New Mexico Foundation

July Community Newsletter

Welcome to our monthly community newsletter, where we share organizational updates, grant cycles & other funding opportunities, nonprofit & philanthropy news from across the state, and stories & resources from our community partners about the incredible work they are doing to build a stronger, healthier, and more vibrant New Mexico.

Thank you for joining us!

What's Inside:

  • Partner Spotlight: Youth Heartline, Raton NM
  • 40 Years at NMF: Exploring our history and archives
  • 2022 Grant Award Data

above image: Cover of an NMF (at the time named New Mexico Community Foundation - NMCF) community newsletter from Autumn 1995.

Happy Summer!

New Mexico Foundation (NMF) recently celebrated our second and final 40th Anniversary celebration in Albuquerque on June 7th at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Forty years of grassroots philanthropy is a monumental occasion, and we were honored and grateful to celebrate with our partners, community members, funders, and past and present staff and Board members.

Thank you to all who joined us! We look forward to our fifth decade of work.

above image: President & CEO JoAnn Melchor addresses

the audience at NMF's celebration in Albuquerque

Our work and the work of hundreds of grassroots community organizations and projects are sustained through the generosity of donors across the state and nation. Consider a donation to New Mexico Foundation's Annual Fund, which supports new programs, outreach to new community partners, and administrative and operational capacity.

Thank you for helping to build a

stronger, healthier, and more vibrant New Mexico.

Donate to the NMF Annual Fund today!

Community Partner Spotlight:

Youth Heartline Raton

New Mexico Foundation spoke with Colleen Shaughnessy, Executive Director, and Valerie Alderette, Raton Programs Manager, at Youth Heartline in northern New Mexico about the vital work they do to improve family stability for children and their families in Colfax, Taos, and Union counties.

Founded in 1991, Youth Heartline is a nonprofit in northern New Mexico that supports children in the New Mexico Eighth Judicial District (Taos, Colfax, and Union Counties) through Court Appointed Special Advocates programs (CASA), Safe Exchange and Supervised Visitation services (SESV), case management for families, and community programs focused on socio-emotional learning and engaging children in play and fun.

Youth Heartline launched their Safe Exchange and Supervised Visitation (SESV) program in Taos in 2014 and in Raton in early 2016. As the only SESV program in the northeastern Tri-County area, annually they serve around 500 individuals. SESV programs are a non-governmental social service contracted by the New Mexico judicial system, in which children of separated, high-conflict parents (often involving domestic violence and/or substance abuse cases) can fulfill court-ordered custody and visitation agreements in a safe, consistent, and monitored environment at a certified SESV facility.

For the past two years, Youth Heartline Raton received grant awards from New Mexico Foundation’s Northeastern Regional Fund, which was established to support organizations doing health-related work in the counties of San Miguel, Mora, Guadalupe, Colfax, Harding, Union, & Quay. Youth Heartline has used the funds to train program staff and cover salary expenses, support operational costs, and procure supplies and toys to improve the comfort and play time of participating children. 

Read the full feature on our website by clicking the link below, and learn more about Youth Heartline’s work on their website at, and on Instagram @yheartline and Facebook @YHeartline.

Click here to read the full feature (link)

40 Years at NMF:

Exploring Our History & Archives

Part of our 40th Anniversary activities have included exploring the archives of NMF photos, articles, and publications recently unearthed from our basement and old office locations. In each newsletter, we'll be highlighting some interesting history and projects from four decades at NMF!

"The foundation [NMF] has helped 55 localities by raising money, recruiting volunteers and bringing in building experts. But it deliberately keeps a low profile, preferring the initiative to come from local people."

A New York Times (NYT) article from September 23, 1990, covered one of New Mexico Foundation's (at the time, New Mexico Community Foundation) first major undertakings, The Churches Project . This project restored and reinvigorated the signature adobe churches of rural New Mexico communities. These structures were focal points of rural community life and tradition, and in partnership with locals, volunteers, and building experts, the project sought to preserve the heritage, faith, and unique architecture of these historical sites.

The Churches Project eventually developed into its own nonprofit organization, Cornerstones, which is still active today in restoring historic structures and encouraging traditional building practices. You can learn more about their work on their website at

View the full 1990 Churches Project article via this link. An NYT subscription is required for viewing, but thankfully...

¡The Santa Fe Public Library (SFPL) offers FREE one-day

New York Times subscriptions, no library card required!

You can sign up for a one-day NYT pass via this link on the SFPL website, which grants access to the full article as well as the entire New York Times "TimesMachine," a digitized archive of thousands of newspapers.

Link: 1990 NMF Churches Project New York Times Article

2022 Grant Award Highlights

Every year, the NMF team reviews the data and impact of our grant programs. As the only statewide community foundation, we work to reach constituents and organizations in as many parts of New Mexico as possible, and breaking down the data by region and category helps inform how we shape and expand our programming. In alignment with our organizational value of Transparency, we wanted to share the data of 2022's grant awards.

Total granted in 2021: $2,850,000

2020-2021 saw massive need for emergency and COVID-related funding, and now as the demand for COVID response falls, emergency and community-advised funding has increased.

Broken down by county, our funding is historically concentrated along the Rio Grande corridor and in the western parts of the state. With less grants awarded in the south, we have identified this as a growth area and hope to connect with and grant to more southern community partners.

This data and more will be available in our upcoming 2022 Annual Report, which will be published later this year. Stay tuned!

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