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Santa Fe Baby Fund

Helping babies to thrive is both social justice and smart economic development

Overview
Making Noise for Babies
What does the Baby Fund do?
Priority Areas of Investment
How to Get Involved

Overview

The Santa Fe Baby Fund, an initiative of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, promotes the healthy development of babies and toddlers in Santa Fe County, prenatal through age four, and raises awareness of the critical importance of investing in early childhood for the benefit of our residents and our community. 

A belief that the vitality of any society rests on the opportunities afforded to all children early in life inspired the creation of the Baby Fund, with an initial $1.1 million gift from Brindle Foundation, a private family foundation based in Santa Fe. The future prosperity of Santa Fe depends on its ability to produce strong, healthy children who will lead our community.  With the Baby Fund, the Santa Fe Community Foundation and Brindle Foundation hope to give the issues affecting infants a louder voice.

What does the Baby Fund do?

The Baby Fund plans programs and activities including community-wide forums, seminars and the publication of issue guides. An advisory council identifies areas of investment during a competitive grant making process.

The current grantmaking cycle closed on August 16, 2017. Applicants will be notified by the end of August, 2017. 

To learn more about the process you can read the RFP below:

Santa Fe Baby Fund - 2017 Request for Proposals

The Santa Fe baby Fund seeks to promote the healthy development of babies and toddlers (ages 0-4) in Santa Fe and to raise awareness of the critical importance of investing in early childhood to benefit our residents and our community.

The Baby Fund is accepting applications in the following two priority areas:

Increase the number of children (0-4) meeting social, emotional, cognitive, language, and physical development milestones.

Keep young children (0-4) in Santa Fe safe by reducing child abuse and neglect.

For full information and application, please click here.

Deadline for applications: August 14, 2017

Priority Areas of Investment

The Baby Fund is engaged in the following areas of work: 

  • Increase number of children (ages 0-4) meeting social, emotional, cognitive, language, and physical developmental milestones
  • Keep young children (ages 0-4) in Santa Fe safe by reducing child abuse and neglect

We will prioritize projects that focus on at least one of the following:

  • Raise public awareness and outreach on early childhood issues and resources related to healthy development and safety of young children (ages 0-4)
  • Expand family support programs that promote child development and parenting skills
  • Support professional development of early childhood care and education workforce
  • Collaborating and coordinating programs and services

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

To find out more, get involved or donate to the Santa Fe Baby Fund, please contact Fund Director, Katie Dry at kdry@santafecf.org.

Your Contacts for the Santa Fe Baby Fund

Christa Coggins
Vice President for Community Philanthropy

(505) 988-9715 x 7002

 

Katie Dry 
Fund Director

(505) 988-9715 x 7016


Contribute to the Fund

Related Resources:

Santa Fe Year of the Baby

It's smart to invest in youngest

Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child

Zero to Three

Opportunities Exchange