Regional Affiliate of the Community Foundation of West Texas

What is the Slaton Area Endowment?

The Slaton Area Endowment serves Slaton and the surrounding area by supporting projects that address community needs.

The Slaton Area Affiliate is the latest member of the Community Foundation of West Texas‘s family of affiliates. In partnership with the CH Foundation, the Community Foundation of West Texas also issued a $100,000 match challenge to jump start this new affiliate’s fundraising, which they met and surpassed. The local Slaton Advisory Board, led by Mark Meurer, already awarded their first round of grants. Recipients included Mercy Mana, the Slaton Senior Citizen Center, Slaton’s historic Harvey House and the Weekend Snack Sack program so that low-income children will have food on the weekends while school is closed.

When life’s been good to you, it’s good to give back. 

Mercy Ministries Slaton Collage

For most of us, that means contributing to local charitable causes periodically. But those who are especially grateful – or those to whom life has been especially generous sometimes want to do more.

That’s where the Slaton Area Endowment comes in.

We make it easy to be a philanthropist!

For you, it’s a way to lend a hand that’s always ready to help.
For Slaton, it ensures that help is here when it’s needed – now and for generations to come.

Since 1981, thousands of donors have used the expertise of Community Foundation of West Texas to improve quality of life throughout the South Plains area.

The Slaton Area Endowment was created in January of 2013 to give the people of Slaton the opportunity to build a pool of permanent resources exclusively for the benefit of their community.

Read more about the Community Foundation of West Texas and the Slaton Area Endowment in the annual report linked below:

2021 Annual Report

History & Mission

Why was the Slaton Area Endowment created?

  • To improve the quality of life in this area.
  • To preserve the wealth of this community and keep it working for good.
  • To provide a flexible infrastructure that makes it easy and affordable for donors to establish endowments for the lasting benefit of this community.
  • To build resources to respond to changing and emerging community needs.
  • To assist people in achieving their charitable and estate planning goals.
  • To increase overall charitable resources in this community.

What is an endowment?

An endowment fund is a permanent fund, the principal of which is preserved and invested for long term growth and appreciation. Grants are made from the annual earnings of the endowment. Over time, the value of the annual grants will far exceed the value of the original gifts.

The money stays here!

This phrase sums up true grass roots philanthropy – mobilizing as many people as possible, not just the wealthy, to support their hometowns.

5895167807_fbe7d80386_oWhile we don’t know what changes are in store for our community, we do know that changes will occur. The challenge is to unite our citizens in new ways to manage these changes for our benefit.

Slaton Area Endowment is the answer. As an affiliate of the Community Foundation of West Texas, it is an ideal vehicle for preserving the wealth of our community and keeping it working for good.

There are many reasons to give through the Slaton Area Endowment:

  • We are a LOCAL ORGANIZATION with deep roots in the community.
  • We have BROAD EXPERTISE regarding community issues and needs.
  • We provide highly PERSONALIZED SERVICE, tailored to each individual’s charitable and financial interests.
  • We build ENDOWMENT FUNDS that benefit this community forever and help create personal legacies.
  • We offer DIVERSE FUND TYPES, which help people invest in the causes they care about most.
  • We accept a wide VARIETY OF ASSETS, and can facilitate even the most complex forms of giving.
  • We partner with PROFESSIONAL ADVISORS to create highly effective approaches to charitable giving.
  • We offer MAXIMUM TAX ADVANTAGE under state and federal law.
  • We MULTIPLY THE IMPACT of gift dollars by pooling them with other gifts and grants.
  • We are COMMUNITY LEADERS – bringing together resources and ideas for the good of Muleshoe and Bailey County.

Roadmap to Strengthening Communities:  Community Opportunities and Needs Assessment

Community Foundation of West Texas its Affiliates have embarked on an initiative to identify the region’s best opportunities and most pressing needs, and to set bold goals to achieve over the coming years.

What is it like living today in the each of the counties that make up the South Plains region – and what opportunities and challenges face us as we forge a future together? This is a conversation worth having. The facts and figures and perspective offered in each Community Opportunities and Needs Report are meant to help open that conversation.

This important work is a collaboration between the Foundation, many community volunteers, and a partnership team from two national organizations with expertise in regional and rural development: the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship and the Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group.

Read the Slaton Area Community Needs and Opportunities: A Conversation Opener.

What is a “Transfer of Wealth”?

As assets transfer from one generation to the next, families have a unique opportunity to create a lasting community impact. In places where residents care deeply about the future of their community, like communities in West Texas, this transfer of wealth (TOW) is an important opportunity. Handing down from one generation to the next represents the largest under-developed financial resource in the area. Timing is also critical. For the communities of West Texas, the TOW opportunity begins sooner because of the aging demographics of the region.

If community members want to do something to keep their place great and make it even better, the experiences of other rural communities will show you, this is one of the best ways to achieve it. Starting today will help communities strategize to keep a portion of these transferring assets in your communities – and endowed and used for purposes you and your neighbors care about.

How big is that opportunity?

Slaton Area Endowment Advisory Board

The Slaton Area Endowment Advisory Board is made up of people of vision who understand the value of a community endowment and hope to inspire others to join the endeavor. These local civic and community leaders ensure your gift is administered efficiently and that your charitable intent is honored.

Jonathan Bloxom
Kevin Buxkemper
Glenn Culver
Amber Davis
Richard Edwards, Advisor
Mark Heinrich
Darlene Jones
Sandra Jones
Mark Meurer, Vice-Chair
Carla Rodriguez
Courtney Ross
Lynette Swanner, Chair
Ann Marie Wright

The Slaton Area Endowment will help today, tomorrow and countless tomorrows to come.