Endowment raises funds for area entities
Article by William Carroll originally published in the Plainview Herald on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.
Tuesday marked the second year that the Plainview Area Endowment has participated in the worldwide #GivingTuesday event as PAE board members and affiliated organizations donated their time to man booths at United Supermarket on Olton Road and Amigos United Supermarket at 2403 N. Columbia from noon to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
According to the PAE, over $26,000 was raised last year for various groups in and around Plainview. The endowment, which was founded in 2010 and is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of West Texas, has as its motto to provide a base of continued financial support to community organizations and encourage a legacy of charitable giving. Its goal is to create stability and sustainability for the community as economic and demographic landscapes continue to change. Grants from the endowment are awarded from funds based on the interest of the donor or through an open competitive process that is responsible to the changing needs of the Plainview area.
The #GivingTuesday event was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Together, a team of influencers and founding partners launched a global movement that has engaged over 30,000 organizations worldwide.
During Tuesday’s event, booths were arranged so that contributors could donate money or make donations through credit cards or other means. For instance, during our time at the booth located at the United Supermarket on Olton Road, PAE board members Bill Cross and Mike Fox had access to an iPad so that donors could make online donations right in the store.
“Money donated to the endowment stays in our community,” Fox said to one of the people who inquired about the #GivingTuesday event.
“It really is a great way to give back to your community,” Cross said.
Every dollar raised Tuesday was really $2 as the endowment received a dollar for dollar match commitment. Just an hour into the event and people were already opening up their wallets to donate funds as the cash box located at the booth began to fill up.
“We exist to provide support and resources to the Plainview community in order for it to continue thriving. We want to take care of our friends and neighbors, and feel the Plainview Area Endowment (PAE) is a great way to do it,” said PAE Board Member Mark Warren in a previous interview.
For those who may have missed out on the #GivingTuesday event, there are still opportunities to donate money to the PAE. The PAE has a variety of donation options available to those interested in participating. The endowment has a variety of funds that can be contributed to for the purposes of improving the community. An unrestricted fund allows the PAE to identify the needs and opportunities in the community and target donor dollars where they may be most effective. Donors can also donate money to specific areas of interest such as education, art or health programs or they can designate funds to a specific agency or scholarship fund. For more information call 806-762-8061 or go to www.plainviewareaendowment.org.
Source: Plainview Herald