A Message to our Friends and Colleagues from the CEO:
On March 16th, in response to the COVID-19 virus and Governor Lujan-Grisham’s swift and decisive state orders, LANL Foundation closed its offices. Staff is continuing to work from their homes and given the state stay-at-home order through the end of April, LANL Foundation offices will remain closed until further notice.
We are diligently continuing our work to support our partners in early childhood, K-12, scholarships, career pathways, and grant making and over the past few weeks have responded to emergency fund requests with our partners in New Mexico (see list below).
We also continue to remember and honor all those impacted by this disease and thank those working every day to combat it: our doctors, nurses, ALL medical care workers, scientists, first responders, grocery stores, hardware store, and gas station employees, volunteers, non-profits, our local and national leaders and others.
Wishing all of you safety and good health!
Jenny Parks, President & CEO
LANL Foundation Responds to Urgent Community Needs during COVID-19 Pandemic. These are the grants LANL Foundation has given since March 16 in emergency response funds (as of April 8th, 2020):
Communities in Schools Emergency Fund: $5000
Responding to critical family health needs, food, and child safety, as well as assisting with utility bill payments for families struggling and in dire need in the Santa Fe Public Schools system.
Santa Fe Indian Center Response Fund for Native Families in crisis: $5000
The Santa Fe Indian Center is designed by and for American Indians with the mission of supporting, promoting, and enriching their vital, diverse community by identifying and serving the needs and interests of American Indian people. The Center is giving out loans and putting together care and food packages for elders and families with children that have needs during this current crisis. Serving Santa Fe County.
Santa Fe Community Foundation COVID -19 Response Fund: $5000
Funding is designated towards food, health, and income security. Grants will go to Mora, San Miguel, Rio Arriba, and Santa Fe Counties.
Los Alamos Community Foundation Non-profit Emergency Response Fund: $5000
The Nonprofit Emergency Response Fund – Los Alamos will collect funds prioritized toward nonprofits situated in and serving Los Alamos County. The Nonprofit Emergency Response Fund – Greatest Need will collect funds prioritized toward the greatest need of nonprofits situated in Rio Arriba and Los Alamos Counties.
Taos Community Foundation COVID- 19 Response Fund: $5000
This response fund is designed to provide flexible resources to complement the work of public health officials and local government and expand community capacity of those in need in Taos County.
Albuquerque Community Foundation & United Way of Central New Mexico Emergency Action Fund: $5000
Both partner organizations hope to assist with the acute needs now and the longer-term impacts of the outbreak and recovery. In this first phase, they are prioritizing organizations that have lost revenue or are likely to lose future revenues, and/or that are strained by increased demand for services. Our donated funds will assist organizations in Sandoval County.
Early Childhood COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants: $3000
The New Mexico Early Childhood Funders Group (NMECFG) is making grants intended to address critical gaps in services that affect infants, toddlers, and their families during this uncertain time. This fund is statewide.
NM Counts 2020 Collaborative Fund: $10,000
The NM Counts 2020 Census Funders Group has been collaborating to lead and support outreach efforts for the 2020 Census in the most hard-to-count (HTC) communities throughout the state. The goal is to help ensure that all New Mexicans are counted in the 2020 Census –especially in our hardest to count communities—to promote coordination of funding, resources, and efforts and to amplify our partner statewide efforts. By Census Day (April 1), only 31% of New Mexicans completed their census, making us 48th in the country.