 1990 to 1999. Beginning in 1992, four newsletters a year were produced. The newsletter holdings are not complete: numbers 2 and 3 of 1992 are missing; the Spring 1997 issue is missing, although it may have been made a part of the Winter 1996-1997 issue, which precedes it; the Winter 1997, Spring 1998, and the Summer and Fall 1999 issues are missing.
Box 2
Folder 2: Newsletters, 1990-1999
Series 5: Financial Records, 1990-1997
This series contains eighteen folders, dating from 1990 to 1997. It includes records such as bank statements, financial statements, invoices, receipts, and treasurer's reports. Within the series, the sub-series are arranged alphabetically and then chronologically. Most of the financial records have been left in their original order, although a few sub-series were created to facilitate access to the records.
Box 2
Folder 3: Bank Statements, 1990
Folder 4: Bank Statements, 1991
Folder 5: Bank Statements, 1992
Folder 6: Budget, 1991-1992
Folder 7: Deposit Account Form, 1990
Folder 8: Financial Statements, 1995 and 1994
Folder 9: Financial Statements and Independent Auditors' Report, 1996-1997
Folder 10: Financial Statements and Independent Auditors' Report, 1997-1998
Folder 11: Invoices, Receipts, Expenses, 1990
Folder 12: Invoices, Receipts, Expenses, January-June 1991
Folder 13: Invoices, Receipts, Expenses, July-December 1991
Folder 14: Miscellaneous Financial Documents, 1996-1997
Folder 15: Summary of Income and Expenses, 1990-1992
Folder 16: Tax and Appraisal Records, 1990-1991
Folder 17: Treasurer's Report, 1990
Folder 18: Treasurer's Report, 1991
Folder 19: Treasurer's Report, 1992
Folder 20: Treasurer's Report, 1993
Series 6: Correspondence, 1900-1998
This series contains thirteen folders, dating from 1990 to 1998. It includes mostly thank-you notes, general correspondence to and from members of the organization, and internal memoranda. The creator had a separate folder, labeled "thank-you notes," which was arranged in roughly chronological order by year. Some items had post-it notes saying "correspo from member" or just "correspo," but all the items were in the "thank-you notes" folder. Several cards are from prominent Texas and Houston women, and the notes generally refer to luncheons, programs or fundraisers sponsored by the Greater Houston Women's Foundation.
Box 2
Folder 21: Correspondence to GHWF, 1990
Folder 22: Correspondence to GHWF, 1991
Folder 23: Correspondence to GHWF, 1992
Box 3
Folder 1: Correspondence to GHWF, 1993
Folder 2: Correspondence to GHWF, 1994
Folder 3: Correspondence to GHWF, 1995
Folder 4: Correspondence to GHWF, 1996
Folder 5: Correspondence to GHWF, 1997
Folder 6: Correspondence to GHWF, 1998
Folder 7: Correspondence from GHWF, 1990-1995
Folder 8: Internal Memos, 1990
Folder 9: Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1990
Folder 10: Business Cards, undated
Series 7: Invitations, 1991-1999
This series contains three folders, dating from 1991 to 1999. It includes invitations to the Celebration luncheons, the Excellence awards luncheons, the Membership luncheons, and to various other luncheons, roasts and fundraisers sponsored by the Greater Houston Women's Foundation. The folder contents are arranged chronologically.
Box 3
Folder 11: Annual Luncheons/Excellence Awards, 1992-1997
Folder 12: Celebration Luncheons, 1991-1999
Folder 13: Miscellaneous Invitations, 1992-1999
Series 8: Membership Records, 1990-1994
This series contains twenty folders, dating from 1990 to 1994. It contains records and documents pertaining to membership in the Greater Houston Women's Foundation. The materials in this series have been left in their original order. The creator organized the membership applications according to the monetary donation level. The items were then arranged alphabetically by member's name. The database membership record has been left in its original order, with some additions. Not all of the pages of the database membership record are numbered, and so page numbers and letters have been assigned to the unnumbered pages to ensure that they remain in their original order. For example, the page following 7 is 7a. In some cases, page numbers, such as 28, are missing, and there is only one page (27a) between 27 and 29. In other cases, there is a page between the numbered pages (32a is between 32 and 33), or multiple pages between numbered pages (33a and 33b are between 33 and 34). When a charter member's application was missing, the creator inserted a blank sheet with the charter member's name. The membership lists for 1992 and 1993 were arranged according to zip code, rather than alphabetically, and that arrangement has been retained. Some of the membership applications are dated and others are not. Some of these dates may pertain to a renewal of membership, rather than to an original membership. Membership records and lists cannot be photocopied.
Box 3
Folder 14: Charter Affiliate Membership Applications, 1990-1991
Folder 15: Charter Associate Membership Applications, 1990-1991
Folder 16: Charter Founders Membership Applications, 1990-1991
Folder 17: Charter Investors Membership Applications, 1990-1991
Folder 18: Charter Sustainer Membership Applications, 1990-1991
Folder 19: Early Membership/Recruitment, 1989-1990
Folder 20: Founding Board, 1990
Folder 21: Affiliate Membership Applications A-L, 1991
Box 4
Folder 1: Affiliate Membership Applications M-Z, 1991
Folder 2: Associate Membership Applications, 1991
Folder 3: Founders Membership Applications, 1991
Folder 4: Investors Membership Applications, 1991
Folder 5: Sustainer Membership Applications, 1991
Folder 6: Membership Applications, 1993
Folder 7: Membership List, 1991-1993
Folder 8: Membership List, 1992
Folder 9: Membership List, 1993
Folder 10: Miscellaneous Membership Information, 1990-1993
Folder 11: Membership Certificates and Blank Membership Applications, undated
Folder 12: Database Membership Record, 1990-1994
Series 9: Articles, 1900-1999
This series contains two folders, dating from 1990 to 1999. One folder contains articles that specifically mention the Greater Houston Women's Foundation, while the other folder contains articles that concern women in general.
Box 4
Folder 13: GHWF, 1990-1999
Folder 14: Women in General, 1994, 1996
Series 10: Ephemera
This series contains two undated items, a pink T-shirt and a silver pin of three interlocking circles in a green felt drawstring bag. These items have been separated and placed in box 5.
Box 5
Item 1: T-Shirt, undated
Item 2: Silver Pin, undated
Series 11: Oversize Materials
This series contains fourteen oversize items, most of which are large placards and promotional materials. Only a few of the items are dated. The placards have been separated; some have been placed in oversize box 6 and three others have been placed within a folder on top of box 6.
Box 6
Item 1: Artboards for Brochures (2), undated
Item 2: Placard - Celebration Luncheon, undated
Item 3: Placard - Education, undated
Item 4: Placard - Excellence Awards Luncheon (2), undated
Item 5: Placard - Excellence Luncheon, undated
Item 6: Placard - Grants, undated
Item 7: Placard - Splashtown, 1998
Item 8: Placard - Ticketmaster/Randalls/Channel 11, undated
Item 9: Placard - Women's Water Park Challenge, 1993
Drawer F.8
OVS_Folder 6: Placard - Endowment Campaign, 1998
OVS_Folder 7: OVS Checks- United Service Association for Health Care (2), undated

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Administrative Records, 1990-2000],
[Series 2: Education, 1991-1999],
[Series 3: Studies/Research, 1992-1997],
[Series 4: Newsletters, 1990-1999],
[Series 5: Financial Records, 1990-1997],
[Series 6: Correspondence, 1900-1998],
[Series 7: Invitations, 1991-1999],
[Series 8: Membership Records, 1990-1994],
[Series 9: Articles, 1900-1999],
[Series 10: Ephemera],
[Series 11: Oversize Materials],

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