S.F. Community Foundation announces Piñon Awards

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The Santa Fe Community Foundation is pleased to announce the 2013 Piñon Award winners. Each year, the awards recognize the work of outstanding nonprofit organizations and dedicated philanthropists in our communities and showcase the importance of Santa Fe’s vital nonprofit sector.
The awards ceremony will be at 6 p.m., Oct. 8 at the La Fonda Hotel on the Santa Fe Plaza. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served after the ceremony. Reservations, $35 at santafecf.org/pinonawards, or 988-9715, SantaFeCF.org.
Award Winners are nonprofit organizations are nominated by anyone in the community with knowledge of the group’s work. Nominations have been received from staff and board members, volunteers and clients. In 2013, SFCF received 36 nominations for the four winning slots.
• Quiet Inspiration Award — Pecos Valley Medical Center. The Quiet Inspiration Award honors an organization whose hallmark it is to work quietly and respectfully among a wide range of people in the community. Serving approximately 8,000 residents across 500 square miles of San Miguel County, Pecos Valley Medical Center is a full-service health clinic dedicated to providing quality, affordable patient care. In a county where 28 percent of the population lives below the federal poverty level, Pecos Valley Medical Center has developed innovative methods of care, prevention, and outreach.
• Tried and True Award — Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. The Tried and True Award honors an organization that is known for consistent high-quality programming, despite changes in the external environment. For 15 years, Aspen-Santa Fe Ballet has provided free after-school instruction in Mexican folkloric dance to Santa Fe public school students through its Folklorico program. These classes take place year-round in seven Santa Fe public elementary and middle schools. This free program promotes confidence, cultural education, and cultural exchange. As part of its outreach to Santa Fe audiences, Aspen-Santa Fe Ballet offers four free performances to Santa Fe Public School students each year.
• Courageous Innovation Award — Breakthrough Santa Fe. The Courageous Innovation Award honors an organization that uses a bold approach to solving a persistent problem in the community. A comprehensive six year program, Breakthrough Santa Fe is dedicated to providing pathways to college for the most disadvantaged students in Santa Fe’s public schools. Ninety-two percent of Breakthrough’s seniors graduate from high school and attend college — and 86 percent of those students are the first in their families to go to college. Providing service to between 150 and 180 children per year, Breakthrough starts in the summer before seventh grade and runs through senior year in high school.
• Visionary Award: New Energy Economy. The Visionary Award honors an organization that can anticipate the unmet needs of future generations and has the stamina to achieve success. Founded in 2004, New Energy Economy is dedicated to creating economic opportunity in New Mexico grounded in clean energy. Through grassroots organizing, public policy leadership, litigation, targeted lobbying, and media outreach, the organization works to secure a coal-free future for the state. New Energy Economy partnerships have resulted in the installation of a solar power system at the Crownpoint Chapter House on Navajo Nation, solarizing the Intergenerational Center on the Pueblo of Tesuque, and working with Santa Fe’s Hopewell neighborhood to improve the energy efficiency of neighborhood homes.
“In their service to the community, nonprofits epitomize the values of courage, vision, inspiration and reliability. By shining the spotlight on these four exceptional organizations we express our gratitude to the entire community of nonprofits which work tirelessly to improve the quality of life for all who live here.” Santa Fe Community Foundation President and CEO Brian Byrnes said.
• Philanthropic Leadership Awards: Jim Duncan, Sr. and Nancy Mammel. Honorees for the Philanthropic Leadership Award are chosen by the Santa Fe Community Foundation‘s Board of Directors. The award recognizes leaders for their dedication to building healthy and vital communities. Awardees are motivated by a sense of community over a sense of self and exhibit innovative and creative philanthropic responses to unmet need.
Honoree Jim Duncan, Sr. has been involved with Santa Fe Community Foundation since the late 1980s serving as board chair, tireless volunteer, fundholder, and ongoing donor. He has watched the Foundation evolve from a small organization in a tiny office to the large nonprofit and community facility it is today. Duncan was an early supporter of the Foundation’s Envision Fund work (formerly the Lesbian and Gay Community Funding Partnership) and tells us he is gratified by the current groundswell in support for marriage equality. Duncan established the Colleen Cloney Duncan and James H. C. Duncan Unrestricted Endowment which enables the Foundation to make grants through the community grants process.
Fellow honoree, Nancy Mammel, founded the Root2Fruit program here at the Foundation, which provides three-year capacity-building grants including both cash support and technical assistance to local grassroots nonprofits. Root2Fruit is modeled after a similar program at the Evanston Community Foundation, also founded by the Mammel family. Mammel has been an active supporter of Santa Fe Community Foundation’s Envision Fund, the Native American Fund, and the Santa Fe Hestia Fund (a women’s giving circle that makes grants to middle school programming in Santa Fe). Mammel’s focus is “transformational” in her giving and works to replicate successful models in small communities.
“Nonprofits are the heart of a caring community,” Byrnes said, “and generous donors like those honored this year are their lifeblood. Together, they bring vibrancy, energy and compassion to this beautiful community.”
The Santa Fe Community Foundation is devoted to building healthy and vital communities serving the populations in Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel and Taos Counties. Founded in 1981, SFCF is a tax-exempt public charity that provides an avenue for donors to satisfy their charitable intents and for nonprofit organizations to receive funding that will enable them to carry out their essential work.The Foundation is served by a Board of Directors and a professional staff. The Foundation currently manages more than $60 million in assets and makes $4 million a year in grants.