Our Programs

Donor Supported

The generosity of area donors allows the Amarillo Area Foundation to engage in these programs.

Addressing community needs

Developing and implementing initiatives and programs to address individual and community needs

Improving Quality of Life

To maximize our positive impact on the region, we strive to increase quality of life in the Texas Panhandle.


The Nonprofit Service Center (NSC) presented 8 workshops attended by 258 individuals from 192 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.

Lunch and Learns

4 Free Lunch and Learns with 133 Participants

Rural Outreach Workshops

Presented in Childress, Borger, and Paducha with 144 Participants. Topic: Board Roles and Responsibilities

Executive Director Leader Circle

10 meetings with 172 participants and 55 Unique participants

Foundation Directory

68 Foundation Directory Online Tutorials and Visits


114 Total consultations (advice or resources)

Total Organizations

Representing 192 Organizations

ACE numbers


Total ACE Cost


Total Number of Scholarships


Average Cost Per Scholarship

Path Fund

The mission of the PATH Fund (Panhandle Prosperity) is to increase the financial stability and success of the Texas Panhandle Region. The program is led by six local stakeholders: Amarillo Area Foundation, Amarillo National Bank, Baptist Community Services, FirstBank Southwest, First Capital Bank, and Happy State Bank.

During 2018, the stakeholders developed a pilot project to support small business development in underserved communities. Brady Clark, consultant for the PATH Fund, created a business plan for the pilot project which was launched in late 2017 and completed in August 2018. Targeting the north and east areas of Amarillo, Brady recruited five individuals with either existing small businesses or the desire to start a small business. The pilot program provided training in the areas of business plans, marketing, accounting, and other areas for each of the five clients based on their needs. Stakeholders provided volunteer “guides” to assist and mentor the clients through the pilot program.

Catalyst & Discretionary

Grant Recipients

Amarillo Habitat for Humanity
Family services
Amarillo Housing First
Salary support for executive director
Cactus Nazarene Ministry Center
Establish a Health Center
CASA of the Rolling Plains
Recruit, train, retain volunteers
Coalition of Health Services
Gateway to Health Careers
Hope Lives Here
Support operations
Martha's Home
Support operations
Mission Amarillo
Mentor young men
Refuge Ministries
Homeless/food programs
Safe Place, Inc.
Strategic plan
Special Olympics Texas
Support 2018 programs

2017 Total: $150,000

$150,000 Program Classification

  • $47,500 Health
  • $102,500 Human Services

$150,000 Type of Support

  • $8,500 Capacity Building
  • $20,000 Capital
  • $54,000 General
  • $67,500 Program

$150,000 Service Area

  • $79,000 Local
  • $21,000 Regional
  • $50,000 Rural
Canyon Independent School District
Manufacturing Academy equipment
King's Manor Methodist Retirement System
Westgate renovations
Wildcat Bluff Nature Center
Libb's Trail Pavilion
Dalhart Education Foundation
Career Training Center FPC-Dalhart Campus
City of Clarendon
Water Recreation Facility
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Amarillo
Construct new facility
Childress Theatre Company
Palace Theatre restoration
Oldham County Heritage Commission
Multi-purpose event center in Vega
UT Health Science Center at Houston
Reach Out and Read-Amarillo
Faith City Mission
Renovate BSA Hospice building
Moore County Senior Center
Purchase freezers and kitchen equipment
Skellytown Area Volunteer Firefighters-EMS Association
Purchase brush truck
Interfaith Campaign for the Homeless
Matching 2018-19 funds
Hope & Healing Place
Facility Expansion Project
Friends of Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1024
General/Program Support
Turn Center
Plains Memorial Hospital (Dimmitt)
Senior Living Project
Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation
Pioneer Amphitheater stage floor
Eveline Rivers Christmas Project
Warmth items for childen/board training
To be Determined
Future Focus Agency Endowment match
THRIVE Amarillo
Scholarships to Amarillo College
The Panhandle Gives
Match and Marketing for Giving Tuesday

2018 Total: $2,697,704

$2,697,704 Program Classification

  • $124,500 Arts, Culture, Humanities
  • $675,850 Education
  • $22,000 Environment, Animals
  • $729,141 Health
  • $781,213 Human Services
  • $365,000 Public, Society Benefit

$2,697,704 Type of Support

  • $1,752,417 Capital
  • $365,000 Foundation Initiative
  • $196,937 General
  • $83,350 Program
  • $300,000 Student Aid

$2,697,704 Service Area

  • $877,350 Local
  • $980,500 Regional
  • $839,854 Rural

AAF Community Health
Foundation Grants

HRMC Resident Grant Program

Amarillo Botanical Gardens
To support the amphitheater staircase repair
Coffee Memorial Blood Center
To purchase a Bloodmobile
Don Harrington Discovery Center
To paint the East and West Wing Galleries

HRMC Community Health Grant Program

Coalition of Health Services
To provide financial assistance for participating students
Family Care Foundation
To provide CPAP, oxygen, and oxygen concentrators
Heal the City
To support the construction of the Wellness Center
Hemphill County Hospital District
To purchase a transport for residents
Lions Eye Bank District 2-T1
To purchase a vision field loss detector
Ochiltree Hospital District
To purchase a cooling/warming blanket
Turn Center
To purchase augmentative and alternative communication equipment
WTAMU Foundation
To purchase a mid-fidelity patient simulator

HRMC Scholarship Program

West Texas A&M University
Amarillo College
Clarendon Community College
Frank Phillips Community College
Texas Tech University

Scholarship Numbers

The Foundation offers a variety of scholarships for different colleges/universities and fields of study, and eligibility for scholarships is based on the student’s county of residence, planned college or university, and/or anticipated field of study.


Total Recipients


Awarded in Scholarships

No Limits No excuses

For No Limits No Excuses (NLNE), 2018 was about growing beyond Amarillo. We kicked off the year by hosting our Building Your Workforce Summit for more than 125 area businesses. In addition, Canyon Independent School District (CISD) joined the Partnership, and the Mary E. Bivins Foundation awarded NLNE a grant to both update our mobile app and host a launch event for CISD. Near the end of the year, NLNE brought on a new program officer who has worked to improve the efficiency of the Partnership by redefining NLNE’s committee structure and adjusting the mobile app update to better serve our mission. The GoPlan 2.0 mobile app is scheduled to launch in August 2019 and will help connect both students and non students to the pathways of quality credentials while offering users the support of “a village.”


Counties Served

Cooperative Grant Recipients

Martha’s Home
Financial Assistance for Females Needing Housing, Employment and Education
Donley County Senior Citizens
Food for Low-Income Elderly Women
Tralee Crisis Center for Women
Emergency Shelter and Mentoring Project Staff Salaries
Heal the City Free Clinic
Medical Care and Medications for Uninsured Women of the Panhandle
Moore County Volunteer Board
Be a Star and Be a Basket-case Project
Ochiltree Hospital District
Quality OB and Children's Health Programs/3 Bassinets

$40,000 Program Classification

  • $16,000 Health
  • $24,000 Human Services

$40,000 Type of Support

  •  $10,000 General
  • $30,000 Program

$40,000 Service Area

  • $18,000 Local
  • $22,000 Rural
Amarillo Area CASA
To recruit, train, and retain new Volunteer Advocates in order to serve more kids who have suffered abuse or neglect
Amarillo Children's Home
To support the Caring for a Child Program that provides for children in residential care
Another Chance House, Inc.
To provide food and wellness support to men in the emergency shelter and transitional housing programs
Buckner Children and Family Services
To provide services and resources to youth aging out of foster care in the FYi (Fostering Youth independence) program
Camp Alphie
To help pay for lodging for the summer camp for youth who are cancer survivors and their siblings
Faith City Mission
To provide the basic needs of food and shelter to homeless and impoverished individuals
Family Care Foundation
To provide dental care to children and adults unable to afford the services
Family Support Services
To provide support services to veterans, surviving spouses, and dependents
Great Plains CASA for Kids
To assist with the renovation of the Great Plains CASA building which will allow for program expansion
Heal the City Free Clinic
To support the chronic care program, Shalom, which provides primary care services for the uninsured and chronically ill
Hope & Healing Place
To support the Generations Family Program that helps family members process grief due to the death of a loved one
Make-A-Wish Foundation
To pay for wish expenses for children in the Texas Panhandle facing a critical illness
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Amarillo
To cover the $20 per night for families who are unable to contribute toward their stay
Sharing Hope Ministry
To cover a portion of the salary for a part-time educational coordinator for the Center for Advancement
The Refuge @ Dumas
To replace the kitchen fire suppression system and repair equipment to meet the fire code
Turn Center
To purchase an alternative/augmentative communication (AAC) device for special-needs children who are non-verbal

$150,000 Program Classification

  • $60,000 Health
  • $90,000 Human Services

$150,000 Type of Support

  • $30,000 Capital
  • $120,000 Program

$150,000 Service Area

  • $72,500 Local
  • $57,500 Regional
  • $20,000 Rural
City of Groom
To purchase a Lifepak 15 Cardiac Monitor for the ambulance
City of Panhandle
To purchase a life size HAL Manikin
Good Neighbors Meals
To purchase commercial equipment for the kitchen and a laptop
Skellytown Area Volunteer Firefighters-EMS Association
To purchase turnout gear
White Deer-Skellytown Lighthouse Food Pantry
To purchase food and school supplies
Ogallala Commons
To fund the Playa festival for Carson County 5th graders
Panhandle Education Foundation
To purchase Chromebooks
Panhandle Independent School District
To provide instruction and training from Lead Your School
Panhandle Independent School District
To provide two, $2,500 scholarships to graduating seniors from Panhandle
Window on a Wider World
To support Carson County WOWW programming
White Deer Independent School District
To provide two, $2,500 scholarships to graduating seniors from White Deer
White Deer Independent School District
To purchase equipment for technology and science support

$150,000 Program Classification

  • $ 3,393 Arts
  • $69,907 Education
  • $25,000 Health
  • $38,005 Human Services
  • $13,695 Public Benefit

$150,000 Type of Support

  • $106,422 Capital
  • $33,578 Program
  • $10,000 Student Aid

$150,000 Service Area

  •  $ 150,000 Rural