Giving Circles

Giving circles are a philanthropic opportunity that brings individuals together to pool their resources and collectively decide on their charitable giving.

At a community foundation, a giving circle can play a significant role in addressing local issues and strengthening the community. Members contribute to a shared fund and meet regularly to learn about local needs, discuss the impact of their donations, and make decisions about grantmaking and impact funding.

Participating in a giving circle not only amplifies the power of individual donations but also fosters a deeper sense of community among members. It democratizes philanthropy by giving each member a voice in the decision-making process, regardless of the size of their individual contribution.

Your Community Foundation works to create the space for giving circle to provide the opportunity for diverse groups of people to collaborate, share their passions for social causes, and learn more about philanthropy and the specific needs within their community. Your CFSNM provides administrative support, expertise, and guidance to ensure the giving circle’s contributions are impactful and aligned with the community’s long-term goals.

Whether you’re an experienced donor or new to philanthropy, joining a giving circle at Your CFSNM is a powerful way to connect with others, learn about local initiatives, and make a tangible difference in our community. Giving Circles allows community members to come together to create the change they want to see in the world. This way of giving enables people to increase their impact and knowledge, have fun, and connect with our communities in Southern New Mexico.

100 Who Give was created as an opportunity for our community to come together to make a difference! There are four 100 Who Give events throughout the year. During these special occasions, the 100 Who Give committee invites you to stop by, reconnect with community, and donate $100 to nominate a local cause or nonprofit. Each $100 allows the donor to nominate a nonprofit to receive the events’ total donations. The nonprofit is selected by a first round of nominations, randomly selecting three nominated organizations, and then a vote by those present. You can become a partner of the 100 Who Give Giving Circle to make an impact all year long!

Under the umbrella of the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico (CFSNM), the Rainbow Fund overseen by the Rainbow Committee, serves as a vehicle for people to make a lasting impact on the quality of LGBTQIA+ life in our region. Supported by a base of individuals, families, businesses and organizations with the desire to improve southern New Mexico through CFSNM, the Rainbow Committee awards grants and seeks to provide resources to organizations that serve the LGBTQIA+ community. With the goal of improving quality of life, the Rainbow Committee awards funds and strives to make an impact in the following categories: arts and humanities, improving mental and physical health, encouraging self-awareness, recreation and addressing youth and elderly needs in southern New Mexico within the 12 counties CFSNM serves: Catron, Chaves, Doña Ana, Eddy, Grant, Hidalgo, Lea, Lincoln, Luna, Otero, Sierra & Socorro.

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