Our Program

Students in Philanthropy (SIP) provides students the opportunity to improve the quality of life in their communities. Participants learn about the importance of philanthropy and the role of community nonprofit organizations through the fund development and grant making process. Students not only make necessary contributions to nonprofit organizations, but also gain leadership and stewardship training. This training is provided through a structured program designed to educate, support and promote philanthropic leadership in the community. The first SIP program was established in 1997 at Midland College through the leadership and funding of the Abell-Hanger Foundation. Today, there are seven programs in the Permian Basin – two college programs and five high school programs.

About the Abell-Hanger Foundation

The Abell-Hanger Foundation has deep roots in Midland and the West Texas region. Midland was the site of Mr. Abell’s professional life and, together with Mrs. Abell, his personal life. Mr. Abell’s business success was primarily achieved as an oil and gas operator in the rural areas of West Texas. As a result of his involvement in this geographic region, he developed a deep sense of obligation to the people and rural communities of West Texas. The trustees have a strong commitment to continue the Abells’ philanthropic interests in Midland and West Texas. Watch the video below to learn more about the mission of the Abell-Hanger Foundation.

For More Information about Students in Philanthropy:


Julia Vickery

Program Director and Foundation SIP Coordinator

[email protected]