Building the Future

While Albert and Ethel Herzstein were exceptionally generous during their lifetimes, they envisioned that their estates would leave their “footprints” by enabling even larger gifts. Their foundation’s grant program supports charitable efforts that enrich the human spirit, contribute to the quality of life in our society and offer individuals opportunities for advancement through education.

Alley Theatre

2003, 2012

Capital Campaign gift with naming rights at the “Sculptural” level.

The Alley Theatre brings artists and audiences together to experience powerful stories that deepen human understanding. Committed to producing work that is relevant to the Houston community, the organization also supports the resident acting company ideal, produces and supports new work, and continually enhances of the quality of its productions.

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Houston Museum of Natural Science

1999, 2009, Multi-year

Established and named a temporary exhibit hall, created an endowment to support temporary exhibits, and recognized Sadie Herzstein Smith with a plaque in the museum’s entry lobby

The Houston Museum of Natural Science receives 2.4 million visitors a year including 600,000 children from area schools. The nation’s fourth most popular museum performs a vital role in the community by preserving and advancing general knowledge of natural science, enhancing individuals’ knowledge and delight, and providing a world class cultural amenity.

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San Jacinto Museum of History

1997, Multi-year

Supported complete digitalization of the library and collections.

The San Jacinto Museum of History educates the public and collects and preserves historical materials.  Located near Houston at the San Jacinto Battleground, it is operated by an association dedicated to revisualizing the history of Texas, installing and encouraging historical inquiry, collecting and preserving historical objects and sharing historical information.

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Bullock Texas State History Museum

2006, Multi-year

Established the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Hall for temporary exhibits and an endowment to support those exhibits.

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, located in Austin, recognizes the power of history to inspire present and future generations and seeks to interpret the continually unfolding story of Texas through meaningful educational experiences.

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National Jewish Health

2003, 2011, 2013

Supported and named the organization’s pharmacy with additional grants/support which will lead to the naming of the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Oncology Pharmacy.

National Jewish Health is the nation’s only medical center devoted exclusively to researching and treating allergic, respiratory and immune diseases that affect more than 50 million Americans.  Founded in 1899 in Denver, Colorado to treat underprivileged patients with tuberculosis, the institution is now a prominent provider of patient care, research and medical education.

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Rice University

1997, Multi-year

Created an endowment to operate and maintain the physics building, renamed Albert & Ethel Herzstein Hall.

As a leading research institution committed to undergraduate education, Rice University aspires to provide path-breaking research and unsurpassed teaching while contributing to the betterment of our world. The university cultivates a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor.

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Festival Hill

1986-2013

Funded the installation of the 1883 Edythe Bates Old Chapel from La Grange and the construction of its multi-level celebration patio.

An international center for performance and learning founded in 1971 by the renowned pianist James Dick, the Round Top Festival Institute offers year-round programs. Its unique 210-acre campus contains two concert halls, historic homes, extensive gardens, parks and a research archive of rare, historical books, music and other objects.