Honoring excellence in the nonprofit sector
Since 1987, the Santa Fe Community Foundation has selected and awarded the Piñon Awards to local nonprofit organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the community. First held in a board member’s living room, the Piñon Awards ceremony has become a fall tradition filling the La Fonda ballroom with awardees, supporters, and friends of the Foundation.
2022 Piñon Awards
Organizations and individuals may be nominated by a board member, funder, past Piñon Award recipient, or any member of the community. Staff from eligible nonprofits may also nominate their organization.
- have operated for at least three years in northern New Mexico;
- are a 501(c)(3) or tribal entity;
- have a proven track record;
- serve the Foundation’s geographic area of service (Santa Fe, Mora, Rio Arriba, and San Miguel counties); and
- their work is aligned with one or more of the Foundation’s funding priorities: Arts & Culture, Animal Welfare, Civic & Economic Opportunities, Education, Environment, and Health & Wellbeing.
Courageous Innovation Award
Quiet Inspiration Award
Tried & True Award
Philanthropic Leader Award
And this year's awards go to...
NDI New Mexico
Winner of the Courageous Innovation Award, which honors an organization that uses a bold approach to solve a persistent problem in the community.
Winner of the Quiet Inspiration Award, which honors an organization that provides consistent high-quality services and opportunities despite changes in the external environment.
The Food Depot
Winner of the Tried and True Award, which honors an organization whose hallmark it is to work quietly and respectfully among a wide range of people in the community.
STEM Santa Fe
Winner of the Visionary Award, which honors an organization that is making measurable progress toward a well-articulated and achievable vision for what is to come.
The Sky Center
Winner of the Resiliency Award, which honors an organization that is building the resilience of those most vulnerable to emergencies, including efforts to respond to natural disasters, public health crises, and/or systemic injustices.
Winner of the Philanthropic Leader Award, which honors an individual, family, or family foundation with a proven record of financial generosity and/or volunteer leadership.
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2022 Piñon Awards: Event Recap
On Thursday, October 6, the Santa Fe Community Foundation presented its Piñon Awards, which honor northern New Mexico's vital nonprofit sector. Browse photos and videos from the event.
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