How do foundations join the Consortium?

Foundations are encouraged to become members of the Consortium.  When appropriate, members may decide to make a financial contribution to the Consortium.  Contributions will cover the costs of research on the impacts of budget cuts, support for multi-foundation events like the 2013 and 2015 Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Day at the Texas Capitol, and basic administrative overhead such as printing and communications costs. 

The suggested contribution is $5,000 annually; however, Consortium members are encouraged to contribute at an amount commensurate with their endowment size.  The Consortium has created a fund at the Austin Community Foundation to accept contributions.  

What are the benefits of membership?

Foundations that join the Consortium will receive:

  • Weekly legislative and policy updates during the legislative session; quarterly updates during interim period
  • On-going training on the legal parameters of foundation and nonprofit advocacy
  • Participation in the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Day at the Capitol in February 2017
  • Participation in a variety of policy work groups during the Interim Period
  • Participation in various other learning opportunities on public education policy issues during the interim and during legislative sessions
  • Media related exposure (if desired)Media related exposure (if desired)
  • Logo placement on Consortium materials (if desired)

Additionally, members can self-elect to be involved in developing the Consortium’s strategy by participating in the Consortium Leadership Committee.

Contributions can be forwarded to the Austin Community Foundation at:

Austin Community Foundation
C/O: Paula Lange, Finance Manager}
4315 Guadalupe, Suite 300
Austin, Texas 78751
Tel: 512 472 4483