Carlsbad Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder supports various causes in the Carlsbad, New Mexico, area. Interests include education, children and youth, special needs, and parks.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, children and youth, special needs, parks

IP TAKE: This isn’t a large community foundation, but it's a good one to know if you work in education.

PROFILE: The Carlsbad Community Foundation (CCF) is located in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Its history dates back to 1969 when A.J. Crawford passed away and left a financial legacy behind to establish the foundation. Crawford was a self-made millionaire and a driving force for the commercial development of the city of Carlsbad. He called the area home for over 70 years and contributed to the region’s retail, real estate, ranching, hotels, and banking industries. Crawford gave funds to local organizations, including a $500,000 gift to Carlsbad Memorial Hospital, which became a significant part of CFF’s assets after a hospital merger.

Today, there are many individual and corporate donors who give to CCF. Recent donors include Dr. E.Z. Robinson, La Tienda Foods, and XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil. Other individual and organizational benefactors can be viewed here.

In a recent round of holiday grants, CCF sent funds to 15 charitable organizations. The main recent grant opportunity with CCF is the Chevron Catalyst grant program—one of CCF’s organizational benefactors. The application period for these grants has typically been open until late-October and distributions were made in the first part of the new year.

Education is a key area of CCF’s funding. This includes scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to attend a college or university and scholarships for non-traditional and returning students. Other interests include children and youth, people with special needs, and local parks.

There are three staff members at CCF. Mike Antiporda is executive director, Jan Nesbit is the chief financial officer, and Jennifer Lopez is staff assistant.

The phone number is 575-887-1131, and the address is 114 South Canyon Street, Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220. The staff can also be reached via online form. Keep up with foundation news here or sign up to receive the Catalyst newsletter via email.


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