Dear New Mexico Foundation Friend,
The past few years have seen several crises that have especially challenged the entire state. The COVID pandemic affected everyday needs like food and water, as well as leading to unprecedented medical demands. Extensive fires, including the Calf Canyon/Hermit’s Peak fire that was declared the largest wildfire in recent state history, have left many families and communities struggling. The New Mexico Foundation (NMF) has found new ways to respond both to immediate and long-term recovery needs of communities statewide.
As we move forward, we are humbled to share opportunities and resources to help our communities. We are pleased to present our 2022 Annual Report highlighting the work of our Foundation.
In 2022, highlights included:
- Increased partnerships with local and national foundations including work with the New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundations through the All Together NM Fund. Foundation leaders worked to provide grants for fire relief to families impacted by the wildfires in the state.
- NMF’s long time fund, the Vecino, Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund provided grants to non-profits that supported fire relief in northern New Mexico.
- The establishment of the Sustaining New Mexico Fund, which provided general operating grants to non-profits statewide. The New Mexico Foundation staff and board of directors created the Sustaining New Mexico Fund in 2022 to support sustainability of nonprofits throughout the state. This fund will award grants to organizations that align with NMF’s priority fields of interest: community resilience, educational opportunities, environmental adaptability, healthy communities, and rural infrastructure.
- Growth of the Native American Recovery Fund Zone Grant (NARFZG) initiative. Local and national foundations pooled funds to provide grants to 12 non-profit organizations and tribes to build capacity of Native American organizations in New Mexico in the following five Areas of Focus: Family Economic Security, Health Systems, Local Food Systems, Opportunity Youth, and Water Resilience.
- The New Mexico Broadband Equity Fund awarded grants to non-profit organizations and tribes to help ensure Broadband access and resources are available to communities throughout New Mexico.
- The New Mexico Worker Equity Initiative was established to build a network of worker equity organizations; establish a worker rights ecosystem that acknowledges, understands, and supports economic security for Black, Indigenous, and other BIPOC workers; and build the capacity of workplace service providers and workers’ rights advocates to serve marginalized communities. New Mexico Foundation continues to support our communities statewide through capacity building, leveraging of resources and grants to local non-profits, and investment in community projects. NMF distributed funding for a total of about $2.5 million in grants!
The New Mexico Foundation is grateful for all of our partnerships with local and national foundations,leaders, and communities to bring about opportunities and resources statewide. We look forward to our 40th Anniversary year in 2023 and continue to be committed to our mission “To steward community resources, build partnerships, and create opportunities that transform lives throughout New Mexico.”