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“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”   By: Nelson Henderson

These words capture the heart and meaning of philanthropy. The word philanthropy is Greek and means the “love of humankind”, usually expressed by an effort to enhance the wellbeing of humanity through personal acts of practical kindness or financial support. In America, philanthropy has its roots in necessity: In this nation’s early years, philanthropy was the only means of building and sustaining the service institutions each community needed.

This same spirit of philanthropy, born of a desire to build and sustain our community is at the heart of the Grant County Community Foundation.

The Grant County Community Foundation is dedicated to the vision of a shared and vibrant community. Its mission is to enrich lives through collective action. This mission is expressed by:
     • Building a culture of philanthropy by encouraging charitable giving from individuals, families, organizations and businesses
     • Making grants to advance local nonprofit organizations, thereby building their capacity to achieve their missions
     • Stewarding donor funds to ensure sustainability and to fulfill the donors’ philanthropic visions

The foundation’s funds come from a variety of sources, including individuals, families, organizations, businesses, corporations, bequests and living trusts. Funds are invested in perpetuity and a portion of the investment earnings are then distributed according to the donors’ philanthropic wishes.

For its donors, the Grant County Community Foundation can ensure a philanthropic legacy that expresses their values and interests in perpetuity. The Grant County Community Foundation offers opportunities for local people who want to give back locally. The beauty of the foundation is that donors need not be wealthy to make a positive difference in the lives of people throughout the area. Through the establishment of permanent funds, donors can sustain local charitable organizations, provide scholarships to area students and fulfill wishes that are close to their hearts. Through the foundation’s planned giving programs, donors can honor loved ones or leave a legacy that benefits the community for generations to come. The Grant County Community Foundation can advise donors on how best to maximize contributions, no matter what size.

For local nonprofit organizations, the Grant County Community Foundation represents a new dimension of sustainability and permanence. Through charitable giving, the Grant County Community Foundation can enrich and advance the missions of these organizations not just for one year, or even one generation, but in perpetuity. Nonprofit organizations exist to provide the programs and services that fulfill their mission. Time and money diverted to fundraising is often a struggle. It is a rare nonprofit that can devote these precious resources to raising endowed funds that can offer long-term financial stability. The Grant County Community Foundation exists to provide this additional dimension of sustainable and permanent financial support for area nonprofit organizations.

The Grant County Community Foundation was established in 2012 and funded with initial gifts totaling $100,000. In 2013 and 2014, the board of the foundation undertook a marketing study to share its vision and to learn from community members how best to implement its mission and plans. As part of the study, members of the board met with potential donors and representatives of the nonprofit, business, and public sectors, as well as other community organizations and leaders. In 2015, the foundation incorporated in the state of New Mexico and received 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. The Grant County Community Foundation is affiliated with the New Mexico Community Foundation.

The Grant County Community Foundation oversees three Agency Endowments, many Fiscal Sponsorships and eight planned gifts. During the past three years the foundation has sponsored a unified fundraising drive -- Give Grandly! -- raising over $360,000 for nonprofit organizations in a four-county area of southwestern New Mexico.

The Board of Directors for the Grant County Community Foundation ensures local, collaborative direction and oversight. The 2018 board is served by sixteen Directors: Barrett Brewer, Board Chair; Jim Coates, Nonprofit Consultant; Kevin Cook, Freeport McMoRan Manager Community Development; Stacey Cox, Stacey Cox Consulting; Mattie Eagle, CPA with Morones Knuttinen; Deborah Frasca, Life Quest CEO; Deborah Cosper-Hughs, leave of absence; Peggy Hutchinson, Community Member; Vicki Johnson, First Born Program; Diana Ingalls Leyba, L&I Arts; Priscilla Lucero, Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments; Nickolas Seibel, Publisher Silver City Daily Press; and Susie Trujillo, retired Gila Region Hospital Government Liaison.

Past Founding, Board Members include Nikki Zeuner, formerly of The Wellness Coalition and Charlotte McGaughey, Certified Public Accountant. Faye McCalmont, Mimbres Region Arts Council, Alicia Edwards, Executive Director of Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities and Mary Newkirk, Newkirk Associates, are an Ex-Officio Founding Members. Linda Brewer and John Rohovec of Bear Mountain Lodge and Gary Stailey serve as Community Ambassadors.

We invite you to join in building the Grant County Community Foundation. As we grow the foundation, we encourage your participation as a donor, as a volunteer, and as an advocate for philanthropic giving in our shared and vibrant community.