IX Bishop of Texas
Chairman of the Board


President & CEO

The Episcopal Health Foundation believes ALL Texans deserve to be healthy. We remain committed to transforming the health of our communities by going beyond the doctor’s office. And that means focusing on much more than medical care alone.

In 2017, EHF began a new chapter by launching our 2018-2022 strategic plan aimed at leveling the playing field, so that vulnerable Texans have the same chance of achieving good health as everyone else. We weathered a storm called Harvey and then shared the voices and concerns of those affected so that recovery efforts could reach those most in need with the help they really needed the most. We invested $35 million dollars to support organizations and projects, and many are directly addressing the root causes that make Texans unhealthy. We partnered with hundreds of Episcopal congregations and communities throughout our 57-county service area so they can work together to take charge of their own health. Through it all, we remained grounded in our gospel commitment to know and serve our neighbors.

We see every grant, program, research project and church endeavor as an important chapter in our story of change. This report is one part of EHF’s ongoing commitment to highlighting those chapters and being a transparent, accountable philanthropy.

So, click, watch, read and explore. We invite you to learn more about how the Episcopal Health Foundation works with congregations, nonprofits, organizations, communities and others. In 2017, we remained dedicated to improving health, not just healthcare in Texas. And we’re still just getting started.


EHF’s new five-year plan targets specific health outcomes, includes a sharpened focus on addressing the underlying causes of poor health, and places a renewed investment in early childhood development. After working with our first strategic plan for almost three years, we have greater clarity about what our work is, and what it is not. Our commitment to going deep and not wide means that we will increase our focus on core strategies and forego other work. EHF’s new strategic plan seizes an opportunity to focus on outcomes, rather than interest areas, to achieve our goals. We believe the new plan will guide us in making more focused investments so that we will have a greater impact over time.


In late August, the rain began falling. And it never seemed to stop. Hurricane Harvey pummeled the Texas Gulf Coast, dropping record amounts of rainfall and causing widespread damage. Communities from Port Aransas to Houston to Orange and almost everywhere in between were hit hard.

As the floodwaters receded and flooded families started to clean up, EHF leaders became concerned that while there was a large amount of government money and philanthropic funding available for recovery, the voices of the most vulnerable groups (elderly, low-income, renters, and the undocumented) may not be represented during the decisions on how to invest those funds. EHF partnered with the Kaiser Family Foundation to survey Texans in the 24 hardest-hit counties to learn about their experiences, concerns, and what they needed most to recover. The report was featured by news outlets nationwide and used by recovery efforts and government groups across the state.

“We want government and other recovery funds to use this information to make good decisions about how to reach those most in need.”

–Elena Marks, EHF’s president and CEO.
EHF’s Hurricane Harvey research featured in Wall Street Journal documentary about recovery from the storm


EHF uses research as a means to develop more effective solutions and approaches to reform our health systems and get better results. From projects looking into the plight of the uninsured to practical options for Texas communities facing rural health challenges, EHF’s research division spent 2017 sharing data to drive change and help Texas communities better understand their unique needs and challenges.

Research Reports & Resources


The Episcopal Health Foundation helps congregations organize and focus their efforts to have the greatest impact on their communities’ health. In 2017, our work helped congregations go beyond church walls and engage communities to take charge of their own health.

“The Episcopal Health Foundation is the Episcopal Diocese of Texas at work, engaging in a mission of healthy communities. We’re bringing the very best practices, research and understanding about what actually changes the health of our communities into a work of serving.”

–Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle


People certified in Mental Health First Aid


Churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas


Participants in Traces of the Trade racial reconciliation program


Trainers certified in One Human Race program


Congregations moved from planning to action with EHF


Clergy and lay leaders are a part of EHF’s Kitchen Cabinet


Congregations participated in Bridges Out of Poverty training


Congregations participated in Holy Currencies


Congregations worked on racial reconciliation efforts


EHF’s Community Engagement team works to build up the ability of organizations to raise the voices of community members, strengthen health-based community coalitions, and develop community health leaders across Texas. In 2017, EHF presented 10 workshops and webinars about approaching community engagement and building relationships in the community. More than 200 church members, community leaders, clinic managers, students, organizations and others participated.


"We publish our evaluation reports because we want to be accountable as a health philanthropy. This report shows we’re making progress in delivering on our mission, but there’s more work to be done.”

–Elena Marks

See EHF’s article in The Foundation Review sharing what we learned from interviews with foundations across the nation about how to build meaningful evaluation and learning work.


$33 million invested in EHF Grant Partners

2017 Grants by Strategy

2017 Grant Partners

AccessHealth $237,500
Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries, Inc. $305,000
Austin Child Guidance Center $121,855
Austin Community Foundation for The Hogg Mental Health Funders Collaborative $25,000
Austin Interfaith Sponsoring Committee, Inc. $198,000
Austin Travis County Integral Care $100,000
Avenue 360 Health & Wellness $200,000
Avenue Community Development Corporation $200,000
BakerRipley $130,000
Boat People S.O.S., Inc. $241,985
Brazos Valley Community Action Agency, Inc. $85,000
Casa Marianella $100,000
Catholic Charities of Central Texas $70,800
Change Happens $100,000
Child Advocates of Fort Bend $110,000
Child and Family Research Partnership, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin $100,000
ChildBuilders $130,000
Christ Clinic $185,051
Communities In Schools Houston Inc. $137,500
Communities in Schools of Greater Central Texas, Inc. $70,000
Community Healthcore $252,622
Dallas Foundation / Texas 2036 $10,000
Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin $500,000
East Texas Human Needs Network $145,579
El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission $820,301
El Centro de Corazon $235,213
Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services $150,000
Episcopal Diocese of Texas $322,000
Episcopal Diocese of Texas Health Insurance $10,000,000

Episcopal Relief & Development $200,000
Faith in Texas $435,000
Family Service Center Of Galveston County Texas $314,692
Family Services of Greater Houston $50,000
First3Years $130,000
Genesis PrimeCare $107,000
Grantmakers in Health $10,000
Greater Killeen Free Clinic $95,630
Green & Healthy Homes Initiative $224,733
Gulf Coast Leadership Council - TMO $200,000
Harris Health System $187,500
Healthcare for the Homeless - Houston $150,000
Healthy Futures of Texas $75,000
Heart of Texas Community Health Center, Inc. $797,731
Hope and Healing Center & Institute $168,675
HOPE Clinic $797,747
HOPE Project $200,000
Houston Galveston Institute, Inc. $443,778
Houston Health Foundation $272,775
Ibn Sina Foundation $75,000
Innovative Alternatives, Inc. $245,000
Interface Samaritan Counseling Centers (ISCC) $100,000
Interfaith Community Clinic $50,000
Jewish Family Service $125,000
Krist Samaritan Center For Counseling And Education $150,000
Legacy Community Health $375,760
Local Initiatives Support Corporation $146,800
Lone Star Circle of Care $187,500
Lone Star Family Health Center $450,000

2017 Grant Partners Continued…

Memorial Assistance Ministries $81,500
Memorial Hermann Community Benefit Corporation $433,295
Mental Health America of Greater Houston $1,080,000
National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine $10,000
National Alliance on Mental Illness - Greater Houston $25,000
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy $7,500
Neighborhood Recovery CDC $254,509
Network Of Behavioral Health Providers Inc $150,000
North Pasadena Community Outreach $100,000
Northeast Texas Public Health District $160,000
Northwest Assistance Ministries $187,500
Nurse-Family Partnership $299,430
Patient Care Intervention Center $200,000
Palacios Community Medical Center $100,000
People's Community Clinic $500,890
Phoenix Center $100,000
Planned Living Assistance Network of Central Texas, Inc. $179,167
Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Inc. $300,000
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas $300,000
ProUnitas, Inc. $279,000
Rice University $1,117,876
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors - Fund for Shared Insight $105,000
Rupani Foundation $50,000
Samaritan Center For Counseling And Pastoral Care Inc $75,000
Samaritan Counseling Center of East Texas $165,231
Samaritan Counseling Center Of Southeast Texas $100,000
Santa Maria Hostel, Inc. $73,068
Special Health Resources for Texas, Inc. $175,000
Spring Branch Community Health Center $272,560
St. Luke's Foundation on behalf of CHI St. Luke's Health $127,995
St. Paul Children's Foundation $213,500
St. Vincent's House $185,000
Stephen F. Austin Community Health Network $150,000
Tejas Health Care $150,000
Texans Care For Children, Inc. $400,000
Texas Alliance For Health Care $120,000
Texas Association of Charitable Clinics $65,000
Texas Children's Hospital $133,400
Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals $160,000
Texas Organizing Project Education Fund $250,000
Texas Rural Leadership Program $315,000
TexProtects (The Texas Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America) $30,000
The Beacon of Downtown Houston $66,095
The Council on Recovery $450,000
The Faith Leaders Coalition of Greater Houston $10,000
The George Washington University $100,163
The Immunization Partnership $100,000
The Montrose Center $384,436
The Rose $250,000
Trinity Center $20,000
Tyler Family Circle Of Care $183,328
Project Unity $10,000
Vcare Clinics $150,000
Vecino Health Centers $83,250
Volunteers at the Creek $150,000
Women's Health and Family Planning Association of Texas $10,000
Young Invincibles $92,000

Grant Partner highlights

See how ProUnitas is creating a system to connect low-income students in Houston with desperately needed health, education and wellness services

EHF invests $1.1 million to create new program to help at-risk families build their infants’ healthy brains

See how Stephen F. Austin Community Health Center’s creative use of telemedicine enables rural patients to receive high-quality care locally

Learn how parents who lost children to a vaccine-preventable disease are helping The Immunization Partnership educate the community and lawmakers about the importance of vaccinations