Honoring and Reflecting on 40 Years of Serving the Community
Think about the ways momentous occasions were celebrated last year: large parties became Zoom affairs, oversized lawn signs marked special moments, drive-by parades celebrated birthdays, baby showers and graduations.
Like all of us, the Foundation had to get creative in planning our 40th anniversary in safe and accessible ways knowing that for all of us, our lives have been indelibly changed by the events of the last thirteen months.
To celebrate this special year, we are taking an “and” approach—taking time to celebrate and reflect. We are planning gatherings (COVID safe, of course!) and seeding long-term initiatives honoring the generous giving by our donors which support the critical services provided by nonprofits in our community.
Here’s a peek at some of the initiatives we are developing to celebrate 40 years of Albuquerque Community Foundation.
Celebrating Our History and Today
How can we celebrate and honor 40 years of grantmaking? Through a Grantiversary! Forty grants will be made honoring each of the Foundation’s decades, as well as grants focusing on emergent needs of today and planting seeds for tomorrow. These grants will be in addition to our usual grantmaking with a strong lens of COVID-19 recovery and diversity, equity and inclusion principles.
Donor advised fund holders and those interested in the 40 Grantiversary program, contact us!
In our 40th year, we are honoring one of Albuquerque’s most extraordinary women, Julie Weaks Gutiérrez. Julie joined the Foundation Board of Trustees in 2013. In 2018 she served as Chair of the Board, and established the Foundation’s task force of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with then Chair-Elect Walter Stern. The task force became a formal committee of the Board in 2019.
In December of 2019, in Julie’s honor as she retired from the Foundation Board, the Board of Trustees established the Julie Weaks Gutiérrez Opportunity Fund to create opportunities for outstanding Board candidates who otherwise would be unable to join the Board due to financial barriers. Julie felt passionately that this was critical to the future of our Board to reflect the community which we serve.
For more information on the Opportunity Fund, contact email@example.com.
As a nod to the Foundation’s arts and culture roots and initial grantmaking in the 1980s, we are partnering with the City of Albuquerque, Albuquerque Public Arts and the Office of Equity and Inclusion to commission a public art piece at the new round-about near the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. The design of the art piece and selection of the artist(s) will be led by the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
International District Library
When we celebrated our 25th anniversary, 25 oak trees were planted along the Bosque at Tingley Beach. To keep the tradition alive of creating more shade for Albuquerque, we will also be funding a portion of the landscaping at the state-of-the-art library under construction in the International District.
In partnership with Santa Fe Community Foundation (SFCF), which is also celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year, we are making a $40,000 grant to support New Mexico.
Stay tuned for more information on this amazing collaboration!
Over the span of two years, we will work closely with community members, donors and partners to develop and establish the Upstream Fund, which will focus on high impact, multi-year, unrestricted funding.
Why? As a funder, we must delve into what matters most to the nonprofit community—funding with no-strings attached to create sustainable impact. Unrestricted funds are crucial for nonprofit organizations who want to create impact and fuel long-term movements for equity.
Be a part of this conversation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
And, of course, we will continue our traditionally scheduled events including Great Grant Giveaway! Our annual event will look a little different as we continue to navigate COVID-19 restrictions. Stay tuned for more information!
As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we’ve thought about the hallmarks of a good celebration. A good celebration brings together new and old friends to celebrate accomplishments and acknowledge struggles and lessons learned along the way.
There are moments that make us tear up and moments that bring out deep belly-laughs. There is time to share our gratitude for the years gone by and dream of the hope for years to come. Above all, a good celebration has plenty of love, great food, music and, of course, community.