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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.



2022 Piñon Awards

Nominations open
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Nominations due
Friday, May 6, 2022 by 5:00 PM
Awardees notified
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Awards ceremony
Thursday, October 6, 2022 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

  • Tried & True Award

  • Visionary Award

  • Philanthropic Leader Award

2022 winners

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.

Gerard’s House

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.

Tom Starke

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.


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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