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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

Bryan Clontz on Creative Charitable Planning

2016_newsletter_q3_creativeImagine being able to increase the size of the gifts from your donors each year. Yet, the net cost of their donations were 40-60% less than what they were giving to you. Essentially, your programs and operations are secure from increased donations and your donors keep more money in their pockets. Sound too good to be true?

It’s actually not, and surprisingly the ability to maximize charitable gifts in such a monumental way is a tactic of the past. Non-cash assets have been incentivized by the government since 1969 but very few people understand what they are or how they work.

To better explain the concept for the benefit of Amarillo Area nonprofits and all the constituents they organizations serve, the Amarillo Area Foundation and the Amarillo Area Estate Planning Council teamed up to bring in charitable expert Bryan Clontz to help decode this mystery.

Clontz, President of Charitable Solutions, LLC spent the morning with nonprofit professionals. He taught them what non-cash assets were and how to ask for and incorporate non-cash assets (ideally appreciated stock) into their planned giving models. Clontz then opened the afternoon with a session for financial planners, CPAs, and attorneys. By informing the people who advise large donors in our area, we are increasing awareness related to the benefits associated with giving non-cash assets which maximize contributions to our area and the impact those contributions have.

Clontz closed the day with a special presentation to the AAF Board of Directors teaching members their role as key stakeholders and empowering them to act as extensions of the Foundation when asking for non-cash assets and even consider giving non-cash assets of their own.

Thanks to Clontz we all have plenty of information to take back to our organizations and communities. Now working together more informed and smarter, empowered to even further improve quality for Texas Panhandle residents.

Bryan Clontz speaking to nonprofit professionals on October 6, 2016.

Bryan Clontz speaking to nonprofit professionals at the Foundation on October 6, 2016.

If you missed the event and are interested in learning more about what Bryan had to say, check out this brief video posted by our friends at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation:

To further your knowledge on the realm of non-cash donations you can also check out Bryan’s website: http://charitablesolutionsllc.com/

AAF/HF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

for_immediate_release_actual_-copyEach year, the Amarillo Area Foundation and its supporting organization, The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation, consider grant requests from charitable organizations located within the northernmost 26 counties of Texas.  The application process is competitive and charitable organizations located within the Texas Panhandle are encouraged to apply.  (Individuals and non-charitable 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.

The Amarillo Area Foundation and The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation have limited Discretionary Grant funds that remain unallocated for 2016.  Nonprofits with moderate grant requests (not to exceed $50,000) are encouraged to apply.  Due to the shortened grant cycle, please contact Kathie Grant, Grants Administrator (376.4521 or kathie@aaf-hf.org) if your organization plans to apply.

In addition, the newly formed Catalyst Grant program, which provides grant awards from $2,500 to $20,000 for programs and projects that fall within the Foundation focus areas, is also accepting applications.  (Please note, organizations who seek grant funding in excess of $20,000 will continue to utilize the Discretionary Grant application.)  There is a special focus in the Catalyst Grant program on capacity building and general operating requests.

An organization may only submit a grant application to the Amarillo Area Foundation once per twelve-month period and must choose to submit either a Catalyst Grant application or a Discretionary Grant application.  In addition, any reporting requirements of a previous Foundation grant must be fulfilled before an organization is eligible to apply.  Visit www.amarilloareafoundation.org/grants and click on ‘Foundation Grant Programs’ for guidelines and priorities. The deadline for both programs is October 24, 2016, at 12:00 noon.  Decisions for funding will be made in early December 2016.

Applications must be submitted through the online portal aaf.spectrumportal.net.  Please click on the ‘Application’ page of the grants page to get 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.

ClICK HERE for RFP as a document.

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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 residents in the Texas Panhandle.  Since inception in 1957, the Foundation has provided grants and other services to strengthen nonprofit organizations and the services they deliver.

Dugger Legacy Continues Through Scholarship Fund

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AMARILLO, TX – The Amarillo Area Foundation is the benefactor of a major gift from Bus and Freda Dugger in the amount of $1 million. The gift, finalized after Bus Dugger’s passing in April of this year, will establish an endowed scholarship fund for juniors and seniors attending West Texas A&M University. It is the largest principal scholarship gift designated specifically for high school students from the Texas Panhandle the Foundation has ever received.

Born, raised, and originally educated in Oklahoma, Dugger’s career in sales brought him to Amarillo where he met Cal Farley. Dugger and Farley formed Kids Inc., Amarillo’s youth sports organization, in 1945.  While garnering support for Kids Inc. from Glenwood Elementary’s PTA, Bus met his wife, Freda – an Amarillo native and music teacher. They married in March of the same year.

The Dugger’s were strongly connected to our local Panhandle postsecondary institutions. Freda began her education at Amarillo Junior College and finished with a Master’s in Education from West Texas State University. Bus completed his Bachelor’s and Masters at West Texas A&M University in 1955 and 1956, respectively.

Both Freda and Bus were educators themselves. Freda taught in Enid and Shallowater as well Humphrey’s Highland and Forest Hill once she and Bus returned to Amarillo. Bus was the Supervisor of Adult Education at Amarillo College from 1961-1966 until Cal Farley convinced Bus to take a position at Boy’s Ranch. Bus stayed at Boys Ranch until his retirement in 1982.

Bus was inducted as the 137th member to the Texas Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame for his work with Kids Inc. and his role as a basketball and football official for high school, college, and the NIBL for 33 years.

Kids Inc. President & CEO Jimmy Lackey, a close friend of the Duggers, had this to say about the intent behind their gift to AAF: “Mr. and Mrs. Dugger were unable to have children of their own. This scholarship endowment is their way of extending their genuine care for young people that will provide educational opportunities for students from the Texas Panhandle from now on. What a gift.”

College juniors and seniors with a 3.0 GPA attending or planning to attend West Texas A&M University who completed high school in the 26 northernmost counties of the Texas Panhandle are eligible to apply for the $2,000 annual scholarship. The scholarship is renewable for two consecutive semesters for college juniors.

To apply for the Dugger Scholarship please visit www.amarilloareafoundation.org/scholarships. Our general scholarship application for the 2017-2018 academic year will open on November 1, 2016 and close on February 10, 2017 at 12:00pm.

To donate to the CC “Bus” and Freda Dugger Endowed Scholarship Fund please contact Kasey Long, Director of Development, by email kasey@aaf-hf.org or phone 806-476-4521.

The Amarillo Area Foundation Awards over $1 Million to Area Nonprofits

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

AMARILLO – The Board of Directors of the Amarillo Area Foundation, and its supporting organization The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation, have awarded $1,025,144 in grants with their general grantmaking funds.

The Amarillo Area Foundation has also awarded an additional $325, 446 this year through funds established by local industry employers such as CNS Pantex, and Pattern Panhandle Wind Energy. The Kathy Ryan family also awarded $30,000 to local firefighters to honor the anniversary of their mother’s passing.

Fourteen Amarillo area nonprofit organizations were approved for funding with discretionary grantmaking dollars. 57% of the projects supported in this grant cycle were capital projects. Among the capital projects supported is a $500,000 grant to Heal the City for renovations at the former Midtown Branch YMCA to create a usable room for wellness activities. The other 43% of projects supported were program based.

President and CEO, Clay Stribling said, “Our first discretionary grant cycle really emphasizes our commitment to various aspects of community health. Not only do we want to improve the physical health for our constituents, we also want to support healthy communities with healthy economies and nonprofit organizations.”

“Applications were accepted from nonprofit organizations from across the Panhandle. Proposals were then reviewed by Area Foundation staff and presented to the board for consideration,” said Katharyn Wiegand, Vice President of Community Engagement.

Visit amarilloareafoundation.org/grants for more information on upcoming grant cycles. For questions about eligibility or the grant process contact Kathie Grant, Grants Administrator at kathie@aaf-hf.org. For questions regarding Foundation priorities and focus areas, contact Jessica Tudyk, Grants Manager at jessica@aaf-hf.org . Both can also be reached at 806-376-4521.

The full list of recipients is available here.

 

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 in the Texas Panhandle. 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.