Santa Fe One Billion Rising to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls, February 14
February 12th, 2014

This Friday is One Billion Rising for Justice. Activists around the world are escalating their efforts and thousands are mobilizing to imagesonce again make February 14th One Billion Rising, the world’s biggest mass action to end violence against women and girls.

In Bangladesh they are rising for indigenous rights in 1300 villages, in the United States farmworkers are rising for immigration reform, in Guatemala, Ecuador, and El Salvador the movement  is focusing on reconciliation and fighting impunity from sexual violence during their civil wars.  Visit One Billion Rising’s website to read more.

And here in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico “Risers” are getting ready. Read and share this calendar of events and information so you too can join all who Rise, Release and Dance for the justice women in New Mexico deserve!


 JustUS (The Roundhouse)

ALL DAY: Southwest Symposium on Sex Trafficking will explore the multidimensional impact of human trafficking on the victims and society in which it occurs.  Brought to you by one of our New Mexico Women and Girls Network partners The LifeLink.   

10:30-11:30AM – @ THE ROTUNDA, inside the Roundhouse: A press conference and opportunity for the public to come forth and demand the justice they hope to see enacted.

12PM – OUTSIDE THE ROUNDHOUSE we will once again Rise and Dance together. We will hear from activists from many organizations that represent women and girls in our state what we can do (JustUs) to move forward laws that affect change and demand real justice from our legislators.

1PM – MARCH FROM ROUNDHOUSE TO FARMERS MARKET PAVILION, led by Pomegranate Studio Belly Dancers!

JustLIVE (Farmers Market Pavilion)

1:30PM – Watch live stream footage from events around the world.

2PM – 5PM – live dancers, musicians, poets, self-defense demonstrations, interact with the New Mexico Women and Girls Network organizations.

JustLOVE (Warehouse 21, Flying Cow Gallery)

2PM-5PM – Transformative afternoon of release, guided meditations, healing circles and treatments.  Come be heard, supported, and held in a sacred and community-based environment where you can process and release your stories through the guidance and expertise of extraordinary practitioners.

JustART (Warehouse 21, Flying Cow Gallery) 

ALL DAY THROUGH FEBRUARY 21 – Artists from Santa Fe will exhibit pieces reflecting women’s issues, feminist art, and youth art around violence against women.  Make your own Farolito Art releasing your story or your demand for personal justice. Farolitos will be lit in ceremony at 5:30pm.

Galleries on Canyon Road are joining the Rising- Ventana Fine Art and The William & Joseph Gallery will host openings in honor of One Billion Rising For Justice.

Thank you all for your support and participation. Together, we will END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS IN NEW MEXICO!

Like the movement on Facebook: http://facebook.com/onebillionrisingsantafe

Follow on Twitter: @OBRsantafe

Follow on Instagram: @OBRSF


Black History Month, an NMCF Fiscal Sponsorship, Under Way in New Mexico and Nation
February 5th, 2014

Click here to read the full article “Black History Month Under Way in New Mexico and Nation” by Troy Wilde, Public News Service-NM

February means it’s the heart of winter in New Mexico, and it’s also a time for celebrating the culture and history of African-Americans. Cathryn McGill, founder of the New Mexico Black History Organizing Committee, says her organization is holding several events in the Albuquerque area as part of Black History Month. The first event is the Arts and Culture Weekend, which runs Wednesday through Sunday and includes performances of the musical “The Wiz” at the African-American Performing Arts Center.

McGill stresses Black History Month is for all Americans. “Getting people to understand that we need to inspire each other to greater achievements and to promote multiculturalism,” she explains.

New Mexico Black History also is holding the Rhythms and Cuisine Weekend Feb. 14 to the 16, and the Mind, Body and Soul Weekend Feb. 22 and 23. McGill says New Mexico’s African-American community is small in number and often marginalized and left out of the political dialogue. She says Black History Month is an opportunity for African-Americans to unite and work on building a stronger public voice.

“The onus is on the African-American community to say, ‘Hey, wait a minute,’” she says. “’We’re here. Let’s figure out how we might include everyone,’ and when we do that we’re better together.”

McGill adds the origins of Black History Month date back to the 1920s and are linked to celebrating the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln during February.


NMCF Participates in Confluence Philanthropy in Santa Fe
February 4th, 2014

New Mexico Community Foundation is excited to be participating in this week’s Confluence Philanthropy, a non-profit network of over 200 private, public, and community foundations that works to build capacity, provide technical assistance, and promote environmental sustainability and social justice.

NMCF’s President and CEO, Jenny Parks will be moderating a plenary panel on the power of investing and women and the power of women as investors, Renee Villarreal, NMCF’s Director of Programs and Community Outreach, will be speaking about rural entrepreneurship.

NMCF Photographer, Don Usner, Featured in New Mexico Magazine
December 29th, 2013

Don Usner‘s photographs have graced NMCF’s website and publications for years. He was recently honored by NMCF as one of ten 2013 Luminarias for his works focusing on northern New Mexico history and culture. An excerpt from his latest book, to be published soon by UNM, is featured in New Mexico Magazine.

Please join us at the 15th Annual Red Ribbon Bash!
July 17th, 2013

Red Ribbon Bash, a fiscally sponsored project of NMCF, is hosting its annual event on August 24 in Las Cruces.

RRB supports our brothers and sisters living with HIV/AIDS in the southern parts of New Mexico.

See you at the Bash!

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NMCF Reactivates NM Fire Relief Fund for 2013
June 5th, 2013

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News Release


Ben Lewinger
Director of Communications and Collaborative Partnerships
505-820-6860 Ext. 29 | 505-850-9010 (cell)

June 4, 2013


SANTA FE, NM – New Mexico Community Foundation, in the role of Philanthropic First Responder, has activated the NM Fire Relief Fund for 2013.  These funds will be used to assist families who have experienced hardships following the wildfires across the state, beginning with the Tres Lagunas Fire in the Pecos Wilderness that has burned more than 5000 acres and the Thompson Ridge Fire in Jemez that has burned nearly 10,000 acres. With 4th of July festivities barely a month away, NMCF’s goal is to have resources in place and ready to support affected families throughout the fire season.

NMCF is seeking business partners and individual donors to commit to helping those displaced by making a contribution to the Fire Relief Fund.  Donate online at NMCF.org or by calling 505-820-6860.  100% of contributions received will go directly to nonprofits serving those affected by fires in our state.

 In 2012, more than $200,000 was disbursed by NMCF through our various Emergency Grant programs.  For the most up-to-date information on wildfires in New Mexico, visit NMFireInfo.com.



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