Vista: September 2023

What Does Asset-Based Framing Look Like in Practice?

Find Out in our new Issue Brief

Have you heard of asset-based framing but wonder how to implement this approach in your own organization? Our new brief helps organizations undertake asset-based solutions to systemic challenges, beginning with narrative and progressing to practical action.

This resource first poses four questions that organizations can reflect on and discuss. Plus, it includes two profiles of partner organizations who are using specific, asset-based approaches to supporting student success.

Please Join Us at NCAN’s Uniting for Equity Conference

We’re looking forward to the Fall conference season for connecting with partners, grantees, and friends. One highlight will be the NCAN Conference in Dallas, October 16-18.

We’re excited to join a panel of collaborators to share the experiences of GTF Scholars and staff connected to that scholarship and social support program for ECHS graduates. We’ll illuminate the lived experiences of recent ECHS graduates who enrolled at universities at the beginning of the pandemic and share lessons learned for how to better serve students. 

Add us to your conference agenda!

Human Connection in Disrupted Times: Early College HS Graduates

October 17
8:15 AM — 9:15 AM 
Victoria Frank, Partner, Marigold Evaluation, LLC
Leslie Gurrola, Director of Programs & Strategy, Greater Texas Foundation
Bonnie Davila, Program Coordinator, Texas A&M University 
Vanessa Perez, GTF Scholar, Texas A&M University



Grantmaking Update

Since our founding, Greater Texas Foundation has awarded more than $142 million in grants to changemakers in Texas education. This summer, we approved grants to the following organizations:

Education to Employment Partners
Creating education and workforce training centers in Coastal Bend counties

E3 Alliance
Improving Educational Support for English Learners in Texas

UP Partnership
Collaborative to support Future Ready Bexar County goals

New—Resources for Rural Communities

We love this new Grants Hub published by Texas Rural Funders! It includes grants available to rural communities for education, workforce development, health and more. Plus, there is a list of grant writers who help local communities make their best case for funding. Be sure to check out this valuable resource.

What We’re Reading Now

Foundation staffers recommend these recent publications:
Here to Here put together this resource for using asset-based language when working with young people.

Brookings Institute published this commentary on Artificial Intelligence and the next digital divide in education.

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