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Community Leadership and Impact

The Santa Fe Community Foundation's community leadership work strives to support our strategy framework, going beyond grantmaking to address:

  • Equity: prioritizing and practicing equity in our work;
  • Results: working to turn the curve on priority indicators  and measures progress on performance measures;
  • Alignment: collaborating and aligning our work with community partners to improve results through collective efforts.

Current Initiatives

Dollars4Schools

Dollars4Schools, an initiative of the Santa Fe Community Foundation since 2013, is a web-based funding resource for Santa Fe's public and charter school teachers. Dollars4Schools is 100% committed to student success and classroom support. Our unique grassroots structure provides teachers with a local "helping-hand." From funding teachers directly for classroom programs to providing students with school supplies, backpacks and winter coats, Dollars4schools connects community and classrooms every day in Santa Fe. Please visit our website to learn more about how you can support public education in Santa Fe, and how 100% of every donation goes directly to a Santa Fe classroom. Read more…

Expanding Opportunity for Young Families

In the fall of 2019, the Annie E. Casey Foundation funded the Santa Fe Community Foundation as one of four pilot sites nationally for a new program called Expanding Opportunity for Young Families (EOYF). The program brings together a collaborative of local organizations, agencies, and young parents to explore how we can better align services, systems, and policies to support the education, employment, economic success, and overall wellbeing of young parents of color ages 24 and under, while also supporting the education and wellbeing of their children. This initiative builds upon Santa Fe Community Foundation’s existing work and partnerships through the Santa Fe Baby Fund and Opportunity Santa Fe. The Santa Fe EOYF team is currently in a community engagement and planning phase which will extend through June 2020. Read more...

MoGro 

MoGro, the Mobile Grocery (MoGro) project athe Santa Fe Community Foundation. 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 innovative way 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...

New Mexico Health Equity Partnership

The New Mexico Health Equity Partnership (NMHEP) works to ensure every New Mexican can lead a healthy life, live in neighborhoods where children and families thrive, and have a say in decisions that impact their lives. In 2019, the HEP team coordinated / facilitated 24 gatherings, trainings, and dialogues where community partners fostered relationships, shared tools, learned from each other, and imagined new possibilities for a healthy and just future. This included a Graphic Harvesting Training where 24 intergenerational participants from across New Mexico learned how to utilize drawing, doodling and visuals to document dialogues, share experiences, enhance engagement, and build bridges across cultures and generations to improve community health. 

Additionally, in 2019, HEP sub-granted $251,899 to support three place-based efforts in Doña Ana, McKinley, and San Juan counties to improve the health of their communities. A healthy community includes clean water, healthy food, pedestrian safety, fair economic practices, language and cultural access, and social connection to name a few. By supporting communities to develop their own solutions, HEP partners elevate community voices, so community members are the drivers of change.

  • Doña Ana Communities United: DACU coordinates the Mesilla Valley Timebank, an alternative economic practice where residents from all walks of life build social cohesion. In 2019, the 300+ members exchanged 897 services. Also, residents in two forgotten neighborhoods engaged in tactical urbanism. After observing streets, they painted three murals that built pride and slowed traffic, and will complement the City’s planned green corridor to combat climate change.
  • McKinley Collaborative for Health Equity: Building on their report focused on health outcomes tied to uranium exposure, MCHE held the 40th Commemoration of the Uranium Spill at Church Rock and film festival. They also informed a national paper on policy recommendations for water equity and climate resilience to ensure safe drinking water for Indigenous people.
  • San Juan Collaborative for Health Equity: SJCHE finalized two reports regarding the health impacts of fracking; one from an Indigenous perspective and one from a western perspective. They also held garden and greenhouse construction workshops and shared traditional ecological knowledge with young people in the school districts. Read more...

The Philanthropy HUB

The Santa Fe Community Foundation's building at 501 Halona Street in Santa Fe has been designed as a learning and gathering place for the philanthropic sector. Nonprofit board and staff members, philanthropists, and the general community have attended hundreds of learning opportunities since we moved to Halona Street in 2011. Read more...

Opportunity Santa Fe: Birth to Career

Opportunity Santa Fe 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...

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...

 

Your Contact for Community Leadership & Impact


Annmarie McLaughlin

Senior Director of Community Leadership & Impact
(505) 988-9715, x 7005


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