Luke's Episcopal Health Charities (SLEHC), the largest faith-based
philanthropic organization in Houston focused on health and health-related
activities, supports activities in the 57 east Texas counties of
the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.
1999, SLEHC received the National Philanthropy Day Outstanding
Foundation Award by the National Society of Fundraising Executives,
Greater Houston Chapter. SLEHC, created in 1977 as a separate
component of St. Luke's Episcopal Health System, identifies areas
of greatest need and funds promising programs to meet those needs
as well as initiates efforts to impact those priority needs. Priority
areas are identified as: children, mobile health services, congregational
health ministries, homelessness and end of life issues.
As part of
the ongoing process to fund healthcare projects, SLEHC through
its innovative Needs Assessment process created the Community
Health Information System (CHIS) website, an on-line, interactive
resource of both quantitative and qualitative information about
the 57-county Diocese of Texas.
of SLEHC are consistent with its role as the area's largest faith-based
charity: The Whole Person: Body, Mind & Spirit; The Whole Community;
Wellness; Informed Action; Collaboration and Empowerment.
to support the activities of SLEHC come from several sources.
- An annual
investment income (net inflation) from an initial $150 million
Designated Principal, held by the St. Luke's Episcopal Foundation
- Gifts and
donations from individuals and external organizations.
A board of
20 directors governs SLEHC and its operations are facilitated
through four standing committees: Needs Assessment, Grant Evaluation,
Spirituality and Healthcare Philanthropy. The board sets policies
and procedures to ensure the efficient and appropriate distribution
of funds in accordance with community needs. SLEHC mission and