Our Funders


With generous support and thoughtful leadership from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation, Greater Texas Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation, RGV FOCUS has facilitated consensus within the four county region of the Rio Grande Valley on a common agenda for education and unprecedented levels of communication and collaboration among all major K-12 and higher education partners and a strong group of community and workforce leaders. As our work continues, we are certain to demonstrate to the rest of Texas and the nation what can be accomplished in one of the poorest regions by significantly increasing levels of educational attainment and workforce participation for a substantial number of Texas’s most underserved students.


Ford Foundation

We believe all people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, contribute to society, and have voice in the decisions that affect them.

We believe the best way to achieve these goals is to encourage initiatives by those living and working closest to where problems are located; to promote collaboration among the nonprofit, government and business sectors; and to ensure participation by men and women from diverse communities and all levels of society. In our experience, such activities help build common understanding, enhance excellence, enable people to improve their lives and reinforce their commitment to society. Learn More

Greater Texas Foundation

Greater Texas Foundation

“Greater Texas Foundation works to ensure all Texas students are prepared for, have access to, persist in, and complete a postsecondary education. Our mission is perfectly aligned with the work of RGV FOCUS to ensure all students in the Rio Grande Valley are college and career ready. We are proud to support this data-driven regional effort to improve outcomes for some of the most traditionally underserved students in the state. RGV FOCUS continues to be a model of the power of collective impact for the state and country.”

-Ralph Rushing, Board Chair and Interim Chief Executive, Greater Texas Foundation.Learn More

Lumina Foundation

Lumina Foundation

“Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation based in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. We envision a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials. Our goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and for success in a global economy. RGV FOCUS works to strengthen each step of the educational pipeline, and Lumina supports this work to provide the supports learners need in order to pursue a meaningful career in the RGV and beyond.”

- Haley Glover, Strategy Director, Lumina Foundation.Learn More



The Meadows Foundation strives to exemplify the principles of its founder in addressing basic human needs by working toward the elimination of ignorance, hopelessness and suffering, protecting the environment, providing cultural enrichment, encouraging excellence and promoting understanding and cooperation among people. Learn More


W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation

“The Caruth Foundation supports bold, transformative initiatives in the areas of Education, Public Safety, and Medical and Scientific Research. Our ultimate goal is to drive systemic change by supporting innovative approaches and data-driven solutions to some of the most difficult challenges facing our communities. I believe that the Caruth Foundation’s support of Educate Texas is one of the most game-changing investments we could possibly make to improve the quality of public education for students across Texas. Educate Texas leverages collaborative leadership, strong relationships, and deep expertise in the education field, to implement best practices and policy changes that will positively impact thousands of Texas students.”

- Monica Egert Smith Senior Director Strategic Philanthropy, Communities Foundation of Texas. Learn More