Category Archives: Texas Panhandle

Charitable Gift Annuities – Plan Today for a Future You Can Count On

You may be tired of living at the mercy of the fluctuating stock and real estate markets. A charitable gift annuity is a gift made to our organization that can provide you with a secure source of fixed payments for life.

Benefits of a charitable gift annuity

  • Receive fixed payments to you or another annuitant you designate for life
  • Receive a charitable income tax deduction for the charitable gift portion of the annuity
  • Benefit from payments that may be partially tax-free
  • Further the charitable work of Amarillo Area Foundation with your gift

How a charitable gift annuity works

A charitable gift annuity is a way to make a gift to support Amarillo Area Foundation.

  1. You transfer cash or property to Amarillo Area Foundation.
  2. In exchange, we promise to pay fixed payments to you for life. The payment can be quite high depending on your age, and a portion of each payment may even be tax-free.
  3. You will receive a charitable income tax deduction for the gift portion of the annuity.
  4. You also receive satisfaction, knowing that you will be helping further our mission.

If you decide to fund your gift annuity with cash, a significant portion of the annuity payment will be tax-free. You may also make a gift of appreciated securities to fund a gift annuity and avoid a portion of the capital gains tax. Please contact us to inquire about other assets that you might be able to use to fund a charitable gift annuity. To calculate what your benefits might be, please visit our website.

Contact us

If you have any questions about charitable gift annuities, please contact Trent at trent@aaf-hf.org or call 242-031. Or, contact Amy at amy@aaf-hf.org or 242-0305. We would be happy to assist you and answer your questions.

 

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.

 

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:

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.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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.

NLNE The Partners: WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS

No Limits No Excuses: How was Workforce Solutions originally involved in NLNE?

Workforce Solutions: We became involved with the original Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant application.  There was an invitation to the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission, and then that invitation eventually came our way too.  We were also involved with Panhandle Twenty/20 which initiated a lot of the relationships. Gary Pitner thought that after the initial process for the Gates grant, Workforce would be a natural partner, and here we are.

NLNE: What has kept Workforce Solutions involved in this process for the 5+ years?

WS: We have been asked to play a very important role in this initiative, and that always brings us back to the table.  If you’re asked to just show up to meetings and occasionally participate, then you might just fade away, but we have been asked to be an important player.  We have been asked to build a lot of the structure and the documentation for the success plan.  We were very invested in that process.  NLNE fits what we’re trying to accomplish as an organization.  What we want for our employers and job seekers is to fit each other’s needs.   The idea to train students in a future workforce just dovetails into what we’re trying to accomplish already.  This work is what we would be doing, a lot smaller scale, but because of the players, resources, and relationships, it’s getting done faster and more effectively.  We also stay involved because we see progress. We see things happening.  We are seeing the needle move, and we are optimistic that we are going to continue to see this happen. We signed on to a project that had a 15-year lifespan, and we did that intentionally.

NLNE: How has the partnership increased your relationships with other institutions.

WS: We are part of the conversation a lot earlier in the lives of students than we have been previously.  We were having to deal with students however they came to us, now we are getting to influence the discussion earlier.  We have a stronger voice in the school district than we did a few years ago. We are getting to be the voice of the employer and speak for them to the educational system.  We have had a lot of events and the relationships within the partnership have made those events even more successful.  A good example is what we have put a lot of emphasis on which we call career fairs or career exploration events.  Those events are much easier to build with the relationships we have with AISD.  Amarillo College accomplishes outcomes with all of use working together.  Another great example is the Career Explorer videos that we created.  We already had intentions of creating videos to highlight in-demand occupations. Allowing No Limits No Excuses to be the marketing piece so thousands of students will view these videos, that has really allowed us to leverage our work to an even greater scale.   We have always had these relationships, but inside NLNE, it’s intensified and they trust us and value us because we are on the same page.

NLNE: What changes in culture in regard to universal achievement have you seen in our area?

WS: I receive tweets from my children’s high school all the time.  They are sending information about deadlines for scholarship and FAFSA.  About two months ago, the counselor sent a tweet about the apprenticeship opportunities for the electrical apprenticeship program.  I thought to myself, “we’ve made some progress.”  I am totally impressed that we are now acknowledging at the high school level that an apprenticeship program is equivalent to a college scholarship.  Educators are now understanding that career and technical education is just as valuable as a four-year degree, and we’ve come a long way when that’s the reality.  It was a milestone in my mind.

NLNE: What role does Workforce Solutions play inside the NLNE partnership

WS:  We understand that we have a long-term goal of investing in the success plan and we are looking at a 15-year project.  Our role is to continue the course and still accomplish the parts that need to happen.  There are a lot of specific activities that we need to continue accomplishing, like our career fairs and the continuation of the career spotlight videos.  We need to provide resources to continue those.

NLNE:  What does the future of postsecondary education and workforce look like for our area?

WS: I hope our future workforce looks at what jobs are going to pay, and what jobs are in demand and then decides on an educational pathway that gets them to a productive end.  A more informed educational pathway is the short answer.

NLNE: What impact has NLNE had on your organization physically or culturally?

WS: Postsecondary education is part of our culture at Workforce Solutions. Given the mix of federal and state programs, it already exists part of our organization.  I think the Career Explorer videos are really a quality product that we may not have invested as much time and energy into if we didn’t realize how they were going to be promoted and utilized with NLNE.  Our willingness to dedicate staff time and funds was based on the knowledge that it was going to be fully utilized with NLNE’s help.  We are also having bigger and better career fairs and we are looking for an even bigger event next year.

NLNE: What impact has NLNE had on the community?

WS: I value what AISD, Amarillo College, and the other partners do to really address the needs of the student.  When I shop at the grocery store and ask my sacker what his plan is, and I was sharing the story with friend and they had the same sacker because the stories matched up perfectly.  We were very impressed with what the young man shared in his very detailed plan.

NLNE: How would you characterize success for NLNE

WS: I think success looks like the very high-level financial aid and FAFSA applications we have seen.  That then must translate to attendance at your community colleges and universities.  For me I would characterize success when there is a waiting list to get into the career and technical programs in our area.  When there is more interest in those areas than we have capacity for, that is success in my mind.

NLNE:  Is there anything else you’d like to share about Workforce Solutions and NLNE?

We have asked the community to give a lot of resources to help this initiative over a long period of time.  I hope that when we get to 2025, this initiative is going to change the culture of our community.  We want to prove to those that invested in NLNE that it was a good investment.

THREE AREA ORGANIZATIONS TEAM UP TO HELP THOSE AFFECTED BY THE WILDFIRES

Amarillo Area Contact: Broc Carter | Broc@aaf-hf.org

Texas, Panhandle – The Amarillo Area Foundation, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, and the Working Ranch Cowboys Foundation are teaming up to help ranchers impacted by the wildfires across the Panhandle region.  Monetary relief can be given to those affected by donating to the Amarillo Area Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund.

“The ranching community has been hit hard”, said Gary Morton, WRCA Foundation president. “The effects of the fires for most of the families will be felt for years to come, and without a turn in the weather conditions the threat of further wildfires grows with each passing day.  We are grateful to the Amarillo Area Foundation and Texas Cattle Feeders Association for their collaboration with the WRCA Foundation on this relief effort.”

The fires across the Panhandle and High Plains have devastated hundreds of thousands of acres of ranch land, thousands of miles of fence and killed and maimed livestock and worst of all four lives were lost.  Yet after the fires are contained the devastation continues in lost or damaged livelihoods.

Most ranch hands and some owners do not have the insurance to cover loss in equipment and working resources.  The WRCF is helping to meet that need through its Wildfire Relief Fund.  All funds will be distributed through WRCF’s relief distribution procedures and will be extended to ranchers to help them withstand the long-term effects of this disaster.

“The people of this area are no stranger to the devastation Mother Nature can bring, and it is truly encouraging to see our communities come together to take care of their friends and neighbors in this time of great need,” said Jim Lovell, TCFA Chairman.  “Many of our TCFA members have already contributed to this effort, but for any who may not yet have had the opportunity to give, I would like to encourage them to make a contribution to this important fund through the WRCA.”

Donations can be made HERE!

About the WRCA Foundation

The Working Ranch Cowboys Association is headquartered in Amarillo, TX.  The mission of WRCA is to promote ranching and to preserve the lifestyle of the working rancher and the working ranch cowboy.  In 2001, WRCA formed a foundation with the mission of providing financial assistance to ranchers, working ranch cowboys and their families through scholarship funding and crisis assistance.

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.

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.