Our Partners

Ogallala Commons’ mission is to reinvigorate the commonwealth that is the foundation for economic, ecological, and social sustainability. Partnerships are woven into the DNA of Ogallala Commons. Each year, we seek out innovators, civic groups, entrepreneurs, companies, foundations, agencies, and organizations eager to “connect the assets” and build together what cannot be achieved alone. Our network of partners is substantial, extending across 7 Great Plains states (see maps starting on page 19). Because we are constantly weaving a collaborative network, any investments are multiplied, as well any knowledge and skills that are applied—thereby allowing our projects to achieve outcomes that are impactful.

rebuilding the commons: the role of partners

Ogallala Commons’ mission is to reinvigorate the commonwealth that is the foundation for economic, ecological, and social sustainability. Partnerships are woven into the DNA of Ogallala Commons. Each year, we seek out innovators, civic groups, entrepreneurs, companies, foundations, agencies, and organizations eager to “connect the assets” and build together what cannot be achieved alone. Our network of partners is substantial, extending across 7 Great Plains states (see maps starting on page 19). Because we are constantly weaving a collaborative network, any investments are multiplied, as well any knowledge and skills that are applied—thereby allowing our projects to achieve outcomes that are impactful.

oc community partners provide:

FUNDING

Partners invest with OC to create internships & apprenticeships and cover some program costs, to sponsor Youth Engagement Days, to offer cash prizes at Youth Entrepreneur Fairs, and to underwrite educational festivals and workshops. In 2015, community partners invested $175,000 in OC programs, with CHS Foundation, CoBank, the Daniels Fund, and Amarillo Area Foundation investing a combined $235,000 of funding.

PEOPLE

Since 2007, over 250 youth and adults from 12 states have been involved in our Internship & Apprenticeship Program. In addition, more than 3,000 high school and middle school students have participated in our Youth Engagement Programs. In the past 12 years, schools in New Mexico, Kansas, Colorado, and Texas have sent more than 12,000 students to our Playa/Water Festivals to gain hands-on knowledge about natural resources. From this groundswell of activity, Ogallala Commons has built many partnerships and established dozens of project sites.

IDEAS & LEADERS

OC’s work with committed partners has built infrastructure for transformative initiatives, such as: youth engagement, entrepreneurship, rebuilding local food systems, community leadership training, natural resource conservation, and homecoming career development.

ogallala commons’ partners

The CHS Foundation (MN)
CoBank (CO)
Daniels Fund (CO)
MS Doss Foundation (TX)
Amarillo Area Foundation (TX)
Tecovas Foundation (TX)
First Nations Development Institute (CO)
Notah Begay III Foundation (NM)
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union-Coop. Dev. Center (CO)
Lakota Beginning Farmers & Ranchers (SD)
Swisher County Partners (TX)
Covenant Hospital-Plainview (TX)
Sta ord County Hospital (KS)
Hereford Regional Medical Center (TX)
Hemphill Co. Underground Water Conservation District (TX)
High Plains Food Cooperative (CO)
High Plains Underground Water Conservation District (TX)
Texas Farmers Union
Myskoke Tribe of Oklahoma
Greeley County Community Development (KS)
Gonzales County Hospital (TX)
Guadalupe Co. LULAC (TX)
Northwest Kansas Healthy Communities Initiative
New Mexico Department of Game & Fish
Soil Mender Products, LP (TX)
John Bertsch, CFP (TX)
West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) SBDC (TX)
WT Enterprise Center (TX)

Arnold EDC (NE)
Pawnee County EDC (KS)
Community Foundation of West Texas (TX)
Cochiti Youth Experience (NM)
Xcel Energy (TX & NM)
City of Leoti, KS
Tule Creek Soil & Water Conservation District (TX)
Center for Rural Entrepreneurship (NE)
Clovis Small Business Development Center (NM)
Network Kansas
Rawlins County HTC (KS)
Wichita County EDC (KS)
Holy Family Church Knights of Columbus (TX)
Pampa Regional Medical Center (TX)
Plains Memorial Hospital (TX)
NB3 Native Strong Program (NM)
Parmer County Medical Center (TX)
Mescalero Apache Tribe (NM)
City of Matador (TX)
Southeast Colorado SBDC (CO)
Amarillo National Bank (TX)
Happy State Bank (TX)
Teller Co. Farmers Market Assoc. (CO)
Todd Ag Agency (TX)
Cargill Cattle Feeders (TX)
Clovis Chamber of Commerce (NM)
Peoples Bank (TX)
First United Bank (TX)