Taos Community Foundation believes that a strong community has avenues for solid communication, partnerships between sectors, coalition and network building, and capacity building for non-profits.
The common theme in grantmaking through this pathway was reflected by connectivity and the sharing of resources. The beauty of connectivity is that it can take on many forms. It may be a one-on-one connection that depends on a trusting relationshp; it may be a public event that opens new doors to information or resources not previously known or accessible.
Hispanics in Philanthropy ($18,000 total grant over 3 year period) – As part of a 3-year funding collaborative, Bridges Project for Education received a $30,000 grant that just ended the 3rd year. “Bridges used the funds to increase their capacity to collect and use evaluation data to improve coordination among Bridges, Taos Municipal Schools, and the University of New Mexico. The project strengthened the capacity of the existing infrastructure to support Hispanic and first-generation students’ access to higher education, whether through academic or vocational pathways.”
Not Forgotten Outreach – “The Not Forgotten Outreach Taos Veterans Farmers Project provides veterans and Gold Star Families; survivors of fallen Heroes’ with horticulture therapy, business and agriculture education helping them become successful in growing their own food and/or becoming farmers. The program teaches an intentional whole farm-planning framework. Infused in this program are sessions to help military families learn and implement sustainable cropping and livestock production skills in addition to the whole farm planning and entrepreneurial focus. TCF funds enabled the purchase of a solar power pump and a pump controller, which allowed easier access to water the ¾ acre of vegetable crops utilizing drip irrigation lines as well as providing water to the therapy goats, without having to haul water. In partnership with UNM Taos’ Sustainable Agriculture Program, NFO veterans planted garlic, winter rye, amaranth, melons, corn, beans, squash and numerous root vegetables”.
PFLAG (Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays) - TCF funding helped in “two areas of our work in the Taos Community. We used the grant to fund a new youth internship for one year. We also used a smaller portion of the grant to support the monthly PFLAG meetings in community. Attendance has increased and we were able to include a number of educational presentations to our already scheduled meetings. We hired a youth intern (from a local high school), who is managing our social media, participating in our monthly meetings and who is currently working on a youth focused video project called “Inside the Rainbow”. PFLAG’s Speakers Bureau presented and engaged with about 400 youth in our community and also saw monthly attendance between 10-75 individuals at the regularly scheduled monthly PFLAG meetings.