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THIRTY-ONE YEARS OF IMPACT By Terra Winter

To say that 2020 was strange and unusual would be an understatement. As a team and Board of Directors, we have been in awe of the support, determination and care this community has shown each other during this difficult year. This was the 31st year of our foundational history and it has been one for the books. From office shutdown, to the creation of 5 COVID community response funds, to our first virtual Gala, to managing 80 attendees at our virtual Estate Planning Institute. Our team, volunteers, and board have learned a great deal! Special thanks to Abel Covarrubias, 2020 CFSNM Chairman, for leading us through a very unique and rewarding year.

As your trusted philanthropic source for southern New Mexico giving, we manage hundreds of endowments, including 42 nonprofit agency endowments. Even with the constant change of 2020, our team added more than 20 new funds. These ranged from COVID response to our first memorial scholarship for a community and African American educational advocate, Mr. Clarence Fielder. We were able to start funds in support of palliative care, low barrier housing and, one of our largest gifts to date, to support economic development in Dona Ana County.

We are particularly proud of the dedicated work of our team, committee members and volunteers, who worked tirelessly from home, in masks, and socially distanced to produce our annual Gala, Estate Planning Institute and multiple events for 100 Who Give – all virtually! From zoom calls to Facebook Live, we were committed to sharing our donor stories and their impact. Our special events raised over $50,000 allowing us to make further grants to Catholic Charities, Dona Ana County Humane Society, El Refugio, Imagination Library of Grant County, La Casa, and our Nonprofit Emergency Fund.

Impacting student education is one of our organization's favorite spring activities. In 2020, more than 250 students applied for the 35 scholarships. This deserving group of young adults showcased the desire to make our community a better place. This year we were also able to assist 40 part-time Dona Ana Community College students with tablets as they shifted to 100% online coursework. Lastly, our Springboard! Scholarship impacted 10 women with a $1,000 award. These women drew tears from our eyes as they shared their personal stories, plans for the future and how one day they hope to pay it forward.

In addition to our 5 COVID Response Funds, our annual 5 grant cycles to grant nonprofit organizations doing life-changing work throughout our region. More than $1.8 million has been granted out to support scholarships, several donor advised funds, grants, and programs focusing on maternal and child health, the arts, hunger, and convening initiatives, each making a difference in southern New Mexico.

All of these accomplishments have been made possible thanks to you! Your support has assisted in making a huge impact. Thank you for being a catalyst for change, for investing in our community, and for making southern New Mexico a great place to live and a great place to give.