The Hough Foundation


Hough Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization  

Hough Foundation generates funds through grants, fundraisers and the donations of individual, faith community and corporate supporters. Partnerships are the cornerstone of our continuing success and include philanthropic individuals and institutions, businesses, civic groups, academic organizations, and the faith community. For 24 years the Hough Foundation has provided Hough Elementary students, their families and home schooled children at Hough with basic needs and opportunities for scholastic, physical, and social growth. We provide early access to the tools needed for a healthy community that lays the groundwork for improving the lives of children and families.

A healthy community is created one neighborhood and one school at a time. The Hough Foundation provides an innovative model for how strengthening partnerships and providing relevant programs can benefit children and families today and into the future.

What We Do

The Hough Foundation was established in 1992 by Vancouver businessman and former Hough student Paul Christensen to provide support to programs and projects that would enhance the Hough Neighborhood and Hough Elementary School.

At Hough School a part-time assistant helps the Vancouver School District FCRC Coordinator manage the Family Service Center. She connects with highly qualified volunteers to assist teachers in the classroom and in the center to complete clerical duties for teacher projects.

Volunteers are recruited and trained to serve as tutors and mentors in programs such as the Lunch Buddy Program. Approximately 300 registered volunteers spend over 10,000 hours each year helping students in the classroom, assisting teachers and staff, volunteering at fundraising events and providing critical resources to Hough Foundation’s programs.

Mental Health is an area of focus for the Hough Foundation. We connect many students and families to mental health resources in the community.

The Administrative Assistant coordinates our two after school enrichment programs, Glee choral group and Escola de Samba (Brazilian-style drumming). Music education helps prepare the brain for math and literacy.  Children involved in these programs tend to have improved grades and school attendance. Being a part of Glee or the Escola de Samba enables students to perform on stage in front of their school community, their families as well as out in the community. These performances bolster self-pride and esteem helping students to feel a strong connection to their school and community at large. Many students that participate in Hough Foundation music programs continue to be involved in the arts as they go forward to middle and high school.

More than half of Hough Elementary students receive direct services from the Family Service Center each year.