NMAG NewsSpring Program Luncheon: Funding Innovation for Thriving Communities

April 12, 2015 – 

Over 40 participants met on Wednesday April 8, 2015 for the New Mexico Association of Grantmaker’s Spring Program Luncheon co-sponsored with the Santa Fe Community College Foundation and the Santa Fe Community College.

The Spring Program focused on the innovative role of philanthropy in promoting resilient and thriving communities and is the first among a series of events that will focus on how we can understand and address equity in our communities – both rural and urban.

Four panelists spoke to the broader issue of what it means to have an equitable, resilient, and prosperous community, applied their own experience and knowledge, and presented ideas on how philanthropy can focus on funding innovation for more resilient and thriving communities.

The panel was moderated by Randy Grissom, President, Santa Fe Community College.

Panelists included:

  • Gil Sanchez, Executive Director, Laguna Community Foundation, Laguna Pueblo, NM
  • Donna Vogel, Executive Director, Chamiza Foundation, Santa Fe, NM
  • Ann Maddox Utterback, Board of Directors, J. F Maddox Foundation, Hobbs, NM
  • Renee Villarreal, Director of Programs and Community Outreach, New Mexico Community Foundation, Santa Fe, NM

Discussant Arturo Sandoval, President, Center of Southwest Culture gave a lively reaction to the panel presentation.

Check back for video highlights of this event and comments from participants.

For questions contact Cathy Frey, NMAG Executive Director at 505-660-5073 or .