Spring 2014 Education Grantees

A total of $182,700 granted:

Breakthrough Santa Fe - $10,000:  

To increase academic opportunity and college access for highly motivated, under-served middle and high school students and to inspire and develop the next generation of teachers and educational leaders. 

Bridges Project for Education - $10,500:

To support efforts to help first-generation college students and their families through the college admissions and financial aid process.

  • Includes $500 from Susan & Conrad De Jong Fund

Cañones Early Childhood Center - $500:

To interrupt the impact of rural isolation and poverty, by providing family-centered child development and early/emergent literacy services to an underserved population of rural, isolated families with preschool children living in northern New Mexico (Rio Arriba County).

  • $500 from Susan & Conrad De Jong Fund

Communities in Schools of New Mexico - $1,000:  

To enhance and expand integrated student service program coordination at eight Santa Fe Public Schools.

  • $1,000 from Susan & Conrad De Jong Fund

Cooking with Kids, Inc. - $15,000:  

To educate and empower children and families to make healthy food choices through hands-on learning with fresh affordable foods from diverse cultural traditions. 

Creativity for Peace - $6,100:  

To train young Palestinian and Israeli women to partner as leaders by breaking down barriers of anger and prejudice, facilitating friendships, and inspiring action to promote peace in the region and internationally.

  • $5,000 from Sherpa Fund
  • $500 from Susan & Conrad De Jong Fund
  • $500 from Second Anonymous Fund
  • $100 from Fredrick N. & Mary E. Bender Fund

Dual Language Education of New Mexico – $5,000:  

To provide support and technical assistance to administrators and teacher leaders in Santa Fe Public Schools, with the goal of promoting equity and narrowing the achievement gap for English language learners.

  • $5,000 from Anonymous Memorial Fund

Embudo Valley Library - $5,000:  

To support rural public library, three youth literacy programs, public access to computers, and distance learning services.

  • $5,000 from B B & B Fund

Equality New Mexico Foundation, Statewide Needs Assessment - $5,000:  

To plan and develop a Statewide Needs Assessment to identify existing LGBTQ resources and supports, identify deficiencies in LGBTQ resources and supports, and publish local and state LGBTQ Community Visions (as designed and developed by community members).

  • $5,000 from Envision Fund

Española Public Schools - $7,500:  

To support the TV production program in updating camcorders and editing equipment and for professional film mentors so students can be well-trained for continued study and jobs in the television and film industry.

  • $7,500 from Ruth Anne Norris Education Endowment Fund

Friends of Questa Public Library - $5,000:

To assist development of literacy programs, including Summer Reading Program, which provides free books to the children of Questa and surrounding areas.

  • Includes $2,500 from Castagnola Family Fund

Girls Incorporated of Santa Fe - $25,000:  

To provide hands-on after school, spring break, and summer camp programs to low-income girls.

  • Includes $10,000 from Infinite Possibilities Fund

Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails - $10,000:  

To support Generation STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) which offers opportunities for after-school education, particularly for underserved girls in rural New Mexico.

  • $10,000 from B B & B Fund

Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe - $13,500:  

To provide free tutoring services to meet the needs of adults who struggle to read and write and those who need to learn English.

  • Includes $3,000 from Buckman Family Fund,
  • $500 from Richard Hertz & Doris Meyer Fund

MATCH New Mexico - $400:  

To help establish one-to-one relationships between dedicated college students and at-risk children to prevent dropout and grow individual potential.

  • $400 from Turn & Return Fund

Moving Arts Española - $5,500:  

To combat endemic gang activity, high drop-out rates, substance abuse, and obesity by providing arts education in dance, music, gymnastics, circus arts, flamenco, visual arts, hip-hop, folkloric, guitar, and agricultural arts to young people in the Española Valley.

  • $5,000 from B B & B Fund
  • $500 from Susan & Conrad De Jong Fund

National Dance Institute – NM - $10,000:

To support National Dance Institute New Mexico’s partnership with 24 schools in northern New Mexico to offer dance-based classes primarily to low-income and Hispanic and Native American students to help them build successful learning strategies and develop confidence, focus, perseverance and other skills that help them succeed in school.  

  • $10,000 from Sherpa Fund

New Mexico School for the Arts - $10,000:  

To support the arts master program in Dance, Theater, Music, and the Visual Arts which will allow youth passionate about art to pursue their dreams and obtain a high school diploma.  

  • $10,000 from B B & B Fund

Partners in Education Foundation - $400:

To address issues facing children from low-income backgrounds through scholarships, grants and recognition for high-performing teachers.

  • $400 from Turn & Return Fund

Partners in Education – South Side Music Program - $500:  

To provide small-class instruction in violin and guitar, and vocal and instrumental mentoring for low-income students in Santa Fe’s South Side public schools.

  • $500 from Susan & Conrad De Jong Fund

Partners in Education – Medical Science Academy at Capital High - $15,000:

To prepare high school students, through hands-on studies and work with a range of medical professionals, to choose a pathway to a professional health care career.

  • Includes $5,000 from Buckman Family Fund

Regional Development Corporation - $10,000:  

To support training of college math instructors to teach best practices. These instructors will work with a partnership of six area colleges working with students to improve graduation rates of non-traditional students.

  • $10,000 from B B & B Fund

Santa Fe Alliance for Science - $5,500:  

To provide outreach in math and science education for K-14 students in the Santa Fe area, including high school and community college tutoring, elementary school science fair judging, Science Café for Young Thinkers, and teacher enrichment programs.

  • Includes $500 from Susan & Conrad De Jong Fund

Santa Fe Boys & Girls Club - $15,400:  

To provide tutoring by positive role models – and therefore encourage self-directed learning - through the Power Hour program for at-risk children at Abiquiu, Chimayo, and Española Club Sites.

  • Includes $7,500 from Castagnola Family Fund
  • $400 from Fredrick N. & Mary E. Bender Fund

Santa Fe Public Schools ADELANTE Program - $16,400:  

To provide bilingual case management, evening programs, advocacy, tutoring, material aid, food, supplies, emergency funds, and links to housing and other social services for children.

  • Includes $5,000 from Anonymous Memorial Fund
  • $500 from Susan & Conrad De Jong Fund
  • $500 from Second Anonymous Fund
  • $400 from Turn & Return Fund

United Way of Santa Fe County - $15,800:  

To create the Santa Fe Early Learning Center which will serve 200 children on-site in an integrated early educational program in which children can be enrolled at birth and attend the center full-day, full-year for the first five years of life.

  • Includes $500 from Richard Hertz & Doris Meyer Fund
  • $300 from Fredrick N. & Mary E. Bender Fund

Youth Media Project - $4,600:  

To promote creative and informed expression through educational partnerships that teach media literacy, radio production, broadcasting, and reflective dialogue.

  • $4,000 from Buckman Family Fund
  • $500 from Second Anonymous Fund
  • $100 from Fredrick N. & Mary E. Bender Fund

Your Contacts for Nonprofits

Christa Coggins
Vice President for Community Philanthropy

(505) 988-9715 x 7002


Diane Hamamoto
Program Officer

(505) 988-9715 x 7008

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