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.
September 2017
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New Mexico Association of Grantmakers

2017 E-Newsletter

In This Issue

NMAG Annoucements

Policy Updates

NMAG Events


Funder News

Upcoming Events in the Field

Reports and Resources

NMAG Announcements

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Supports NMAG’s Role in Building Local Philanthropy

The New Mexico Association of Grantmakers is pleased to announce that it received a two-year operational support grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, “Building Philanthropic Capacity to Strengthen New Mexico’s Social Ecosystem”. The primary goal is to build NMAG’s capacity to increase the effectiveness and impact of philanthropy’s collective impact in New Mexico. NMAG is the largest philanthropy serving organization in New Mexico, representing over 75% of private foundation grant dollars in the state. We aspire to reach many more local and national funders not yet engaged in our work.

"New Mexico is a state with many needs but enormous strengths. Our work to inform, guide and leverage the collective work of local philanthropy has great potential to directly improve family & child health and wellbeing outcomes for New Mexico. The W.K. Kellogg operational support grant will help us work towards this goal." Cathy Frey, NMAG Executive Director

 United Philanthropy Forum & NMAG Partnership

NMAG is a proud member of United Philanthropy Forum, formerly the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers that connects a diverse network of regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations to lead change and increase impact in philanthropy. The Forum’s membership includes more than 60 philanthropy associations and other networks across the United States that represent more than 7,000 foundations and other philanthropic organizations. The Forum is the largest network serving philanthropy in America. For more information on the Forum’s new name and identity, please visit here.

For information on benefits NMAG members can receive through the Forum visit here.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals – New Mexico Chapter is hosting National Philanthropy Day on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Albuquerque. Funder applications and award nominations are now open to foundations interested in participating in this annual event.

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

Los Alamos National Laboratory Community Programs Office whose goal is to contribute to quality of life in Northern New Mexico through economic development, education excellence and active employee engagement. Kathy Keith, Director and new NMAG board member can be reached at

Nusenda Credit Union Foundation whose unique approach to philanthropy incorporates the “Power of WE” as their members help guide investments toward five focus areas; education, healthcare, the arts, environment and wildlife, community services and support. Robin Brulé, Executive Director and new NMAG board member can be reached at
October 12-14, 2017 | Incline Village, NV
Philanthropy Southwest's 69th annual conference theme is "Clarity: Opportunities in Changing Times." Conference participants will be energized by the sessions they attend, inspired to collaborate and motivated to find opportunities for change within their communities.

The New Mexico Impact Investing Collaborative (NMIIC) Webinar – Introduction to Impact Investing & Opportunities for New Mexico – slides and recording here.

Policy Updates

New Mexico Tax Reform Update
Legislation was introduced in the recent legislative session to significantly reform the Gross Receipts Tax (GRT), including removing exemptions for nonprofit organizations. The New Mexico Legislature convened in a Special Session in April to consider tax reform along with the state budget. House Bill 8 was introduced in the special session but tabled. What did pass in the Special Session was a $400,000 appropriation to study the impact of a bill. The Legislative Council Service (LCS) has hired Earnest and Young LLP from Washington DC to conduct an independent economic review that will present a model and data for policymakers to consider various reforms to New Mexico's tax structure. The report is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. It now appears that this will taken up during the regular session in 2018. See the LCS agreement here.

The following partnering organizations have been actively working and staying connected to this issue: The Santa Fe Community Foundation, Albuquerque Community Foundation, New Mexico Association of Grantmakers, United Way of Central New Mexico/Center for Nonprofit Excellence, New Mexico Community Foundation, McCune Charitable Foundation, Thornburg Foundation, and Think New Mexico. Please let us know if you would like to join us in this effort.

NMAG Events

How Funders Seek Knowledge: Peer-to-Peer Matters Most

A new study conducted by Harder+Company Community Research and Edge Research reports on how U.S. foundations access and use knowledge about effective philanthropy. The research found that most foundation staff and board members rely on their peers and colleagues as their most trusted knowledge sources and as their preferred means to gather knowledge. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation commissioned this research to inform its “Knowledge for Better Philanthropy” grantmaking strategy.

The NMAG staff and board are developing a Fall Peer Learning Series to engage with New Mexico funders and to keep abreast of current issues through peer learning. We will very shortly release details and dates for informal networking and peer learning luncheons on the following four focus areas. If you have other issue areas and would like NMAG to help convene a peer learning program please let us know.

  • Arts
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Rural

Funder News

Albuquerque Community Foundation has an open invitation for the Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship to specifically benefit the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Greater Albuquerque.

Con Alma Health Foundation has an open invitation for nominations for the annual Health Hero Award for an individual who makes a significant difference in the health of their community.  This year’s award is focused on the power of partnerships.

Grant County Community Foundation, United Way of Southwest New Mexico (UWSWNM) and Southwest Council of Governments (SWCOG) are co-hosting a community conversation between non-profits and funders. New Mexico funders are invited to participate in this conversation. The event will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 9 am to 4 pm, at the Western New Mexico University, Silver City NM. For more information contact Barrett Brewer at or Stacey Cox at

Lannan Foundation is pleased to announce its new event season in Santa Fe. Please visit their website to view the complete listings. You can also download a printable copy of the schedule here.

Santa Fe Art Institute, the Santa Fe Dreamers Project, and the Design Corps of Santa Fe, are launching a collaborative project, New Americans: Immigrant Contributions in New Mexico. The project is a testament to the incredible contributions immigrants make to New Mexican communities.

Santa Fe Community Foundation has an open invitation to attend the 2017 Piñon Awards Ceremony & Dinner on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. The Santa Fe Community Foundation Piñon Awards honor the work of vital nonprofits and philanthropists in the region. To register for the 2017 Piñon Awards Dinner click here.

NewMexicoWomen.Org (NMW.O), a program of New Mexico Community Foundation featured on KSFR-FM. In case you missed Fatima van Hattum, Program Manager of NewMexicoWomen.Org (NMW.O),on the Healthy Woman show with Jewel Cabeza de Vaca on KSFR-FM on July 29, you can now listen to the show's podcast. Fatima discussed women's health in New Mexico and NMW.O's recent research, "The Heart of Gender Justice in New Mexico: Intersectionality, Economic Security, and Health Equity." Download the report here.

Taos Community Foundation Leadership New Mexico is pleased to announce that Lisa O'Brien, Executive Director has been selected among 45 leaders from 19 communities across the state selected to participate in the 2017-2018 Core Program. This is the twenty-second class of the Leadership New Mexico Core Program. For more information see the press release.

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

New Mexico Evaluators Annual Conference: Social Justice and Evaluation
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm | Albuquerque, NM
Dreams in Limbo: A Look at the Future of DACA, Young Immigrants, and How Funders Can Respond
United Philanthropy Forum and Grantmakers Concerned for Immigrants and Refuges
Webinar: Thursday September 14, 2017 @ 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. MDT

Anchored in Place: How Funders are Helping Anchor Institutions Strengthen Local Economies
Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities
Webinar: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT
After Hurricane Harvey - Specific Challenges Facing Immigrants and Refugees
Grantmakers Concerned for Immigrants and Refugees
Webinar: Monday, September 18, 2017, 11:30 a.m. MDT

IMWFN Webinar: Solutions Journalism: How Investing in Media Can Drive Positive Community Change
Intermountain West Funder Network
Webinar: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 11 a.m. MDT

2017 National Conference for Growing Community Foundations
Co-sponsored with the Kansas Association of Community Foundations
October 1-3, 2017 | Wichita, Kansas

PSW Annual Conference: Clarity: Opportunities in Changing Times
Philanthropy Southwest
October 12-14, 2017 | Incline Village, NV

The Santa Fe Economics of Happiness Conference
Local Futures/International Society for Ecology
October 12 – 14, 2017 | Santa Fe, New Mexico

Forward Motion: Gaining Momentum for an Aging Society 2017 Annual Conference
Grantmakers in Aging
October 18-20, 2017 |Boston, MA
2017 National Forum on Family Philanthropy
National Center for Family Philanthropy
October 18-20, 2017 | Washington, DC

Youth CORE 2017 National Convening: Youth POWER: From Rooted Resilience to Rising Power
The Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing
November 16-19, 2017 | Albuquerque, New Mexico

Reports and Resources

Arts & Economic Prosperity® 5
Americans for the Arts

This study documents the economic contributions of the nonprofit arts industry nationally as well as in 341 study regions, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It found that the nation’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $166.3 billion in economic activity in 2015—$63.8 billion in spending by arts and cultural organizations and an additional $102.5 billion in event-related spending by their audiences. This activity supported 4.6 million jobs and generated $27.5 billion in government revenue. 

Heartache, Pain, and Hope: Rural Communities, Older People, and the Opioid Crisis: An Introduction for Funders
Grantmakers in Aging

As the opiod crisis continues, this new report offers a fresh perspective and highlights the needs and concerns of older adults, and describes proven programs, innovative partnerships, policy recommendations, and scientific and medical responses that governments, communities, nonprofits and philanthropies can support and expand.

Benchmarking Program Officer Roles and Responsibilities
The Center for Effective Philanthropy

To learn more about the role that program officers play at foundations and with nonprofits, CEP surveyed 150 randomly selected program officers at foundations that give at least $5 million annually about their views and experiences. Based on survey responses, this report provides a comprehensive collection of benchmarking data on topics ranging from the professional and educational backgrounds of program officers, to technical information about the structure of the program officer role, to program officers’ perspectives on certain aspects of their work, such as the funder-grantee dynamic. 

Opportunity of a Lifetime 2.0: Multigenerational Family Philanthropy
National Center for Family Philanthropy

This issue brief helps families understand how to best involve multiple generations in their work. It includes information on why you should involve the entire family in your giving, strategies for incorporating younger generations into your foundation’s work, common challenges and expert approaches, tips for on boarding new generations into your foundation, and suggestions for next generation family members who are getting involved in their families’ philanthropy.

Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap
Building Movement Project

The percentage of people of color in nonprofit executive director roles has remained under 20% for the past decade. To increase the number of people of color leading nonprofits, the sector needs a new narrative about the problem and new strategies to address it. Nonprofits have to transfer the responsibility for the racial leadership gap from those who are targeted by it (aspiring leaders of color), to those governing organizations.

The State of Change: An Analysis of Women and People of Color in the Philanthropic Sector
Council on Foundations

This report examines the demographics of the philanthropic sector, looking back over the last five and ten years, with a specific focus on the representation of women and people of color. The data has been sourced from the Council’s Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Survey. This report raises a number of important questions about why there hasn’t been more change in the diversity of our institutions in recent years, despite the steps taken to create a more diverse and inclusive philanthropic sector. The report also includes a discussion guide designed to facilitate dialogues between foundation leaders, their board members and their staff


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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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