Hometown Highlight: Community Foundation of West Texas
Striving to make a positive impact in the Lubbock, Texas community, the Community Foundation of West Texas offers support to nonprofit organizations meeting community needs such as human services, education, poverty, environmental, healthcare, arts, and economic development. In addition, the foundation provides community members with a variety of opportunities for philanthropic giving.
The foundation was originally established in 1981 by Nelda Thompson, who saw a need for a community foundation. The foundation works closely with local nonprofit organizations in Lubbock county - contributing to more than 700 nonprofits.
Through charitable funds, the foundation strives to help build and sustain the communities that it serves along with providing educational opportunities through scholarships for students in the South Plains. In addition, they strive to enrich lives through diversity and supporting community art, while providing basic needs for families during difficult times.
“A community is made up of all kinds of people and we help every single segment of non-profits - that’s who we are. We want to help non-profits be successful, so they can operate and help flourish our community,” said Michelle Tosi-Stephens, Vice President of Development and External Affairs at the Community Foundation of West Texas.
When a community need arises, the foundation works to provide support to those most in need. In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), the foundation has partnered with the Lubbock Area United Way to create a COVID-19 Response Fund that will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations who are struggling from the effects of COVID-19 in the South Plains region.
“The response fund was formed to help non-profits to continue to provide service to our community, in the long run, it will remain for the rest of the year due to non-profits needing more support to continue their business during COVID-19,”said Tosi-Stephens. “We need these non-profits to remain open for the community and for individuals to seek help during COVID-19, which makes it that much more important.”
The grant funding is limited to 501c3 non-profit organizations in the Lubbock and South Plains region. They expect multiple phases of funding to solve needs right now from the outbreak and long-term needs for recovery. For consideration, nonprofits must apply at the Community Foundation of West Texas COVID-19’s response page here.