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.

WELCOME

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.

 

Announcements

TEGAC and CPPP release new report: The Consequences of Underfunding our Public Schools
In 2016, TEGAC commissioned the Center for Public Policy Priorities to partner with Dr. Michael Marder to combine his longitudinal research at the University of Texas on student performance with their expertise on school finance. The first phase of this project focuses on a longitudinal analysis of how school districts absorbed the legislative cuts made in 2011 and was published in October.  Read the report here
 
TEGAC Welcomes United Way for Greater Austin!

United Way for Greater Austin joined TEGAC, bringing our total membership to 43 foundation members from around Texas! 

Welcome Leland Fikes Foundation to the Consortium!

 

 

Events

TEGAC Spring Members Meeting, April 6, 10AM-2PM, Austin Club

TEGAC Spring Members Meeting, April 6, 10AM-2PM, Austin Club

TEGAC Fall Members Meeting, Sept. 19, 10AM-2PM, Austin Club

TEGAC Fall Members Meeting, Sept. 19, 10AM-2PM, Austin Club

  ” To get better outcomes for students, we have to do things dramatically differently and dramatically better. The policy context is increasingly important to that, especially since there are so many policy issues being considered at the state level.”

Wynn Rosser

President, TLL Temple Foundation

  ” I believe that you are creating and modeling an incredibly powerful approach to engaging private foundation benefactors and trustees and empowering them to do what foundations are poised to do in our nation – bring their concerns to the policy table and be part of the essential process of educating lawmakers.”

Andy Carroll

Policy Director of Exponent Philanthropy, regarding the TEGAC model

  ” TEGAC has been more effective than anyone imagined. During the last legislative session, we spent less than $250,000 total and earned an extraordinary return.We got much more money for pre-k than there ever would have been without us, and that is only part of it.”  

Eugene Sepulveda

Trustee, KDK-Harman Foundation