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Gary King, President of the New Mexico Children’s Foundation, announced its grant recipients for 2017-2018.  In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, the Board of Directors will fund thirty-nine organizations, including SEED and its program Inspire Santa Fe. These non-profits are community-based with budgets less than $300,000—many have budgets that are far less. The total awarded is $73,500. First Lady Alice King founded the NMCF in 1992 as a statewide, grant-making organization.  NMCF has given over $1.5 million to 160 organizations throughout New Mexico in its 25 years.  Her son, Gary King, was elected to serve as President of the Board beginning July 1st.  He continues in the family tradition of working to improve the lives of New Mexico’s children and families. 


New Mexico Children's Foundation is a visionary, grassroots organization that funds small non-profit children's organizations throughout New Mexico.  A group can be a start-up with a strong mission or a growing organization with a special needs program.  Organizations served through the foundation's funding come in all shapes, sizes and ethnicities.  The foundation's core belief is that most children have a wide range of under-served needs.  The foundation's goal is to provide meaningful grants to serve as many of those needs as possible.


For more information, please contact Carol Robertson Lopez, Executive Director, 505-986-2043 office, 505-690-4114 cell, or email


The Santa Fe Community Foundation is engaged in facilitating active collaboration among organizational and individual providers of youth services through their comprehensive Birth to Career Initiative: a collective impact effort among committed leaders and stakeholders to achieve birth to career success for all Santa Fe children, families, and communities by aligning strategies, actions, and resources to improve outcomes. SFCF has supported Inspire Santa Fe as a participant in a Collaborative Working Group, along with the outstanding leadership of organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters and Communities in Schools, in order to align mentoring and tutoring services, foster best practices and  activate meaningful collaboration among service proividers.


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The city of Santa Fe, working with several community partners, including the nonprofits Academy for the Love of Learning, Siete del Norte and now SEED, supported the launch of the citywide pilot mentoring program Inspire Santa Fe in 2014. Mayor Javier Gonzales has continued his support of this important initiative and, in a spirit of commitment going beyond the generous financial support the City provides, has dedicated many hours to the program by serving as a mentor to several Santa Fe youth participants.


The Academy for the Love of Learning and its president and founder, Aaron Stern, attend to the learning and growth of Inspire Santa Fe mentors and bring the program into the public eye as a way to rethink education and reimagine learning.

Founded in 1998 and part of the Santa Fe community since 2003, Aaron Stern's Academy brings to Inspire years of research and facilitation to help people develop their capacity to discover their unique expression and remain alive as learners. The Academy's mission is to nurture, awaken, enliven and sustain the natural love of learning in people of all ages. The Academy’s portfolio of programs include courses in leadership training, organizational learning, arts and community engagement, and programs for teachers through its Institute for Teaching.  

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Siete del Norte, CDC, is one of 38 independent Community Development Corporations originally funded under the Title VII Act to combat poverty and has worked for over 40 years to improve the economic well-being of low-income residents of rural New Mexico while seeking to preserve the area’s unique cultural, historical, and social traditions and ways of life. Siete has administered programs and services for economic development, education, health and human services, housing, workforce development, land and water rights ownership and community protection of local resources. Siete’s programs and investments have created over 1,500 jobs and provided services and training to over 15,000 low-income residents of rural New Mexico.

On July 1, 2013, Siete became a corporate affiliate of CPLC, the nation’s third largest hispanic-owned non-profit with 34 lines of business and a dedicated staff of more than 700 employees that serve approximately 190,000 clients annually in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico. CPLC provides Siete with critical technical assistance as an institution experienced in capacity-building, investing in businesses and creating jobs. This affiliation has created exciting momentum in New Mexico through access to new approaches, resources, expertise and networks.

Along with the Academy for the Love of Learning and the City of Santa Fe, Siete was one of the principal founders and the original administrator of the Inspire Santa Fe Program.

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Inspire Santa Fe works closely with the following schools and

organizations to select youth participants:

Santa Fe High School | Field Facilitators Myoko Costello and David Esquibel

The Masters Program Charter School | Field Facilitator Zach Taylor

Mandela International Magnet School | Field Facilitator Katie Buttram

Communities in School, El Camino Real Community School | Field Facilitator Emily Folks

Communities in Schools, Engage Santa Fe | Field Facilitator Sinte Torrez

Inspire Santa Fe would not be possible without the collaboration and

support of the following individuals and organizations:

Communities in Schools New Mexico | Julia Bergen, Sinte Torres and Emily Folks

The MASTERS Program | Anne Salzmann and Zach Taylor

Mandela International Magnet School | Tony Gerlicz and Katie Buttram

Santa Fe High School | David Esquibel, Myoko Costello and Carl Marano

The City of Santa Fe and Mayor Javier Gonzales

The Sofia Council for Transformative Education

Monte del Sol Charter School | Robert Jessen and Giselle Piburn

Academy for the Love of Learning | Kevin Brown, Kim Carr, Hayley Horowitz