AMARILLO, Texas - The Xcel Energy Foundation is awarding
$221,000 in grant funding to 31 nonprofit groups in Texas
and New Mexico.
The grants are being made through the Education and
Environment focus areas of the Xcel Energy Foundation,
which awards funding to nonprofit groups working in towns
and cities served by Xcel Energy.
"Communities that value education and the environment are
healthy communities," said Riley Hill, president and CEO of
Southwestern Public Service Company, an Xcel Energy
company. "By supporting the nonprofits that promote these
values, we hope to contribute to the overall health and
prosperity of the communities we are privileged to serve."
The Foundation's Education and Environment focus areas are
two of four annual grant programs in which area nonprofits
can participate. The other focus areas are Economic
Sustainability and Arts & Culture. The Foundation also
matches United Way contributions dollar for dollar and
matches employee gifts to non-profit agencies dollar for
dollar, Hill said.
Area groups receiving Education funding are:
• Amarillo Area Foundation - Amarillo, Texas
• Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Foundation - Amarillo,
• Amarillo Education Foundation (Women in Science
Endeavors) - Amarillo, Texas
• Canadian Educational Foundation - Canadian, Texas
• Chaves County CASA - Roswell, N.M.
• Eastern New Mexico University - Portales, N.M.
• Frank Phillips College Development Corp. - Borger,
• Girl Scouts of Texas-Oklahoma Plains, Inc. - Amarillo,
• Golden Spread Council Boy Scouts of America - Amarillo,
• Green Education Foundation - Amarillo, Texas
• Inquiry Facilitators, Inc. - Hobbs, N.M.
• MyPower, Inc. - Hobbs, N.M.• New Mexico Junior
College Foundation - Hobbs, N.M.
• Opportunity School - Amarillo, Texas
• Shallowater Education Foundation - Shallowater, Texas
• South Plains Council Boy Scouts of America - Lubbock,
• South Plains College Foundation - Levelland, Texas
• Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) -
• Wayland Baptist University - Lubbock, Texas
• West Texas A&M University Foundation - Canyon, Texas
• Women in Science Endeavors (WISE) - Lubbock, Texas
Area groups receiving Environment funding are:
• Amarillo Education Foundation - Amarillo, Texas
• Amarillo Zoological Society - Amarillo, Texas
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Texas Panhandle -
• Class 4 Winds & Renewables - Amarillo, Texas
• Don Harrington Discovery Center - Amarillo, Texas
• Friona Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture - Friona,
• Keep Roswell Beautiful - Roswell, N.M.
• Ogallala Commons - Nazareth, Texas
• Rio Blanco Heritage Foundation - Crosbyton, Texas
• Tascosa High School Excellence Council - Amarillo, Texas
Information about Xcel Energy Foundation grants can be
found on the company's website, xcelenergy.com. Questions
may also be directed to the following Xcel Energy
• Terry Price, senior foundation representative, Amarillo,
• Wallace Hill, regional manager, community and economic
development, Amarillo, Texas -
• Steve Deaton, regional manager, community and economic
development, Lubbock, Texas -
• Mike McLeod, regional manager for community and economic
development, Roswell, N.M. -
Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) is a major U.S. electricity and
natural gas company with regulated operations in eight
Western and Midwestern states. Xcel Energy provides a
comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and
services to 3.4 million electricity customers and 1.9
million natural gas customers through its regulated
operating companies. Company headquarters are located in
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