COVID-19 Recovery Fund Reflections

The St. David’s Foundation Recovery Fund represents the most robust application of the Foundation’s equity principles to our funding processes to date. Two years since the fund’s launch, we continue to reflect on the processes and impact of the Recovery Fund as we continue to learn and work to improve our grantmaking effectiveness.

Making the Case for Supporting Children and Families

State policy is a key driver of the systematic difference in health outcomes for children and their families. The Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center offers an evidence-based roadmap outlining effective policies and strategies to reduce disparities in early childhood outcomes.

Centering Equity in Data and Learning: Good Measure’s Guiding Principles for Data Champions

The Foundation is committed to learning from and with our partners on how to use data strategically to amplify impact. Good Measure’s Guiding Principles for Data Champions is a key resource the Foundation is using to center equity throughout our evaluation and strategic learning practices.

Building the Evidence Base for Family Connects

At St. David’s Foundation, we believe supported families and connected communities play a key role in early childhood outcomes. Central to our Resilient Children strategy is investing in programs that create the conditions to promote strong, healthy early relationships. Family Connects, a universal nurse home visiting program for families of newborns, is a key example of the effectiveness of this

Sharing the Foundation’s Understanding of Health Equity

St. David’s Foundation plays a critical role in advancing health equity within Central Texas. As we work toward this important mission, we are committed to uncovering our own biases, beliefs, and protocols so that we may better serve the Central Texas community. To do this, both internally and in collaboration with our peers and partners, we must first have a

Inverting the System: Social Supports that Put People First

At the end of 2020, St. David’s Foundation wrapped up its Health Starts at Home initiative. The goal of this initiative was to create conditions that foster self-sufficiency and/or stabilized health for individuals and families with low income levels. Specifically, the Foundation wanted to create a space for affordable housing providers to explore how to structure their work to: Empower

COVID-19 Sparks Collaboration to Address Gaps in Perinatal Support for People of Color in Central Texas

Central Texas offers a variety of maternity services and maternity care – if you are well-insured or can pay out of pocket. For the uninsured and underinsured, maternity care options dramatically shrink. At the end of 2020, the Maternal Health Equity Collaborative (MHEC) produced a report identifying the equity gaps in care across Central Texas. The findings, and related recommendations,

Catalyzing Community Transformation in Bastrop County: Network Weaving

We are committed to learning alongside rural communities to ideate and co-create community-designed solutions that, over time, tackle complex social issues while building community capacity and amplifying voices not often heard. We are humbled to do this work with the community by leveraging the expertise, wisdom, and lived experiences of multiple partners, including residents, community groups, nonprofits, government, school districts,

Peer Driven Change

Overview: In early 2020, St. David’s Foundation served on an advisory group around the concept of peer-driven change stemming from our work with a grant partner, Family Independence Initiative. What resulted was a powerful piece in the Stanford Social Innovation Review that speaks to the importance of self-determination and mutual support – two vital elements that are more relevant than