Executive Director’s Corner
All of us at LACF have been honored over the past few months to have gotten to play some small role in helping our region’s nonprofits navigate the impacts of the pandemic. These past few months saw us make our first competitive grants as an organization, which we had the privilege of doing alongside six local funding partners. Through the COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants, we awarded funds to thirty-seven organizations, each of whom uniquely serves our communities.
As we look to continue to meet the ongoing needs of our nonprofits in the months ahead, the work continues. We are reimagining our Nonprofit Training Program for Fall 2020/Spring 2021, so that our programming meets organizations where they are and helps to propel them forward. We continue to convene conversations through our Executive Directors Roundtables to gather input directly from our nonprofit leaders. And, we continue on with our work of Connecting our Community Through Enduring Philanthropy.
By way of furthering our mission, we are excited to unveil our new video to you today. This was developed to introduce audiences to who we are and what we do at the Los Alamos Community Foundation. (Special thanks to PAC8 for creating this for us!)
And lastly, for our local nonprofits, please see below for funding and training opportunities.
View our new video here:
The All Together NM Fund has been established by the Governor’s office in conjunction with the New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundations to help New Mexico respond to and eventually recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Fund is being used to address immediate needs and offer long-term support for the recovery work that lies ahead. Average grant size is $5,000.
Con Alma Health Foundation will distribute funds to New Mexico nonprofits that are providing basic needs, including health care, food distribution, emergency housing and financial aid, to people most impacted by COVID-19. Grants will be awarded on an expedited, rolling basis starting Tuesday, June 2nd to help vulnerable populations receive the care and support they need. Grants range from $7,500 to $20,000.
We know that the extenuating circumstances of the pandemic have caused many nonprofits to reconsider their future as an organization in one way or another – whether that is with regards to restructuring fundraising plans, reexamining governing Boards, reevaluating how to serve constituents, and more. Perhaps those thoughts have even circled around joining forces with another similarly-situated organization through a formal merger, so that both nonprofits become stronger together. If your organization is considering a merger, or has begun steps towards merging, know that there may be funding available to help you along your way.
For many nonprofit organizations, the questions of how to measure impact, plan for the future, and fundraise effectively have never been more important. We are pleased to share with you the launch of a new, free startup course for nonprofits from Philanthropy University. This course is tailored for smaller nonprofits that are looking to become more sustainable and take their organizations to the next level, as well as established social impact organizations that are looking to innovate. The course is self-paced, and will cover critically important skills, including how to: Quickly Test Your Ideas, Measure Your Impact, Raise Funds for Your Organization, Lead Effectively, Tell Your Organization’s Story Effectively. LACF will be taking this class along with you!