Doing Good: The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston Talks Good Cents

We hope y’all will pardon the terrible pun in this post’s title, but we felt strongly about it. For this month’s nonprofit feature, we let the daughter of an accountant take the reigns. In keeping with that background, she picked a nonprofit that focuses on an issue that is oft-overlooked – financial literacy. The Greater Houston Women’s Foundation was established in 1990 by a group of professional women who were concerned that less than five percent of philanthropic dollars were dedicated to women and girls’ causes. The founders did not want Houston to follow this national trend, so they gathered like-minded women who contributed to build the foundation. They had three goals: To help women become economically self sufficient; encourage prevention and early intervention of problems affecting women and girls; and support programs that develop and improve life skills. In 2002, the organization’s name was changed to The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston. The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston doesn’t just tackle these issues reactively, however; they’ve also developed a program to meet these challenges head-on. Project LEAD (Leadership Education and Development) proactively counters the high dropout rate and shows girls how to avoid financial pitfalls by teaching them personal finance concepts and leadership skills. Most importantly, LEAD helps girls make the vital connection between education and future opportunities. Financial literacy is a journey; it cannot be accomplished overnight. However, the following infographic will show the vast (and growing!) impact that their financial education classes have had on some of Houston’s most vulnerable populations. easelly_visual

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