Brindle Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder mostly supports early childhood causes in New Mexico. It occasionally awards broader grants, as well as small technical assistance and capacity building grants.

FUNDING AREAS: Early childhood

IP TAKE:  Although Brindle is a small family funder, it's well connected in the realm of early childhood funding. It’s affiliated with a lot of powerful groups and is all about supporting New Mexico.

PROFILE: The Brindle Foundation is a small family foundation based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The sole focus of this foundation is early childhood care and education. The foundation carries on the philanthropic legacy of Martha Ann Healy; Brindle was the name of a former family dog. The foundation is a successor to the M.A. Healy Family Foundation and has been operating for over 15 years. The early childhood focus came in 2005.

The foundation invests in babies because it believes this is a way to impact social justice, economic development, and other issues for the future. Children from the prenatal stage to age three are the focus here. Most grantmaking stays within the state of New Mexico. Grants are typically between $5,000 and $30,000 per year, with first-time awards rarely exceeding $20,000. Challenge, matching, project and operating grants, and multi-year awards are all considered. Collaborative efforts between multiple organizations are strongly encouraged.

Through the Early Opportunities Initiative, the foundation has supported between 14 and 31 organizations in past years. This initiative has comprised around 89 percent of the foundation’s grant funds in the past. Books for Babies New Mexico, a program Brindle created, gives a book and reading information to every baby born in Santa Fe. The Santa Fe Baby Fund was established by Brindle at the Santa Fe Community Foundation in 2012.

Although early childhood is the big focus with this funder, it does occasionally support other areas and goals, including “(to) protect our natural environment and the welfare of animals; enrich opportunities and support for children and youth, and foster innovative approaches in education; strengthen our community, encourage creativity, and protect human rights; and assist in providing essential human services that address critical issues including poverty, hunger, homelessness, abuse and neglect, and access to health and mental health care.” Nine discretionary grants of this type were awarded in a recent year, ranging from $2,000 to $20,000.

Through the Brindle Fund at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, Brindle also provides small technical assistance and capacity building grants. Quite a few of these are typically awarded each year.  

Check the Grant Guidelines page for the most up-to-date information on the current grants process. Unfortunately for grantseekers, this foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. However, letters of intent may be requested and accepted at certain times for certain purposes.

The foundation has just one staff member, a foundation manager. There are three members of the board. General questions can be directed to or 505-986-3983. The foundation likes all communications and submissions to be electronic to save paper.


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