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Partner with the Amarillo Area Foundation.

Who Are our Partners? 

At the Amarillo Area Foundation (AAF), we are grateful to the many supporters that generously give an annual gift to help us achieve our mission of improving quality of life for Texas Panhandle residents.  Until recently, you have been our “Members,” however, we at the Foundation feel that you are so much more – you are our Partners as we strive to serve the 26 counties of the Panhandle.   

Beginning in 2019, the campaign “Panhandle Partners in Philanthropy” will highlight the projects that your contributions have made possible throughout the Texas Panhandle.  While fundamentally the “membership” process has not changed, the Foundation believes that the name “Partners” better reflects what your gift means in serving our surrounding communities.   

What to Expect?  

On the anniversary of your partnership, you will still receive correspondence with an opportunity to renew your support with the Foundation.  Your gifts help sponsor AAF programs such as The Panhandle Gives which raised over $865,120 for organizations throughout the Panhandle on Giving Tuesday as well as ongoing initiatives that provide scholarships for area students.  Your support allows these programs to continue to grow and reach even more of our organizations and neighbors.   

In addition to our new campaign, we are also excited to welcome Trevor and Sarah Caviness as our 2019 Panhandle Partners in Philanthropy Chairs.  They encourage others to partner with AAF because they believe it is important for people to: 

  • Make a positive difference for residents of the Panhandle. 
  • Serve a purpose greater than self. 
  • Learn new things about this great place we call home. 
  • Be part of a team where people trust, help, and support one another. 

Their dedication to the Texas Panhandle is evident, and we are grateful for their advocacy on behalf of AAF. 

Why Should You Join? 

The Texas Panhandle is a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family.  We are also blessed to have countless organizations that serve a vast array of needs throughout our communities.  As a Panhandle Partner in Philanthropy, you can further assist these organizations and their missions of helping shape the Panhandle by simply giving your annual donation.   

Please join us!  There are several ways to either renew your partnership or to get the process started – by giving individually, corporately, or by becoming a fund holder.   

Please feel free to reach out to Jayla Lackey, Director of Annual Giving, at jayla@aaf-hf.org or 806-350-4519 with any questions.  Thank you for helping us improve quality of life for residents of the Texas Panhandle through your partnership.

The power of endowment

The Alvin A. and Hattie Mae Bush Scholarship Fund, created by Mr. and Mrs. Bush in 1970 with an initial gift of $100,000, honors the career of accounting the couple enjoyed together for many years.  Significant in my ways, most notably as the first fund of the Amarillo Area Foundation, this fund seamlessly created a legacy for future accountants in the Texas Panhandle.  In the original press release, Mr. Bush said, “It has long been our desire to give financial assistance to area students that exhibit potential expertise in accounting.” Since this first scholarship was established, the Amarillo Area Foundation has grown their scholarship program exponentially, awarding over $1,000,000 in scholarships annually.    

The Bush scholarship has awarded $514,000 in scholarships since its inception.  By endowing the fund, the Bush’s guaranteed that the scholarship will be awarded in perpetuity and students that “exhibit potential expertise in accounting” will be ensured opportunities for secondary education.  

Though Mr. and Mrs. Bush both passed away in 1982, the scholarship continues their legacy for future generations of accounting professionals. That’s the power of endowment.   

 If you’re interested in setting up your legacy, contact our development team:  amy@aaf-hf.org, 806.376.4521  

 

The Executive Director Leader Circle a Service of the Amarillo Area Foundation Nonprofit Service Center

Working in the world of nonprofit often means that Executive Directors are pulled in different directions and need to utilize many skills and talents. They are required to accomplish great things with limited funding and personnel.  Additionally, many nonprofit Executive Directors work in environments that are often isolated and stressful, straddling the space between staff, board members, donors, and the constituents they serve.  They need a support group that can provide honest assessments and ideas regarding challenges, opportunities, and frustrations.  They also need a group that can speak to unique topics of current interest that require special expertise that may be expensive and difficult to find.  In support of its goal to equip nonprofits for success through consulting, education, networking, and resources, the Amarillo Area Foundation Nonprofit Service Center provides this service to Executive Directors of nonprofit organizations.

In 2006, the Nonprofit Service Center launched a series of Leader Circles designed to benefit nonprofit professionals in the Panhandle. The Executive Director Leader Circle provides a confidential environment where nonprofit leaders can freely learn and interact with their peers.

Circle members meet mont

hly to discuss management and communications issues, board relations, fundraising, marketing, and other topics. Each meeting offers a roundtable discussion or a featured guest speaker. A vast variety of community leaders, professionals such as attorneys and accountants, business and nonprofit consultants, and business leaders and owners have shared their considerable knowledge with the circle. Annually, local attendees of the Association of Fundraising Professionals international conference are invited to address the group to share highlights from their favorite session, key takeaways, and identified trends. An experienced facilitator helps participants use the Leader Circle to identify and meet their specific needs. Participation is encouraged and each meeting is open to everything from sharing best practices to asking specific advice.

Networking time is provided before and after each meeting allowing the members to make contacts, form collaborations, and exc

hange ideas. Additionally, every month a different member is asked to provide a brief profile of their agency and the important work that they do.

The Amarillo Area Foundation Nonprofit Service Center’s goal is to provide an interactive topical experience for participants, address the hot-button issues they are facing, and collectively take advantage of and share their knowledge and experience. In a recent survey, 100% of Executive Director Leader Circle participants indicated that each month they learn something that helps them in their work at their organization.

Below are testimonials from ED Leader Circle members:

“The Executive Director Leaders Circle is a very useful tool for nonprofit executives. Boards should be aware of the value of the meetings and strongly persuade EDs to attend. The Amarillo Area Foundation does a great job in offering this resource to the community.”

“I am so happy to be involved in the group. Being the only staff person, it’s easy to feel isolated, but when I can come and network and learn with other directors I realize I have a larger support system.”

“I have been an executive director for 19 years and still learn so much during the Leader Circles from my peers. It is wonderful to find out that big or small, all of our organizations have some of the same problems.  It also brings me up to date on many of the issues facing nonprofit organizations today.”

“The Leader Circle is a meeting I look forward to attending each time. We are able to determine topics as a group that address current needs and issues. In addition to the excellent information presented, we are also able to share best practices, ideas, and peer-to-peer support.”

“It’s a lot like a unique club that meets once a month. I find it really supportive to meet other people who have similar problems and experiences and see how they handle these issues.  It also helps to understand how their boards deal with different situations.  Fundraising is always a topic and it’s great to hear how my colleagues are doing in raising funds to support their missions.”

If you feel joining the circle would positively enhance your role as a nonprofit leader or for more information please contact Roxann Ball at 806.376.4521 or roxann@aaf-hf.org,

Or you can register HERE