Funding Priorities

Pathways from Poverty

At the Community Foundation of West Texas, we partner with donors and our local nonprofit community to support strategies that make a positive impact on breaking the cycle of poverty in this region.

Investing in What Works
  • We support programs that help low-income individuals and families secure higher paying jobs, strengthen their finances and move up the economic ladder.

  • We inspire and prepare the next generation by supporting quality education and programs that promote the development of life skills and leadership capacity.

  • We provide a “safety net” for those who are vulnerable by funding programs that meet basic needs such as food, clothing, health care, shelter and safety.

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Focus Areas

The Community Foundation of West Texas 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 non-profit 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 appreciation of the arts.

  • Community events

  • Performing arts

  • Visual arts

  • Museums