WHAT ROLE DOES THE CONSORTIUM PLAY IN TEXAS PHILANTHROPY AND EDUCATION POLICY?
The Consortium bridges the gap between pragmatic advocates and impact-oriented foundations to support advocacy to protect and improve public education in Texas.
WHO IS INVOLVED IN THE CONSORTIUM?
The Consortium’s members include 44 family, corporate, community, and private foundations from across Texas. To our knowledge, the Consortium represents the largest foundation policy collaborative anywhere in the country.
WHAT DOES THE CONSORTIUM DO? HOW ARE ACTIVITIES PAID FOR?
The Consortium is a campaign, not a new nonprofit. Membership dues of $5,000 per year plus optional research and advocacy grants support the Consortium’s work.
The Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium (“TEGAC” or the “Consortium”) is a funders’ collaborative that was created in 2012 to unify grantmakers around a multi-year effort to build support for and improvement in public education in Texas in response to the historic cuts made to public education by the Texas legislature during the 2011 session. Foundations are directly impacted by these cuts and are responding with a united and respectful voice of concern.
The Consortium’s work is changing public education policy in Texas and, maybe even more importantly, changing how philanthropy more broadly approaches public policy. Now is the moment for education grantmakers to make their voices and concerns heard. Policymakers want to hear from philanthropy – particularly from the benefactors and trustees of foundations. Foundation leaders working to make grants in the field of public education should consider themselves to be a resource for Texas policymakers. It is our responsibility as experts in understanding what works in the field of public education to speak up as advocates and thought leaders in the public education space.
Our mission is to empower Texas philanthropy to invest and engage in effective public education policy and advocacy at the state level.
The Consortium’s vision is to protect, promote, and improve public education in Texas so that all Texas students can achieve their educational goals from cradle to career.
March 19, 2018
Most Texans support increasing funding for the state’s public schools, according to results of a survey released by the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium .
The survey was based on the responses of about 500 registered voters that showed that 71 percent favored increasing the state‘s share of education funding to provide property tax relief.
“The state’s financial contribution to public education has declined significantly over most of the last six to eight years, leaving local taxpayers to shoulder a disproportionate amount of the burden. It’s time for the state to step up and increase funding for public education,” said Lewisville school trustee Kristi Hassett in a consortium news release. [FULL ARTICLE]
After the bathroom bill and voter turnout, business turns to education, Dallas Morning News
Business activism is bubbling up again.
Last year, scores of Texas companies banded together to hold off a bathroom bill in Austin. More recently, employers in Dallas-Fort Worth formed a coalition to embrace “a culture of voting” and encourage workers to turn out for the March primary.
Now there’s a push to tackle one of the state’s most important and vexing problems: public education and school finance.
A new statewide voter survey released by the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium (TEGAC) shows broad, bipartisan support for increasing state funding of Texas public schools.
TEGAC released the polling data ahead of the School Finance Commission’s public hearing in Austin today.
TEGAC Spring Members Meeting, April 6, 2018, 12PM-4PM, Austin Club
TEGAC Fall Members Meeting, Sept. 19, 2018, 10AM-2PM, Austin Club