This 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. Spring 2017
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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

I would like to thank and acknowledge our sponsors, planning committee, speakers and participants for a very successful April 2017 conference “Advancing a Just and Secure New Mexico: Advocacy, Policy and a Sustainable Nonprofit Sector”. See the video that closed the conference and other resource materials here.

We are very pleased to welcome the following new NMAG members:

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory Community Programs
  • Nusenda Credit Union
  • Sandia National Laboratory
  • Wallace Genetic Foundation
Finally, I would like to recognize and thank our Board of Directors who have helped to bring a new vision and future for NMAG in support of increasing the effectiveness and impact of philanthropy in New Mexico. We look forward to sharing our future programming for the upcoming months.

Cathy Frey, Executive Director


NMAG Board

On April 27, 2017, the NMAG Members and Board elected officers and three new board members at the annual membership meeting. Elected officers include Donna Vogel, Chamiza Foundation as Chair, Adam Rubel, Hai Fund as Past Chair, Annmarie McLaughlin, Santa Fe Community Foundation as Vice Chair, Tony Fox, Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation as Treasurer and Ron Eppes, Intel Corporation as Secretary.  Thank you to our new leadership.

We are pleased to announce the following new NMAG Board Members as of May 1, 2017:
  • Robin Brulé, Senior Vice President of Community Relations and Special Assistant to the President, Nusenda Credit Union, Executive Director, Nusenda Foundation; Chief Strategist, Albuquerque Integration Initiative
  • Nelsy Dominguez, Program Director, Con Alma Health Foundation
  • Kathy Keith, Director of Community Programs Office, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Communications and Public Affairs Division
We wish to thank the following individuals who served on the NMAG Board in 2016:
  • Laurie Betlach, Lannan Foundation
  • Denise Gonzales, Formerly with Con Alma Health Foundation
  • Gilbert Sanchez, Formerly with Laguna Community Foundation
  • Steven H. Simon, Simon Charitable Foundation
  • Ann Utterback, J.F Maddox Foundation

NMAG Events

New Mexico Learning Series: U.S. – Mexico Border Challenges and Opportunities. The U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership in collaboration with Con Alma Health Foundation, New Mexico Association of Grantmakers, and Philanthropy Southwest have partnered to convene a panel discussion that will take place on May 23, 2017, in Las Cruces, NM at the Hotel Encanto, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. At this event, philanthropic leaders from leading community foundations, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and other stakeholders will convene to discuss challenges and opportunities along the U.S-Mexico Border in New Mexico. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Robert Ashcraft, Chairman, U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership. Register Here.

Registration Now Open: Community Foundation Boot Camp in Boston – August 29-30
Presented by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers in partnership with Associated Grant Makers, the two-day Community Foundation Boot Camp program offers a comprehensive overview of the structure and operations of a community foundation. The program is an ideal in-depth introduction to community foundations for new community foundation staff, community foundation board members, or more experienced community foundation staff looking for a good refresher. Training is provided by Indiana Philanthropy Alliance. NMAG members receive a discounted rate. Register Here.

Funder News

Con Alma Health Foundation 2017 grant cycles are now open. The Small, Technical Assistance, and Northern New Mexico Health Grants Group grant cycles open on MAY 1st and the deadline for all applications is JUNE 21st.

Los Alamos Community Foundation will be organizing a Volunteer Fair at the upcoming June 10, 2017, Los Alamos ChamberFest. The Foundation is also updating database of nonprofits serving Los Alamos and recently hosted their second annual conference for local nonprofit organizations.

Thank you to Bob Reid, Chief Executive Officer of the J.F Maddox Foundation for sharing his recently published article, “The Dark Side of Transparency: Private decision-making can be more effective than openness” from the Spring 2017 issue of Philanthropy Magazine.

Nusenda Credit Union - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Council on Foundations (COF) has announced that Nusenda Foundation is one of 10 winners of the 2017 HUD Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships for its role in supporting the Albuquerque Living Cities Integration Initiative, a cross-sector partnership focused on accelerating job creation and economic mobility in Albuquerque. Congratulations to the staff and leadership at Nusenda Credit Union.  

Santa Fe Boys Education Foundation would like to share a recently published Special Issue of the Infant Mental Health Journal dedicated to the subject of Boys at Risk: Indicators from Birth to Five. The Special Issue highlighted papers presented at the Santa Fe Boys Educational Foundation-sponsored conference. Articles are available through the "Infant Mental Health Journal-Wiley Online Library."

Santa Fe Community Foundation has position openings for a Director of Development and Director of Marketing and Communications. The 2017 Fall Grants Cycle will be open on June 27 for the Arts, Animal Welfare, Health and Human Services. The Foundation recently launched "Envision - The LGBTQ Fund for New Mexico to support LGBTQ issues across New Mexico.

New Mexico Impact Investing Collaborative (NMIIC) is hosting a webinar “Introduction to Impact Investing & Opportunities for New Mexico” on Thursday, June 1st from 11:00 am-12:30 pm. This interactive event will introduce the key concepts of impact investing including vocabulary, history and trends, place-based impact investing, financial practices, and the difference between a program-related investment (PRI) and a mission-related investment (MRI). This webinar offers useful background for NMIIC’s first Impact Investing Institute on June 13-14, 2017 at the Santa Fe Community Foundation. For more information contact Ryan Bone at

Thornburg Foundation has a position opening for a Food and Agriculture Policy Officer to replace Miceala Fischer who has accepted a position as a program evaluator for the Legislative Finance Committee. We wish Miceala the best of luck in her new position. Contact for more information.


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

Digital Security in an Age of Hacking & Cyberthreats: What Grantmakers Should Know 
A Webinar for Funders, June 8, 2017 12:00 pm EDT/9:00 am PDT

Mission Investing Institute
Mission Investors Exchange | June 19-21, 2017 | Troy, MI
This intensive educational programming is designed for foundations to better engage and strengthen their own practices with content for both newcomers and seasoned mission investors.
2017 GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy
Grantmakers in Health | June 21-23, 2017 | Boston, MA
Join GIH for its 2017 annual conference, the largest gathering of health funders in the country.

New Mexico Voices for Children annual KIDS COUNT Conference

Monday, June 26, 2017 | Albuquerque, NM
Nationally renown speakers, presentation of the Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Awards, presentation of the Spirit of Hope Awards and presentation of the Annual KIDS COUNT report.

Reports and Resources

Civic Engagement Primer
Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE)

This resource is designed to help philanthropies assess their civic engagement understanding and interest, and help them along their civic engagement journeys.
New Frontiers for Funding: An Introduction to Rural Aging
Grantmakers in Aging

This introductory document will help acquaint funders, elected officials, nonprofits, government agencies, civic organizations, and residents with the possibilities for forging constructive partnerships and improving the experience of rural aging. 
Shifting Winds: Foundations Respond to a New Political Context
The Center for Effective Philanthropy

This report reveals that the reactions and responses of U.S. foundations to the shift in national political context vary widely, but most foundations are changing their practices or shifting their emphases.
Splendid Legacy 2: Creating and Re-Creating Your Family Foundation
National Center for Family Philanthropy

Splendid Legacy 2 is an essential guide for a family that is looking to build a philanthropic legacy, as well as for advisors and others interested in understanding this special philanthropic vehicle. 
How to Lead Collective Impact Working Groups: A Comprehensive Toolkit

This kit provides detailed tools, templates, strategic and tactical resources to help contribute to a successful initiative.

Lessons in Rapid Response: What Funders Can Learn from the Unaccompanied Children Humanitarian Situation
Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
This newly released brief documents best practices emerging from that response, and how key lessons learned can inform current and future efforts to address the needs of vulnerable immigrants and refugees in California and across the nation.

Turning the Tide on Persistent Rural Poverty: Blueprint for a Path Forward 
NeighborWorks America

This report found high rates of persistent poverty in rural areas, primarily Appalachia, Indian country, the Mississippi Delta, and colonias in the Rio Grande Valley. To address persistent poverty in rural areas, the report calls on business, government, and philanthropy to increase the supply of consumer banking services and partnerships with community development financial institutions in rural markets.

Community Engagement Toolkit
Collective Impact Forum

The Community Engagement Toolkit share a series of tools for planning community engagement to be more purposeful, equitable, transparent, and strategic so that community members are true partners for achieving impact.
Creative Places & Businesses: Catalyzing Growth in Communities
Calvert Foundation and Upstart Co-Lab

A focus on providing impact investments in the creative economy could help stabilize vulnerable communities and attract quality jobs to struggling regions of the country according to this new report.
Looking for Progress in America's Smaller Legacy Cities: A Report for Place-based Funders
Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, and New York

This paper presents data about the role of place-based funders in connecting economic growth to economic opportunity, specifically in small legacy cities throughout the country.
Uniform Champions: A Wise Giver's Guide to Excellent Assistance for Veterans
Philanthropy Roundtable

This new guidebook looks at assistance for veterans by the most successful funders in this area, and what they've learned, through real-life experience, about the best ways to boost men and women entering civilian life after military service.

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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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