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Piñon Awards

About Piñon Awards

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.

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Timeline

2022 Piñon Awards

Nominations open
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Nominations due
Friday, May 6, 2022 by 5:00 PM
Awardees notified
Friday, June 3, 2022
Awards ceremony
Thursday, October 6, 2022 at La Fonda on the Plaza, Santa Fe

Guidelines

Eligibility guidelines

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.

Winning nonprofits:

  • 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: Cultural Vibrancy, Economic Security & Opportunities, Educational Success & Career Pathways, Health & Wellbeing, and Sustainable Agriculture & Stewardship of Resources.
Awards

Award categories

  • Courageous Innovation Award

  • Quiet Inspiration Award

  • Tried & True Award

  • Visionary Award

  • Philanthropic Leader Award

Nominate

Know an exceptional organization or individual?

Submit a brief nomination letter (two-page maximum, 11-point font or larger) that includes:

  • Brief description of the organization’s or individual's overall service or specific program nominated
  • Your reasons for nominating the organization or individual
  • Up to one additional attachment is allowed (program flyer, newsletter, etc.)
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FAQ

Frequently asked questions

  • Who will be considered for the organization award categories?

  • Who will be considered for the Philanthropic Leader award?

  • Who may do the nominating?

  • How do I send in a nomination?

  • When are nominations due?

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36th Annual Piñon Awards

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.

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October 6, 2022 5:00 PM
La Fonda on the Plaza
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2021 Piñon Awards Recipients Announced

The Santa Fe Community Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of its 2021 Pinon Awards. The awards, conferred annually by the Foundation since 1987, recognize mission-driven nonprofits for their outstanding contributions to northern New Mexico communities.

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St. Elizabeth Shelter

Third time’s the charm for Yudi Bustillos. That’s how many separate stays it took for her during the past 20 years at St. Elizabeth’s Sonrisa Family Supportive Living Program before she was finally able to find and buy a permanent home for herself and her four children.

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Cecily Martin

Philanthropy Associate