Resources for Nonprofits

About Us

Resources for Nonprofits

About Us

About Us

Resources for Nonprofits

Below are some helpful resources for nonprofits. Please review these resources and let us know if you have any questions about them.
Coffee Chats

We will continue to host Coffee Chat hours. This year, we will be available during the application cycle to offer support in answering any questions or provide space for feedback. Coffee Chat hours will be available three times per Round and folks can join at any time. Join us for a Coffee Chat via Zoom.

Coffee Chat Dates

  • February 8 - Round 1 Coffee Chat #1 @ 12-1pm 
  • February 13 - Round 1 Coffee Chat #2 @ 4:30-5:30pm
  • February 24 - Round 1 Coffee Chat #3 @ 12-1pm 
  • March 29 - Round 2 Coffee Chat #1 @ 4:30-5:30pm
  • April 5 - Round 2 Coffee Chat #2 @ 12-1pm
  • April 14 - Round 2 Coffee Chat #3 @ 12-1pm
PEEP Events

In lieu of presentations, we will host a series of four PEEP (Party to Enhance Equity in Philanthropy) events throughout the year to create space for nonprofits to share their work with one another, with staff, Trustees, Committee members and community members.  These will be informal events intended to support community building and relationships. More information to come!

PEEP Event Dates

  • June 15
  • July 12
  • September 14
  • October 26
Tips for an Annual Grant Cycle Proposal

We know staff resources are tight at every nonprofit and the grant-writing process can often be tedious and long. Our hope is that the following tips will minimize the time needed to write your proposal and will position your grant proposal in the strongest light.

While acknowledging every grant panel is different, certain approaches create a more competitive grant proposal. Please consider the following tips when preparing your application:

 We love to read about the great work you are doing, but first and foremost: answer the questions. It’s an easy pitfall to stumble into: when describing aspects of your programming and the various ways your organization enhances the community, you forget to tie the information back to the question in the grant application. Remember, your answers don’t need to be long or elaborate; they just need to specifically provide the information requested.

Highlight outcomes. With limited grant dollars available, it’s important for the Foundation to closely track program outcomes from grants. This helps us to measure the impact of our philanthropic investments and it helps us to continue raising funds which can then be reinvested in the community. When listing outcomes in your grant proposal, keep them specific, realistic and achievable.  

Be consistent. Sometimes grant applications will ask for the same information in multiple places. Be sure to double check that the information you provide is consistent throughout the proposal. For example, if you indicate that you will impact 2,500 individuals on your cover sheet, be sure you don’t write that your program will impact 5,000 individuals in the grant narrative.

Collaborate. Collaboration is not required for grant funding, but it can strengthen your proposal. Funding dollars are consistently limited, so it’s always attractive when a grant can tangentially support multiple organizations. The aim is not to force collaboration, but to support non-duplicative services among partner organizations. When describing a collaboration in your proposal, be sure to demonstrate how your program operates in a way that is mutually beneficial to one or more organizations and the populations they serve.     

Questions are welcome! Our goal at the Foundation is to support our community and to ensure we are making strategic and effective grants. We are here to help you! If you find yourself struggling through a proposal or uncertain of what program would be a competitive fit, please contact our Community Impact team. While we can never predict the grant panel’s funding decisions, we can try to offer tips or suggestions that may prove helpful in the application process. Note: Foundation staff are not on the grant panel and do not have an official vote on funding decisions for the Annual Grant Cycle.

If you are new to grant-writing, we recommend you visit Candid’s website for additional tips on writing proposals and preparing grant budgets. Candid offers a wealth of information, in addition to many free webinars and seminars that could be invaluable in submitting a competitive grant proposal.

Groundworks New Mexico
Groundworks New Mexico is a social impact organization. They connect those working to have a positive impact in New Mexico to a network of peers, partners, and resources. By providing a space to come together, they create stronger partnerships and prevent overlap so that we all can have a greater impact in New Mexico’s communities.
Learn more about Groundworks New Mexico
501(C)PA
501(C)PA serves over 30 nonprofits in multiple New Mexico counties. They also deliver services at fees that are generally well below private sector rates, thus reducing the financial barriers for many nonprofits. However, the really big impact for their clients is that the accounting, payroll and other administrative tasks that used to consume so many management and clerical hours can now be accomplished by their specialists in a fraction of that time, with professional quality and enhanced organizational reputation. This can amount to several hundred hours saved each year, and those hours can be refocused on strategic planning, programming, fundraising, and increasing mission impact. In the financial world, this is called leveraging, doing more with less, and it is the essence of their mission.
Learn more about 501(C)PA
The Grant Plant

The Grant Plant works primarily with tax-exempt organizations including nonprofits, public agencies, and educational institutions to secure grants from private and public sources.

With the Grant Plant, you can expect:

  • Professional partners – You’ll work with a team of grant experts – researchers, writers, designers, and project managers – who will put their hearts into your project.
  • Comprehensive services – The amount of guidance our clients require varies. That’s why we offer a range of grant services so they can choose what best fits their needs. We help our clients find and apply for grants, report on grant use, and support their internal grants office.
  • Singular experience – Expect a professional, rigorous – and, yes, enjoyable – experience when you collaborate with us.
  • Ethical approach – Industry standards and best practices are fundamental to everything we do.
  • Flexible process – We pride ourselves on being approachable and flexible and are happy to adapt our proven processes to the way you like to work.
  • Dedicated project management – A dedicated account representative (your “bud”) will manage your grants calendar so you can focus on your work.
Learn more about the Grant Plant

Marketing & Communications

Download our logos for marketing purposes.

Below are some helpful resources for nonprofits. Please review these resources and let us know if you have any questions about them.
Coffee Chats

We will continue to host Coffee Chat hours. This year, we will be available during the application cycle to offer support in answering any questions or provide space for feedback. Coffee Chat hours will be available three times per Round and folks can join at any time. Join us for a Coffee Chat via Zoom.

Coffee Chat Dates

  • February 8 - Round 1 Coffee Chat #1 @ 12-1pm 
  • February 13 - Round 1 Coffee Chat #2 @ 4:30-5:30pm
  • February 24 - Round 1 Coffee Chat #3 @ 12-1pm 
  • March 29 - Round 2 Coffee Chat #1 @ 4:30-5:30pm
  • April 5 - Round 2 Coffee Chat #2 @ 12-1pm
  • April 14 - Round 2 Coffee Chat #3 @ 12-1pm
PEEP Events

In lieu of presentations, we will host a series of four PEEP (Party to Enhance Equity in Philanthropy) events throughout the year to create space for nonprofits to share their work with one another, with staff, Trustees, Committee members and community members.  These will be informal events intended to support community building and relationships. More information to come!

PEEP Event Dates

  • June 15
  • July 12
  • September 14
  • October 26
Groundworks New Mexico
Groundworks New Mexico is a social impact organization. They connect those working to have a positive impact in New Mexico to a network of peers, partners, and resources. By providing a space to come together, they create stronger partnerships and prevent overlap so that we all can have a greater impact in New Mexico’s communities.
Learn more about Groundworks New Mexico
501(C)PA
501(C)PA serves over 30 nonprofits in multiple New Mexico counties. They also deliver services at fees that are generally well below private sector rates, thus reducing the financial barriers for many nonprofits. However, the really big impact for their clients is that the accounting, payroll and other administrative tasks that used to consume so many management and clerical hours can now be accomplished by their specialists in a fraction of that time, with professional quality and enhanced organizational reputation. This can amount to several hundred hours saved each year, and those hours can be refocused on strategic planning, programming, fundraising, and increasing mission impact. In the financial world, this is called leveraging, doing more with less, and it is the essence of their mission.
Learn more about 501(C)PA
The Grant Plant

The Grant Plant works primarily with tax-exempt organizations including nonprofits, public agencies, and educational institutions to secure grants from private and public sources.

With the Grant Plant, you can expect:

  • Professional partners – You’ll work with a team of grant experts – researchers, writers, designers, and project managers – who will put their hearts into your project.
  • Comprehensive services – The amount of guidance our clients require varies. That’s why we offer a range of grant services so they can choose what best fits their needs. We help our clients find and apply for grants, report on grant use, and support their internal grants office.
  • Singular experience – Expect a professional, rigorous – and, yes, enjoyable – experience when you collaborate with us.
  • Ethical approach – Industry standards and best practices are fundamental to everything we do.
  • Flexible process – We pride ourselves on being approachable and flexible and are happy to adapt our proven processes to the way you like to work.
  • Dedicated project management – A dedicated account representative (your “bud”) will manage your grants calendar so you can focus on your work.
Learn more about the Grant Plant

Marketing & Communications

Download our logos for marketing purposes.