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Creating a Culture of Philanthropy

“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.

Foundation Mission, Vision and Values
MISSION
To enrich lives through collective action in southwest New Mexico

VISION
The Grant County Community Foundation:
   * Brings leadership
   * Facilitates tangible impact
   * Is the foundation for community giving

The mission and vision are expressed by:
   * Building a culture of philanthropy
   * Advancing local nonprofit organizations
   * Stewarding donor funds to ensure sustainability

The following values guide the Grant County Community Foundation:
   * We are Transformative and Innovative
   * We are Transparent
   * We are Responsive
   * We are Community Focused
   * We are Diverse and Inclusive

CONNECTING DONORS AND THE CAUSES THEY BELIEVE IN
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 manifests mutual respect in all we do and honors our sense of place.

Board of Directors

None of us can imagine living anywhere else beyond Silver City, NM.
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"As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do."
–Andrew Carnegie

M. Fred Barraza
Member
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"UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. "
–The Lorax / Dr. Seuss

Barrett Brewer
Board Chair
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"One of the great movements in my lifetime among educated people is the need to commit themselves to action. Most people are not satisfied with giving money; we also feel we need to work."
–Peter Drucker

Tyler Bingham
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"Charity begins at home but should not end there."
–Francis Bacon

Patrick Conlin
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"The best philanthropy is constantly in search of the finalities—a search for a cause, an attempt to cure evils at their source."
–John Rockefeller

Stacey Cox
Vice Chair
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"The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve."
–Albert Schweitzer

Mattie Eagle
Treasurer
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"Philanthropy, to me, is being engaged, not only with your resources but getting people and yourself really invoved and doing things that haven't been done before."
–Eli Broad

Jane Gillespie, Ph.D.
Member
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"It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us…. This is where our love for each other must start."
–Mother Teresa

Shelby Hallmark
Member
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"A man of humanity is one who...desiring attainment for himself, helps others to attain."
–Confucius

Peggy Hutchinson
Member
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"Philanthropy without scale and sustainability is like any othe bad business that will simply wither and die on the vine."
–Naveen Jain

Mary Hotvedt
Member
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"Life’s persistent and most urgent question is “What are you doing for others?”
–Martin Luther King Jr.

Victoria B. Johnson
Secretary
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"Remember, you don't live in a world all your own."
–Albert Schweitzer

Len Lambert
Treasurer
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"When wealth is centralized, the people are dispersed. When wealth is distributed, the people are brought together."
–Confucius

Priscilla Lucero
Member
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"What the poor need is not charity but capital, not caseworkers but co-workers. And what the rich need is a wise, honorable, and just way of divesting themselves of their overabundance."
–Millard and Linda Fuller

Nick Seibel
Member
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"The most useful and influential people in America are those who take the deepest interest in institutions that exist for the purpose of making the world better."
–Booker T. Washington

Susie Trujillo
Grants
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"Being innovative in your philanthropy allows you to stride forward in your giving journey; you can marry your mind and heart to turn charity into lasting impact; and you can become more ambitious in your giving."
–L. Arrillaga-Andreessen

Alexandra Tager
Staff

What we do

CONNECTING DONORS AND THE CAUSES THEY BELIEVE IN

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.

TAKING THE LONG VIEW

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.

BUILDING THE GRANT COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

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.

Highly customizable

The Grant County Community Foundation exists to provide this additional dimension of sustainable and permanent financial support for area nonprofit organizations.