About the Foundation

Mission

The mission of the Greater Houston LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce Foundation is to promote educational achievement, economic advancement and leadership development in the LGBTQ+ community.  The Foundation coordinates educational resources, programs, and research to advance the activities of the Chamber. Foundation initiatives allow the Chamber to collaborate with strategic partners and organizations to promote economic opportunity and inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community.

The Greater Houston LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce Foundation, founded in 2020, works to carry out the charitable and educational objectives of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce.  The Greater Houston LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting economic advancement and addressing economic inequities in the LGBTQ+ community.

The Foundation coordinates educational resources, programs, and research to advance the activities of the Chamber.  The Foundation is dedicated to expanding economic opportunity in the Greater Houston region through education, research and initiatives that focus on the core drivers of economic prosperity for the LGBTQ+ community.  The Foundation works to raise the profile of LGBTQ+ Texans and our impact on the economy locally, regionally and statewide.

According to Funders for LGBTQ Issues, LGBTQ people are more likely than straight people to face poverty, food insecurity, and economic hardship and these economic disadvantages are in part the result of discrimination.  Economic inequality must be addressed for the LGBTQ+ community in order to build a thriving LGBTQ+ business community in order to promote generational wealth and support a strong and thriving community for every person.

The Foundation works to address economic inequality for the LGBTQ+ community.  Foundation initiatives allow the Chamber to collaborate with strategic partners and organizations to promote economic opportunity and inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community especially for communities of color, transgender and gender non-conforming people and women.

The Foundation provides educational programming for business owners and corporate leaders, resources for enhancing diversity in the workplace and support to nurture the development of leaders in the LGBTQ+ community and LGBTQ+ workforce development initiatives with the primary goal to create economic empowerment and sustained economic opportunity.  In addition, the Foundation supports communitywide efforts to support economic advancement and address inequality for the overall LGBTQ+ community.

Through our work, the Greater Houston LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce Foundation aims to empower members of the Greater Houston region's LGBTQ+ community, including the LGBTQ+ business community, through the path and power of economic advancement and inclusion to build prosperity and sustain a strong and thriving LGBTQ+ community.