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Building on the Foundation

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One of a number of layers, levels, or divisions in an organized system.

Stratum Funds help AAF build on the foundation of our mission by allowing donors to choose areas of focus that align with their philanthropic goals. Each of us can add a layer and help make our community stronger. Click on any fund below to learn more about the focus area.
Arts and Culture Fund

Arts & Culture Fund

Strong arts and culture organizations are vital to the economic health of our region. They nurture creative thinking in our children and provide quality of life to our residents. Your donation to the Arts & Culture Fund will support performing and visual arts organizations across the 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle through grant funding.

Economic Opportunity Fund

Economic opportunity can mean different things to different communities, but there are some commonalities in our current economy. Without access to affordable, quality childcare, many workers cannot enter the workforce - leaving employers struggling to fill vacancies. Access to affordable, reliable, high-speed internet is no longer a luxury, but vital for economic parity. This is a unique challenge in our most rural areas. In addition to access, digital literacy will be key to our communities having fair, safe, and educated access to the current economic drivers.
Education Fund

Education Fund

In an effort to improve quality of life for current and future generations of Texas Panhandle residents, Amarillo Area Foundation is using a data-informed approach to address early childhood literacy (with a 2-generation approach) and college enrollment/workforce alignment.
Equity Fund

Equity Fund

The purpose of The Equity Fund is to support Black, Hispanic, Latinx, Refugee, and other communities of color in meeting the specific needs of the communities and to encourage greater awareness and understanding of their rich history in the Texas Panhandle.

Health Fund

Healthy communities are strong communities. The pandemic of the last few years has made two areas of health concerns very evident - mental health and food insecurity. Mental health requires not only access to practitioners but also creating easy ways for people to talk about their mental health struggles early in the process. More and more of our neighbors struggle to have regular access to healthy foods. AAF is working with other organizations to address these crises in new and proven ways.

Panhandle Companions Fund

The Panhandle Companions Fund promotes the health and welfare of companion animals, including: prevention of cruelty to animals, providing veterinary care to animals whose owners cannot otherwise pay for their care, funding adoption, microchipping, spay and neuter programs, supporting the creation and operation of sanctuaries and animal shelters for companion animals, promoting responsible pet/animal ownership, and funding innovative solutions and creative thinking through inclusive and community-centric programs and projects for animal welfare. This fund supports the entire Texas Panhandle.

The Panhandle Community Partnership

Panhandle Community Partnership 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. Our mission is to make pathways to postsecondary credentials and living wage employment accessible for all individuals through a community collaboration.
Panhandle Disaster Relief Fund

Panhandle Disaster Relief Fund

Wildfires are perhaps the most dreaded natural disaster in our area. Since 2006, when Amarillo Area Foundation opened the Panhandle Disaster Relief Fund (PDRF), residents have experienced the accumulated loss of millions of dollars in homes, businesses, out-buildings, vehicles, livestock, grazing land, and fencing. Unfortunately, we have also experienced the most painful loss – lives of cherished family members. PDRF also supported local organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic, including healthcare facilities and social services organizations, and supports communities when other natural disasters occur.
The Panhandle Gives Amplification Fund

The Panhandle Gives Amplification Fund

The Panhandle Gives is an annual event hosted and coordinated by the Amarillo Area Foundation (AAF). The event begins on the Monday before Thanksgiving and ends on the global day of giving known as Giving Tuesday. The Amplification Fund is made up of gifts given from foundations, corporate sponsors, and individual donors and was established by AAF to AMPLIFY the amount of gifts participating organizations receive during the campaign.

The Whitney Kelly LGBTQ+ Empowerment Fund

The purpose of The Whitney Kelly LGBTQ+ Empowerment Fund is to empower the LGBTQ+ community of the Texas Panhandle through education, healthcare, community engagement, and fostering belonging. Whitney Kelly was a long-time advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. His work and friendship empowered, uplifted, and inspired countless lives in our region and beyond.
Women's Philanthropy Fund

Women's Philanthropy Fund

In 2008, Amarillo Area Foundation and a group of community-minded women established the Women’s Philanthropy Fund (WPF) to address the needs of women and children in the Texas Panhandle. In 2022, the WPF moved from a membership-only model to the opportunity for ANY individual, family, or business with a passion to support the critical needs of women and children in our region, to contribute and have a direct impact on the well-being of women and children in the Texas Panhandle… in all areas of life.