In 2011, the Texas Legislature approved historic cuts to funding for public education. Foundations across Texas saw successful public/private partnerships threatened or eliminated by budget cuts. Also, demand for scarce foundation dollars increased as community groups saw their revenues eliminated from school district budgets. In response, a geographically and politically diverse group of foundations joined together with the mission of promoting, protecting and improving public education in Texas.
The Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium (TEGAC) is a statewide funders’ collaborative that works to empower Texas philanthropy to invest and engage in effective public education policy and advocacy at the state level. Over the last six years, TEGAC has morphed from a handful of Austin-based foundations organizing informally around a budget cut research study into a group of 49 Texas grantmakers from almost every region of the state working collaboratively in four policy areas and confirming our reputation as a trusted policy resource at the Texas Capitol.