The primary purpose of the Foundation can best be described as stated in Article Four of the Incorporation documents:
”Operated for charitable and educational purposes which directly benefit the citizens of Houston and Harris County by the provision of services for and support of the attainment of higher education for youth via support services and models of achievement, along with the development of cooperative efforts with social and civic organizations to support and participate in educational and cultural activities for the benefit and fulfillment of these purposes.”
The Education and Charities Foundation of Houston is comprised of well respected professional men who aspire to high ideals and honorable achievement in all aspects of life. Inclusive in the membership of The Foundation are such prominent personalities and leaders as former City of Houston Council Members Al Calloway, State Representative Harold Dutton, Astronaut Bernard Harris (1st African American to walk in space), Channel two news personality Khambrel Marshall, TSU Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Bobby Wilson (and interim President), District Court Judge Mark Carter and former District Judge Carl Walker.
In pursuit of its goals, the Foundation has engaged in a variety of fund raising initiatives since its inception, with the primary focus being to raise money for scholarships and to directly support predetermined programs, e.g. Kappa Kamp, mentoring events, etc. We have awarded 11 four year scholarships and made several one-time awards to students who otherwise might not have been financially capable of pursuing a college education.
The Foundation has sponsored numerous “at-risk” youth programs during the past several years inclusive of Kappa Kamp and Prince Hall Summer Camp both of which are youth development, leadership and enrichment experiences. Kappa Kamp isa youth camp enrichment program conducted at the renowned “Piney Woods Country Life School” in Mississippi, every summer.
We have supported numerous community initiatives inclusive of the Ft. Bend Education Foundation’s and STEPS auxiliary Fine Arts Program and recently assisted a University of Houston student in the African American studies program participate in a trip to Ghana, West Africa.