Our Initiatives

Three initiatives are linked to our long-term goals and account for 50-60% of our giving every year: environment, public education, and mental health. Requests in these areas receive priority emphasis in the review process.

Environment

With our population in Texas expected to increase by 73% to 51.5 million people in 2070, the impacts on our environment will be significant.

We focus on systematic ways to preserve our rich ecological and biological diversity for future generations while meeting our growing needs.

Areas we support:

  • Sustainable and efficient energy programs
  • Restoration and protection of plant and wildlife habitats
  • Public support for protecting environmental resources
  • Engagement of underrepresented populations in experiencing and protecting natural resources

We have an increased emphasis on:

  • Clean water and sound management strategies
  • Current and future climate change mitigation

Public Education

The link between quality of education and quality of life is undeniable. Knowledge empowers choices that influence our social and family environment, health and mental well-being, home and community, and career and income.

Each additional year of schooling increases earnings by 8-10%. In addition, early reading, high-quality instructors, access to equitable resources, and high expectations for all students improve life-long study skills and academic achievements.

Areas we support:

  • Early childhood education
  • High-quality, competency-based teacher preparation
  • Postsecondary attainment for first-generation college students

Mental Health

Emotional and mental health impacts all of us. Yet, only 39% of adults in Texas who needed mental health treatment in the last year received any.

In most areas, access to effective mental health care is difficult due to workforce shortages as well as linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic barriers.

Whether it is a chronic illness or a short-lived event, every Texan deserves the care they need, when and where they need it.

Areas we support:

  • Integration of services into primary care settings
  • Systemwide approaches that identify and treat depression using validated measures that track symptoms and outcomes
  • Research and advocacy to increase access to effective mental health care