Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico

OVERVIEW: This funder supports seven counties in Southern New Mexico working in the arts, hunger, health, literacy, education, and more. Online applications are accepted.

FUNDING AREAS: Health, the arts, hunger, literacy, education

IP TAKE:  This community foundation funds nearly any valid nonprofit cause in its seven-county region. It’s been around for a little while but has lately been redefining its role and strategy.

PROFILE: The Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico (CFSNM) is based in Las Cruces and manages hundreds of endowments and at least 38 nonprofit agency endowments. It serves the New Mexico counties of Doña Ana, Hidalgo, Otero, Sierra, Grant, Lincoln, and Luna. CFSNM was founded in 2000 and has more than $15 million in assets under management.

Areas of interest are health, the arts, hunger, literacy, and education. CFSNM also houses and works on at least 32 special community projects. One popular foundation event is the annual gala and auction held in April at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. The foundation’s most recent strategic plan seeks to establish a more intentional grant process, building awareness in the community about CFSNM, and developing better oversight. Financial data can be viewed here.

Grantseekers can find the application for CFSNM’s impact and wellness funds online; application instructions are pretty straightforward. Also available are Devasthali Family Foundation Fund grants for efforts in the arts, education, child hunger, and child/maternal wellbeing. The application period for the Devasthali grants is September 1 to December 31. You can learn about the stories of local grantees here.

Nonprofits that CFSNM manages endowments for include Jardin De Los Niños, Boys and Girls Club of Las Cruces, The Healing House, and El Caldito Soup Kitchen.

CFSNM also awards scholarships for local women.

There are four staff members at CFSNM, including an executive director, director of development, executive administrative assistant, and special events coordinator. The executive director, Terra Winter, can be reached at terra@cfsnm.org or 575-521-4794 ext. 104.

You can reach out to the foundation with general questions via online form on the website homepage. The phone is 575-521-4794, and the address is 2600 El Paseo Road, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001. The foundation also has an e-newsletter; subscribe on the website.

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