Big state.
Big challenges.
Big opportunity.

Greater Texas Foundation is dedicated to helping 
more Texas students earn a degree or credential
after high school.

As a private foundation, we do this work by making grants, building organizational capacity, supporting collective action, funding and sharing research, convening leaders, and forming partnerships, all with a focus on student success.

We prioritize our work around four areas of critical needs

SUSTAINABLE, DATA-DRIVEN STUDENT SUPPORTS so more Texans of all backgrounds can get a postsecondary credential

TRANSITION POLICIES AND PRACTICES that provide affordable, clear, and efficient postsecondary pathways so students can experience a smooth and successful academic trajectory

PARTNERSHIPS WITH RURAL COMMUNITIES to ensure the students who live there have the academic resources, guidance, and support they need to complete a credential

SCALABLE MATH EDUCATION MODELS that will allow more Texas students to successfully prepare for and complete a postsecondary credential

“We owe it to our students, especially the first generation in college, to deliver on the promise that education can break generational poverty.”

— Maria Luna-Torres, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Sparking Innovation

The foundation also funds a portfolio of innovative projects with significant potential that may not directly address one of the four goal areas.

Our work is guided by research and learning agenda that informs our grantmaking for each goal.

Strategic Priorities for 2020 - 2024

Investing in student-centered solutions so more Texans can achieve their postsecondary goals.

Transfer, Transition, and
Advising

Practices and policies that provide
affordable, clear and efficient
postsecondary pathways for students

Rural Collaborations

Partnerships with rural communities
to build supports for students

Student Supports

Sustainable, data-driven
change so secondary and
postsecondary education
systems can effectively serve
students of all backgrounds to
completion of a credential

Math for Success

Scalable math education models
designed to drive postsecondary 
completion

Innovation

Nascent ideas with significant
potential
that may not directly
address one of the four goal areas

Our Strategies

Partnership  +  Grantmaking  +  Research  +  Knowledge Building  +  Convening  +  Capacity Building  +  Collective Action

The Challenge

The number of jobs requiring a postsecondary credential is rapidly increasing, but Texas is not keeping pace with the need. In fact, only 23 of every 100 Texas students who entered the eighth grade in 2008 completed a college-level credential within eleven years, and significant disparities persist among racial/ethnic, socioeconomic and other groups. Postsecondary education is one of the most reliable ways to secure a living wage and the stability that comes with it.

Do you want to 
partner with Greater 
Texas Foundation?
Learn more about our 
grantmaking process.