The J.W. Couch Foundation

And May the Same Good Fortune Follow You

Houston, TX   |  https://jwcouchfoundation.org

Mission

The J.W. Couch Foundation is dedicated to spreading good fortune in the world through preservation and empowerment of the human spirit. We believe that impact is best accomplished through partnerships with local organizations that know the people and communities they serve. We invest in and support efforts to protect the environment, further conservation and preservation initiatives and save historical architecture that preserve community heritages. We also support initiatives that promote wellness and mental health, and organizations seeking to provide and further education for all communities.

Ruling year info

2017

President & Co-Trustee

Sean W Couch

Main address

2603 Augusta Dr Ste 1400

Houston, TX 77057 USA

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EIN

81-1587228

NTEE code info

Private Grantmaking Foundations (T20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The J.W. Couch Foundation is dedicated to spreading good fortune in the world and empowering the human spirit through our charitable programs focused on - preservation, education, and wellness. We believe that impact is best accomplished through partnerships with local organizations that know the people and communities they serve. We invest in and support efforts to protect the environment, further conservation and preservation initiatives and save historical architecture that preserve community heritages. We also support initiatives that promote wellness and mental health, and organizations seeking to provide and further education for all communities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Preservation

Our preservation program seeks to help non-profits or social entrepreneurs who are focused on wildlife conservation, renewable energy, historical preservation, food management, transportation, or waste management.

We also welcome applicants for this program that find parallels between areas of focus that may be on the cutting edge to find better solutions to help more communities.

Population(s) Served

Our education program seeks to help non-profits or social entrepreneurs who are focused on early childhood education, building 21st-century skills for students, and supporting teachers.

We also welcome applicants for this program that find parallels between areas of focus that may be on the cutting edge to find better solutions to help more communities.

Population(s) Served

Our wellness program seeks to help non-profits or social entrepreneurs who are focused on mental health, digital wellbeing, and getting more people to enjoy the great outdoors.

We also welcome applicants for this program that find parallels between areas of focus that may be on the cutting edge to find better solutions to help more communities.

Population(s) Served

Welcome to the video production and multimedia division of the J.W. Couch Foundation. It's here that we use creativity and collaboration to lend a hand to non-profit organizations looking to increase awareness, bolster fundraising, or simply - tell their story better.

Storytelling connects us all and sets us apart from others. To do it well requires time, resources, and the right talent. We coordinate and manage production while making sure it is aligned with every organization's mission, messaging, and goals. With the help of JWC Studios, teams will create content that is too compelling for anyone to ignore.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Students, Teachers, Activists

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Activists, Students, Teachers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The J.W. Couch Foundation is aiming to help charities and social entrepreneurs that are aligned with our charitable programs that stem from family interests and passion: preservation, education and wellness.

The J.W. Couch Foundation wants to go beyond traditional grants and are interested in exploring cutting-edge ways of giving. We have new mindsets and modes of operation that break the historically tedious and detached grant system. Our goal is to provide a streamlined and responsive process that quickly supports teams making a positive community impact. We award grants for non-profits and invest in for-profit businesses that are aligned with our charity programs.

From the beginning, The J.W. Couch Foundation was created to be more agile and responsive. We have a strong entrepreneurial spirit that drives us to think outside the box and challenge ourselves in new exciting ways. We know that just utilizing our own internal resources isn’t enough to create lasting positive impact. Rather, we believe in the power of community and partnering our resources with those who are working so hard to solve challenging problems.

In our first three years we have donated over $4 million dollars to nearly 70 non-profit teams. We have continued to learn more and narrow our scope of focus when prospecting new grantees. We also have launched new charitable programs such as JWC Studios, the video production and multimedia division of the J.W. Couch Foundation. It's here that we use creativity and collaboration to lend a hand to non-profit organizations looking to increase awareness, bolster fundraising, or simply - tell their story better.

Our goal moving forward is to keep evolving, learning and finding new creative ways to help more teams.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The J.W. Couch Foundation

Board of directors
as of 5/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sean Couch

Larry Maddox

Horizon Wealth Advisors

Katherine Lummis

Houston Trust Company

Doug Clarke

Macintyre McCulloch & Stanfield, L.L.P.

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/20/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability