The Amarillo Area Foundation Kicks Off the Second Half of 2016 by Awarding an Additional $900,000 to Area Nonprofits

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Tuesday, September 12, 2016

AMARILLO – The Board of Directors of the Amarillo Area Foundation, and its supporting organization The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation, have awarded $906,836 in grants with their general grantmaking funds.

Ten Amarillo area nonprofit organizations were approved for funding with discretionary grantmaking dollars. Over half of the projects supported in this discretionary grant cycle were health focused. The largest award was a $373,000 grant contributing to the construction of a residential alcohol and drug recovery center in Amarillo.

President and CEO, Clay Stribling said, “We are very pleased with the response to our grants programs for 2016. The quality of applications, particularly for healthcare projects, was extremely high.”

Amarillo Area Foundation’s newest grant making program, The Catalyst Grant program, awarded small grants between $5,000-$14,000 to five nonprofit organizations with projects focusing on education, health, and human services.

“The Catalyst Grant program provides an easier application process for smaller grant amounts while engaging young community members across the Panhandle through the review process. Receiving 18 applications during the first grant cycle indicates we are on the right track for enhancing our grant offerings,” said Katharyn Wiegand, Vice President of Community Engagement.

The final Amarillo Area Foundation and The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation discretionary grant cycle for 2016 is now open. Nonprofits with moderate grant requests (not to exceed $50,000) are encouraged to apply.  Due to the shortened grant cycle, please contact Kathie Grant, Grants Administrator (376.4521 or kathie@aaf-hf.org) if your organization plans to apply.

In addition, the newly formed Catalyst Grant program, which provides grant awards from $2,500 to $20,000 for programs and projects that fall within the Foundation focus areas, is also accepting applications. There is a special focus in the Catalyst Grant program on capacity building and general operating requests. Please visit our blog to view the full RFP. You can do so here: http://blog.amarilloareafoundation.org/2016/09/07/aafhf-request-for-proposals/

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 full list of recipients is available here.

AAF/HF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

for_immediate_release_actual_-copyEach year, the Amarillo Area Foundation and its supporting organization, The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation, consider grant requests from charitable organizations located within the northernmost 26 counties of Texas.  The application process is competitive and charitable organizations located within the Texas Panhandle are encouraged to apply.  (Individuals and non-charitable agencies are not eligible to apply for funding.)  Grant applications are considered by the Amarillo Area Foundation and its supporting organization, The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation, via a single application.  The Harrington Foundation does not receive grant requests directly from nonprofit organizations.

The Amarillo Area Foundation and The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation have limited Discretionary Grant funds that remain unallocated for 2016.  Nonprofits with moderate grant requests (not to exceed $50,000) are encouraged to apply.  Due to the shortened grant cycle, please contact Kathie Grant, Grants Administrator (376.4521 or kathie@aaf-hf.org) if your organization plans to apply.

In addition, the newly formed Catalyst Grant program, which provides grant awards from $2,500 to $20,000 for programs and projects that fall within the Foundation focus areas, is also accepting applications.  (Please note, organizations who seek grant funding in excess of $20,000 will continue to utilize the Discretionary Grant application.)  There is a special focus in the Catalyst Grant program on capacity building and general operating requests.

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 Catalyst Grant application or a Discretionary Grant application.  In addition, any reporting requirements of a previous Foundation grant must be fulfilled before an organization is eligible to apply.  Visit www.amarilloareafoundation.org/grants and click on ‘Foundation Grant Programs’ for guidelines and priorities. The deadline for both programs is October 24, 2016, at 12:00 noon.  Decisions for funding will be made in early December 2016.

Applications must be submitted through the online portal aaf.spectrumportal.net.  Please click on the ‘Application’ page of the grants page to get more information about the Spectrum Portal and the application process. Upon submission, applications and accompanying materials become the property of the Foundation and are used as deemed appropriate.  These materials may be reviewed with others as part of the assessment process.  Information may also be shared with other foundations and funding sources that call for information about community projects.

ClICK HERE for RFP as a document.

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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 for residents in the Texas Panhandle.  Since inception in 1957, the Foundation has provided grants and other services to strengthen nonprofit organizations and the services they deliver.

Amarillo Area Foundation Announces Completion of ACE Expansion Campaign

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AMARILLO, TX – In 2009, the Amarillo Area Foundation made a commitment to grow the ACE Endowment by $5 million. Growing the endowment allowed the ACE program to expand its outreach to three elementary schools in the Tasocsa High School cluster. Fifth graders attending Bivins, Margaret Wills, and San Jacinto elementary schools are now eligible for ACE scholarship funds if they enter Tascosa in their freshman year and maintain the program requirements for grades, attendance, and behavior.

This past May, 39 Tascosa seniors graduated ACE eligible, joining 154 of their ACE colleagues from Palo Duro and 192 ACE graduates from Caprock High School. Roya and Sheida Jaberiandoraji were the first two Tascosa ACE graduates.  Both girls completed high school in two years and began their college career at Amarillo College in 2014.  They are currently studying at West Texas A&M University this fall.

Since the first graduating class of ACE students in 1998, more than 4,800 students have graduated ACE eligible, 3,267 have attended college on an ACE scholarship, and 1,374 have earned a college degree or postsecondary certificate. Almost $6.5 million has been awarded in ACE scholarships and the Amarillo Area Foundation has helped students obtain more than $16 million in federal funding and other scholarship funds. ACE students have a wealth of resources to assist them in their postsecondary pursuits because of the dedication of ACE donors.

More than 2,000 donors have made gifts to ACE totaling over $9.9 million since the inception of the program in 1994. Individuals, corporations, and foundations made diligent efforts to provide lasting impact in the lives of ACE students and their families and also in the social and economic prosperity of the Amarillo community.

A special gift was made in honor of Robin Gilliland Weir by her husband, David Weir, to finalize the expansion. Gilliland Weir was Co-Chair of the ACE Campaign with Allen Durrett. Gilliland Weir commented, “I am so proud of our community for creating and funding ACE for 22 years. I have always loved this program because of how many lives it has touched.  To educate the youth of our community is a win/win for all of us!”

For Gilliland Weir, giving to ACE was also a familial legacy. “My parents have been donors to ACE since it began at Palo Duro and set an example of the importance of helping others to break down the barriers to a college education.  My husband is also a donor and is so understanding and supportive of the students who face challenges to postsecondary education.”

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Toolbox for Fundraisers

tookbox_graphic As the number of nonprofit organizations increases each year, the ability to create and nurture relationships with donors is critical.  Fundraising can be a daunting task if you are not sure where to start or how to stay on track.

For more than 20 years, local fundraising professionals have shared their expertise through a course originally titled “The Art of Fundraising”.  The course is updated each year to include current trends and information and is now known as “Toolbox for Fundraisers”.

The 2016 Toolbox for Fundraisers course will provide detailed materials and instruction from fundraising professionals with more than 88 years of combined fundraising experience:

Charlotte Rhodes, ACFRE     Patricia A. Ward, CFRE     Katharyn Wiegand, CFRE

Presented  the Amarillo Area Foundation’s Nonprofit Service Center, Toolbox for Fundraisers course topics 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

*                Preparing for Your CFRE Certification

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 is presented in weekly sessions from 9:00 AM to noon on Wednesdays from September 7, 2016 through November 16, 2016.  Sessions are held at the Amarillo Area Foundation – 801 S. Fillmore, 7th floor.

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.

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

To reserve a spot for the fall 2016 course, contact Roxann Ball by phone (806.376.4521) or e-mail (roxann@aaf-hf.org) by September 2, 2016.toolbox_topics

Dugger Legacy Continues Through Scholarship Fund

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AMARILLO, TX – The Amarillo Area Foundation is the benefactor of a major gift from Bus and Freda Dugger in the amount of $1 million. The gift, finalized after Bus Dugger’s passing in April of this year, will establish an endowed scholarship fund for juniors and seniors attending West Texas A&M University. It is the largest principal scholarship gift designated specifically for high school students from the Texas Panhandle the Foundation has ever received.

Born, raised, and originally educated in Oklahoma, Dugger’s career in sales brought him to Amarillo where he met Cal Farley. Dugger and Farley formed Kids Inc., Amarillo’s youth sports organization, in 1945.  While garnering support for Kids Inc. from Glenwood Elementary’s PTA, Bus met his wife, Freda – an Amarillo native and music teacher. They married in March of the same year.

The Dugger’s were strongly connected to our local Panhandle postsecondary institutions. Freda began her education at Amarillo Junior College and finished with a Master’s in Education from West Texas State University. Bus completed his Bachelor’s and Masters at West Texas A&M University in 1955 and 1956, respectively.

Both Freda and Bus were educators themselves. Freda taught in Enid and Shallowater as well Humphrey’s Highland and Forest Hill once she and Bus returned to Amarillo. Bus was the Supervisor of Adult Education at Amarillo College from 1961-1966 until Cal Farley convinced Bus to take a position at Boy’s Ranch. Bus stayed at Boys Ranch until his retirement in 1982.

Bus was inducted as the 137th member to the Texas Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame for his work with Kids Inc. and his role as a basketball and football official for high school, college, and the NIBL for 33 years.

Kids Inc. President & CEO Jimmy Lackey, a close friend of the Duggers, had this to say about the intent behind their gift to AAF: “Mr. and Mrs. Dugger were unable to have children of their own. This scholarship endowment is their way of extending their genuine care for young people that will provide educational opportunities for students from the Texas Panhandle from now on. What a gift.”

College juniors and seniors with a 3.0 GPA attending or planning to attend West Texas A&M University who completed high school in the 26 northernmost counties of the Texas Panhandle are eligible to apply for the $2,000 annual scholarship. The scholarship is renewable for two consecutive semesters for college juniors.

To apply for the Dugger Scholarship please visit www.amarilloareafoundation.org/scholarships. Our general scholarship application for the 2017-2018 academic year will open on November 1, 2016 and close on February 10, 2017 at 12:00pm.

To donate to the CC “Bus” and Freda Dugger Endowed Scholarship Fund please contact Kasey Long, Director of Development, by email kasey@aaf-hf.org or phone 806-476-4521.

Philanthropic Trends

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Have you read Vikki Spruill’s article on the misinformation surrounding DAF’s, yet? If you haven’t do so below.

Donor-advised funds (DAFs) are a popular topic these days. DAFs are powerful giving mechanisms set up at financial institutions and community foundations that allow donors to support and remain connected to causes and issues they care about most.

When explained, people get it. They see the power and need for DAFs. Despite the inroads we have made in educating elected officials, journalists, and the general public about DAFs, damaging misinformation continues to be put out about them.

http://www.cof.org/blogs/re-philanthropy/2016-07-07/harm-misinformation-philanthropy-needs-dafs

Granting Opportunities: Gateway to Health Careers

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In honor of our 2015 Annual Report, which focuses on the various components of healthy communities, we wanted to highlight the work of a past grant recipient that is fostering healthy communities. The Gateway to Health Careers project coordinated by the Coalition of Health Services was an easy choice. The project received $125,000 in funding from two Amarillo Area Foundation supporting organizations and cultivates the health of 13 rural communities by providing health science education for its young people. The goal is to retain local talent for the healthcare workforce in rural communities, while also providing quality healthcare for local residents.

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Across the Panhandle instructors available to teach more nursing students are lacking, especially instructors that are able to facilitate instruction in rural communities. A lack of available equipment for training and a lack of facility space for students are also problems prohibiting accessible healthcare across the Panhandle.

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She Gives: Berklye Bonifield

She_gives_graphicIn this edition of She Gives we are featuring Berklye Bonifield’s inspiring philanthropic story. You will be moved by her wisdom and strength.

Thank you for sharing your story, Berklye.

I give back. It’s something I always wanted to do and was brought up to do. The question as a relatively young adult is now just a matter of where to create the most impact since the decision is completely my own.

Growing up in church, I saw my parents faithfully tithe and I grew up learning the importance of giving back. My parents would give me an allowance for doing chores as a little girl and I had the opportunity to tithe a little portion of it. As I grew older our church youth group would actually go out into the community and serve. Seeing the need firsthand as a young girl left a lasting impression on me. Needless to say, giving has been engrained in me since I was a young and was and will always be a top priority for me.

There are so many options to donate to but I knew in my heart I needed to give to something that focused on children. I have always had a passion for helping children. I am drawn to children because they are innocent and cannot help what situation they are born into. People willing to give not only money but time can change the circumstances for children. After all, they are our future and we need to help provide the best possible support for them to help grow and shape the community. Continue reading

Panhandle Pattern Wind Grant Given

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PATTERN PANHANDLE WIND AWARDS $25,000 TO PANHANDLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT IN SECOND GRANT CYCLE

The Amarillo Area Foundation will distribute $25,000 to Panhandle Independent School District in the second grant cycle of the Panhandle Wind Community Benefits Program. An additional grant cycle for the Panhandle Wind Community Benefits Program was held to disburse the remaining $25,000 allocated for organizations providing direct educational opportunities for Carson County residents.

Earlier this year on behalf of Pattern Energy, the Amarillo Area Foundation distributed $175,000 to various Carson County civic and education organizations. Pattern Energy’s Panhandle Wind facility established the Panhandle Wind Community Benefits Program at the Amarillo Area Foundation to benefit residents of Carson County. An advisory committee of Carson County residents reviews grant applications, recommends specific charitable projects to support, and advises on the timing and size of distributions.

The $25,000 distribution to Panhandle Independent School District from this grant cycle will purchase a plasma cutter for Panhandle High School’s welding and metal trade programs, as well as upgrade its culinary arts program. Continue reading

HRMC Grant Cycle Now Open

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Request for Proposals

The AAF Community Health Foundation, otherwise known as the Harrington Regional Medical Campus (HRMC), is proud to announce new grant programs.

The intent of the Harrington Regional Medical Campus (HRMC) Resident Grant Program and the Harrington Regional Medical Campus (HRMC) Community Health Grant Program is to improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare ultimately leading to an improved quality of life for residents of the top 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle.

Both grant programs are competitive and proposals for healthcare related projects will be accepted from organizations that hold a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; a recognized government entity: state, county, or city agency, including law enforcement or fire departments, that are requesting funds exclusively for public purposes; a K-12 public school, community/junior college, state college or university; or a church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large.

HRMC Resident Grant Program: The HRMC Board will accept grant applications from Medical Campus resident nonprofit institutions and other eligible organizations located in the Medical Campus for projects and capital improvements.  Preference will be given to Ronald McDonald House, Turn Center, Amarillo Botanical Gardens, Don Harrington Discovery Center, and Coffee Memorial Blood Center.   $21,000 is available and proposals for up to $20,000 will be accepted. High priority will be given to specific project-related proposals.  Operational support is a low priority.

HRMC Community Health Grant Program: The HRMC Board will accept grant proposals from eligible organizations located throughout the 26 county region.  $42,000 is available and proposals for up to $20,000 will be accepted.  High priority will be for specific project-related proposals as well as challenge and/or matching grants.  Proposals will be accepted for capital projects, capacity building, innovative projects, and research projects.  Operational support is a low priority.

Organizations may only submit one grant application per twelve month period; however, Medical Campus Residents may submit a grant application to both the HRMC Resident Grant Program and the HRMC Community Health Grant Program in the same year

The Amarillo Area Foundation will accept applications for both the HRMC Resident Grant program and the HRMC Community Health Grant Program until noon on Thursday, September 15, 2016.  Applications for both grant programs must be submitted through the Foundation’s online portal which can be accessed on the Internet at aaf.spectrumportal.net. Applications or parts of applications submitted in any other manner (paper, e-mail, etc.) will not be accepted.  For more information regarding the online application please see www.amarilloareafoundation.org/application-2016.

Selection Process Both grant programs are competitive. Applications will be reviewed by AAF staff for eligibility and completeness. The HRMC Board of Directors will review the applications and make funding decisions.

For information on how to apply go here: http://www.amarilloareafoundation.org/hrmc-grant-programs

Contact information Contact grants@aaf-hf.org or call 806.376.4521 with any questions.