Founded in 2016, Houston Improvement Project (HIP) revives and restores nonprofit-owned community spaces, classrooms, performance spaces, gardens and more – places that allow kids, adults and seniors to thrive, grow and learn. We are a 501(c)(3) organization that is 100% volunteer run.
2017: Freedom Academy (Collaborative for Children)
2018: Covenant House Texas
About Our Founder
HIP was founded by Houston native Kate Dearing Fowler. She grew up in the Copperfield area, went to Langham Creek High School (go Lobos!), and graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with B.A.s in Communications and Spanish. She's now married to Stephen, an all around cool dude who also serves on HIP's board. They live in the Heights with their cat Jonas and goldendoodles, Lucy and Susan.
Kate Dearing Fowler, Executive Director, Jerry C. Dearing Family Foundation
Stephen Fowler, Counsel - Corporate Services, Direct Energy
Christy Salinas, Director, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Houston Galveston
Jill Grimes, Senior Manager, KMPG
Christine Nguyen, Assistant Project Manager, Arch-Con
Texas taxpayer identification number: 32060128165
IRS and Texas Recognition of Exemption as of April 1, 2016
Tax Year End: 12/31
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