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About the Community Foundation of West Texas

The Community Foundation of West Texas is a nonprofit organization created by and for the people of Lubbock and the South Plains. We’re here to help our donors make a positive impact on their community. Established in 1981, the Foundation has granted over $42 since inception. We currently administer over 360 funds with assets exceeding $63.


What is a Community Foundation?

A community foundation (CF) is a grantmaking organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in their community. CFs bring individuals, families, and businesses together to support local nonprofit organizations and causes to better the community. CFs are locally based and have the distinct advantage of being able to assess community needs at a grass roots level.


The giving process can be overwhelming and filled with seemingly endless choices. That’s where we come in. We’re able to help donors navigate through the giving process from start to finish and are always happy to help in any way we can.



The Power of Endowment

Albert Einstein once called compound interest the most powerful force in the universe and we couldn’t agree more.


Endowments carry an inherent power to provide for community needs in perpetuity through continued growth. Over time, the amount granted exceeds the original contributions to the fund, while the original gift remains intact. Thanks to responsible investing, the fund balance continues to increase over time. Your gift is able to make an impact now and for years to come.

Who Do We Fund?

We serve 15 counties in the South Plains region:

  • Bailey County

  • Cochran County

  • Crosby County

  • Dickens County

  • Floyd County

  • Garza County

  • Hale County

  • Hockley County

  • King County

  • Lamb County

  • Lubbock County

  • Lynn County

  • Motley County

  • Terry County

  • Yoakum County

Focus Areas

Our focus areas are broken up into four basic categories:

Civic, Social and Economic Development

Promoting pleasant and livable communities with thriving and sustainable economies.

  • Appreciation and inclusion of diverse cultures 

  • Business and workforce development 

  • Volunteerism 

  • Rural philanthropy 

  • Recreation 

  • Civic involvement 

  • Neighborhood revitalization 

  • Tourism 

  • Public safety (Disaster preparedness/recovery, law enforcement, substance impaired driving) 

  • Nurturing a strong nonprofit sector 

  • Environment and historic preservation 

  • Animal welfare

Education and Youth

Preparing the next generation for adulthood and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all generations.

  • Early childhood education 

  • K-12 education 

  • Post-secondary education 

  • Youth life skills and leadership development 

  • Literacy 

  • Adult continuing education and self improvement 

  • Experiential learning 

  • Successful parenting 

  • Libraries

Basic Needs and Self Sufficiency

Assuring that means are available to provide for the basic needs of individuals and families in times of trouble.

  • Moving from poverty to prosperity 

  • Employment and training opportunities 

  • Financial literacy 

  • Housing and shelter 

  • Health and wellness 

  • Food and clothing 

  • Abuse and neglect prevention/intervention 

  • Counseling and service coordination

Arts and Culture

Enriching lives through a diverse array of opportunities for the enjoyment and growth of the arts.

  • Community events 

  • Performing arts 

  • Visual arts 

  • Museums

We partner with donors and our local nonprofit community to support strategies that make a positive impact in this region.

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