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. 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:


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.


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.


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
Amarillo Area Foundation (TX)
Amarillo National Bank (TX)
Arnold EDC (NE)
Cargill Cattle Feeders (TX)
Center for Rural Entrepreneurship (NE)
City of Leoti, KS
City of Matador (TX)
Clovis Chamber of Commerce (NM)
Clovis Small Business Development Center (NM)
CoBank (CO)
Cochiti Youth Experience (NM)
Community Foundation of West Texas (TX)
Covenant Hospital-Plainview (TX)
Dane G. Hansen Foundation (KS)
Daniels Fund (CO)
Downtown Women’s Center (TX)
First Nations Development Institute (CO)
First United Bank (TX)
Gonzales County Hospital (TX)
Greeley County Community Development (KS)
Guadalupe Co. LULAC (TX)
Guadalupe County Soil and Water Conservation District (NM)
Happy State Bank (TX)
Hemphill Co. Underground Water Conservation District (TX)
Hereford Regional Medical Center (TX)
High Plains Food Cooperative (CO)
High Plains Underground Water Conservation District (TX)
Holy Family Church Knights of Columbus (TX)
John Bertsch, CFP (TX)
Lakota Beginning Farmers & Ranchers (SD)
Los Alamos National Laboratory (NM)
Mescalero Apache Tribe (NM)
MS Doss Foundation (TX)
Myskoke Tribe of Oklahoma
NB3 Native Strong Program (NM)
Network Kansas
New Mexico Department of Game & Fish
Northwest Kansas Healthy Communities Initiative
Notah Begay III Foundation (NM)
Pampa Regional Medical Center (TX)
Parmer County Medical Center (TX)
Pawnee County EDC (KS)
Peoples Bank (TX)
Plains Memorial Hospital (TX)
Rawlins County HTC (KS)
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union-Coop. Dev. Center (CO)
Soil Mender Products, LP (TX)
Southeast Colorado SBDC (CO)
Stafford County Hospital (KS)
Swisher County Partners (TX)
Tecovas Foundation (TX)
Teller Co. Farmers Market Assoc. (CO)
Texas Farmers Union
The CHS Foundation (MN)
Todd Ag Agency (TX)
Tule Creek Soil & Water Conservation District (TX)
West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) SBDC (TX)
Wichita County EDC (KS)
WT Enterprise Center (TX)
Xcel Energy (TX & NM)