|In 2018, Greater Texas Foundation’s board of directors approved 49 grants for a total of $9,649,498 in new funding to improve postsecondary outcomes for Texas students.
(Preparation, Access, Persistence, and Completion)
$260,000 to The Aspen Institute, Inc. (Washington, DC)
To support the Aspen Presidential Fellowship 2018–19 and 2019–20 Cohorts, which aims to develop a cadre of exceptional leaders who can transform community colleges to achieve higher levels of student success while maintaining broad access.
$25,000 to Austin Community Foundation for the Capital Area (Austin)
To support the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium (TEGAC) Guided Pathways Policy Work Group in 2018–2019.
$65,000 to Breakthrough (Austin)
To support Planning for Greater Impact, a strategic planning process that will uncover new methods for leveraging Breakthrough's organizational competencies and expertise to greatly increase the postsecondary completion rates in Central Texas.
$714,000 to Catch the Next, Inc. (West Haven, CT)
To support ASCEND, an effort to improve postsecondary preparation, access, persistence, and success in Texas community colleges by scaling up the Ascender program at new and existing colleges in the five regions of the state critical to student success, and by reaching out to new colleges in rural areas to address the needs of first-generation, low-income, and under-performing students regardless of race or ethnicity.
$499,897 to Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (Chicago, IL)
To support Adult Learner360 Academy: A Solution for Scaling and Sustaining Adult Learner Success at Hispanic Serving Institutions, in partnership with Excelencia in Education, a three-year process for Hispanic-Serving Institutions to examine closely how they are serving their adult students; to share their strengths and challenges during the convenings of the academy; and to offer our support as they implement new policies and practices to drive better enrollment, persistence, and completion of the adult Latino student.
$200,000 to Dallas County Community College District Foundation (Dallas)
To support Busting Barriers with the Dallas Promise Network — Is It Working?, a mixed-methods case study to evaluate the Dallas Promise Network to inform how well the program is working as it expands in Texas.
$712,120 to E3 Alliance (Austin)
To support Pathways of Promise 3.0: Building Systems for Equitable Acceleration and STEM Pathways, which will build systems for equitable STEM and career pathways.
$5,000 to Excelencia in Education, Inc. (Washington, DC)
To support the Latino Student Success (LSS) Funders Group.
$165,000 to Genesys Works (Houston)
To support the Genesys Works College Success Model project to 1) create a transfer "playbook" for alumni staff; 2) build a virtual transfer tool with emphasis on colleges and majors of particular interest to our students; 3) upgrade an existing tiered system of risk indicators to a systemized, data-driven framework of predictive analytics; and 4) onboard a dedicated college transfer advisor to serve our Houston students.
$50,000 to Houston Independent School District Foundation (Houston)
To support Helping Houston Schools Recover from Hurricane Harvey by addressing the technology needs of students and teachers whose schools were severely damaged by Hurricane Harvey.
$568,858 to Intercultural Development Research Association (San Antonio)
To support Ready Texas—Phase Forward, research into challenges presented by HB5 to counselors and students whose roles and expectations have been dramatically affected.
$895,000 to Jobs for the Future, Inc. (Boston, MA)
To support Back on Track in Texas, a program bringing the evidence-based Back on Track to College model to five Texas dropout recovery schools through subgrants and technical assistance.
$461,032 to KIPP Texas, Inc. (Houston)
To support United for College Success, Phase IV, which will allow UFCS to build on the momentum of the past three phases by developing robust college partnerships; expanding the capacity of the UFCS team; and providing professional development in UFCS' college persistence model and using student data to strengthen practices and systems focused on college persistence.
$5,000 to National College Access Network, Inc. (Washington, DC)
To support the 2018 NCAN Conference, September 24–26 in Pittsburgh, PA.
$250,000 to Northeast Texas Community College Foundation (Mt. Pleasant)
To support Work. Learn. Earn. NTCC's Work Scholarship Program, whose goals are to: (1) give every student the opportunity to attend college without acquiring debt; and (2) give students a hands-on learning experience in a meaningful area, allowing them to earn while they learn.
$731,000 to P16PLUS Council of Greater Bexar County Foundation (San Antonio)
To support Guiding Pathways — Ensuring Vertical Alignment across San Antonio’s Secondary and Postsecondary Landscape, an intensive two-year intervention to build the capacity of Bexar County school districts to consistently and equitably implement high-quality dual credit options for their students, in partnership with effective higher education providers.
$432,000 to Roscoe Collegiate Independent School District (Roscoe)
To support Roscoe Collegiate ISD P-20 Model for Rural School Transformation: Demonstration, Innovation, & Student Academic-Career Success, an educational innovation project in Roscoe that is creating a P-20 demonstration site as a trial and adoption center in the district.
$200,000 to Texas Tribune, Inc. (Austin)
To support Higher Education Reporting and Data, the Texas Tribune's initiative to provide education data applications and education reporting so Texans have ready access to important education information and explanatory journalism.
$10,000 to Texas Tribune, Inc. (Austin)
To support the Texas Rural Issues Symposium, an effort by the Texas Tribune and the Texas Rural Strategy Group to convene a one-day symposium on the issues facing rural parts of the state.
$2,500 to The University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington)
To provide scholarships through the English Department at the University of Texas at Arlington, in appreciation for the service of a GTF Fellows mentor.
$10,000 to The University of Texas at Austin (Austin)
To support the 5th Annual Texas Male Student Leadership Summit, convened by the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color.
$1,225,158 to The University of Texas at Austin (Austin)
To support Accelerating Mathematics Pathways in West Texas, a project that provides a comprehensive approach to enhancing transformational change and improving student outcomes in math leading to timely and efficient credential completion.
$250,000 to The University of Texas at Austin (Austin)
To support Advancing Equity and Student Success in Mathematics Education at the Junior-to-Junior Level, a three-phase strategy to bring together practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and influencers to develop evidence-based recommendations that inform and influence an action plan in order to strengthen equity and opportunities for upward mobility through math education at the transition from high school to college.
$398,000 to The University of Texas at Austin (Austin)
To support The Texas Transfer Project: Understanding the Experiences of Transfer-Intending Community College Students at Various Phases of the Transfer Process, a research study that will build a stronger understanding of the longitudinal transfer process by leveraging an existing sample of 103 community college students who noted their intention to transfer to a university three years ago.
$5,000 to The University of Texas at Austin (Austin)
To support the 2018 UTeach Annual Conference.
$865,963 to The University of Texas at Tyler (Tyler)
To support Advancing Inquiry in Middle Mathematics for Rural East Texas: Promoting Successful Postsecondary Pathways through Mathematical Problem Solving in the Middle Grades, which will deliver professional development to 5th grade Mathematics to high school Geometry teachers in rural East Texas with a goal to increase the number of students at the middle school level who are on track to enroll and be successful in upper level mathematics courses in high school.
$2,500 to University of Arizona Foundation (Tucson, AZ)
To provide scholarships at the University of Arizona, in appreciation for the service of a GTF Fellows mentor.
$316,404 to University of Houston (Houston)
To support 15 to Finish Programs: Do they Improve Degree Completion and Transfer Rates among Community College Students?, a research project that will determine the impact of a new 15 to Finish initiative on degree attainment among students attending Houston Community College system, one of the nation's largest and most racially/ethnically diverse community colleges.
$200,000 to Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement (Mercedes)
To support Changing the Lives of Women through Education and Support Services, which is assisting 100 low income women over a two-year period in completing postsecondary training by providing support services and career counseling.
$3,000 to Waco Foundation (Waco)
To support convening expenses for the Rural Funders Collaborative in Texas.
$5,000 to Waco Foundation (Waco)
To support convening travel stipends for the education representatives of the Rural Funders Collaborative in Texas.
$2,500 to Yes We Must Coalition (Wayland, MA)
To support Education for the New Student Majority: Collaboration and Innovation for Persistence and Completion, a session of round table discussions at Yes We Must Coalition's national conference, October 24–26, 2018 in Austin, TX.
GTF EDUCATIONAL MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM
Distributed as part of the foundation’s Educational Matching Grant Program, whereby the foundation matches contributions to eligible grantees made by officers, board members, committee members, and employees.
• $5,000 to Baylor University (Waco)
• $15,000 to Howard Payne University (Brownwood)
• $10,500 to Paul Quinn College (Dallas)
• $500 to Southwestern University (Georgetown)
• $10,000 to Texas A&M Foundation (College Station)
• $10,000 to Texas A&M University (College Station)
• $5,000 to Texas A&M University—Commerce Foundation (Commerce)
• $10,000 to Texas State University (San Marcos)
• $10,000 to University of North Texas at Dallas Foundation (Dallas)
• $35,800 to Council on Foundations, Inc. (Washington, DC)
• $2,500 to Grantmakers for Education (Portland, OR)
• $266 to PEAK Grantmaking, Inc. (Washington, DC)