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Philanthropy Advocates was formerly known as the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium (TEGAC) until August 2020. Previously-created resources, documents and blog posts mentioning TEGAC are still provided on this website for your reference.

Pre-k Works for Texas Kids and Taxpayers


As the 2017 Texas legislative session gets underway, business leaders, educators, community leaders, and parents are eager to see state policymakers’ next move on pre-k. As national and Texas research shows, high quality pre-k helps kids get off to a strong start. 

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My Family’s Foundation Entered the Policy Arena, and We Are Not Looking Back


The system needs to change. Like many family foundations, we receive several worthy requests that we turn down due to lack of funds.

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Why did you join TEGAC?


The Simmons Foundation’s mission is to partner with organizations that strengthen women, youth and families while building an educated, tolerant and resilient community.

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Texas Primary Highlights


Texas held its March primary contests and the will bring some interesting changes for public education. Confirmed and likely new leadership at Governor, Lieutenant Governor and key committee chairs, means new ideas and priorities during the 2015 Texas Legislature.

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Bringing Big Texas Thinking to Education Advocacy


You’ve heard that “everything is bigger in Texas,” but let me put this into context: Texas has over 1000 school districts, 202 charter operators and 8,571 campuses (including 588 charters).

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Envisioning Success for Every Student


During back-to-school orientation, Jennifer Esterline’s son’s third-grade teacher asked parents to complete a questionnaire with their student’s help. One question asked about the student’s goals for the year. This made her pause to think.

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Why after school programs are so critical for Texas


This afternoon at 3 p.m., while the Texas Legislature is busy debating important public policy, our students will get out of school and go … where?

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The State of Pre-K: Texas Can Do More


This month, CHILDREN AT RISK is excited to release “The State of Pre-K: Realities and Opportunities in Texas,” a report on the current state of public pre-kindergarten programs in Texas and policy recommendations for maximizing their return on investment.

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TEGAC Advocacy Partner: Pastors for Texas Children, A Unique Perspective on Pre-K


Pastors for Texas Children is privileged to join the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium in advancing Pre-Kindergarten public educational instruction in Texas and promoting legislation in the upcoming legislative session to ensure that comprehensive pre-K programs are made available to all the families of Texas.

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A Call to Philanthropists Who Advocate: Empower Your Peers to Get Involved


There are so many myths and misconceptions about foundations doing advocacy, that when a funder who is skillful and savvy achieves success, it’s a great opportunity to cut through the confusion and re-affirm the power of this work.

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February Blog


What an exciting start of 2014 for the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium! Fresh off an amazing Texas Capitol launch of our pre-kindergarten research project, terrific meetings about parent engagement around the new high school, and growing support for our work around out-of-school-time policy, there’s so much to tell you!

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