Panhandle Disaster Relief Fund

Donate now to support the families and communities affected by the Panhandle and South Plains wildfires in February 2024. The Panhandle Disaster Relief Fund is administered locally by Amarillo Area Foundation.

How Texas State Agencies Build Community Resilience & Education through Nonprofit Partnership

Texas Interagency Coordinating Group (ICG) highlights best practices for government & nonprofit collaboration to strengthen the public sector and better support vulnerable Texans. To effectively reach all communities, ICG recognizes the importance of building partnerships and sharing resources with the Texas nonprofit sector and identifies best practices for collaborating with faith-based and community organizations.

In 2022, ICG highlighted best practices of collaboration that centered on community resilience and education.

  • The Office of the Attorney General partners with Texas community organizations to promote educational messages in the fight against human trafficking. The agency partnered with the high school students through Project Protect Our Children to highlight statewide efforts in the fight against human trafficking, discuss the current climate and concerns for youth in schools today, and discuss how students can involve more youth in advocacy. This collaboration gave students the opportunity to answer the call to action and created a platform to advance key messages.
  • The Public Utility Commission of Texas works with Texas faith and community-based organizations to disseminate educational materials on energy conservation and customer assistance programs. PUCT conducted outreach events that distributed school supplies to student alongside tips and resources for community members on available assistance programs.
  • Texas Department of Agriculture amplifies key initiatives by partnering with educational institutions. Their Farm to School program improves access to local foods in schools through procurement assistance and agricultural education. Additionally, the agency collaborated with Share Our Strength to provide texting tools to help families find federally funded meals throughout the summer.

For more examples of how nonprofit organizations and government collaborate, check out the 2022 Interagency Coordinating Group Legislative Report.

Texas Nonprofit Council works alongside the Interagency Coordinating Group to strengthen the nonprofit sector and build equitable collaborations. Check out the 2022 Texas Nonprofit Council Interim Report to the legislature to learn more of their efforts as a council.