MESSAGE FROM THE CO-CHAIRS
The Houssian Foundation was created 15 years ago with the goal of contributing to the needs of the community we live in and the issues we are most deeply connected to. We are proud of the grantee partners we have had the privilege of supporting to date, and the many remarkable projects we’ve been part of over the years.
As an entrepreneurial family, we’ve made the decision to bring this same approach to our philanthropic giving by innovating and responding to some of the most pressing issues of our time.
To that end, our board of directors has set a goal of tripling the Foundation’s investment portfolio, and evolving our organization from a family-run foundation to a professionally managed organization, with a mission-aligned investment strategy and a grant-making process deeply rooted in the Foundation’s key values.
To guide us through this exciting period of change and growth, we are pleased to announce that Mira Oreck has joined the Houssian Foundation as our first-ever executive director. We are delighted to have someone with Mira’s skills and experience lead our team, and are excited to explore what we can achieve together.
“I’m honoured to have this opportunity to work with the Houssian Foundation to execute our shared ambitious vision for the Foundation, tackling some of the most pressing issues of our time: climate and our environment, gender equality and human rights, and community development,” said Mira. “The Foundation has a bold vision to strategically align their investments, and I’m looking forward to putting that vision into action.”
We’re excited about the journey ahead, and look forward to sharing more about the Houssian Foundation with you in the weeks and months ahead.
Joanne Houssian & Jessica Houssian
The Houssian Foundation