New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF) invests in efficient and effective nonprofits statewide, through its Women Building Community (WBC) program. Since 2007, twelve organizations, led by women of color, participated and received funding during various phases of the program. WBC goals are to increase collaboration and share resources giving women and girls the economic, social and political power to make wise decisions that support human rights, self- determination and strong families
These grants support anti-violence against women, teen sexuality, parenting, economic justice, clean and safe environments, and immigrant rights. In 2012, total investment by New Mexico Community Foundation reached $1 Million.
“We are proud to have achieved this major milestone. The health and rights of New Mexico women and girls matter. It is often the case that organizations addressing these issues do so with the least amount of resources. Together with our donor partners we are helping to change that and move New Mexico forward,” remarked Jenny Parks, President and CEO of NMCF.
The Women Building Community program, which supports reproductive justice work in New Mexico, has been funded by local foundations and donors, and matched by the national organization Groundswell Fund. Adriann Barboa, former director of Young Women United, recognized NMCF recently by saying, “New Mexico Community Foundation was bold and risk-taking in making reproductive justice a priority for women and girls in New Mexico. New Mexico Community Foundation was the only foundation outside major U.S. metropolitan areas to embrace this work and accept the matching fund challenge.”
2012 Recipients of Women Building Community Grants:
El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos
Media Literacy Project
New Mexico Teen Pregnancy Coalition
Tewa Women United
Young Women United
At the very heart of New Mexico Community Foundations’ mission is a commitment to equity. Established in 1983, NMCF is an entrepreneurial foundation that promotes philanthropy as a tool for building community assets, local leadership, and self-reliance. Learn more at NMCF.org.