Houston Nonprofits Get Windfall From Millionaire's Will

A bevvy of local organizations, including the Houston Parks Board and Trees for Houston, will receive $308,000 each, after a state probate judge approved the settlement of businessman James Martin Hill Jr.'s estate.

Hill, who "established a successful home building company," died in 2010, but an agreement over the distribution of $6.9 million left for 19 local and national non-profits was only reached Monday, according to a press release from Houston attorney Richard Mithoff, who represented a majority of the beneficiaries.

"Thanks to the generosity of James Hill and an amicable agreement reached with the family, a number of charities will share in this very gracious request," Mithoff stated in the release.

The beneficiary organizations are:

- Boy Scouts of America, Sam Houston Area Council - Buffalo Bayou Partnership - Houston Museum of Natural Science - KIPP Academy - Trees for Houston - Houston Zoo -YES Prep Public Schools - Houston Parks Board, Inc. -The University of Texas System on behalf of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston [will receive $363,158] - American Enterprise Institute - Cato Institute - The Claremont Institute - The Heritage Foundation - Manhattan Institute - American Friends of Versailles - Hoover Institution - Hudson Institute - International Bible Society - Ludwig Von Mises Institute

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