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(LACF News) – The Los Alamos Community Foundation recently awarded $27,000 to seven local nonprofit organizations in its first discretionary competitive grant cycle. The overall purpose of funding is to support projects that improve long-term financial health of the organization. 

The recipients are:

  • Self Help 
  • Los Alamos Visiting Nurses 
  • PEEC 
  • Los Alamos Makers 
  • Los Alamos JJAB 
  • First Born of Los Alamos 
  • LARSO 

Sixteen applications were received from Los Alamos nonprofit organizations and were reviewed and scored by a panel of community and board members.

Los Alamos resident Lynn Finnegan was one of several community members who reviewed grants for LACF.  “I was impressed with the creative ideas and obvious dedication to their organizations presented by all the grant applicants,” said Finnegan. Projects identified by the grantees included improving databases and overall technology, strategic and marketing planning, skills development and training, and program improvements.

“Increasing the capacity and success of our local nonprofit organizations is germane to our mission,” said Patrick Soran, LACF Board Member. “This is the first of hopefully many funding opportunities to our local nonprofits that strengthens their long-term viability and sustainability.”

LACF’s competitive grant programs are supported by gifts from donors who have entrusted the Foundation to make grants that address ever-changing community needs and to support local non-profits to address those needs. 

About the Los Alamos Community Foundation: Established in 2015, the focus of the Los Alamos Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in our community by inspiring, facilitating and supporting enduring philanthropy, and building the capacity and success of our local nonprofit organizations. The Los Alamos Community Foundation currently stewards eleven local endowed funds and has total assets of more than $800,000. For more information about the Los Alamos Community Foundation, visit www.losalamoscf.org.

(LACF News) – The orchestras from the Los Alamos High School and Middle School were treated recently to a virtual masterclass as well as a virtual performance by the San Francisco string quartet Del Sol.  LAHS alumnus Charlton Lee (class of ‘83) founded the quartet, and their recent album, Kooch-e Khaman, currently sits fifth on the Billboard Classical Charts.

“Our orchestras were inspired by live performances and masterclasses with Del Sol. This was made possible due to funding from the Paul A. and Susan E. Bombardt K-12 Music Education Endowment for Los Alamos Public Schools,” said Michelle Rosette, LAHS Orchestra Instructor. “This energy infusion was so needed and welcomed,” she added.  

According to Rosette, the quartet spent two class periods at LAMS and two at LAHS in a masterclass-type setting. Members of Del Sol talked about their current projects, activism, and how the group was started. 

“Our students then performed for them individually, mostly seniors at LAHS, and the Del Sol members gave gentle but excellent critique,” said Rosette. “Both classes were treated to a performance presented virtually from San Francisco where Del Sol is based.”

“Susan and I are just delighted that our Music Education Endowment Fund supported this project, and what a wonderful bonus that a member of Del Sol is a former resident,” said Paul Bombardt. “We are looking forward to funding more positive experiences for our students.” 

The Paul A. and Susan E. Bombardt K-12 Music Education Endowment for Los Alamos Public Schools was established at the Los Alamos Community Foundation in 2020. The fund’s purpose is to support students in music education in Los Alamos by providing funding for performing artists to give demonstrations, classes, or workshops that will expose, engage and excite students (K–12). The fund also supports teachers in their efforts to attract and retain music students throughout their education and provide student access to musical instrument (rental) where needed. Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation administers the funds from the endowment to benefit the school district.

Public contributions to the fund are welcome, and can be made at https://alamos.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/list.

About the Los Alamos Community Foundation: Established in 2015, the focus of the Los Alamos Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in our community by inspiring, facilitating and supporting enduring philanthropy, and building the capacity and success of our local nonprofit organizations. The Los Alamos Community Foundation currently stewards eleven local endowed funds and has total assets of more than $800,000. For more information about the Los Alamos Community Foundation, visit www.losalamoscf.org.

(LACF News) – Judy Dudziak had a strong passion for music, which she pursued from childhood throughout the rest of her life. She played piano and violin in her youth. Then later, the recorder and French horn, the latter in the Los Alamos Symphony, the Municipal Band, and as a member of the orchestra for many theatrical plays.  Judy encouraged all her children to play instruments and often supported the Los Alamos High School Band and Orchestra. 

To honor Judy’s lifelong passion for music, her husband Don Dudziak has created the Community Endowment for Music Organizations at the Los Alamos Community Foundation.  The initial gift of $10,000 includes a dollar-for-dollar match by Dudziak of up to $5,000. 

“I was always aware of the financial needs of the orchestras and bands in which Judy played French Horn, so when I heard about the Community Foundation. I thought it would be an ideal vehicle for establishing an endowment to support groups such as those in which Judy played,” said Dudziak. 

Annual distributions from the fund will provide support for organizations in Los Alamos County whose work expands knowledge and appreciation of genres such as classical orchestral and band music, light opera, marching band, and choral performances. 

To match funds, please visit: https://alamos.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/list

About the Los Alamos Community Foundation: Established in 2015, the focus of the Los Alamos Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in our community by inspiring, facilitating and supporting enduring philanthropy, and building the capacity and success of our local nonprofit organizations. The Los Alamos Community Foundation currently stewards eleven local endowed funds and has total assets of more than $800,000. For more information about the Los Alamos Community Foundation, visit www.losalamoscf.org.

(LACF News) –  Six area non-profit organizations have been selected by the Los Alamos Community Foundation to participate in Jumpstart, a year-long fundraising capacity building program.  After a competitive selection process, the six organizations chosen are: Embudo Valley Library, Family Strengths Network, Los Alamos Family Council, Los Alamos Historical Society, Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB), and Santa Fe Dreamers Project.  These organizations will receive personal coaching, specific tools, professional services, software and an evidence-based framework in an immersive, twelve-month program designed to take them to the next level of financial stability.

The Jumpstart Fundraising Program is funded by Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) and Network For Good. 

“To be successful, nonprofit organizations have to run sound, effective businesses in addition to delivering services to their clients,” said Todd Nelson, N3B Senior Communications Specialist. “We’re pleased to partner with LACF to help drive impact in the region through philanthropy, and with this project, help area nonprofits become better businesses.” 

Network for Good’s Jumpstart Fundraising Capacity Building program uses a high-impact combination of tools during a 12-month period: a Personal Fundraising Coach (PFC) plus state-of-the art fundraising and donor management technology, that simultaneously, increase nonprofit leaders’ abilities to fundraise while increasing revenue, in real time. 

Lisa Zuhn, executive director of Los Alamos JJAB is especially excited by the opportunity to implement new fundraising tools and processes. “We’re thrilled to be chosen for the Jumpstart Fundraising Program, especially the ability for our staff to work with an individual fundraising coach over the next year,” said Zuhn. “Our goal is to increase our diversification of funding and enhance our efforts to provide additional programs and resources for youth and families within the community.”

Typically, after one year of committed fundraising while implementing fundraising skills learned in the Jumpstart in real time, participants see an average increase of more than 20% more revenue, while building their organizational capacity. “A non-profit’s financial sustainability cannot be achieved in one year, nor through a single grant,” explained Rachel Kizielewicz, executive director of LACF.  “To create the lasting impact our donors, boards and volunteers envision, we must ensure our local nonprofit organizations are financially-resilient, with the capacity to deliver services and sustain impact, year after year.”

About the Los Alamos Community Foundation: Established in 2015, the focus of the Los Alamos Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in our community by inspiring, facilitating and supporting enduring philanthropy, and building the capacity and success of our local nonprofit organizations. The Los Alamos Community Foundation currently stewards eleven local endowed funds and has total assets of more than $800,000. For more information about the Los Alamos Community Foundation, visit www.losalamoscf.org.

(LACF News) – The Diane Warther Soran Endowment for Community Programs was recently established at the Los Alamos Community Foundation. Annual distributions from the fund will underwrite expenses associated with conducting nonprofit training programs, donor training programs, or other community training programs that the foundation develops over time.  

The fund was created by Denise Soran Brown and P. David Soran in honor of their late mother, Diane Warther Soran.  

Rachel Kizielewicz, Executive Director of the LACF, says for now the annual distributions from the endowment will partially underwrite expenses associated with its nonprofit training program and a soon-to-be-announced program to provide philanthropy-related training to donors and community members.

“Our non-profit training series, now in its fifth year, has become a pillar of our work at the foundation. The creation of this endowment will support the growth of these programs, and will allow us to expand our offerings to include philanthropy education for community members. We are thrilled for the opportunity this brings,” said Kizielewicz.

Upcoming nonprofit training workshops include: “Leading with Vision: From Strategic Planning to Strategic Doing”, conducted by Angelo Gonzalez on Thursday, March 18 from 9:00am – 12:00pm.  And “Board Governance for Effective Leadership”, conducted by Linley Daly on Wednesday, April 7th from 9:00am – 12:00pm.  For more information and to register, go to: losalamoscf.org/ticket

About the Los Alamos Community Foundation: Established in 2015, the focus of the Los Alamos Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in our community by inspiring, facilitating and supporting enduring philanthropy, and building the capacity and success of our local nonprofit organizations. The Los Alamos Community Foundation currently stewards eleven local endowed funds and has total assets of more than $800,000. For more information about the Los Alamos Community Foundation, visit www.losalamoscf.org.

(LACF News) – The Los Alamos Community Foundation announces its inaugural discretionary grantmaking cycle, and invites 501(c)(3) organizations located in Los Alamos County to submit a grant application requesting up to $5,000 to improve the financial health of the organization. 

LACF defines “financial health” as any effort which results in a measurable improvement across one or more dimensions of an organization’s financial sustainability, to include, but not limited to, areas such as:  diversifying funding sources and income streams, building technological capacity that allows for increased efficiencies, investing in board development to ensure proper governance and fiduciary oversight, pursuing a formal financial audit or review, evaluating/increasing current fundraising efforts, or increasing marketing efforts to broaden community outreach thereby bringing in more customers/clients/donors.  

“Core to the foundation’s mission is to increase the capacity and success of our nonprofit organizations,” said Rachel Kizielewicz, executive director of LACF. “We are excited to offer this funding opportunity to our local nonprofits, to provide grants that encourage organizations to focus on their long-term viability.”

The grant application cycle opens Monday, March 29 at 9:00am and closes Friday, April 30 at 5:00pm.  Grant recipients will be selected and notified by late May. 

Nonprofits interested in applying are welcome to attend either of the following optional information sessions:  Friday, March 19 at 9:00am, and Thursday, March 25 at 3:30pm.  To attend either session, register here:  losalamoscf.org/ticket.  A zoom link will be provided. 

More information can be found at losalamoscf.org/grantmaking

About the Los Alamos Community Foundation:  Nonprofit organizations that serve our community turn to the Los Alamos Community Foundation for help in building organizational capacity and increasing financial stability. Established in 2015, the focus of the Los Alamos Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in our community by inspiring, facilitating and supporting enduring philanthropy, and building the capacity and success of our local nonprofit organizations. The Los Alamos Community Foundation currently stewards eleven local endowed funds and has total assets of more than $800,000. For more information about the Los Alamos Community Foundation, visit www.losalamoscf.org.

(LACF News) – The Los Alamos Community Foundation is now accepting grant applications requesting up to $1,200 to fund youth sports activities in Los Alamos County.  

Organizations are invited to apply for funding for projects that build leadership skills in youth through achievement in competitive team sports. Youth served by the program must be located in Los Alamos County and/or attend Los Alamos public schools and be between the ages of 5-18 years old. 

This grant is funded by the Los Alamos Community Youth Sports Endowment established by Paul and Jill Cook to benefit youth sports in Los Alamos. Endowment earnings from the fund are directed to organizations that serve youth sports in the community through an annual competitive grant process. The public is invited to contribute to the fund, to help grow the impact it is able to have on our youth. 

The grant application cycle opens Monday, March 29 at 9:00am and closes Friday, April 30 at 5:00pm.  Grant recipients will be selected and notified by late May. 

Nonprofits interested in applying are welcome to attend either of the following optional information sessions:  Friday, March 19 at 9:00am, and Thursday, March 25 at 3:30pm.  To attend either session, register here:  losalamoscf.org/ticket.  A zoom link will be provided. 

More information can be found at losalamoscf.org/grantmaking.

About the Los Alamos Community Foundation: Established in 2015, the focus of the Los Alamos Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in our community by inspiring, facilitating and supporting enduring philanthropy, and building the capacity and success of our local nonprofit organizations. The Los Alamos Community Foundation currently stewards eleven local endowed funds and has total assets of more than $800,000. For more information about the Los Alamos Community Foundation, visit www.losalamoscf.org.

We are excited to share with you our accomplishments during 2020.  Here is our LACF 2020 Year in Review report.

 


(LACF News)–  The Board of Directors of the Los Alamos Community Foundation (LACF) is proud to welcome former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director, Dr. Charles McMillan, as its newest member.

“I continue to believe, as I have throughout my professional career, that a vibrant community is the base from which we serve the nation,” said McMillan. “I am pleased to be joining the Los Alamos Community Foundation in its mission to ensure the enduring philanthropic goals of our unique community in ways that strengthen that base.”

“Dr. McMillan brings unique and strategic strengths to our foundation,” said Rachel Kizielewicz, executive director of the LACF. “We’re excited to have him contribute his many talents and provide
guidance as we continue to strengthen community, and build philanthropy and legacy giving in Los Alamos.”

McMillan moved to Los Alamos in 2006 where he held various leadership positions at Los Alamos National Laboratory before becoming Director in 2011. He retired from the Lab in 2018 and serves on the boards of several start-ups. During his tenure at the Lab, he was actively engaged with the Northern New Mexico community working to strengthen it through education, business, and employment opportunities.

He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics from Columbia Union College and a PhD in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a recipient of the Secretary of Energy’s Exceptional Service Award and the NNSA Administrator’s Distinguished Service Gold Award. He and his wife Janet enjoy life in the Los Alamos community. McMillan joins Frances Chadwick, Don Cobb, Linda Daly, David Izraelevitz (President), Jenny McCumber (Secretary), Cindy Rooney (Treasurer) and Pat Soran (Vice President) as board members of the LACF.

About the Los Alamos Community Foundation:  Established in 2015, the focus of the Los Alamos Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in our community by inspiring, facilitating and supporting enduring philanthropy, and building the capacity and success of our local nonprofit organizations. For more information about the Los Alamos Community Foundation, visit www.losalamoscf.org.

(CNN)–  With its vast mountain ranges, diverse wildlife and clean air, Los Alamos County, New Mexico, has been ranked the healthiest community of 2020.Located about 40 miles from Santa Fe, the county is home to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, which developed the first atomic bombs during World War II. The county received a perfect score for measurements including drinking water quality, affordable housing availability, park access and population with an advanced degree, according to the annual U.S. News Healthiest Communities rankings report.

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About the Los Alamos Community Foundation:  Established in 2015, the focus of the Los Alamos Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in our community by inspiring, facilitating and supporting enduring philanthropy, and building the capacity and success of our local nonprofit organizations. For more information about the Los Alamos Community Foundation, visit www.losalamoscf.org.