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Nonprofits: Current Initiatives

Foundation initiatives are funds that are run by a volunteer committee, supported by staff, and have their own independent grantmaking ability in order to address the pressing needs of our community.

Community Leadership Fund

The Community Leadership Fund allows the Foundation to provide important services to improve the community in three critical ways:

  1. Increasing Donor Impact
    Giving donors opportunities to learn about pressing needs in the community and ways they can structure their giving to make the biggest possible difference.

  2. Improving Nonprofit Performance
    Offering workshops and other technical assistance to help nonprofits achieve efficiency and increase their effectiveness. Topics include Board Development, Financial Oversight, Fundraising, Planned Giving, and much more.

  3. Enhancing Grantmaking
    Improving and increasing the number and size of grants that we make to nonprofits doing excellent work in the community. The Leadership Fund will allow us to address special and urgent needs as well as to make multi-year strategic grants that address some of our most challenging community problems.


Dollars4Schools.org is a local website dedicated to supporting teachers’ programs in the Santa Fe Public Schools. Every dollar a donor gives supports the program(s) he or she chooses: neither the Santa Fe Community Foundation, where the Dollars4Schools fund resides, nor the Santa Fe Public Schools, charge for administration of the programs or running the website. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law. All local nonprofits working with the public schools are invited to join. The goal is to have everyone in the Santa Fe community be able to support schools from one omnibus site. Read more…

Envision Fund

The Envision Fund invests in the future of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning populations in Northern New Mexico by funding programs that address urgent community need. Since 1998, the Envision Fund has made grants to nonprofits that build community understanding and make a difference in people’s lives. Read more…

Health Equity Partnership

NMHEP, an initiative at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, focuses on building an infrastructure of community-based leadership that has the capacity and knowledge to change systems and address issues that make it possible for every New Mexican to have an opportunity live a healthy life. New Mexico needs residents actively involved and invested in making a difference, and it needs a strong set of community-based organizations that are effective and are a galvanizing force that is able to inform decision makers. HEP is building the foundation to make this possible. Read more ...

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD)/Pre-Booking Diversion Program:

Handling low-level, non-violent drug offenders in the local and state criminal justice system is not only costly but studies suggest that this is not a way to break the cycle of addiction or enhance public safety.  Instead, many people often go through the system without any impact on their behavior and end up costing the system far more than they would if they were diverted immediately into treatment. Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion identifies low-level drug offenders for whom probable cause exists for an arrest, and redirects them from jail and prosecution by immediately providing linkages to treatment/support services. Read more ...

Nonprofit Merger Fund

In Santa Fe County alone, the National Center for Charitable Statistics tells us there were 849 nonprofits registered as 501c3s in 2015. While the numbers of nonprofits doesn’t tell us anything about their effectiveness, there are instances where some nonprofits, especially smaller, more challenged groups, may be able to find strength and greater effectiveness by joining forces with like organizations. Through the establishment of the Nonprofit Merger Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation offers help to eligible nonprofits engaged in merger conversations — where it is established the community may be better served by nonprofits combining work, efficiencies and improved service delivery. Read more...


The Mobile Grocery (MoGro) project is a unique venture to address food deserts by creating a viable and sustainable Mobile Grocery enterprise. MoGro was created by Rick and Beth Schnieders, career experts in food distribution and private philanthropists, as an innovation to overcome barriers to affordability and access to healthy foods in economically distressed communities, starting with Native Americans in New Mexico. The Schnieders partnered with Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health (JHCAIH) to select Santo Domingo Pueblo as the first pilot community. . Read more...

Native American Advised Fund

The Native American Fund is dedicated to enhancing Native American heritage and experience in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico. The Fund supports efforts that emphasize the Native love and commitment to self, family, community and environment. Read more…

Santa Fe Baby Fund

The Santa Fe Baby Fund seeks to promote the healthy development of babies and toddlers in Santa Fe. With an initial gift of $1.1 million from Brindle Foundation, a private family foundation based in Santa Fe, the Fund seeks to raise awareness about the critical importance of early childhood. Read more...

Santa Fe Birth to Career Collaboration

Santa Fe Birth to Career Collaboration is a collective impact effort among committed leaders and stakeholders to achieve birth to career success for all Santa Fe children, families, and communities by aligning our strategies, actions, and resources to improve outcomes. Read more ...

Fund for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

The Santa Fe Community Foundation, in collaboration with the City of Santa Fe, have established the Fund for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. The Fund was created in response to the unprecedented humanitarian crisis in our state, especially along the border with Mexico. As New Mexico is a State of deep compassion and rich diversity, as well as strong historical ties to Mexico and other Latin American nations, we believe that whatever the cause of the crises, all people of good will can agree that basic human morality and respect for human rights demands a compassionate response.

The Fund for Refugees and Asylum Seekers will support a diverse array of responses to address the crises. This includes but is not limited to: 1) transportation for affected persons toward permanent housing and/or settlement; 2) basic services for affected populations; and 3) legal advice and representation of affected populations.

The Fund will only provide support to registered nonprofit organizations serving the affected populations in the state of New Mexico. Individuals are not eligible to receive direct support. Requested amounts of support ranging between $5,000-$15,000 will be accepted. To submit a request for support, click here for the one-page application form.

Special Funds of the Foundation

Your Contact for Merger Fund Grants

Christa Coggins
Vice President for Community Philanthropy

(505) 988-9715 x 7002