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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.





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The Panhandle Gives


The Panhandle Gives is an annual event hosted and coordinated by the Amarillo Area Foundation as a part of the global day of giving known as Giving Tuesday, which falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

The focused period of giving is extended to include the Monday before Thanksgiving and continues through the week to culminate on the traditional Giving Tuesday the following week. Any nonprofit eligible to receive a grant from AAF qualifies to register for participation.




Don C. Dilley, Jr. was born in Dallas, Texas May 22, 1934. He attended school in Borger, the New Mexico Military Institute, Texas Tech University, and University of California Davis.  He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and Gamma Mu Business Fraternity. Don served three years active duty as an officer in the United States Navy and four years as a Reserve Officer.  He was a farmer in the Gruver area from 1966-1988 as well as having other business interests in Texas, New Mexico, California and Florida.  Mr. Dilley was a true “Renaissance Man.”  He was a talented pianist and singer, a pilot, successful businessman, and devout in his faith. Mr. Dilley died in November 2017 and left an endowed gift in his estate to the Amarillo Area Foundation to benefit the students of Borger Independent School District at the discretion of the Foundation.

The Foundation worked with the Borger Economic Development Corporation, Borger Independent School District, and Frank Phillips College to create the Boomtown Scholarship Program.  The program pays for 36 hours of post-secondary college or trade credit.  When combined with the 24 hours of dual credit provided by Borger ISD, every graduate of Borger High School has the opportunity to achieve an Associates Degree or a Trade Certification from Frank Phillips College with little cost to them or their families.

Amarillo Area Foundation is honored to partner with the people of Borger to ensure that Mr. Dilley’s generous gift will forever change the future of the youth of their community.

Future Focus

Endowment Match

An endowment is an investment of money or property to support a non-profit organization with the investment income from the endowment providing annual support to the organization in perpetuity. As the endowment grows, so does the annual income to the organization. The income can be added to the nonprofit’s annual budget and can become a means towards sustainability. In 2019, The Amarillo Area Foundation established a program to encourage nonprofits of the Texas Panhandle to create or add to an existing endowment at the Foundation. The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation pledged $250,000 in 2019 and $350,000 in 2020 to match new endowments, dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000 per organization, and fifty cents for every dollar to existing endowments up to $25,000 per organization. This resulted in $1,517,737 new endowment dollars among 26 nonprofits. The Amarillo Area Foundation has already committed $150,000 to the program in 2021. Just as The Panhandle Gives campaign is about empowerment…The Future Focus campaign is about sustainability. Nonprofits of the Texas Panhandle are hard at work improving the lives of the residents they serve. The mission of Future Focus is to make sure they continue providing those vital services for future generations.






Nursing Collaboration

This year, Frank Phillips College and Amarillo College teamed up to create the Rural Nursing Education Consortium (RNEC). The goal of Educating LVNs and RNs: A Regional Solution for Rural Areas is to develop and implement a new model for delivering nurse training in rural counties of the Texas Panhandle. Recently, a consortium was formed to address the shortage of healthcare providers in rural areas of the Panhandle. Frank Phillips College (FPC) has joined with Amarillo College (AC), Dallam Hartley Counties Hospital District, Deaf Smith County Hospital District, Hutchinson County Hospital District, and Moore County Hospital District to make up the RNEC.

This cooperative arrangement is led by the four rural hospital districts, who have agreed to support this project, and the two colleges who have agreed to work across districts in order to create opportunity where challenges currently exist.


Mrs. Harrington’s Passion

This year, the Harrington Regional Medical Campus sold the land on the corner of Wallace Boulevard, across from BSA Healthcare System, to be the new home of the BSA Harrington Cancer Center. The new Joyce Courson Campus is a continuation of Mrs. Harrington’s passion to create a world-class medical and cancer facility in the Texas Panhandle. Thanks to the continued work of the Harrington Cancer and Health Foundation, her vision is being carried into the future. The expanded services and space will help BSA Healthcare System provide state-of-the-art cancer care close to home for Texas Panhandle residents.