MAKING AN IMPACT
To maximize our positive impact on the region, the Amarillo Area Foundation strives to increase quality of life in the Texas Panhandle through developing and implementing initiatives and programs to address individual and community needs. The generosity of area donors allows the Amarillo Area Foundation to engage in programs that work toward its mission of improving quality of life for residents of the Texas Panhandle.
Nonprofit Service Center
The Nonprofit Service Center (NSC) presented 11 workshops attended by 246 individuals from 127 nonprofits across the Texas Panhandle. Consulting services included board/staff training, strategic and development planning, campaign design, executive search, and policies review. The Executive Director Leader Circle provides educational and networking opportunities for nonprofit leaders.
The PATH Fund was launched in the fall of 2017 to help existing and potential small business owners in the north and east Amarillo neighborhoods. A project of the Prosperity Program, the PATH Fund utilizes “Guides” from local financial institutions and foundations to assist small business clients with goal setting and access to resources. WTAMU’s Small Business Development Center is assisting in this work.
No Limits No Excuses
No Limits No Excuses (NLNE) continued efforts to increase completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application by Amarillo ISD high school seniors. FAFSA completion has increased 300% since NLNE began promoting it in 2014. The “GO: Amarillo” mobile app continues to help students design their own career pathways.
Community Development Philanthropy
The Community Development Philanthropy Program was developed in 2011 to help strengthen communities in the Texas Panhandle through endowment building, leadership development and effective local grant making efforts. Regions with existing Community Funds at the Foundation were invited to enhance their fundraising and grant-making efforts by becoming Affiliate Funds with coaching and support services provided by the Foundation.
Three new Discretionary Scholarships were added during 2017 to benefit graduating high school seniors and current college students. AAF’s online application allows a student to complete one application that can be matched to more than 100 scholarship funds. A total of $480,900 in scholarships was awarded during 2017 to benefit 315 students.
ACE Scholarship Program
The ACE (Achievement through Commitment to Education) Scholarship Program was established in 1994 to improve graduation rates and academic performance at Palo Duro High School. Caprock High School was added to the program in 2002 followed by students from three feeder elementary schools at Tascosa High School in 2012. An additional focus area for the program is planning for continued education after high school.
Since 1998, a total of 1,281 ACE high school graduates have completed 1,739 postsecondary credentials. ACE has paid $7.3 million in tuition, fees and books expenses for ACE graduates to attend Amarillo College and West Texas A&M University. An additional $469,000 has been paid for ACE students to enroll in dual credit classes during high school.
During the fall 2016 semester, 363 ACE graduates were attending Amarillo College while 194 ACE graduates were attending West Texas A&M University. 5,198 students have graduated from high school with ACE eligibility since 1994.
2017 Scholarship Numbers
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ACE Scholarships Awarded
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ACE Scholarship Funds
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2017 Scholarship Funds
Scholarship funds are typically endowed funds wherein investment income is used to fund scholarship awards. The application, selection, and award process is managed by the Foundation’s staff and a volunteer Scholarship Selection Committee; a small number of scholarship awards are selected by outside review committees.
#ThePanhandleGives on #GivingTuesday
DAY OF GIVING
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
In order to help more nonprofits meet their missions, which in turn improves quality of life for Texas Panhandle residents, The Amarillo Area Foundation coordinated #ThePanhandleGives in 2016. 2017 saw a robust expansion of this collaboration with 60 nonprofits coming together to raise over $172,000. With this momentum, #ThePanhandleGives movement has a goal to double the nonprofit organizations participating, reach more nonprofits in rural areas, and raise $500,000 in 2018!