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For more information about giving opportunities, contact Suzanne Muchard, director of development, at or 713-348-4171.

Kinder Institute Luncheon

The annual Kinder Institute Luncheon is one of Rice University's largest and most anticipated events of the year, bringing hundreds of business, nonprofit and community leaders together to learn about the leading issues facing our community and country. The event serves as the public release of the annual Kinder Houston Area Survey, which has tracked the city's demographic, social, and economic changes for over 40 years. The luncheon also honors an individual each year with the Stephen L. Klineberg Award for distinguished service to Houston.

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Stephen L. Klineberg Fund for Houston Research

The Stephen L. Klineberg Fund for Houston Research honors the legacy of Kinder Institute's founding director. Since 1982, Stephen Klineberg's annual Kinder Houston Area Survey has documented the city's transformations, offering a data-driven map of the opportunities and challenges facing Houston and other cities. No other metropolitan region in the country has been the focus of a research program of this scope. Findings are shared with local leaders, policymakers and community stakeholders to address critical urban issues. This legacy fund provides financial support for the Houston surveys in perpetuity and helps support the expansion of the survey.

To make a donation to the Stephen Klineberg Fund for Houston Research, please click here.

Community Bridges

The Kinder Institute’s Community Bridges program is a year-long service-learning fellowship for Rice undergraduate students that pairs academic study with active fieldwork. While studying urban sociology in the classroom, students are placed with a community organization in a neighborhood in Houston’s urban core—including Fifth Ward, Gulfton, Near Northside, East End and others—to lead research-driven projects related to education, food insecurity, housing, environmental justice, healthcare and other issues. Community Bridges alumni often say the program contributed greatly to their professional and personal growth. Similarly, partner organizations reap long-term benefits as students expand partners’ capacity to make evidence-based decisions about their missions and programs.

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General Support

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Mailing Address

6100 Main St. MS-208
Houston, TX 77005-1892


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Rice University
Kraft Hall
6100 Main Street, Suite 305
Houston, TX 77005-1892

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