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The grants made from our donors' funds to support charitable causes have a positive impact in our community each year. Check out videos showcasing some of these impact stories.
#Abilanthropy Story: Luckie Williams
Luckie Williams, who lived at Ben Richey Boys Ranch from 1988-1992, recalls building the fence that was funded by a CFA grant in 1989. Luckie and Ben Richey are part of the $100 million of impact, and this is their #Abilanthropy story.
Theatre Productions Offer Unique Experience for Children with Special Needs
A grant helped the Paramount Theatre develop tailored production of the children’s shows to allow special needs children to have an enjoyable live theatre experience.
Cancer Patients Find Renewed Strength
The Cancer Foundation for Life received funding from the Community Foundation of Abilene during the 2017 Spring Discretionary Grant Cycle to support the FitSteps for Life program in Abilene.
Refugee Women Help Homeless by ‘Plarning for Abilene’
"Plarning" is similar to the crocheting that the Nepali refugee women learned to do when they were young, only they use plastic instead of yarn to make mats that are distributed to homeless shelters in Abilene.
Annual Report Story: The Arts
Grants to Abilene arts organizations in 2017 supported programs that have served audiences in unique ways.
Annual Report Story: Animals
Buddy is the sweetest and most active, too, "says 11-year-old Kayla Pendleton of her new cat, Buddy.
Annual Report Story: Children
Luke Thornhill is one of the several children to receive a therapeutic tricycle as a result of grants made to AMBUCS, an organization dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities.
Annual Report Story: Education
One Fund that was of great importance to Judy Matthews and is still active today is the Greater Abilene Ministers Alliance scholarship fund, which was established in 1988 to provide scholarships to minority students who are members of GAMA churches.