About the Rebuild Texas Fund

What will the money be used for?

The Rebuild Texas Fund raised $100M, all of which is at work on the ground in affected Texas communities. The fund has supported 221 organizations at work rebuilding lives and communities, serving more than 1.1 million people through projects in areas including housing, education, workforce, small business, health and community/economic development. We are working alongside these communities throughout 2020 to complete all projects funded. Learn more about the projects we funded: www.rebuildtx.org/areas-of-work.

Which impacted areas of Texas will you serve?

Rebuild Texas Fund distributions were made to eligible organizations working in the following counties, as defined by the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas:

Region 1: Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Jacinto, Tyler, Walker
Region 2: Harris, Montgomery, Waller
Region 3: Matagorda, Brazoria, Galveston, Wharton, Fort Bend, Colorado, Austin, Fayette, Bastrop, Lee
Region 4: Refugio, Calhoun, Goliad, Victoria, Jackson, Karnes, Dewitt, Lavaca, Gonzales
Region 5: Kleberg, Nueces, San Patricio, Aransas, Bee

What percentage of the proceeds will go to administrative costs?

Every penny donated went to relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts. Administrative costs and people costs were covered by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the OneStar Foundation.

Is the Rebuild Texas Fund associated with the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas?

The Rebuild Texas Fund was created by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, in collaboration with the OneStar Foundation. The Rebuild Texas Fund is a  separate effort from the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas and the Texas General Land Office Texas Rebuilds housing initiative, but the efforts do work in parallel to bring the power of public and private contributions to the long-term rebuilding efforts across Texas.

State and federal assistance are essential, and the Rebuild Texas Fund team is coordinating with local officials to ensure that the fund is augmenting, and not displacing, state or federal funding.

How is the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation involved with the Rebuild Texas Fund?

To support the Texas communities devastated by Hurricane Harvey, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, in collaboration with the OneStar Foundation, led the charge to raise $100 million for the Rebuild Texas Fund. The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has deep experience in Texas from nearly two decades of work supporting community organizations and collaborating with other funders in the state.

Michael and Susan Dell are both from Texas, so this was and is personal to them. To that end, they committed $43 million of the foundation’s resources to start this fund for the rebuilding efforts of the affected communities in Texas. In addition, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation underwrote the cost of the Rebuild Texas Fund program team to ensure that 100% of all donations went to benefit impacted communities.

How will Rebuild Texas Fund support communities now that all the funding is awarded?

We are and will continue to work with our grantee organizations until their funded projects are completed in 2020. We will also continue working with community leaders to help them prioritize community rebuilding projects, support them in obtaining additional funding, and facilitate connections with other communities or non-profits.

What is the OneStar Foundation?

The OneStar Foundation has a 40-year legacy of supporting the nonprofit sector and local communities in Texas, including during times of disaster. OneStar and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation worked together on the Rebuild Texas Fund to provide resources and support to communities most impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

What role did the OneStar Foundation play in the Rebuild Texas Fund?

The OneStar Foundation housed and administered the Rebuild Texas Fund’s assets in coordination with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. In order to be as efficient as possible, the OneStar Foundation, along with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, covered all administrative and staffing costs associated with the fund’s efforts.  The OneStar Foundation board of directors also reviewed and approved all projects for funding.

Who received funding from the Rebuild Texas Fund?

Funding through the Rebuild Texas Fund was provided to eligible nonprofit, government, corporate, and philanthropic organizations working on the ground in Texas communities, big and small, in the 41 counties most severely affected by Hurricane Harvey. The fund supported organizations that provide services in six focus areas – community and economic development; health; housing; education and childcare; transportation and workforce; capital for rebuilding small businesses.

You can find information on all the organizations that have received funding from the Rebuild Texas Fund here: rebuildtx.org/areas-of-work

How did the Rebuild Texas Fund choose organizations to fund?

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation leveraged 18 years of programmatic and funding experience with a dedicated team to manage the distribution of funds to organizations on the ground in the affected areas in Texas. In partnership with the OneStar Foundation, the Rebuild Texas Fund programmatic team at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation proactively engaged disaster relief, recovery, and rebuilding experts and practitioners in the field. Our work was built on working with, and listening to, a multitude of creative and committed people across government, community, national and international organizations, businesses, and most especially, those living the reality of this disaster every day.

Who are the other funders or partners in the fund?

More than 33,000 generous donors joined together to raise $100 million for Rebuild Texas Fund.  You can find a complete list of our fund partners who donated $100,000 or more here.

Who decided how the money was spent?

The Rebuild Texas Fund has a dedicated program team who worked closely with community leaders and organizations to identify and prioritize projects for funding in the 41-county area. The OneStar Foundation board of directors reviewed and provided final approval of all projects. This collaborative approach allowed the collective expertise of both organizations to be both engaged and efficient in responding to community priorities.

How have you and will you continue to measure impact?

The Rebuild Texas Fund team is committed to measuring outcomes, and regularly shares reports and updates on how the money is being used and the results in communities. Our latest progress report is available here [add link to two-year report]. In addition, all completed projects report the final metrics which are provided on the Areas of Work page here.

The fund will issue an additional report in August 2020.

How will you send me updates about the fund?

Contributors can expect regular communications about our work and the impact of our funding. More details will be available as we move forward with funding and other partnerships in this work.