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Harnessing the power of philanthropy for Texas public and higher education.

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Protecting, promoting, and improving public and higher education in Texas so that all Texas students can achieve their educational goals from cradle to career.

Philanthropy Advocates, a collaboration with Educate Texas at Communities Foundation of Texas, is a diverse funders’ collaborative of over 55 private, corporate, and community foundations and United Ways. Formerly called the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium (TEGAC), we were created in 2012 to unify grantmakers around a multi-year effort to build support for and improvement in public and higher education in Texas in response to the historic cuts made to public education by the Texas legislature during the 2011 session. In 2019, we joined forces with Educate Texas, a trusted change agent in education, to better advocate together on behalf of our state’s 7 million students.

About Philanthropy Advocates

    "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, TTL 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 Philanthropy Advocates model

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