This monthly NMAG E-Newsletter is for funders with giving programs in New Mexico, featuring local philanthropy and highlighting the work of New Mexico Association of Grantmakers and members. November 2016 Issue 7
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New Mexico Association of Grantmakers

2016 E-Newsletter

In This Issue

Director's Letter


NMAG Events


Funder News

Upcoming Events in the Field

Reports and Resources

Director's Letter

Greetings Members, Funders and Partners

Thank you for the excellent response to our strategic planning member survey this past month.  Your feedback will be extremely helpful for us to continue the programs that are important to you and to develop new program areas in response to your future needs.

I would like to thank and welcome our newest members, the Thornburg Foundation and Wells Fargo. We look forward to engaging our current and new members and partners over the next year in the catalyzing potential of collective philanthropy.

We hope that you can join us for our annual membership meeting and reception on Thursday November 17, 2016 from 3 to 6 pm at Meow Wolf Arts Complex in Santa Fe. Meet your fellow funders at this most unusual and fun venue!

We hope you find the funder information and resources in this E-newsletter helpful as you work to create meaningful social impact in New Mexico. I welcome your feedback on how we can best work together. Please feel free to reach out to me at

Cathy Frey
Executive Director


We are very pleased to announce that the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers is a recipient of a Con Alma Health Foundation Technical Assistance Award to support research and the publication of Philanthropy in New Mexico 2017, the fourth report in a series. This publication will provide timely and crucial information on the current state of philanthropy in New Mexico. The report will include an in-depth analysis of the state’s trends and future outlook for philanthropic giving since the last report. 

New Mexico Association of Grantmakers Joint Conference:
Please save the date for our joint annual conference of New Mexico funders and nonprofits on Wednesday/Thursday April 26 and 27, 2017 at the Tamaya Resort, Bernalillo, NM.


Member Annual Meeting and Reception
Thursday November 17, 2016 | 3:00 - 6:00 pm MT
Meow Wolf, 1352 Rufina Circle, Santa Fe, NM
Please join us for the Annual NMAG Membership Meeting at Meow Wolf Arts Complex in Santa Fe. The annual meeting of the members is an opportunity to share our highlights of the year, give members a sneak preview of our 2017 programs and include the election of officers and board members. We will also hear updates from members. The meeting will be followed by a member reception and a tour of Meow Wolf. Register here.

NMAG Board Meeting
Thursday November 17, 2016 |2:00 - 3:00 pm MT
Meow Wolf, 1352 Rufina Circle, Santa Fe, NM

Member and National Funder Teleconference
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 1:00 - 2:00 pm MT

Please mark your calendar for our next NMAG member call and post-election update from the Independent Sector and New Mexico Voices for Children. We will send a reminder and call in number to members prior to this event.

An audio tape is available if you missed the last member call with special guest Phil Buchanan President, Center for Effective Philanthropy.

Funder News

The Taos Community Foundation announces their new Executive Director, Lisa O'Brien. Lisa has served as the Grants Director of the Foundation since 2005 and also as Interim Executive Director since the retirement of Elizabeth Crittenden Palacios at the end of June. Please join us in congratulating Lisa in her new role.

Albuquerque  Community Foundation  President and CEO Randy Royster has been elected to serve as a member of the Council on Foundation's 17-member board of directors for a three year term at the 2016 Council of Foundation's annual conference. Join us in thanking Randy for serving in this capacity.

Con Alma Health Foundation Grant County Community Foundation is seeking to engage a consultant to facilitate a strategic planning process with the Board to help achieve the organization’s mission and vision. For questions or referrals contact Barrett Brewer at We are pleased to support this newly established community foundation and NMAG member in New Mexico.

The W. K. Kellogg Foundation
  • The Foundation is pleased to introduce Antionette Tellez-Humble as their new Program Officer. Join us in welcoming Antionette into her new role.
  • The New Mexico Impact Fund is a mini-grant program focused on utilizing collaboration and coordination among organizations and key stakeholders as a means to make a more significant impact toward improving the lives of children and families. WKKF has provided a grant to The Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico to establish and administer the New Mexico Impact Fund (NMIF).
  • The Professional Development Fund is now available to New Mexico based WKKF grantees to impact WKKF goals around healthy, education kids in economically secure families. Funds through the Santa Fe Community Foundation are available to support strategic opportunities around leadership and professional development.
The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation has released their 2015 Annual Report. They are also a co-sponsor of the New Mexico Education Summit (see events below) with the New Mexico Business Roundtable on Monday, November 14, 2016.

The Lannan Foundation announces a new public exhibition UCROSS: A Portrait in Place that is the result of a collaboration between a group of ecologists from the Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and artists associated with Land Arts of the American West at the University of New Mexico

McCune Foundation has released their 2016 Grantee Workshop Evaluation Summary. The purpose was to understand how McCune grantees see themselves as interconnected change agents within the system of NM nonprofits for greater impact in their work. The findings provide practical ideas for advancing their collaborative efforts that may be useful for other New Mexico funders.

New Mexico Arts announced the awardees at the 2016 Annual Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts honoring eight artists in September 2016. 

We are interested in news about our members. Whether it's a press release, an article featuring your organization or staff, or a guest post--we want to hear about it. We'll make sure the rest of the NMAG membership hears about what you're doing. Please send Cathy Frey for any member news or updates for future posting in the NMAG monthly newsletter or website. Share your success with your colleagues!  

Upcoming Events in the Field

*Getting Your Board on Board with Impact Investing
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 |3:00pm to 5:00pm ET
Philanthropy New York: Available via Livestream
View the entire Impact Investing Programs Series at the same link

Exploring New Neighborhood Maps Added to the Atlas
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 |1:00 - 1:30 pm MT / 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET
Webinar by Policy Link Equity Atlas

*Ready to Get on the Map? A Quick How-to...
Thursday, November 10 | 2-3 pm ET
Webinar by The Foundation Center
This monthly webinar series is scheduled to help guide any funders interested in learning how to e-report their grants.
New Mexico Education Summit 1.0
Monday, November 14, 2016, 8:00 am to 1:30 pm
Embassy Suites Albuquerque, 1000 Woodward Pl NE, Albuquerque, NM
New Mexico Business Roundtable and the LANL Foundation

Raise The Floor, Build The Ladder: Good Jobs for New Mexico's Workforce
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | 11:30 am-1:30 pm
CNM Workforce Training Center, 5600 Eagle Rock Ave., NE Room 101, Albuquerque, NM

Using the "What's Next For Community Philanthropy?" Toolkit
Wednesday, November 16, 1-3 pm ET
Webinar Series by the Tri-State Community Foundation Partnership
In 2014, the Monitor Institute released “What’s Next for Community Philanthropy,” a toolkit of flexible materials designed to help boards, staff teams and communities think about our changing environment and how it will affect philanthropy.
Independent Sector Conference 2016: New Frontiers
November 16-18, 2016
Conference in Washington, DC
 If you are not a member of Independent Sector, your affiliation with the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers will automatically get you a $500 discount off the registration fee.

Reports and Resources

Annie E. Casey Foundation Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide, Embracing Equity: 7 Steps to Advance and Embed Race Equity and Inclusion within your Organization.

The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) and Center for Evaluation Innovation (CEI) have released a new research report titled Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices represents the most comprehensive data collection effort to date on evaluation practices at foundations. 

Ford Foundation President Darren Walker talks in this video with SSIR Senior Editor Michael Slind about what organizations like his can do to address inequality.

The Forum and Funders' Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP) has made available the webinar titled Census 2020: Why Philanthropy Counts features a conversation about why the census matters and the role that philanthropy can play in ensuring a fair and accurate count. 

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations is collecting equity resources on their website including the following reports: Philanthropy Southwest has just released the 2016 Giving Study of Private and Community Foundations in the Southwest that covers seven states. Included in the study are Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

The Pluralist Commonwealth...A vision of what's next from Gar Alperovitzo Video:
Historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz offers an animated view of what a next system grounded in democratized ownership of the economy and real sustainability would look like.

The TCC Group recently launched a new, self-assessment learning tool titled the Foundation Core Capacity Assessment Tool (FCCAT) -- that measures capacities critical for foundation effectiveness across a wide variety of foundation contexts and types.

New #StandForYourMission Resources Help Foundation Boards Engage in Advocacy
The Forum has worked with BoardSource to develop several new resources designed to help foundation boards get involved in advocacy, as part of our involvement in the STAND FOR YOUR MISSION campaign:  
  • Foundation Board Discussion Guide on Advocacy: This practical guide is designed to help foundation boards think through the different ways they can engage in advocacy to help achieve their missions. It outlines the potential advocacy roles for foundations and offers a five-step guide to start foundation board conversations on advocacy. Erin Skene-Pratt, the Forum’s Policy Consultant, took the lead in drafting this guide, which she previewed in draft form at a session at the Forum’s annual conference in July.
  • Video Testimonials on Foundation Advocacy: The Forum also worked with BoardSource on two video testimonials that tell the stories of two foundations’ journeys toward greater engagement in advocacy: the Baptist Healing Trust and the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta. These are great, short testimonials that would be ideal to share as a stimulus for a board conversation around the discussion guide.
  • "Billion Dollar Bets" to Decrease Over-Criminalization (The Bridgespan Group)
    This concept paper, part of Bridgespan's research for “Billion Dollar Bets” to Create Economic Opportunity for Every American, looks at how philanthropists could help decrease over-criminalization, focusing on those populations that most acutely feel the burden: low-income communities of color.
  • Giving in Numbers: 2016 Edition (CECP & The Conference Board)
    This report not only presents a profile of corporate philanthropy and employee engagement in 2015, but also includes a Trends Summary that highlights the prominent features of corporate societal investment.
  • The Future of Philanthropy: Where Individual Giving is Going (Fidelity Charitable)
    How are key trends in philanthropy actually impacting individual donors? Are donors confident that giving can solve problems important to them? Based on a survey of more than 3,200 people who itemize charitable giving on their tax returns, this report explores how donors' personal giving has evolved and what the future of philanthropy might look like based on changing perceptions and generational shifts.
  • Model Partnerships for Impact: The Cricket Island Foundation and Communities United (Independent Sector)
    The latest release in a series of eight case studies - called "Model Partnerships for Impact" - that showcase a grantee and funder pair who exemplify healthy relationships and illuminate the practices and behaviors that contribute to a positive power dynamic. In this case, the focus on learning, rather than achieving pre-determined metrics, catalyzed both organizations to have deeper impact in communities.

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About NMAG

The New Mexico Association of Grantmakers is a membership network composed of grantmakers headquartered or with giving programs in New Mexico. Established in 1991, the Association's mission is to increase the effectiveness and impact of organized philanthropy in New Mexico. The organization supports and strengthens effective philanthropy, working to improve the lives of people acros

Contact Information

Catherine Frey, Executive Director
New Mexico Association of Grantmakers
PO Box 9280
Santa Fe, NM 87504-9280
608-239-8640 cell

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