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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.

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Philanthropy Advocates in the News

January 23, 2023

Commentary: How workforce development can keep Texas strong

San Antonio Express-News

Business leaders across Texas continue to advocate alongside Philanthropy Advocates for the Texas Legislature to invest in education to support a strong workforce today and for the future.

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December 23, 2022

Investing in Texas students makes good business sense

Austin American-Statesman

The Texas Association of Business (TAB), highlighted prioritizing state investments in education and workforce training to ensure Texas maintains a sustainable and highly skilled workforce. Rooted in a statewide voter survey we commissioned, TAB pointed to Texas voter support as a key leverage point in education that would result in strong investments this legislative session in the state's future workforce and strong economy.

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November 25, 2022

Lubbock officials met to discuss future of rural Texas workforce: Here's what they said

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Our members, The CH Foundation, alongside Lubbock business leaders hosted an event to address opportunities to ensure education systems align to the workforce needs of West Texas.

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    "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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