Project STEEM students working on science lab projects

Project STEEM students working on science lab projects

Funding Principles


Greater Texas Foundation determined its current funding principles by assessing the possible impact of its internal resources, expertise, values, interest, and priorities; against our state’s needs and the opportunity for impact on the education landscape in Texas.  Through research and observation, the foundation became aware of a trend: Along the pathway from beginning high school through completion of post-secondary, the largest numbers of students are lost between post-secondary enrollment and completion.  In fact, only 1 in 5 Texas youth who enter high school complete a post-secondary degree or credential.  Therefore, by supporting successful student transitions from K-12 to post-secondary education and facilitating the progression from post-secondary enrollment to completion, GTF will impact more students and work toward closing the education gap in Texas. This is why the foundation’s primary focus is related to post-secondary education access, preparation, persistence and completion.

Within the context of the above, the foundation is interested in funding projects which fall into one or more of the following funding areas:

Funding Principles

In 2009, Greater Texas Foundation underwent a six-month strategic planning process in which the foundation examined current and projected educational needs in Texas and how the foundation’s efforts might be best aligned to address those needs. This strategy led to the adoption of the foundation’s focus on postsecondary preparation, access, persistence, and completion in the state of Texas. Since then, through administering grants, creating relationships, and convening stakeholders, the foundation has deepened its understanding of the postsecondary landscape in Texas and sharpened its ability to create positive change.

In 2014, after five years of executing this strategy, Greater Texas Foundation underwent a strategic review of its work. Throughout the process the foundation maintained its focus on postsecondary preparation, access, persistence, and success in Texas – but also explored how it might increase its positive impact in a quickly-changing postsecondary landscape. Greater Texas Foundation will consider making charitable contributions which support or provide specific programs targeting education in furtherance of Greater Texas Foundation’s exempt purposes, mission, and vision.

Post-Secondary Education (preparation, access, persistence and completion) – The goal of the foundation’s investments in this area is to increase rates of postsecondary enrollment and completion for all Texas students, with a particular focus on students who may encounter barriers to postsecondary success.

For more detailed information, visit Our Strategy page.