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Permian Basin Area Foundation Awards $1.5 Million in Spring Grant Cycle

June 26, 2017

– MIDLAND, Texas – Permian Basin Area Foundation announced $1,514,528 in grants to nonprofit organizations serving the region during a news conference held today at Midland College. Of this amount, $1,214,240 was awarded during the semi-annual competitive grant cycle.

“Permian Basin Area Foundation is much like a tree,” explained Aaron Bedell, Executive Associate for the Foundation. “Its roots and branches can be likened to its numerous donors. While its earliest supporters created opportunity for the tree to grow, new donors enable its branches to cover increasing areas of ground while reaching ever skyward.”

“What makes a tree complete are its leaves. Our nonprofit organizations and their dedicated volunteers and staff are the leaves of our community foundation’s tree. Each one is essential to providing much needed ‘shade’ to the citizens of West Texas. There’s probably not a single person who hasn’t felt the effect of that shade in the form of enriched quality of life.”

Bedell introduced Grants Committee member Darlene Mays who presented 44 nonprofit organizations with competitive grant awards:

  • Abilene Christian University Press
  • Aphasia Access
  • Be the Change Permian Basin
  • Blackwell School Alliance
  • Buffalo Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Bynum School
  • CASA of West Texas
  • Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute
  • City of Midland Aquatics
  • The Crisis Center
  • Family Promise
  • Fort Davis Education Foundation
  • Fort Stockton Community Theatre
  • Friends of the Crockett County Library
  • Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library
  • Greater Ideal Family Life Center
  • Holy Trinity Preschool
  • Hospice of Midland /Rays of Hope
  • Learning Ally
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas
  • Marfa Studio of the Arts
  • Midland /Odessa Area AIDS Support
  • Midland College Foundation
  • Midland Downtown Lions Club
  • Midland Festival Ballet
  • Midland Historical Society
  • Midland Humane Coalition
  • Midland Teen Court
  • Midland West Rotary Club
  • Northside Community Center
  • Palmer Drug Abuse Program
  • Permian Basin Honor Flight
  • Rock the Desert Ministries
  • S.H.A.R.E.
  • Salvation Army of Odessa
  • Snyder Community Resource Center
  • Andrews Presbyterian Mission
  • Stepping Stone Ministry
  • Teen Challenge Adult Centers of Texas
  • Teen F.L.O.W.
  • United Way of Big Spring and Howard County
  • University of Texas Permian Basin
  • Unlock Ministries
  • Western Texas Lions’ Eye Bank Alliance

“In addition to making these competitive grant awards, the Foundation is pleased to announce grants totaling $300,288 from the Dollie Ruth Neal Education Fund,” said Mays.  “The purpose of this fund is to provide education opportunities for women across West Texas, with an emphasis on empowering single mothers to become self-sufficient.”

Guy McCrary, Foundation president and CEO, spoke about the impact of the Foundation in the Permian Basin region. “In 1989, your community foundation was created with humble resources but a lofty vision. In the years following, it has grown to include more than 300 endowments, serving communities of more than 20 counties in West Texas thanks to the generosity of donors. The Foundation’s donors have always been the heart and soul of its outreach to the community.”

“As the Foundation’s assets continue to grow, the effect of those funds is increasingly apparent throughout West Texas communities: grants, scholarships, and distributions are projected to again top $8 million in 2017. With today’s grants, total Foundation awards since 1989 total are approximately $86.5 million.”

Semi-annually, the Foundation announces competitive grant awards following review of applications submitted in the spring and fall.  Fall grant pre-applications are due in the Foundation’s offices on or before October 1, 2017.