As highlighted in the annual letter from our Board Chair, 2016 was a year of transitions at Greater Texas Foundation. As with many transitions, it was also a period of great learning and growth. From a grantmaking perspective, 2016 included a doubling down on learning more about and addressing challenges associated with Texas students’ transitions on the road to their postsecondary credentials. Following a brief strategic planning process, the foundation renewed its focus on its strategic issues areas, including transition between high school and college, transfer between two- and four-year institutions, mathematics for college readiness, and college success for our state’s rural students. The foundation also renewed its commitment to GTF Scholars and GTF Fellows, setting the stage for expansion of both programs in 2017.
Be on the lookout in 2017 and beyond for work in all those areas as well as continued interest and investments in regional work, especially with regard to addressing education challenges through collective impact initiatives. And, finally, watch for the foundation to play the roles outlined in its strategic plan to complement its grantmaking, including partner, convener, capacity builder, policy advisor, and communicator. We remain committed to our work of ensuring all Texas students are prepared for, have access to, persist in, and complete a postsecondary education. There is much to be done, and we look forward to continuing to lead and partner on work that ensures a bright future for all Texans.