Women’s Philanthropy Fund RFP

Women’s Philanthropy Fund – Competitive Grant Program

To transform the lives of women and children in the Texas Panhandle through fundraising, grantmaking, and advocacy. 

CLICK HERE for the 2017 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Women’s Philanthropy Fund.

In 2008, the Amarillo Area Foundation and a group of highly motivated women established the Women’s Philanthropy Fund (WPF) to address the needs of women and children in the Texas Panhandle.  The donors are philanthropically motivated women who recognized that pooling contributions could help them unite to address the issues facing the women and children in our region in all areas of life. The WPF will focus on programs or projects assessed to have the highest possibility of a direct impact on the well-being of women and children in the Texas Panhandle.  The purpose of the fund is to:

  • Unite, serve, and empower women to become leaders in philanthropy
  • Enable contributors to have more direction and involvement in where their dollars are spent
  • Achieve greater impact by drawing on the collective wisdom of donors
  • Demonstrate the effect of how pooled donations can yield large scale, targeted grants
  • Enable innovative and compelling programs and projects that might otherwise not be possible
  • Research areas of need and strategically allocate funds to achieve the greatest impact
  • Address education, awareness, and participation in philanthropy

One of the main purposes of the Amarillo Area Foundation Women’s Philanthropy Fund is to connect, empower, and enrich women’s lives across the Panhandle. The fund awards annual grants through a competitive process to charitable organizations throughout the Texas Panhandle who serve women and/or children.

CLICK HERE for FUNDING HISTORY.

 

Application Deadline for Amarillo Area Foundation’s Scholarship Program is Feb. 10th at Noon

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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Broc Carter, 806.350.4508; broc@aaf-hf.org

Each year the Amarillo Area Foundation provides scholarships for post-secondary education to students across the 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle.  This year’s deadline to submit a scholarship application is February 10th at noon. Graduating high school seniors and current college students are welcome to apply for scholarships to attend accredited institutions of higher education for the 2017-18 school year.

HOW TO APPLY 

Visit the Foundation’s website: org

Click on the “Scholarship Map” tab on the right-hand side of the homepage and then click on the “Apply Now”

Create a username and password to begin the application process.

In 2016, the Amarillo Area Foundation awarded nearly $500,000 in scholarships to area students. Eligibility for scholarship funds is based on a student’s county of residence, college or university, and/or anticipated field of study. While many of the scholarship funds available are for graduating high school seniors, currently enrolled college students are eligible to apply for a select number of scholarships.

To learn more about scholarship criteria for a specific county, visit the Foundation’s website and click on the “Scholarship Map” tab on the right side of the page.

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SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM 

The Amarillo Area Foundation’s Scholarship Program was established in 1980. Since then, scholarships totaling nearly $5 million have been awarded to students from the Texas Panhandle.

THE AMARILLO AREA FOUNDATION 

Founded in 1957, the Amarillo Area Foundation and its supporting organization, The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation, distributed more than $8.7 million in 2016 to benefit residents of the Texas Panhandle.

The Amarillo Area Foundation and The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation 2017 Request for Proposals

The Amarillo Area Foundation is now accepting applications for the Discretionary Grant (DG) and Catalyst Grant (CG) program. The application process is competitive and nonprofit organizations located within the top twenty-six counties of the Texas Panhandle are encouraged to apply.  Visit www.amarilloareafoundation.org/grants and click on “Foundation Grant Programs” for full information regarding both programs.

The DG program accepts grant requests of over $20,000 and the CG Program accepts grant requests between $2,500 to $20,000.  In addition to other eligibility criteria, an organization may only submit a grant application to the Amarillo Area Foundation once per twelve-month period and must choose to submit either a CG or a DG application.  

In 2017, the Discretionary/Catalyst grant cycles will be as follows: 

Applications Due

Board Review

March 1

April/May

June 30

August/September

November 1*

December*


*There will be a third Catalyst Grant cycle (November/December);

however, the third Discretionary Grant cycle will only be held if funds are available. 

Applications are available at aaf.spectrumportal.net and must be submitted through the online portal.  Please visit http://www.amarilloareafoundation.org/application-2016 to access more information about the Spectrum Portal and the application process.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Foundation staff to arrange an appointment to discuss the potential request or with questions. For more information about AAF or applying for grants call (806) 376-4521 or e-mail grants@aaf-hf.org.

 

Amarillo Area Foundation Hires New Vice President after Retirement of Charlotte Rhodes

Charlotte Rhodes, Vice President of Resource Development and Sustainability at the Amarillo Area Foundation, has announced her retirement effective December 31, 2016.  Her tenure marked a period of unprecedented growth for the Foundation.  Trent Hill, Vice President at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, has been hired as the Foundation’s new VP of Development.

Charlotte Rhodes, MS, ACFRE joined the Amarillo Area Foundation as Vice President of Regional Services in 2005. In her 11-year tenure at the Foundation, Charlotte cultivated an annual average of $10 million per year, and over $100 million total. She established countless programs and committees, the most notable of which being the Foundation’s External Relations Committee, which focuses on the engagement of the Foundation with local and area leaders; the Women’s Philanthropy Program, a donor-driven fund designed to meet the needs of children and women in the Texas Panhandle; a Professional Advisor Council, a group of lawyers, accountants and other professionals who provide recommendations and review the Foundation’s fundraising and legal strategies; and the Texas Convening Conferences for Postsecondary Education which gathers key educators and legislators from across the state to discuss issues faced by high school and collegiate students.

“The Amarillo Area Foundation and its many community leaders, donors and staff provided a unique opportunity for me,” said Rhodes. “The Foundation serves as a catalyst for many types of charitable gifts that will continue to sustain and build a strong future for the Texas Panhandle.”

 

Her professional career also includes positions as Vice President of the Don and Sybil Harrington Cancer Center, Senior Director of Development for Baylor College of Medicine and Senior Consultant with the Dini Partners. She frequently provides training and teaches classes in development and fundraising management. She is one of 110 individuals to achieve the designation of Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive and she served on the International Board of the Association of Fundraising Executives for 12 years. In addition, she was recognized as Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Texas Cities of Houston and Amarillo. Her professional and volunteer work includes service on over 30 nonprofit local, state and national boards and consulting services to over 65 organizations with dollars raised exceeding $1 billion for charitable causes.

Dr. S. Trent Hill was born and raised in Amarillo.  His father was the principal at Puckett elementary for 30 years and his mother was a dean and senior administrator at WTAMU for many years.  He received a BBA in Marketing and an MS in Finance, Marketing, and Communication from WTAMU.  He served in a variety of jobs in the Panhandle after graduation including Director of Operations for Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems, Director of Economic Development for Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, and Director of Marketing and Personnel at First National Bank of Canyon.  He later moved to Denton where he received his PhD from North Texas in Higher Education Administration.

Dr. Hill is retiring from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where he served for more than 20 years as Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

“As a man of faith, this position with the Amarillo Area Foundation will allow me to fulfill a long-time desire to assist non-profits who are on the front lines of meeting human needs, including education,” Hill said.

In his capacity as head of Institutional Advancement, Hill led the activities of the Marketing Department, the Communications and Public Affairs Department, the Development Office, Alumni Relations, Foundations and Scholarships, Advancement Services and Athletics. He also served as adjunct professor in the College of Business. During his tenure, from January 1997 to the present, Hill and his team raised more than $142.6 million for the University.

We wish Charlotte well in her future endeavors and look forward to Dr. Hill joining the Amarillo Area Foundation.

 

Foundations Invest Over $8.7 Million in the Health of Panhandle Communities

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Honoring its mission to improve quality of life for Texas Panhandle residents, the Amarillo Area Foundation announces annual distributions totaling $8.7 million for 2016. With more than 450 grants, the Foundation is helping to continue the important work of nonprofit organizations in the 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle. The Harrington Regional Medical Campus had its first-ever grant cycle after joining the Amarillo Area Foundation in 2015.  Because of the collaborative and meaningful work of various community stakeholders, the Foundation and its public supporting organization – the Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation – will invest:

$4.6 million into area communities through community fund, agency fund, and donor advised distributions;

$2 million in discretionary grants;

$1.2 million in scholarship distributions from the ACE and General Scholarship programs;

$676,000 in competitive grant programs including, CNS Pantex, Pattern Panhandle Wind, the Women’s Philanthropy Fund, the AAF Catalyst grant program, and the Kathy Ryan Memorial Fund;

$83,000 in grants from the Harrington Regional Medical Campus.

“The Amarillo Area Foundation and its supporting organizations are proud of what was accomplished by our staff and partners in 2016,” Clay Stribling, AAF CEO said. “We look forward to building on these accomplishments moving forward.”

In 2017, the Amarillo Area Foundation begins its 60th year and will continue supporting efforts that improve quality of life for Texas Panhandle residents. The strength and health of area communities continues to be the benchmark of success, and together with community support, this mission will be realized annually.

Women’s Philanthropy Fund Awards Grants

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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 29, 2016

WOMEN’S PHILANTHROPY FUND ANNUAL MEETING AND 2016 GRANT AWARDS

Amarillo, TX – The Women’s Philanthropy Fund has awarded $40,000 in grants and the High Plains Coalition for Marriage and Family Advise and Consult Fund has awarded $16,217 in grants for an overall total of $56,217 awarded in the 2016 competitive grant cycle.  The Women’s Philanthropy Fund and the High Plains Coalition for Marriage and Family Advise and Consult Fund are component funds of the Amarillo Area Foundation.

  Women’s Philanthropy Fund  
Empower Award Turn Center $10,000
Empower Award Family Care Foundation $5,000
Impact Award Arrow Child and Family Ministries $10,000
Impact Award Panhandle Promise Project $10,000
Innovate Award Hope & Healing Place $5,000
  Total $40,000
 

High Plains Coalition for Marriage and Family Advise and Consult Fund

  Family Support Services $10,000
  Texas Tech Nurse Family Partnership $6,217
  Total $16,217
  Overall Total $56,217

For a list of the recipients and the purpose of the grant please click here.

The vision of the Women’s Philanthropy Fund is to transform the lives of women and children in the Texas Panhandle through fundraising, grant-making, and advocacy.  Membership is $1,000.00 or $500 annually and, as a Donor Advised Fund, both income and principal may be used to serve the charitable needs for which the fund was created. The vision of the High Plains Coalition for Marriage and Family Advise and Consult Fund is to strengthen and preserve families.  Over the last eight years, the Women’s Philanthropy Fund has awarded $290,000 to nonprofit agencies across the Panhandle, helping make positive differences in the physical, emotional and spiritual lives of thousands of women and children. WPF grants have supported a continuum of projects throughout the years and continues to provide resources to change lives.

2016 Board members for the Women’s Philanthropy Fund include Mary Kay Dammier, Lizzie Mason, Jessica Mitchell, Jena Taylor, Sarah Tregellas, Carolina Walden, and Lea Wright.  WPF Advisors include Nicki Crump, Kasey Long, Sharon Oeschger, Charlotte Rhodes, and Katharyn Wiegand.

Contact Charlotte Rhodes at the Amarillo Area Foundation with questions.  806.376.4521

The Amarillo Area Foundation on behalf of Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC announces community grants

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

$125,000 invested in local nonprofits across Texas Panhandle

AMARILLO- Fourteen nonprofits in the Texas Panhandle are better able to continue or expand their missions thanks to grants from Consolidated Nuclear Security’s (CNS) Pantex Community Investment Fund. The fund is administered by the Amarillo Area Foundation.

CNS, which manages the Pantex Plant for the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration, today announced the recipients of charitable funds totaling $125,000.

The company announced the fund availability in January 2016 as part of its commitment to the Amarillo and surrounding areas. A Pantex Community Investment Advisory Committee comprised of CNS employees reviewed proposals from 38 area organizations. After their evaluation, the committee recommended grant awards to CNS management and the Amarillo Area Foundation.

The advisory committee selected grantee organizations based on the following funding preferences and priorities: basic needs; children, youth, and family; community development; education; and health and wellness. Priority was given to proposals from organizations located and operating in the twelve contiguous counties surrounding the Pantex Plant.

A full listing of the recipient organizations and the funds they will receive are can be found HERE.

The $125,000 awarded today in addition to the $170,446.66 awarded in May 2016 gives a grand total of $295,446.66 awarded in 2016 by the Amarillo Area Foundation, on behalf of the CNS Pantex Community Investment Fund. Two grant cycles will be held in 2017 with application deadlines of February 15th and August 15th. Information regarding 2017 grant cycles will be released in January 2017.

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The Amarillo Area Foundation is a community foundation that serves the northernmost 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle. The Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life in the Texas Panhandle. Since its inception in 1957, the Foundation has provided grants and a variety of other services to strengthen nonprofit organizations and the services they deliver.

Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS) operates the Pantex Plant, located in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex, located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, under a single contract for the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration. Pantex and Y-12 are key facilities in the U.S. Nuclear Security Enterprise, and CNS performs its work with a focus on the absolute priorities of safety, security, quality, mission delivery and cost efficiency.

Toolbox for Fundraisers Class Recognized as an Asset by Local Nonprofits and Foundations

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For more than 20 years the Foundation has provided a platform for local fundraising professionals to share their expertise through a course originally titled “The Art of Fundraising”.  This year our 2016 “Toolbox for Fundraiser’s” cohort consists of 26 students from nonprofits across the Panhandle, six of which are sponsored to attend the 11-week course because of its dynamism and quality.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Texas Plains Chapter sponsored two students representing Habit for Humanity and Word at Work. Teresa Hillman, current AFP President believes sponsoring professionals to take the class “is a natural fit” for AFP’s mission.  “Most of us in the nonprofit world understand that a fee for a class of this caliber is not always in our budget, especially if it is a small organization.  To help alleviate that cost, AFP is glad to help with scholarships. The Toolbox for Fundraisers class provides top quality fundraising advice and an upholds standards we adhere to as a profession,” says Hillman.

The Mary E. Bivins Foundation also sponsored Toolbox training for staff members from the Wesley Community Center as a component of a capacity building grant. Susan Severn, the Grants and Scholarships Program Officer at the Bivins Foundation says, “There are several ways to help a nonprofit move forward and make long-term sustainability plans. Whether that be board and staff training, or identifying and diversifying new sources of fundraising.” She states the reason they specifically provided funding for the Wesley Community Center is so that they can think creatively about how to cover the costs for their senior citizens’ program expenses. “The Wesley actually has quite a solid revenue model,” says Severn, “the challenge is that the population the Wesley serves through their senior program is often limited in terms of financial resources which makes covering those program costs more difficult.”

Students in this year’s Toolbox class are the recipients of over 88 years of combined fundraising knowledge from veteran fundraisers Charlotte Rhodes, Patricia A. Ward, and Katharyn Wiegand. Topics covered include: essential tools to be an effective fundraiser; establishing a development office; creating a case for support; constructing a development plan; marketing your organization; making the ask; stewarding donors; and preparing for the CFRE certification.

Participants who successfully complete the 33 hour course will receive 3.30 continuing education credits (CEUs) through Amarillo College.  This course also meets the requirements for those seeking credit hours for the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation. Upon successful completion of the course, each participant will have developed a case for support and a development plan for the organization of his/her choice.

The course fee is $250 for members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and $295 for all others.

Fundraising can be a daunting task if you are not sure where to start or how to stay on track, especially as the number of nonprofit organizations competing for funding increases each year. Let us help put you on the track.

Contact Roxann Ball by phone at 806-376-4521 or by email at roxann@aaf-hf.org to ask about enrollment for next year’s course.

The AAF Community Health Foundation Awards $83,000 in Grants to Healthcare Projects throughout the Panhandle

 

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Tuesday, October 26, 2016

AMARILLO – The Board of Directors of the AAF Community Health Foundation, doing business as the Harrington Regional Medical Campus (HRMC), have awarded a total of $83,000 to seven nonprofit organizations and five institutions of higher learning in their first grant cycle.  HRMC is a supporting organization of the Amarillo Area Foundation and its mission is to promote quality of life in the Texas Panhandle through exceptional healthcare, education, and research.

The Amarillo Botanical Gardens, Don Harrington Discovery Center, and Ronald McDonald House are residents of the Harrington Medical Campus and received support for capital projects. Arrow Child & Family Ministries, Downtown Women’s Center, Hansford County Hospital District, and the West Texas A&M University Foundation received funds from the HRMC Community Health Grant Program for capital or program related expenses.

Full list of recipients is available here.

The Hansford County Hospital District received the largest grant. They were awarded $15,000 to certify Registered Nurses as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and train more EMTs in order to ensure that necessary staff are available and properly trained to transfer patients to a higher level of care when needed.  The project will reduce long Emergency Room transfer times and unnecessary transfers by flight.

Amarillo College, Clarendon Community College, Frank Phillips Community College, Texas Tech University, and West Texas A&M University received funds for scholarships to area students and professionals pursuing healthcare related education. Scholarship recipients must demonstrate a commitment to locate in the region and contribute to area communities.

Organizations may only submit one grant application per twelve month period to the HRMC Community Health Program; however, receiving an HRMC grant does not affect eligibility for Amarillo Area Foundation discretionary and other competitive grants. HRMC Grant Program applications are anticipated to reopen in the summer of 2017 and will be due at noon on September 1, 2017.

Please contact grants@aaf-hf.org or call 806-376-4521 with questions.

About the Amarillo Area Foundation

The Amarillo Area Foundation is a community foundation that serves the northernmost 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle.  The mission of the Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the Texas Panhandle.  Since its inception in 1957, the Foundation has provided grants and a variety of other services to strengthen nonprofit organizations and the services they deliver

The New Face of ACE

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ACE students have completed more than 1,374 certificates and degrees and are a projected to return $2.6 billion in lifetime earnings to Amarillo’s economy.

One of the most powerful features of the ACE Scholarship Program is its ability to leverage outside sources of financial aid.  Since ACE assists students in obtaining federal, state, and local grants and scholarships, we are able to send students to college for an average cost of $1,200 per year. The ability to leverage outside aid makes ACE an excellent educational investment in Amarillo students.

As we look forward to another 20 years of assisting ACE scholars, we are asking for your help in supporting the educational aspirations of our students.  Your $100 a month actually sends a child to college through the ACE program. Will you be a face of ACE?

Meet our current ACE supporters.

Meet Christopher, an ACE student.

Visit https://www.amarilloareafoundation.org/face-of-ace to become a face of ACE today.