Programs

One way the Amarillo Area Foundation strives to improve quality of life in the Texas Panhandle is through its programs. The generosity of area donors and the efforts of many partners make this important work possible.

Program highlights from 2016 include:

It is the efforts of talented and hard-working program staff members that create these results each year. Working together, the Amarillo Area Foundation staff strives to make a difference every day in cities and towns across the Texas Panhandle.
Katharyn Wiegand

Katharyn Wiegand
Vice President of Community Investment


NLNE
NO LIMITS NO EXCUSES IS A COMMUNITY IMPACT INITIATIVE WITH MORE THAN 26 COMMUNITY PARTNERS COMMITTED TO CREATING ACCESSIBLE PATHWAYS TO POSTSECONDARY CREDENTIALS THAT LEAD TO LIVING WAGE EMPLOYMENT. 

In the six years since NLNE was created, the program has matured and an enhanced emphasis on student engagement emerged in 2016. 

Focus groups revealed the real reason students weren’t earning some form of postsecondary credential is most high school students are hesitant to admit they don’t have all the answers. They are reluctant to talk to the partners and ask questions they need to succeed after high school. 

With that insight, NLNE developed an app that helps students find good career matches. They can formalize a plan, pick their degree of interest, and submit that plan to their counselors and parents. In 2016, more than 2,000 students registered and submitted their plans via the app. 

NLNE also works to ensure that finances aren’t a barrier to success. Through collaboration with the Amarillo Independent School District, they developed a contest to increase the number of students who completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The increase of FAFSA completion exceeded 10%. The proof is in the name. When it comes to helping area students succeed there really are No Limits No Excuses. 


NSC
SINCE 1982, THE NONPROFIT SERVICE CENTER (NSC) HAS SERVED AS THE AREA’S PRIMARY INFORMATION RESOURCE FOR NONPROFITS. 

The NSC provides education, consulting and networking opportunities to challenge and equip nonprofit organizations to be self-sufficient, accountable and sustainable. 

In 2016, the NSC provided 14 workshops attended by 251 unique individuals representing 122 nonprofits across the Texas Panhandle. This reflects an increased reach of over 40% compared to 2015. The NSC became a CFRE International Approved Provider for Continuing Education. The Toolbox for Fundraisers class attracted a record enrollment of 26 individuals. 

Consulting services included board/staff training, strategic and development planning, and campaign design. More than 40 visitors utilized the Foundation Directory Online database to conduct grant research. The NSC hosts the Executive Director Leader Circle each month which gives nonprofit leaders the opportunity to learn from and network with their peers. 

During 2016, the Nonprofit Service Center provided consulting services to the following organizations:

Board/Staff Training
Dove Creek Equine Rescue

Mission Amarillo

Family Support Services

Panhandle Producers and Royalty Owners

Medical Center League House

 
Strategic Planning

Downtown Women's Center

Panhandle Promise Project

Mission Amarillo

 
Development Planning

Driskill House

 
Marketing and Communications Planning

Driskill House

 
Campaign Planning

Oldham County Affiliate Fund

Texas Panhandle War Memorial Foundation

Swisher County Hospital Foundation Board

 

ACE

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 and has expanded to include Caprock High School and select students from Tascosa High School. 


WPF

The Women’s Philanthropy Fund provides innovative grants that address the unmet needs of women and children in the Texas Panhandle. Grant awards recommended by the members focus on long-term solutions that ensure safety, health and wellness, education, and expansion of economic opportunity. Additional grants were awarded through partnership with High Plains Coalition for Marriage and Family. 

WPF Grants $56,217
Arrow Child & Family Ministries $10,000
Family Care Foundation $5,000
Family Support Services $10,000
Hope & Healing Place $5,000
Panhandle Promise Project $10,000
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at Amarillo $6,217
Turn Center $10,000
Women's Philanthropy Fund Advisors
Mary Kay Dammier Barbara Johnson
Lizzie Mason Jessica Mitchell
Cari Roach Jena Taylor
Carolina Walden  
   
Amarillo Area Foundation Advisors
Nicki Crump Charlotte Rhodes
Sharon Oeschger Katharyn Wiegand

DISCRETIONARY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

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. 

SCHOLARSHIP DISTRIBUTIONS
Area Scholarships (AC, Clarendon, FPC & WTAMU) $194,805
Out of Area Institutions (All Others) $161,075
Total Scholarships $335,880

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PHILANTHROPY

Regions with existing Community Funds at the Foundation were invited to enhance their fundraising and grantmaking efforts by becoming Affiliate Funds with coaching and support services provided by the Foundation. 

During 2016, Lesly Annen and Christina Williams continued their coaching work with five Affiliate Community Funds. Lesly worked with advisors from the Donley County Affiliate Fund and the Wellington Community Fund. Christina worked with advisors from the Spearman Community Fund, the Future of Nazareth Fund, and the Oldham County Affiliate Fund. 

Advisors worked throughout the year to raise awareness and funds for the community endowments. These endowments provide grant funds each year to benefit specific needs in each community.