Amarillo Area Foundation/ The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation 2018 REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS

Each year, the Amarillo Area Foundation (AAF) and its supporting organization, The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation (HF), consider grant requests from public charities located within the northernmost 26 counties of Texas.  The application process is competitive and nonprofit organizations located within the Texas Panhandle are encouraged to apply. (Individuals and noncharitable 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.  Visit www.amarilloareafoundation.org/grants and click on “Foundation Grant Programs” for history, guidelines, eligibility, exclusions, priorities, focus areas, and additional information.

The Amarillo Area Foundation will accept proposals for the Discretionary Grant (DG) program and the Catalyst Grant (CG) Program.  The DG program accepts grant requests of over $20,000 and the CG Program accepts grant requests between $2,500 to $20,000An 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 application or a DG application.  In addition, any reporting requirements of a previous DG or CG must be fulfilled before an organization is eligible to apply. The deadlines for both programs is at 12:00 noon on the dates below.

In 2018, the Discretionary/Catalyst grant cycles will be as follows:

Applications Due Board Review
March 1 April/May
June 29 August/September
October 26* December*

 *There will be an October 26th application deadline for the Catalyst Grant program;

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

DG applications will be reviewed by AAF staff and presented to the Board of Directors for consideration.  A committee comprised of community members aged 45 and younger from across the Texas Panhandle will review applications for the CG Program and then make funding recommendations to the AAF Board.

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. 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.

 Applicants are encouraged to contact Foundation staff to arrange an appointment to discuss the potential request or with questions. For more information about the Amarillo Area Foundation or about applying for grants e-mail grants@aaf-hf.org or call 806.376.4521.

For the Love of Coffee

We are embarking on our 61st year of improving quality of life for Texas Panhandle residents.    As we begin this year, we felt like it might be time to do something new, fun and innovative. We’re always looking for new ways to engage the community around the idea of philanthropy and this spirit has crafted many of our programs over the years.

Sometimes the word “philanthropy” makes it seem like large gifts are the only ones that matter.  If you talk to nonprofit organizations, they will tell you that all donations make the mission possible.  All donations make our community stronger!

For the duration of 2018, we’ve formed an exciting partnership with our friends at Palace Coffee Company.  Beginning in February, your morning coffee can impact your community like never before.  While you’re getting your jolt for the day, you’ll be doing good for the community as well!

While we’re not spilling the beans just yet, we can say that you will not want to miss this!  You’ll be hearing more about it as we get closer to launch.

We’re just getting started!

On May 25, 2017, the Texas House of Representatives honored our 60th year.  We are so grateful for this special recognition made possible by Representative Four Price. In our 60th year of helping our neighbors in the Texas Panhandle, it’s an honor for us to have received the State of Texas House of Representatives resolution inserted below.  

 

Looking back and forward

As we finish our 60th year, we pause and think about how quality of life has improved for so many in the Panhandle through the philanthropic endeavors of our donors.  In the same breath, we see so much more need that exists, and we promise to continue our legacy built on the shoulders of the giants who came before us.  The legacy of our founders is steeped in rich traditions of making the Panhandle a better place.  Onward we go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NLNE The Partners: West Texas A&M Univesity

No Limits No Excuses: How did WTAMU get involved with No Limits, No Excuses?

West Texas A&M University: My understanding is that James Hallmark – who was the Provost at the time – had been involved with Amarillo Area Foundation and Panhandle 2020 and he was the first to hook in to what is now No Limits, No Excuses. I think they called it PPS at the time. So, he was the Provost and I was the Associate Provost, and he knew that I had been involved in  P16 initiatives for a while as a faculty member and so he asked me to start attending the meetings, and shortly after that, he left the university to go to College Station and I became the Provost.

But by that time, I think I knew enough about it that we had to be involved and  it’s something I feel strongly and passionate about, so rather than delegate it to someone else, I tried to maintain my role there. We’ve had several other people who have been involved in it as well.

 

NLNE:  What’s kept WT’s involvement during the five-plus years since No Limits, No Excuses has started?

WT: Well, I think you have to step back and look at the big picture. First of all, we’re an educational institution and so, educational attainment and providing people with high quality higher education, that’s the core mission of what we are. No Limits, No Excuses, even though it moves in lots of different directions, it looks at poverty, it looks at job training and all these other things, at its core it’s still about increasing the educational attainment of the region that we’re located in.

 

We can only thrive, we can only grow if the area that we’re located in is thriving and growing as well, and so in a sense, that’s maybe self-serving because a strong Panhandle means a strong WT. But more importantly, it’s what we’re put here to do. It’s our goal. It’s our mission. It’s to reach as many people in the area as we can and provide them with educational opportunities, and I think to partner with Amarillo College, to partner with AISD, to partner with business and to integrate ourselves into the community even more strongly than we already are.

 

NLNE: How has the partnership increased your relationship with other institutions?

WT: I guess I’ll answer that in two parts. Personally, I have gained such a broader understanding of how Amarillo College operates, the leadership there, their mission and certainly, the same is true of AISD. For a lot of people at the university, we don’t have to think very much or very hard about the independent school districts that are in the region.

I always joke about college professors who think that their students drop from the heavens on the first day of class, and don’t have any prior experience or knowledge. So, to learn about the issues facing them, to learn for instance, about the level of poverty, the number of children who are on free and reduced lunches, to learn about the breadth of programming that Amarillo College has.

All that is knowledge that I carry to meetings that I have on campus when we talk about, what’s our goal, what’s our vision, how do we connect with these people? It just provides me with the breadth of knowledge I didn’t have, and then connections, quite honestly, to important people like Russell Lowery-Hart and Dana West. I would probably not move in those circles otherwise if I didn’t have this connection.

As an institution, I think that the answer is also very similar. I try to share that information as I said, in meetings when I’m with the deans, when I’m with the President, when I’m with other people, to either clarify things or to point out chances for us to partner, or chances for us to work on a common initiative. Dr. Wendler is very open and very interested in those sorts of things, so I think that will pick up some steam now that he’s assumed his leadership role here on campus. Continue reading

Sybil Harrington Day, October 13th

Early Life

A native of Amarillo, Sybil Harrington was the granddaughter of Amarillo pioneers Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Hughes and the daughter of the late Frank and Roxy Buckingham.

In 1935, she married Donald D. Harrington, a legend in the booming Texas oil and gas industry.

The Arts

In their travels, the Harringtons enjoyed collecting art. They sought out works by Matisse, Renoir, Chagall, Pissarro, Monet and Cassatt before most collectors recognized their value.

Mrs. Harrington donated a portion of the collection to the Phoenix Museum of Art. Her historic home at 1600 S. Polk now operates as a house museum with a collection of decorative arts and furnishings.

Her devotion to the arts continued with her gifts to the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and the Juilliard School of Music.

She supported all facets of the visual and performing arts with her gifts, including support for the Amarillo Symphony and Lone Star Ballet production of “The Nutcracker” every Christmas and production of the musical drama “Texas” in Palo Duro Canyon.

She funded $1.2 million in scholarships at West Texas A&M University. The school’s board of regents dedicated the Sybil B. Harrington School of Arts and Humanities on the Canyon campus in 1989 to honor her.

The school also bestowed its first honorary doctorate on her in 1994.

Charity

The Harrington name became synonymous with every successful charitable and cultural endeavor throughout the Texas Panhandle. It appears on the regional medical center, numerous medical facilities and several of the headquarters of non-profit agencies in honor of gifts Mrs. Harrington made personally or through the Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation. After her husband’s death in 1974, she became president of the foundation. The foundation continues to make grants to organizations throughout the Panhandle as part of the Amarillo Area Foundation.

The Boy Scouts honored her with the council’s first James E. West award in 1994 to recognize her support.

Legacy

In 1983, Amarillo declared Oct. 13 as Sybil Harrington Day to honor her on her birthday. The Amarillo Globe-News listed contributions from her and the foundation to 89 Amarillo organizations and agencies.

The Harrington Library Consortium links academic and public libraries throughout the Panhandle.

Mrs. Harrington’s gifts of almost $17.5 million made the Don and Sybil Harrington Cancer Center possible. The medical center became the Harrington Regional Medical Center in 1990 to recognize her personal contributions and grants.

To support higher education, she established the Sybil B. Harrington Scholarship Fund of the Amarillo College Foundation.

The University of Texas received a gift of oil and gas properties from the Harrington Foundation worth $4.35 million, plus a gift of $1.5 million in 1992.

Mrs. Harrington died Sept. 17, 1998.

The Art of Tape

Our friends at the Citadelle Art Foundation in Canadian have quite an exciting event coming up for the month of October.  Tape Art has become a nationwide phenomenon in the 28 years since it first started. The Citadelle Art Foundation is proud to bring this dynamic and collaborative form of art to the Texas Panhandle for the month of October. Life-sized murals created using only low-adhesive tape will temporarily adorn The Citadelle Art Foundation.

An installation of previous work.

“We are fortunate to be able to bring this group of incredible artists to our community,” says Executive Director Wendie Cook.  “This group is extremely talented and their work has been featured on some of the most prestigious landmarks in the country. To be able to share this work with the people of the Panhandle is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

There will be exciting events though out the month that the whole family will enjoy.  In addition to the events around Canadian, the muralists will be going to Spearman, Stratford, and Perryton for some educational workshops.  

History of Tape Art

Tape Art was born in Providence, Rhode Island in the 1980’s. The movement began with a collection of nightly drawings made in tape on sidewalks and in public spaces. The drawings sprawled across the landscape depicting scenes of chariots, trains, and roller coasters all rendered in life-sized silhouettes. When these works of art were finished, they were always removed within 24 hours. It wasn’t unusual to see a silhouette come to life, only to disappear when the sun came up the next day. The projects quickly grew in popularity because they made art entertaining and accessible to everyone.

A promotional installation on the police station in Amarillo.

It wasn’t long before national press picked up on the drawings and the Tape Art movement took on a life of its own. At one point, the Tape Art Crew traveled 29,000 miles in six months creating work in 40 different states. These innovative works of art have been featured on the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis, Tennessee, The Revolving Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, The CBGB Gallery in New York City, and the Cattle Depot Artist Village Residency in Hong Kong, China. The Tape Art Crew expanded their work to schools, festivals, and office buildings, teaching children and adults that creativity and imagination are not bound by age. What started out as a localized community-drawing project soon grew into a worldwide phenomenon that started a conversation about art, technology, social responsibility, and the value of teamwork.

Mark your calendar and attend these great events throughout the month of October.

You can find more information on the Citadelle’s website: CLICK HERE TO VISIT 

The Citadelle Art Foundation is a supporting organization of the Amarillo Area Foundation.

The Bright Side of the Texas Panhandle

Bad news is an abundant commodity these days. You can find it everywhere you turn. From social media, to print news, to television, to the radio, there is no shortage of sad, depressing news. So much so, we often fail to see what is occurring before our eyes. It’s easy to lose our way in the shadows of negativity. But without some brilliant light, there would be no shadows. There is always a positive light shining somewhere if we only take time to look.

We have a solution

At the Amarillo Area Foundation, we are fortunate to get a daily glimpse at the multitude of ways people across the Panhandle shine through filling needs in their communities. Every day we see people volunteering, giving of their time and financial resources. Sadly, these types of stories don’t make the news often. That is why the Amarillo Area Foundation has created The Bright Side. Each Tuesday at 6:00 PM on News Channel 10, The Bright Side will spotlight one of our fund holders in a one-minute media package courtesy of the Amarillo Area Foundation. The purpose of this endeavor is to focus on the positive news in the Texas Panhandle while helping organizations and projects gain exposure to potential donors, volunteers, and those desiring their services. By providing this service for our fund holders, we hope the positive light they are shining will be amplified for more people to see. We hope people become inspired to both be and see a shining light in their corner of the Panhandle. And, we hope even more needs are filled from the arts, to education, to human services, to healthcare.

Here’s our first two in the series:

WEEK 1
WEEK 2

A Year of Positive News

For the next year, plan to see the good works of 52 different fund holders at the Amarillo Area Foundation. May it open your eyes to the generous, positive people surrounding you in the Panhandle. May it open your mind to identifying needs in your community. May it open your heart to fulfilling those needs becoming part of the bright side of the Texas Panhandle.

Tune in each Tuesday at 6:00 PM to see The Bright Side on NewsChannel 10.

Helping After Harvey

By now the stark reality of the largest flood to ever affect our country is sinking in, and you likely feel the urge to help.  Hurricane Harvey decimated much of the Texas Coast.  Our neighbors in the Houston, Port Aransas, and Rockport areas are in dire need.  The people of the Panhandle are always characterized as willing to help, and in a disaster, that’s even more so.

So, where do you give during a tragedy this big?  That is an excellent question.  In times like these, you will see many folks, organizations, or companies create drives for those affected.  We think it’s important for you, the donor, to ask questions of those who are collecting items or money in your community.

Our sister community foundation, The Greater Houston Community Foundation (https://ghcf.org/), in conjunction with the Mayor of Houston, has set up a fund that is specifically to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The GHCF does similar work in their communities that we do, and we know they are going to be helping for as long as there is a need.  You can donate to GHCF HERE

For those who would prefer to give to local organizations, here are two suggestions: 

The High Plains Food Bank (HPFB) has created a space in their warehouse specifically for donated food for the Harvey victims.  They are working with other food banks in the areas affected.  Click on this link for a list of items they are accepting:  CLICK HERE

HPFB is also taking monetary donations and sending them directly to the food banks in the affected areas.  CLICK HERE to make a donation.

The Salvation Army of Amarillo, in conjunction with Toot n’ Totum and ABC7 Amarillo, has placed red donation kettles at all Toot n’ Totum locations.  Cash donations are also accepted at the registers.  The money collected will be given to the Salvation Army in the affected areas.

The recovery from this disaster is going to be a long process, but we can band together and help those in need.

The Amarillo Area Foundation Awards over $475,000 in Scholarships

7/18/17

Contact: Broc Carter | 806.376.4521 | broc@aaf-hf.org

AMARILLO – The Amarillo Area Foundation has awarded 312 scholarships totaling $479,400 to Panhandle area students for the 2017-2018 school year.

Of the 312 scholarship awarded, 180 are for new scholarship recipients and 132 are for recipients that are continuing to receive previously awarded scholarships.  The Foundation received 3,136 applications from high school students and 108 applications from college students.  The scholarship recipients represent 23 Panhandle counties and will attend 32 different universities.

The Foundation administers 101 scholarship funds in addition to the Achievement through Commitment to Education (ACE) Scholarship program.  The Foundation’s Scholarship Selection Committee recommends recipients for 58 of the 101 non-ACE funds and local selection committees outside the Foundation recommend recipients for the remaining funds.  The Foundation manages many unique scholarships that are not only for graduating high school seniors but are also for individuals who are already college students.

”Now that the application is online, more students from the Panhandle area are accessing and applying for scholarships that are managed by the Foundation. We are proud to be investing in the future of many young Panhandle residents, both local and rural,” said Amarillo Area Foundation Vice President of Community Investment, Katharyn Wiegand.

For more information on Amarillo Area Foundation Scholarships contact scholarships@aaf-hf.org or 806-376-4521. You can also visit amarilloareafoundation.org/scholarships.

To donate or to establish a scholarship fund contact Amy Lovell, Director of Development at amy@aaf-hf.org or 806-376-4521.

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 Texas Panhandle residents.  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.

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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 for Texas Panhandle residents.  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