This monthly NMAG E-Newsletter is by and for funders with giving programs in New Mexico, featuring local philanthropy and highlighting the work of New Mexico Association of Grantmakers and Members. February 2017 Winter
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New Mexico Association of Grantmakers

2017 E-Newsletter

In This Issue

Director's Letter


NMAG Events


Funder News

Upcoming Events in the Field

Reports and Resources

Director's Letter

Please join us on Wednesday, April 26 & Thursday April 27 for the 2017 NMAG Joint Annual Conference, Advancing a Just and Secure New Mexico: Advocacy, Policy and a Sustainable Nonprofit Sector.
This year’s joint conference for both nonprofit and funders will look at social justice and the role of advocacy and policy in our work. The conference will explore how the current economic and political climate may influence our work and provide opportunities to share ideas on supporting and sustaining a financially strong nonprofit sector in New Mexico.

We began this policy focus and discussion on December 16, 2016 when NMAG and Con Alma Health Foundation co-hosted a special post-election funder teleconference. Since that time, we continue to actively monitor and inform members on policy issues facing philanthropy and the New Mexico nonprofit sector in the following ways:
  • Philanthropy’s Road Forward: We have dedicated a special section of the NMAG website for post-election resources, news items and programming. For example, please see the most recent posting for a very thorough policy overview of Johnson Amendment in the 115th Congress from the Council on Foundations.
  • National Council of Nonprofits’ Nonprofit State Policy Tracker. We monitor monthly reports from the Tracker for issues and legislation affecting New Mexico’s nonprofit sector. The Tracker is based on a combination of State Association updates, news reports, connections with policymakers, and information shared from national nonprofits.
  • New Mexico 2017 Legislative Session – We monitor legislative activities directly affecting New Mexico philanthropy.
Thank you to our newest NMAG member Sandia National Laboratories represented by Roberta Rivera and Amy Tapia from the Albuquerque Community Involvement office. Welcome! 

I want to share a very special acknowledgement and announcement from the Needmor Fund about our colleague Frank Sanchez who will be retiring at the end of 2017. Frank has been an inspiration to all of us as an advocate for social justice and grassroots community organizing.  Please see the open letter and message from the Needmor Fund Board of Directors here. Thank you to Frank for his many contributions.

Thank you,
Cathy Frey


Achieving Community Empowerment Through Place-Based Impact Investing: Over 70 participants attended the NMAG January 26, 2017 event on Place Based Grantmaking in Albuquerque. The program agenda, speaker handouts and PowerPoint presentations are now available on our website.

NMAG Collection of Post-Election Resources: We are compiling a list of post-election resources, news items, and programming. Please send additional suggestions to Cathy Frey at

Community Foundation National Standards Update: Effective January 1, 2017, National Standards will require community foundations seeking accreditation to include a fund activity policy as part of their submission. Learn more about the changes to the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations accreditation process at the Community Foundations National Standards Board.

NMAG Events

New Mexico Association of Grantmakers 2017 Joint Annual Conference: Advancing a Just and Secure New Mexico: Advocacy, Policy and a Sustainable Nonprofit Sector

Wednesday, April 26 & Thursday April 27, 2017

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa
1300 Tuyuna Trail
Bernalillo, NM 87004

This conference will explore new and emerging practices that provide insights and strategies for advancing our mutual goals to promote a just, fair and equitable society for all, by strengthening civic engagement, and empowering New Mexico’s nonprofit sector through policy, advocacy and more secure and sustainable financing.

National Speakers include:
  • Abby Levine, Bolder Advocacy, Alliance for Justice, Alliance for Justice Action Campaign
  • Renny Fagan, Chair, Executive Committee, National Council on Nonprofits, President & CEO Colorado Nonprofit Association
  • Antony Bugg-Levine, Nonprofit Finance Fund (Invited)
  • National Committee for Responsible Philanthropy (Invited)
A special pre-conference workshop on Advocacy and Policy by the Alliance for Justice will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Registration Open Very Soon.

Funder News

Albuquerque Community Foundation is hosting the 2017 Great Grant Giveaway on Friday, April 7 from 11:15 am to 1:15 pm at the Hotel Albuquerque.

The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission is hosting their current Community Gallery exhibit, “Breaking the Block” on display December 16, 2016 through March 3, 2017. The exhibit features twenty artists from throughout New Mexico who are facing creative challenges in the studio head on. 

Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico is hosting the 2017 Gala on Saturday, April 8 at 6 pm at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces.

J. F Maddox Foundation Distinguished Lecture Series presents Malcolm Gladwell on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:30 pm. Since its inception in 1989, the Jack Maddox Distinguished Lecture Series has been hosted by University of the Southwest.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation granted $1,150,675 to the New Mexico Health Equity Partnership (HEP), an initiative at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, to continue its critical efforts in 2017 and 2018. This funding will allow NMHEP to offer resources and coaching to increase organizational and advocacy capacity of coalitions committed to improving New Mexico’s health and wellness.

Lannan Foundation presents Terry Tempest Williams with Colum McCann Wednesday, March 8, 2017 and Viet Thanh Nguyen with Maxine Hong Kingston on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 for their reading and lecture series at 7 pm the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.

Los Alamos Community Foundation is hosting a full-day spring learning conference for nonprofit organizations jointly sponsored with United Way on Friday, April 28, 2017.  For more information contact David Israelevitz at

Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation hosted the third annual STEM Education Day during the New Mexico Legislative Session on January 18, 2017. Programs from throughout New Mexico were on display at the Roundhouse State Capitol in Santa Fe to demonstrate science, technology, engineering, and math in action from formal and informal learning environments.

New Mexico Community Foundation has moved to a new office location two blocks from the historic Santa Fe Plaza at 135 West Palace Avenue, Suite 301. The New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF) is also excited to share their new mission statement “to steward resources, build partnerships and create opportunities that transform lives and communities throughout New Mexico.”  Check this and more at NMCF's exciting new mobile-friendly website.

Santa Fe Community Foundation is hosting Envision Speaks Post-Legislature panel on Thursday, April 6, 2017. The 2017 Emerging Leaders Program application is currently open. The Foundation’s spring 2017 grant cycle is also now open. The application is available for proposals pertaining to Economic Opportunity, Education, and Environment.

Taos Community Foundation has released its 2016 Annual Report "Connecting to the Community".

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

Local Event: Philanthropy 3.0
February 23, 2017 - 7:30am to 9:30am
Sandia Golf Club, 30 Rainbow Road Albuquerque NM
A panel discussion from local experts on key trends of giving and what philanthropy’s future looks like.

Making Philanthropy Count - Census 2020 Webinar*
February 27, 2017 – 2 pm ET
Webinar hosted by The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers and Funders' Committee for Civic Participation to explore philanthropy’s role in ensuring a fair and accurate census, and identify points of entry and engagement at local and national levels.

14th Annual Budget & Tax Briefing for Grantmakers
March 1, 2017 | Washington, DC
Hosted by the Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce
Leading Effective Foundations (The CEP Conference)
April 4-6, 2017 | Boston, MA
The Center for Effective Philanthropy
Equity And Community Engagement In Grantmaking
April 12, 2017 - 9 am to 3 pm | Denver, Colorado
Interactive Forum by Grassroots Grantmakers and The Learning Tree

Leading Together: Council on Foundations 2017 Annual Conference
April 23-26, 2017 |Dallas, TX

*As a NMAG member, you are also part of a national network of funders through The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.  The Forum is a philanthropic network comprised of 34 regional associations of grantmakers with more than 5500 participating organizations, making it the largest network in American philanthropy. These events are open to NMAG members and we will routinely share these opportunities as they become available.


Reports and Resources

New Research Highlights Role of Funder Networks & Associations in How Foundations Access & Use Knowledge Latest Reflections from Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, President & CEO David Biemesderfer

Joint Statement on Immigration
With leadership from Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, more than 140 philanthropic organizations have signed on to a statement in support of immigrants and refugees, including both foundations and philanthropic support organizations.

The Future of Foundation Philanthropy: The CEO Perspective
The Center for Effective Philanthropy report captures foundation leaders’ views on challenges and concerns and the most pressing issues that will influence foundation philanthropy in the coming years.
Open For Business Building Local Economies Through Place-Based Investing
Confluence Philanthropy
Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity: Core Concepts in Capacity Building
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Collaborating for Equity and Justice: Moving Beyond Collective
Nonprofit Quarterly
The Case for Funding Black-Led Social Change
Black Social Change Funders Network (BSCFN), an initiative forged by the leadership of ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities and the Hill-Snowdon Foundation

Infographic: Philanthropy OUTlook: LGBTQ Criminalization And Criminal Justice Reform
Funders for LGBTQ Issues

2017 Foundation Operations and Management Report
Exponent Philanthropy - The 2017 edition of Exponent's flagship report includes mission-critical statistics about member foundations’ boards & governance, investments, administration, and grantmaking.

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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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