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Brown Foundation Donates $450,000 to ACCESS (2/28/2011)

The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston recently awarded a $450,000 grant to ACCESS Group, Inc. The grant supports a two-year strategic plan and seed money for a new endowment fund.

The strategic plan funding provides additional staff training, including training for the expansion of programs: The new Foundations classroom for 3-year-olds with developmental delays and disabilities will allow eight additional students to join ACCESS Preschool for the 2011-2012 academic year.


The remaining funds will establish a new endowment fund with a $250,000 matching grant. The matching fund pledges will be collected by Aug. 17, 2012.


“The Brown Foundation has been there for every one of our big moments, and this is no exception. This generous gift will provide ACCESS with new revenue sources and long-term financial stability, ensuring that ACCESS continues to serve our community for many decades to come,” said Tammy Simmons, M.S., CCC-SLP, ACCESS Group Inc. executive director.


The Brown Foundation has supported ACCESS programs and services for the past 14 years, including providing funds to support the opening of ACCESS Academy, ACCESS’ full-time educational program for students ages 5-21, and funding to support the move to the current ACCESS campus.


The Brown Foundation, Inc. was founded in July 1951 by Herman and Margarett Root Brown and George R. and Alice Pratt Brown. Since its inception it has awarded $1.2 billion in grants through the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010. The purpose of the Foundation is to distribute funds for public charitable purposes, principally for support, encouragement and assistance to education, the arts and community service.


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