More than $1 million awarded to local non-profits

More than $1 million awarded to local non-profits

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - The Permian Basin Area Foundation awarded $1.18 million in grants to 35 non-profit organizations.

Although much of the Basin is suffering through a slow down in the economy, the foundation has actually seen an increase in donations.

"We are a community foundation. We are set up for the benefit of the community as a whole. Not just Midland, Not just Odessa, but West Texas and so, we serve about 20 plus counties across West Texas," said Aaron Bedell with the Permian Basin Area Foundation.

The attendees came from all over the Basin.

The West Texas Food Bank received some much needed assistance with funding their transportation food delivery costs.

"Many times we have food in our warehouse, but we need to make sure we have those operational costs covered so we can get the food directly to those in need," said Tina Corbett, development director of the West Texas Food Bank.

The City of Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau also received a check to go towards the Historic Spring restoration project.

Many local non-profits have been struggling because of the downturn in the economy. The Foundation has actually received more money donated then ever before.

"There is a huge, huge need right now with corporate donations tapering off during the downturn. There is an even greater need for foundations and for individuals to come out and support our community non-profits," said Bedell.

The Foundation has given away $75 million dollars since 1989 and they only expect more growth.

The Permian Basin Area Foundation offers grants semi-annually. The next grant cycle is in the Fall. To find more information, visit http://www.pbaf.org.

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