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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.

Women’s Philanthropy Fund RFP

Women’s Philanthropy Fund – Competitive Grant Program

To transform the lives of women and children in the Texas Panhandle through fundraising, grantmaking, and advocacy. 

CLICK HERE for the 2017 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Women’s Philanthropy Fund.

In 2008, the Amarillo Area Foundation and a group of highly motivated women established the Women’s Philanthropy Fund (WPF) to address the needs of women and children in the Texas Panhandle.  The donors are philanthropically motivated women who recognized that pooling contributions could help them unite to address the issues facing the women and children in our region in all areas of life. The WPF will focus on programs or projects assessed to have the highest possibility of a direct impact on the well-being of women and children in the Texas Panhandle.  The purpose of the fund is to:

  • Unite, serve, and empower women to become leaders in philanthropy
  • Enable contributors to have more direction and involvement in where their dollars are spent
  • Achieve greater impact by drawing on the collective wisdom of donors
  • Demonstrate the effect of how pooled donations can yield large scale, targeted grants
  • Enable innovative and compelling programs and projects that might otherwise not be possible
  • Research areas of need and strategically allocate funds to achieve the greatest impact
  • Address education, awareness, and participation in philanthropy

One of the main purposes of the Amarillo Area Foundation Women’s Philanthropy Fund is to connect, empower, and enrich women’s lives across the Panhandle. The fund awards annual grants through a competitive process to charitable organizations throughout the Texas Panhandle who serve women and/or children.

CLICK HERE for FUNDING HISTORY.