December 2013

The New Mexico Community Foundation—30 Years


Jenny Parks, President and CEO


It is a special opportunity to be with New Mexico Community Foundation in our 30th year. Reflecting on our rich history, we are especially proud that we have remained steadfast and true to our mission serving the most rural and the most forgotten in our state. We are proud to serve Chaparral, Thoreau, Silver City, Jémez Pueblo, Magdalena and many more places and individuals. We are here to give hope and to fill gaps, and we plan to be here for many years to come.


This month in Santa Fe, we celebrate 30 years of statewide philanthropy at our 30th Anniversary and 2013 Luminaria Gala. NMCF’s Luminaria tradition dates back to the mid-1990s and includes many leaders, visionaries and organizations, including Denise Chávez (1995), Tewa Women United (1997), Owen Lopez (1999), Las Cumbres Learning Center (2000), María Benítez (2001), Jerry Ortiz y Pino (2002) and Ali McGraw (2007). We are happy to be partnering with Green Fire Times for this month’s focus issue that highlights these extraordinary individuals and brings attention to the impact NMCF has had throughout the state for three decades.


In 1983, we started with boots on the ground and zero dollars for endowment, and we now manage nearly $30 million in various funds and assets, but we are most gratified by the impact we have making grants of a much larger foundation: $7.5 million in the last two years alone and $60 million overall. We do this with immeasurable support from donors, staff, board members and the many new and old friends of NMCF. We foster relationships with local, statewide and national partners in philanthropy, and together we make New Mexico a better place to live. We help New Mexico thrive.


Entering our next 30 years, we are particularly excited about

  • The return of our Luminaria awards
  • Our new women and girls’ fund and initiative, NewMexicoWomen.Org
  • Our 2nd Annual Chispa awards
  • Nearly 50 active fiscal sponsorships
  • The newly signed Chimpanzee Sanctuary Fund with the Humane Society of the United States and Animal Protection New Mexico
  • The Community News Exchange funded by NMCF with a Knight Foundation matching grant.
  • Give Grande New Mexico, a statewide giving day scheduled for May 6, 2014 and sponsored by The Community Foundation Coalition of New Mexico
  • Philanthropic First Responder: our commitment to granting approximately $250K per year in emergency funds

Through the support of our donors and partners, New Mexico Community Foundation serves all 33 counties in our state, and this issue of Green Fire Times tells some of the story of our leadership in equity, community development and philanthropy. We hope you enjoy this issue!


Sandy Kiser, board chair Jenny Parks, president and CEO



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