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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.



2023 Piñon Awards

Nominations open
Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Nominations due
Friday, May 12, 2023 by 5:00 PM
Awardees notified
Thursday, July 13, 2023
Awards ceremony
Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at La Fonda on the Plaza, Santa Fe


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: Arts & Culture, Animal Welfare, Civic & Economic Opportunities, Education, Environment, and Health & Wellbeing.

Award categories

  • Courageous Innovation Award

  • Quiet Inspiration Award

  • Resiliency Award

  • Tried & True Award


And this year's awards go to...

Searchlight New Mexico

Courageous Innovation Award

Scott's House

Quiet Inspiration Award

New Mexico Acequia Association

Resiliency Award

Institute of American Indian Arts

Tried & True Award
  • A brief description of the nonprofit organization's overall mission, services, or programs
  • Your reasons for nominating the organization
  • Up to one additional attachment (program, flyer, newsletter, etc.)


Frequently asked questions

  • What organizations will be considered for the awards?

  • Who may do the nominating?

  • How do I send in a nomination?

  • When are nominations due?

37th Annual Piñon Awards Ceremony

Our beloved fall tradition continues! Join us at our 37th Annual Piñon Awards to celebrate excellence in our region's nonprofit sector. This year's honorees include Searchlight New Mexico, Scott's House, New Mexico Acequia Association, and Institute of American Indian Arts.

October 10, 2023 5:00 PM
La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe
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2023 Piñon Awards: Event Recap

On Tuesday, October 10, 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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