Formerly the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium, Educate Texas – Philanthropy Advocates is a funders’ collaborative that was created in 2012 to unify grantmakers around a multi-year effort to build support for and improvement in public education in Texas in response to the historic cuts made to public education by the Texas Legislature during the 2011 session. Their mission is to empower Texas philanthropy to invest and engage in effective public education policy and advocacy at the state level. Their vision is to protect, promote, and improve public and higher education in Texas so that all Texas students can achieve their educational goals from cradle to career. One of their primary focus areas since their inception has been early childhood education policy.
Philanthropy Advocates is a collaboration with Educate Texas at Communities Foundation of Texas. PA is staffed by independent contractors and governed by a leadership committee made up of 13 members representing Texas grantmakers from across the state. Membership includes 54 members from private and community foundations, corporate funders, and United Ways.