December 2013

New Mexico Community Foundation’s Chispa Awards


Chispa means “spark,” and the Chispa Awards are given annually to nonprofits that shine a light in the communities they serve. Through this award, the NMCF recognizes nonprofits across the state that accomplish a lot with very little, helping to improve New Mexico communities. Ten organizations each receive a $7,000 unrestricted grant to use for their general operations.


There is no process for organizations to apply, or for the general public to make nominations. Nominations are made by community leaders, and final decisions by a volunteer selection committee. None of the recipients know their organization has been selected until the day they More >

The Agnes Williams Delgado Street Compound Bequest


After graduating from Cornell University in 1945, New Mexico Community Foundation donor Agnes Williams traveled west to northern New Mexico to work on the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos. As a single woman, she purchased a home in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristos in pastoral Nambé. Soon thereafter, she purchased the Santa Fe Business College, then located behind the Scottish Rite Center, and operated the school until 1986. In 1986, Agnes purchased a complex of buildings located at 110 Delgado St. near historic Canyon Road in Santa Fe, where she moved the college operations until 1990 when the More >


Advancing Opportunities for Women and Girls


Sarah Ghiorse


Women and girls in the United States have made great strides since the first and second waves of the feminist movement, yet they continue to face complex issues that require dedicated funding. In 1972, the Ms. Foundation was the first fund created to serve the needs of women and girls. Since then, 160 funds have sprouted up around the globe with a combined total of $535 million in assets1. In spite of this progress, only 7 cents of each philanthropic dollar in the US is directed toward women and girls’ issues. The Women’s Funding More >

Safety for Girls and Women


Joan Brooks Baker


As a photographer all of my life, I have often photographed women, including a project on The Black Madonna. Celebration of feminine energy has been an important focus for me. But it is an energy that must be encouraged.

Voice is a key issue. How does one find her voice when faced with poverty, lack of education, lack of food and bad health? Cultural beliefs that keep women and girls down lead to problems, not the least of which is low self-esteem.

It was gratifying for me to join NewMexicoWomen.Org and be part of its mission to advance opportunities for women More >

Breast Wishes Fund


Cheryl James


On Oct. 24, a Santa Fe boutique, Cupcake Clothing, and Breast Wishes Fund sponsored “An Evening of Wellness,” dedicated to providing information on integrated, alternative care for cancer treatment and prevention in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Over 40 loyal patrons and friends gathered to participate in a dialogue. Cupcake owner Kate Kruger said, “There are so many simple everyday things we can do to stay healthy in today’s hectic world. When someone is diagnosed with cancer there isn’t one right treatment, but many that can be blended to create what feels right for an individual. In my More >

The New Mexico Infant Team Program

A New Fiscal Sponsorship Under the NMCF


Jane Clarke and Deborah Harris


The New Mexico Community Foundation has a long history of supporting families and vulnerable young children. Starting in 2002 with Strengthening New Mexico Families, then with the Kellogg-funded SPARKS program and now by providing a home for the New Mexico Infant Team, the NMCF continues its critical attention to the needs of the state’s most vulnerable population.

The New Mexico Infant Team serves infants in the custody of the Children, Youth and Families Protective Services. Zero to Three, the national center for infants, toddlers and families, clearly characterizes this population: More >

New Mexico Community Foundation Fiscal Sponsorship Program


By providing fiscal and administrative support, the NMCF offers a unique partnership that helps new community charitable projects without nonprofit status get off the ground. To assist these unincorporated groups in incubating their ideas, programs and services, the Foundation’s Fiscal Sponsorship Program serves as an umbrella tax-exempt agent so they can receive donations from individuals, foundations and governments.

NMCF currently has nearly 50 fiscal sponsorship clients for whom the foundation provides the “back office” function of banking, bill paying, and financial oversight. NMCF includes these groups in the Foundation’s own audit so that there is transparency, accountability and legal responsibility for More >

New Mexico Community AIDS Partnership


Established as a fund of NMCF in 1993, and now a fiscal sponsorship, the New Mexico Community AIDS Partnership collaborates with a variety of organizations and programs to support the health and well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS in New Mexico, including those who provide emergency financial support and information to help community members keep up to date on legislative and political developments that affect the care and services they need. NMCAP supports high-quality, culturally appropriate, community-based HIV/AIDS programs that target New Mexico’s most underserved and vulnerable populations. Through its annual Challenge Grant cycle, NMCAP has awarded more than $1.4 million More >

Iman Aoun Leads Theater of the Oppressed Workshop


Shebana Coelho


Northern New Mexico CEC Artslink Fellow Iman Aoun, a Palestinian and director of Ashtar Theatre in Ramallah, led participants in a two-day Theatre of the Oppressed workshop in Santa Fe last month to trigger self- and group-awareness about critical issues, ways to combat oppression and bring about social transformation. Brazilian director and educator Augusto Boal, who believed “theatre is a language and so it can be used to speak about all human concerns, not to be limited to theatre itself,” established the Theatre in the 1970s. Aoun’s Ashtar Theatre ( uses Theatre of the Oppressed methodologies to create plays More >

Public Allies New Mexico


Tamara Watkins


I came on board with New Mexico Community Foundation as a program coordinator this past September. I’ve been doing work on both the Collaborative Leadership and NewMexicoWomen.Org programs.


I was recruited through a government program called Public Allies. This subsidiary of AmeriCorps started 21 years ago and has been operating in New Mexico for the past seven years. Public Allies is a national organization that partners with various nonprofits throughout the country for a 10-month internship. Through these partnerships, Public Allies directly focuses on transforming communities through leadership development, youth empowerment and in assisting underserved populations in their work More >

The New Mexico Community News Exchange


Tom McDonald


I love my chosen profession. I believe in what I’m doing. Newspapers—written into the US Constitution as “a free press”—are cornerstones for democracy, and on our better days, we serve our democratic republic well. I’m proud to be a part of such an industry.

I’ve become increasingly concerned, however, with the direction my chosen profession has taken in recent years. More and more newspapers are now owned by far-off corporations instead of local people. And when an outside corporation owns a newspaper, a certain amount of autonomy goes with it. And autonomy is an essential ingredient for keeping newspapers free.

By More >

Newsbites – December 2013


Senators Propose National Renewable Energy Standard

US Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Mark Udall (D-CO) have introduced a bill to establish a national Renewable Energy Standard, the first national threshold. The bill would require utilities to generate 25 percent of their power from wind, solar, biomass and other RE sources by 2025. Six percent would be required by 2014, followed by gradual increases thereafter. Municipal and other publicly owned power plants and rural co-ops would be exempted from the requirements.


The bill is intended to help make the US more energy independent, hold down utility rates and boost private investments in state More >

What’s Going On? – Albuquerque – December 2013


Dec. 3, 7:15-8:30 pm

Growing Fruit Trees

Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane, Río Rancho

Gardening with the Masters lecture presented by certified arborist Elizabeth Gardner. Free. 505.867.2582,


Dec. 4, 5:30-7:30

Green Drinks Holiday Social

Hotel Andaluz, 125 2nd St. NW

2nd Annual Reuse, Recycle, Re-gift fundraiser. Network and mingle with people interested in local business, clean energy and other green issues. Free admission. Silent auction to benefit the Green Chamber. 505.244.3700,,


Dec. 4, 6:30 pm

Climate Action Watch Party for “Chasing Ice”

Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming Blvd. NE

Free screening of award-winning film followed by panel discussion featuring physicist Mark Boslough, former PRC commissioner Jason Marks, More >

What’s Going On? – Santa Fe – December 2013


Dec. 3-4, 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Collaborative Forest Restoration Programs Workshop

SF Community College Jémez Rooms

A diverse group of stakeholders and forest restoration experts will come together to discuss forest restoration on public lands in NM. Info: 505.982.9805,,, Registration:


Dec. 4, 5:30 pm

Camino Real National Historic Trail Project

La Cienega Community Center

Informational open house for the development of a Conceptual Master Plan for the Retracement Hiking Trail along El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Historic Trail (Buckman Road segment). 505.992.9857,


Dec. 4, 6-8 pm

Santa Fe Conservation Trust Holiday Party

SF Women’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail

20th Anniversary celebration. Learn about the SFCT’s current work More >

What’s Going On? – Here & There – December 2013


Dec. 5, 7 pm

Green Fire Film Screening

Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux Street, Taos, NM

Documentary about Aldo Leopold, father of the national wilderness system and a key figure in developing the fields of wildlife management, restoration ecology and sustainable agriculture. Screening followed by a panel discussion featuring historian Juan Estévan Arellano, journalist Laura Paskus and LANL climate scientist Nathan McDowell. Presented by the Western Environmental Law Center. $10/$8.,


Dec. 6, 11:30 am-12:30 pm

First Friday: Your Business History

The Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce presents speaker Beth Morgan, a historian who will discuss the value of highlighting your business; its More >