60 Years

Annual Report 2017

We All Have Something To Give

The Amarillo Area Foundation has always led by example to serve as an agent for change. We all have something to give. Those who understand a volunteer’s generous gesture know that the individuals who step forward to share their passion, energy, and thought make life in the Texas Panhandle better for others. The Amarillo Area Foundation was founded by a remarkable group of far-sighted individuals who knew that Amarillo citizens working together engendered a strength that working separately could not.

Formed as only the second Community Foundation in Texas, the development of the Medical Center transformed healthcare and the future of healthcare in this region. With the bequest of Don D. Harrington that enabled the Foundation to begin making grants, this early healthcare-focused vision grew into what is today a $250 million organization, having the philanthropic impact of strength, breadth and ingenuity.

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Dedicated to supporting the people and programs that improve quality of life for Texas Panhandle residents.

Leading by Example

The Amarillo Area Foundation was founded by a remarkable group of far-sighted individuals who knew that Amarillo working together brought a strength that any one of them working separately could not.

About Us


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.

Engaging in programs that work toward our mission of improving quality of life for residents of the Texas Panhandle.

60 Years of Grants

Providing grant funds to charitable organizations throughout the Panhandle of Texas is one of the roles for which the Amarillo Area Foundation is best known. The Foundation and its supporting organization, The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation, consider funding requests during two to three grant cycles each year.  Over the past 60 years, the Amarillo Area Foundation and The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation awarded a total of  $176,489,296 in grants. 


Local Grants


Regional Grants


Rural Grants


Out of Region

"We are so fortunate to live in a community where the generosity of the people shows up in the most unexpected ways."

-JASON HERRICK | Board Chair


The Accounting Department is responsible for all financial processing that occurs at the Foundation, such as contributions, grant distributions, donor distributions, vendor payments and payroll. The accounting staff creates and implements processes to better control financial activities to ensure quality data and good audit outcomes. The goal is to accomplish all of this as timely and error free as possible, while limiting the overall administrative burden.

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60 Years of Giving

In 1957, a group of forward-thinking Texas Panhandle community members came together to address the area’s healthcare needs. Their vision created a legacy that grew into the Amarillo Area Foundation. Join us as we celebrate 2017, the 60th anniversary year of the Amarillo Area Foundation.


Thank you!

We Appreciate Your Support

We are blessed to live in a region of wise and generous donors. They give of themselves, but more importantly, they expect stewardship of their gifts and measurable results for individuals and our communities. If we give wisely of our resources, multiple talents, and work with our neighbors, our gifts will build a future of opportunities and hope.