The Quality Texas Foundation is a non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation that evolved from a concept introduced by Governor Ann Richards in the early 1990s. Cooperative efforts between the Governor’s office, the Texas Department of Commerce, and Texas businesses made it possible for the new Quality Texas Foundation to organize and deliver quality awareness seminars across the state. In the first two years, seminars were presented to 1,800 individuals representing more than 700 organizations.
At the same time, EDS Corporation assigned an executive to lead development of the state quality award. A committee was formed with representatives from organizations across Texas. The committee created the Texas Quality Award (later the Texas Award for Performance Excellence), open to government, education, healthcare, nonprofit, and business organizations. The American Productivity & Quality Center was chosen as the original award administrator and applications were first accepted in 1993.
Since 1993, the Quality Texas Foundation has administered the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE) as an independent non-profit corporation. Winning of the TAPE symbolizes that the organization is one of the best in the state of Texas based upon a very rigorous and robust process. We have had many organizations also win the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and lead all the other states in this area.
We recognize for-profit, not-for-profit, educational institutions, health care facilities/hospitals, manufacturing, and small businesses with our Award annually. All organizations are examined against the criteria and not each other allowing us to have the possibility of multiple winners.
In late 2014, QTF began to develop other training opportunities focusing improving individuals as well as organizations. In the personal development area, we routinely train around 250-300 Examiners (volunteers) who work with organizations to evaluate their performance and give detailed opportunities for improvement. QTF also rolled out a Leadership Development Seminar that enhances the individual careers as well as helping the organization. Surveys indicate this training has been instrumental in the furtherance of individual careers at organizations.
In 2016, QTF began including Writing Seminars and Organizational Strategic Planning to the menu of classes and training available. Leadership Development Seminar was updated.
In 2019, QTF will include Workforce Development Training for our organizations which magnifies Category 5 of the Baldrige Criteria.
For a more in-depth look at our foundation please read our Organizational Profile located here.