Thursday, March 24, 2011

Texas' Hogg Foundation: Philanthropic Model of Note

Maybe I'm being selfish: I live and work in Texas, so this story got me rather excited: 

Today's Nonprofit Quarterly touts the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health as a strong policy player in the mental health field in Texas.  Having noted that

In Texas, more than 4.3 million residents, including 1.2 million children, live with some form of mental health disorder ... [a]nd, according to the Texas Medical Association, Texas ranks 49 in the nation for the amount it spends per person on mental health care[,]

the Quarterly explains that:

Founded in 1940 by the children of Texas Governor James S. Hogg, and housed within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin, the foundation has a masterfully developed strategy for impacting the mental health system in Texas. Not only does the Hogg Foundation tackle research, but also funds policy advocacy and, itself, engages in legislative education. Within that framework is a deep undercurrent that places a high value on consumer involvement in policy development and service delivery.

I highly recommend the article for reading, not only because it speaks well of a Texas foundation, but also because I find that the Hogg Foundation's activities provide an excellent example of what non-profit organizations should do: provide much-needed services that the government either will not or cannot provide.

VEJ 

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