About Us

Our History

New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF) was started in 1983 by a small group of dedicated and visionary volunteers who believed in the power of philanthropy as a tool for inspiring creative, community-based change and prosperity.

With their own donations and a boundless passion for New Mexico, they launched a dynamic, diverse  foundation whose grants, programs and initiatives today touch lives and landscapes statewide.

For thirty-three years, NMCF has distinguished itself as a leader in philanthropy. Our progressive, grassroots approach to building stronger communities empowers community members to collaborate on critical issues by tapping into local resources and discovering the strength in themselves.

Small Actions. Big Impacts.

We pool resources to support New Mexico’s most underserved communities, strengthen New Mexico’s nonprofits and grow philanthropy, especially in rural New Mexico. We connect donors to valuable projects and vulnerable communities and work to be responsive to current, and often urgent, community needs. We turn small actions into big impacts.

Thanks to gifts from individuals, businesses, foundations and other generous New Mexico and national partners, NMCF has awarded more than $60 million in grants, and attracted nearly $50 million in public and private funding, to create ripple effects of change in the following areas:

• Rural Community Development
• Native Philanthropy and Entrepreneurship
• Leadership and Education
• Health and Wellness

See how your gifts to NMCF impact New Mexico.