Taos Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: This community funder supports the Taos, New Mexico, area. Interests are education, health, youth, basic needs, environment, and arts and culture.

FUNDING AREAS: The arts, civic affairs, education, environment, health and human services, Native Americans, the LGBT community, immigrants, the elderly, at-risk youth

IP TAKE:  Open areas of funding change regularly at TCF. Subscribe to their newsletter to keep up with topics relevant to your Taos-area nonprofit.

PROFILE: The Taos Community Foundation (TCF) is based in Taos, New Mexico, and awarded over $6 million in grants during its first 12 years of operation.

TCF supports a wide range of community needs through grantmaking, including the arts, civic affairs, education, environment, and health and human services. Other interests are Native Americans, the LGBT community, immigrants, the elderly, and at-risk youth. They respond to community emergencies when necessary.

Like many other community foundations around the country, TCF awards mini-grants, including some to local teachers. About $23,000 has been awarded to educators in 10 public and charter schools in the Taos Municipal School District. Teachers in the Mesa Vista Consolidated School District have also received TCF mini-grants. Recent grants are published on their website.

Basic needs grants have gone to holiday food baskets, food pantries, Taos Feral Feline Friends, and the Dream Tree Project. Health grants go to healthy foods, access to care, and preventative strategies, such as Holy Cross Hospital’s First Steps Program. Environmental grants seek to protect traditional farmland, water habitats, and to provide general land preservation. Youth grants address the needs of youths of all ages. Arts and culture grantmaking seeks to boost local leadership and invest in key local institutions. Community advocacy grants support efforts for capacity building and partnerships between sectors.

TCF typically launches grant initiatives that invite proposals throughout the year and are very targeted in terms of topic and specific needs. For example, their website has posted a computer donation application and a Kids in Need application. These particular programs provided computers through a partnership with Peoples Bank and helped families purchase medical equipment for children with health issues.

There are over 110 charitable funds at TCF, which has an established income of more than $15.5 million. Current TCF financial data is here. See annual reports on their website.

There are three staff members at TCF. Lisa O’Brien is the foundation director, and can be reached at director@taoscf.org or 575-737-9300 ext. 21. Traci Chavez McAdams is the development and donor services coordinator, and Thomas Buckley is the director of finance.

The address is 115 La Posta Road, Suite A, P.O. Box 1925, Taos, New Mexico 87571 and the phone is 575-737-9300. Sign up for e-news updates here.


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