The Heroic Legacy of Kathy Ryan


In the 2006 wildfires a hero, Kathy Ryan, lost her life.  As a tribute to their mother, Kathy’s children set up a fund at the Amarillo Area Foundation.  The goal of the fund is to provide grants to rural fire and rescue entities to increase fire education, allow for important equipment to be purchased or to expand work that is already taking place.  The Fund, established by the family of Kathy Ryan and the law firm of Lovell, Lovell, Isern, & Farabough and managed by the Amarillo Area Foundation, has given more than $50,000 in grants to deserving first responder organizations in the Texas Panhandle – excluding Potter and Randall counties.

Pamela Ayers and Tonya Griffin award a $10,000 grant to Chief Curtis Brown from the Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department.

 

 

 

2018 Grant Recipient

Today at the Amarillo Area Foundation offices, Kathy’s children were able to give a $10,000 grant to the Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department to help build a training facility for fire and rescue operations in Dallam, Hartley, and Sherman Counties.

How You Can Help!

If you would like to donate to the Kathy Ryan Fund, please CLICK HERE
(Choose Kathy Ryan Fund from the drop-down menu)         

More About Kathy Ryan

Here’s a look at the live video from this morning’s announcement and grant recipient.

 

Disaster Relief Fund in Texas Panhandle

For a number of years, the Amarillo Area Foundation has maintained the Panhandle Natural Disaster Fund to help residents in the top 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle during times of disaster.  The purpose of this fund is to have a venue in which donations can easily be made to support and bring relief to Texas Panhandle Residents.

Our work in 2017

In 2017, wildfires brought pain and destruction to the Texas Panhandle with loss of life, livestock, and property.  The AAF Panhandle Disaster Relief Fund was used to support the efforts of the Working Ranch Cowboy Association to mitigate the loss to the cowboys and ranchers impacted by the fires.  Generous donors, some from outside the 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle, gave to bring relief.

How the fund works

The Foundation is not legally allowed to make distributions directly to individuals, but will make the distributions to the non-profit organizations on the frontlines of those affected. Our goal is long-term disaster relief as funds allow, because when the disaster is over it’s just the beginning of getting things back to normal.

Whether it is wildfires, tornados, hail or any other natural disaster, the Amarillo Area Foundation stands ready to receive donations to supply the needed assistance.

You do not have to wait for a disaster — consider supporting before the storm. Gifts of any size will help those in their time of need.

Here’s the link to donate, now: CLICK HERE

If you would like more information regarding the Panhandle Disaster Relief Fund, please contact Trent Hill, 806.376.4521.

 

Panhandle Disaster Relief Fund to help the top 26 counties as the drought conditions continue

Amarillo, TX – The Panhandle Disaster Relief Fund, established to help those affected by natural disasters in the Texas Panhandle, is seeking donations as a devastating drought continues to worsen in the area.  As disasters happen across the area, the Amarillo Area Foundation works with local and regional organizations to help offset the burdens left in the wake of the incidents.

In 2017, the fund helped cattle ranchers who were devastated by the March fires that spread across the Panhandle and High Plains. Those fires devastated hundreds of thousands of acres of ranch land and thousands of miles of fence, killed and maimed livestock and, worst of all, caused the loss of four lives. After the fires were contained, help was needed as quickly as possible.

100% of donations will be sent directly to those impacted by disasters and can be made on Amarillo Area Foundation’s website (amarilloareafoundation.org).  Donations are needed immediately as the region heads into the spring season and the extended forecast doesn’t include rain. It’s a critical time to receive donations in order to be able to meet any needs effectively should a disaster arise.

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.

 

The Power of a Grant

The Panhandle of Texas is a beautiful place full of open spaces and the best sunsets you’ve ever seen.  The 26-county area is also known to have more head of cattle than people.  The mostly rural landscape presents challenges when you begin to talk about student access to training for careers.  School districts in our rural communities have limited resources available for students to pursue studies in the area of healthcare.

The costs of implementing programs in healthcare are often too much for a rural school district to facilitate.  Lack of funding creates a problem for students to get clinical experience and familiarity in healthcare.  These issues persist while shortages of healthcare workers exist nation-wide.

There has to be a better way!  Thanks to the Coalition of Health Services, Amarillo ISD’s AACAL campus, and SimCentral there is a solution to these challenges.  Using technology to give students access to the training needed for in-demand careers is exactly the type of project that the Amarillo Area Foundation funds.

Here’s a look at the impact of this grant:

CNS Pantex 2018 Grant Cycle

 

 

Amarillo Area Foundation Request for Grant Proposals

March 1, 2018

On behalf of Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC, responsible for the management and operations of the Pantex Plant, the Amarillo Area Foundation (AAF) announces a Request for Proposals (RFP).  The Advisory Committee for the CNS Pantex Community Investment Fund, a component fund of the Amarillo Area Foundation, will entertain proposals from nonprofit and charitable institutions throughout the twenty-six northernmost counties in the Texas Panhandle (individuals and non-charitable organizations are not eligible). Grant amounts will range from $2,500 to $10,000. The application process will be competitive. Organizations who fit the eligibility requirements and whose work is in line with the priorities are encouraged to apply.  Only one application per organization will be accepted.  General operating support is a low priority.

The priorities for funding are:

  • Basic Needs (Food, Clothing, and Shelter)
  • Children, Youth, and Family
  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Health and Wellness

2017 Grant Recipient

Priority will be given to proposals from organizations located and operating in one of the twelve contiguous counties surrounding the Pantex Plant with preference given to projects that serve multiple priority counties. These counties are Armstrong, Carson, Deaf Smith, Donley, Gray, Hall, Hutchison, Moore, Oldham, Potter, Randall, and Swisher.

Applications are available online at aaf.spectrumportal.net and are due April 27, 2018 by 12:00 noon.  Please note this will be the only CNS Pantex competitive grant cycle in 2018.  See www.amarilloareafoundation.org/application-2016 for instructions on how to register in the Spectrum portal. If you have any questions, please contact grant staff at 806.376.4521 or grants@aaf-hf.org.  The anticipated timeline is below.

The Panhandle Gives 2018 Registration is NOW OPEN!

It’s TIME!  Time for what you ask?  It’s time to register your organization for the 2018 Panhandle Gives campaign!  You can help spread the word by making sure your favorite nonprofit is participating.

Exciting News

Two years ago, the Amarillo Area Foundation started a giving day that coincided with #GivingTuesday, an international day of philanthropy on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year we’re going bigger.  We are excited to announce that the Amarillo Area Foundation has contributed $100,000 to enhance your organization’s fundraising efforts during this campaign. This means your favorite organization could qualify for a portion of this contribution by participating in The Panhandle Gives 2018.

What You Can Do

Encourage your favorite nonprofit to register to learn how their organization can benefit from the $100,000 contribution from the Amarillo Area Foundation.

Here’s where to register: bit.ly/panhandlegives. Complete the online registration and return the agreement via email: thepanhandlegives@aaf-hf.org or mail to Amarillo Area Foundation, 801 S. Fillmore, STE 700, Amarillo, TX 79101 by 3/30/18.  The $75 registration fee is due by 4-25-18

Send this information to your favorite organizations and make sure they don’t miss out on the fun and funds!

Got questions? Click HERE for FAQ’s.

Spilling the beans!

What’s this all about?

Earlier this month we hinted at an exciting promotion we are launching with our friends at Palace Coffee Company. We are so happy we can now spill the (coffee) beans! For years, Palace Coffee has been giving back to local nonprofits through their “Cause Latte” program. For each Cause Latte purchased in any of their locations, Palace gives back $1 to the organization chosen for that month. We think that is such a great idea and we asked how we could help. As a result, The Amarillo Area Foundation and Palace Coffee have created a co-branded coffee sleeve with a QR code. When someone scans the QR code, it will take them to a landing page where they can enter their information and email address. For each unique scan, Amarillo Area Foundation will give $5 to that month’s cause organization! This also means that the customer doesn’t necessarily have to purchase a Cause Latte – they can scan the code from any drink purchase! Amarillo Area Foundation will tally the QR scans all month long up to $1,500.

How you can participate

This promotion will start February 1 — just in time to celebrate Palace Coffee’s newest location opening on Amarillo College’s Washington Street campus! The February organization will be The American Heart Association. Keep posted for all upcoming Cause Latte organizations. You will be able to partner with AAF and Palace every month in 2018 by simply getting your caffeine fix and scanning the QR!

We look forward to continuing partnerships with organizations that help to improve quality of life for Texas Panhandle residents. 2018 is off to a great start!

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!