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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Financial Counseling, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Philanthropy, Private Independent Foundations, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston provides free financial education and research so that women and girls have the knowledge they need to make sound financial decisions and improve their lives.

Results: Since we were founded in 1990, more than 30,000 Houstonians have completed a class.

Target demographics: Low income women and girls

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,827 class participants and 194 Project LEAD students.

Geographic areas served: 48 zip codes in Harris and Ft. Bend Counties

Programs: The Women's Resource annually teaches free personal finance classes to 6,000 low income and financially illiterate Houstonians in 38 zip codes. Using the acclaimed FDIC Money Smart and Department of Labor Wi$e Up curricula, we help those outside the financial mainstream enhance their money skills and build financial knowledge and confidence. Now in its ninth year, Project LEAD remains the only research based program for at risk ninth and tenth grade girls that proactively counters the high dropout rate, helps girls avoid financial pitfalls, and teaches life skills. LEAD reaches 200 girls each year and is held onsite at public and charter schools in the Fall and Spring semesters.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been serving as a Board Member for the Women's Resource of Houston since 2010 and it has been the most empowering and impactful organization that I have ever been involved with. We teach over 4000 women and girls each year, and help them to become strong, self sufficient women. Our organization changes not only our student's lives, but their entire families. I believe that financial literary is a very important tool to help end poverty, and I am proud to be part of an organization that is changing lives in a permanent and meaningful way.

Board Member

Rating: 5

TWR is on the front lines of the raging economic crisis in our country, teaching women, men and families the fundamental skills of financial literacy in an unbiased manner. Approximately 90% of women will have sole responsibility for their finances at some point in their lives, and are disportionately responsible for raising young children who also need to be taught these skills.

In addition, TWR has teamed with local universities and high schools for a mentoring project with at risk high school girls to teach them the fundamentals of personal leadership, saving and goal setting and discipline.

TWR is rapidly expanding its services, is fueled by an army of dedicated volunteers and exercises incredible financial discipline (you must practice what you preach, after all).

For everyone who has shaken their head, wondering how we got into our current financial crisis, I urge you to support the honest and energetic work of TWR.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston is an organization that is all about proven results to providing financial stability to women and girls in the local Houston area. Both the Board members and volunteers are active and passionate about making a difference. For 20years the TWR has provided financial education to over 14,000 individuals, published 13 significant research papers and awarded over $800,000 in grants to 80 agencies and programs benefiting women & girls. I am proud to serve as a board member of the Women’s Resource of Greater Houston.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to teach a financial literacy class. The class was held for individuals who were struggling to pay their electricity bill. If they attended the class, they would qualify for a voucher for a months payment.