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Getting Your Scholarship Application Ready!

Now that the scholarship application is open, what can you do? Because you can’t get your 7-semester transcript until after this semester, you won’t be able to submit your application now. That being said, you need to start working on the other parts of the application now. Below are the things you can work on now while waiting for the transcripts.

  1.  Birth certificate or Legal Permanent Resident card/document
  2. ACT/SAT scores if you are not planning on retaking the test(s) again
  3. 2017 IRS tax form 1040 for both parents and the student (if you have one). You can submit your SAR (student aid report) IF  you did not import your information on your FAFSA.
  4. Student’s resume – make sure it is current

Letters of Recommendation – Each student should be asking individuals that know them to write a recommendation letter now so that they have plenty of time to write a well-informed letter about the student. You will need two letters – one from a high school teacher that taught you and one from a pastor, employer, coach, mentor, etc.

Essay   This document will tell the selection committee who you are, what your plans are to further your education after high school, what you’ve accomplished or been involved in while in high school, what you intend to do in your future and how you intend to accomplish that.


APPLICATION DEADLINE IS THE SECOND FRIDAY IN FEBRUARY AT 12:00 NOON AND MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING ATTACHMENTS:

•    Proof of U.S. Citizenship (photocopy of U.S. birth certificate) or legal permanent residency status
•    Transcripts
º    High school students must submit an official 7-semester transcript (includes fall semester grades) and dual credit transcript if applicable
º    College students must submit an official transcript of their most recently completed college courses
•    ACT and/or SAT scores (if scores appear on the back of your high school transcript, no additional documents are necessary)
•    Previous year’s IRS tax form 1040 for the household
– In place of the IRS Form 1040 you may upload a copy of your Electronic Student Aid Report (SAR) as long as you have NOT imported your financial information directly from the IRS. Please note your parent’s adjusted gross income (line 85) and your adjusted gross income (line 36) must show the dollar amount for verification.
•    Two (2) letters of recommendation – one letter should be from a teacher you had in high school, and the second letter should be from a pastor, employer, coach, mentor, etc.  Letters written by family members are not permitted.

Most importantly, begin working on this now. You will avoid the rush of the February deadline. Students who plan, execute and submit great applications give a positive outlook to the selection committee.

Here’s where you can get started: CLICK HERE to begin your scholarship application

Women’s Philanthropy Fund Gets Results in 2017

The reports are in and we have great news to share about how the 2017 grants from the Women’s Philanthropy Fund have improved the lives of women and children across the Texas Panhandle. $40,000 was awarded to 5 organizations in 2017. Here’s how they made a difference:

Mission Amarillo – Eighteen teen parents were matched and met with a professional mentor from the community weekly or bi-monthly for individual sessions on life skills, two of which were high school seniors who registered at AC for Fall 2018 and three have completed their first year at AC.

Amarillo Housing First – Thirteen women, some with children, have been assisted with new homes and basic supplies, and several of these women received assistance with housing-related fees, bills or documentation.

Great Plains CASA for Kids – The WPF grant funded the purchase in part of the new CASA building which will host all basic mandated CPS services in one local place for CPS involved parents allowing for increased communication, collaboration and advocacy for youth.

University Health Sciences Center – The WPF grant funded, in part, the Cryoblation equipment which has been used for the freeze killing of benign and malignant tumors of the breast without lumpectomy on seven patients with early outcomes of zero complications.

Turn Center – The WPF grant funded in part the second-year continuation of Turn Center’s two-year LPC internship program for psychological counseling services to 139 Turn Center patients and their families, at no charge to the families, representing a value of $52,132 of free counseling services over this two-year period. This represents an additional 78 families receiving 489 total service hours above the first-year outcomes of 61 families, of which an additional 384 hours of counseling went to children currently served, 43 hours of counseling to parents/guardians, 14 hours of counseling to siblings, and 48 hours of parent consultations totaling $29,312 of free counseling within this second year alone. Turn Center’s LPC-Intern expects to complete internship hours and become fully licensed in late 2018 or early 2019, at which time Turn Center will begin billing for counseling services reimbursement.

The Women’s Philanthropy Fund is excited to announce the 2018 grant recipients soon and can’t wait to see the wonderful ways the money will help women and children across the Texas Panhandle. If you have a passion for helping women and children, contact Amy Lovell at amy@aaf-hf.org or by calling 806-242-0305 to see how you can become a supporter that helps make these positive outcomes possible.

How to Set Up a Fund

What is a fund?

At the Amarillo Area Foundation, funds are used to help donors fulfill their philanthropic interests.  A fund is like having an account at AAF. You put money in and then give us general directions on what charitable causes you want to support.  Often donors choose to give in the areas that they are most passionate about and we ensure that organizations they wish to give to are sound.  This provides the donor with a sense of security, while still making the impact with ease.   

How to open a fund.

Opening a fund is done by initially sitting down with AAF’s development staff and talking about your philanthropic plans.  Their goal is to make sure to match your intention to the type of fund you’ll need, but more on that later.  Each fund requires a minimum $10,000 charitable contribution to get the fund started. You may request distributions from your fund to qualified nonprofit organizations.  Distributions may not be used to satisfy a pledge or to receive a personal benefit (e.g., purchasing a table at a charitable event which you plan to attend). 

Next, let’s take a look at the types of funds and their function.

Types of Fund:

An Endowed Agency Fund at Amarillo Area Foundation is a step towards sustainability.  The initial money to open the fund must come directly from the nonprofit agency (a 501(c)3 organization); donors may contribute to the fund after it’s established to help you build your endowment with their charitable gifts.  When establishing your endowed agency fund, you may choose to receive quarterly distributions of the interest while leaving the corpus intact.  IRS tax laws also allow you to report your agency fund as an asset. 

Community Funds at Amarillo Area Foundation are endowed Field of Interest Funds. As an endowed fund, distributions are allowed from the interest earned on the fund while the principal remains intact.  As a community fund of the AAF, Community Fund holders may receive services including financial management, strategic development, and training. This partnership provides advantages such as safekeeping and management of the endowment fund. 

Amarillo Area Foundation has established a Corporate Fund option to assist you in planning your corporate strategic community investment.  The process of selecting and qualifying organizations that meet your company’s mission may be time-consuming and challenging.  The Foundation can assist in that process by assuming the responsibility of accepting, qualifying, and recommending nonprofits and award amounts from your corporate fund.  We can also serve you by receiving and qualifying requests and passing those along to your corporate leadership for the final decision concerning distributions from your fund.

A non-endowed Corporate Fund may be established with a charitable contribution of $10,000 and may be added to at any time.  We would be pleased to visit with you about the options available to you concerning contributions, distributions, and your active role in managing your fund.

With a Donor Advised Fund at Amarillo Area Foundation, you have an on-going involvement in the use of your charitable contributions.  You will identify ways to use your fund to address issues and needs you care about most.  Our friendly staff will be here to help you along the way. Once your recommendations are submitted and approved by our local Board of Directors, funds will be distributed as grant dollars according to your wishes.  Donor Advised Funds are the largest types of funds AAF holds. 

A Donor Designated Fund at Amarillo Area Foundation, typically an endowed fund, is held for specific nonprofit philanthropic purpose and is an excellent sustainability investment. The corpus is preserved by reinvesting quarterly earnings, or the beneficiary may use the earnings by taking quarterly distributions. Funds that are not endowed allow the use of the fund principal in addition to income. The decision to reinvest or use quarterly earnings is established when the fund is created.

A Field of Interest Fund at Amarillo Area Foundation offers flexibility that other funds may not, such as using the funds to pay for expenses during a capital campaign, construction project, or events.  A Field of Interest Fund may also be designated for support of certain types of programs without being specific to any agencies or organizations. 

Scholarship Funds at Amarillo Area Foundation provide the opportunity for you to offer students in our area a post-secondary education.  The application, selection, and award process is managed by the Foundation’s professional staff and the volunteer Scholarship Selection Committee.  The criteria for the scholarship may be written to your specifications. A scholarship fund must be fully funded for 12 months before the first scholarship may be awarded. 

A Scholarship Fund may be endowed for a minimum charitable contribution of $25,000.00 .  As an endowed fund, scholarships may be awarded on the interest earned from the fund while the principal remains intact.   

For more information about setting up a fund, please contact our development staff: Trent Hill: trent@aaf-hf.org, or Amy Lovell: amy@aaf-hf.org.  or by calling 806.376.4521

2018 Harrington Regional Medical Campus Grant Cycle

The mission of the AAF Community Health Foundation, otherwise known as the Harrington Regional Medical Campus (HRMC), is to promote quality of life in the Texas Panhandle through exceptional healthcare, education, and research. Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 HRMC Resident Grant Program and the HRMC Community Health Grant Program.  The goal of the grant programs 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 will be accepted from eligible organizations.  Eligible organizations are those that hold a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and include a nonprofit organization, recognized government entity: state, county, or city agency, that are requesting funds exclusively for public purposes; a K-12 public school, community/junior college, state college or university; or a 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 Center campus resident organizations 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 for healthcare related projects 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 given to 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 year; however, Medical Center 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.

Go to www.amarilloareafoundation.org/hrmc-grant-programs to learn more about HRMC.

2018 Proposal Submission Deadlines

The Amarillo Area Foundation will accept applications for both the HRMC Resident Grant program and the HRMC Community Health Grant Program until noon on Friday, August 31, 2018.  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 in October and make funding decisions.  Organizations will be notified of funding decisions in late October.

Contact information

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

May Grant Cycle Recap

 

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

Amarillo Area Foundation Latest Grant Cycle Provides Majority of Funds to Rural Grants 

Amarillo- TX – The service area for the Foundation is the top 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle. The Amarillo Area Foundation’s (AAF) latest grant cycle provides $574,000 in grants to rural communities.  This is aligned with a concerted effort by AAF to enhance communities outside of Potter and Randall counties.   

“It is the mission of the Amarillo Area Foundation to improve quality of life for residents in the top 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle. For 2018, one of our goals is to focus on improving our connection with the rural communities in the Panhandle,” said Jackie Pearson, AAF Board Chair, and Spearman resident. 

59% of grants were allocated to the rural communities of: Childress, Clarendon, Cactus, Dalhart, Hereford, and Vega.  These grants represented 54% of all dollars granted in the May grant cycle.  

“While our discretionary grant cycle is only one way AAF serves the Texas Panhandle, it is perhaps the most familiar.  We recently approved 11 discretionary grants and 6 of those grants were awarded to nonprofits in rural communities,” said Pearson. 

Below is the complete list of grants awarded: 

 

The next discretionary grant deadline is June 29th at noon.  Organizations interested in applying can check eligibility here: CLICK HERE 

Farewell Katharyn

In the fall of 2006, I received a call from Charlotte Rhodes asking if I might be interested in a position at the Amarillo Area Foundation.  I did not know much about the Foundation, but the opportunity to work with and learn from Charlotte was appealing.  Eleven years later, I am preparing to leave this amazing organization which has changed my life forever.

How often does one have an opportunity to engage in work that can improve the lives of others?  While my title and duties at the Foundation have changed many times, the fulfillment of knowing I was helping in a small way to make a difference has been constant.  This job has allowed me to interact with nonprofit staff and volunteers from across the Panhandle, seeing first-hand the change that can be created by a compassionate and determined group of people.

The people with whom I have worked at the Foundation are a second family.  We have shared joys and sorrows, achievements and a few embarrassing moments.  From Phil the spider and Christmas decorating to road trips and “Minute to Win It” competitions, I will take hundreds of special memories with me.

What a blessing it has been to work with such caring and dedicated Foundation board members.  I have learned so much from your examples of leadership, empathy, and respect.  Thanks for all that you do to improve quality of life for residents of the Texas Panhandle.

I am excited to begin a new chapter of my career as President and CEO for the Mary E. Bivins Foundation.  To all of those mentioned above, thanks for making the last eleven years such a memorable experience.

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.

 

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.

Alone We Can Do Little, Together We Can Do Much!

It is no secret that when women choose to work together, great feats can be accomplished. The Women’s Philanthropy Fund is a shining example of this. In 2008, the Amarillo Area Foundation and a group of highly motivated women established the Women’s Philanthropy Fund to demonstrate that by combining their contributions, they could provide solutions to ongoing challenges. Since 2009, 168 women have provided contributions totaling more than $475,000 and have granted $290,000 to 31 nonprofit organizations for the benefit of women, children, and families.

“The Women’s Philanthropy Fund is unique in its use of pooled funds to empower organizations to make new programs possible and take existing programs to the next level. Grants from the fund make real and lasting differences in the lives of women and children the Texas Panhandle,” states Carolina Walden, Women’s Philanthropy Fund Advisory Board member. And there are no signs of slowing down. Women’s Philanthropy Fund members hold a firm belief that women and children play a vital role in our community and empowering them is crucial to the wellbeing of the entire population of the Texas Panhandle. When one woman succeeds or one child prospers, everyone benefits.

Grant recipients are not the only people who benefit from the Women’s Philanthropy Fund. Each year, members of the Women’s Philanthropy Fund have the opportunity to come together and make the decision of which organizations will receive grants from the money these individual women have pooled together. Through this process, friendships are forged, experience is gained, and education about the needs in our area as well as the organizations that provide help is obtained. Lizzie Mason, Women’s Philanthropy Fund Advisory Board member, says it best, “The Women’s Philanthropy membership is made up of a dynamic group of women who want to do good in the Texas Panhandle. I love being a part of this group because we learn about so many different needs involving women and children in our community, and we actually help them!”

If you would like to make a difference and improve quality of life for women and children, we invite you to join us as a member in 2017 as we expand our voice throughout the Texas Panhandle. Women 39 and under can join with a Silver Membership for $500 annually. The Gold Membership is $1000 annually, and arrangements can be made for any membership to be paid out monthly. However, your charitable membership contribution is due by July 31, 2017, to allow voting on grants at the September 14th meeting. Please contact Amy Lovell, at 806-376-4521 or amy@aaf-hf.org with any questions. For further information, please visit our website at https://www.amarilloareafoundation.org/WPF.

If you would like to join now, CLICK HERE. After DESIGNATION, select Women’s Philanthropy Fund from the drop-down menu.

To view a list of organizations who have benefited from the Women’s Philanthropy Fund in the past, please Click Here.