Las Campanas Fund awards grants to area nonprofits

The Las Campanas Fund at the Santa Fe Community Foundation has announced $25,000 in grants to local nonprofits, an increase of 26 percent over last year.

Grants were awarded to:

Assistance Dogs of the West: $2,500 to provide assistance dogs to people with disabilities to increase self-reliance.
Children First: $3,000 to help children in families that are going through separation and divorce by educating and supporting their parents.
Girls, Inc.: $2,500 for the new “Mind and Body” initiative which supports research-based activities to fortify girls’ ability to develop strong minds and bodies at Girls Inc.’s two centers in Santa Fe.
Habitat for Humanity: $3,000 to create affordable home ownership for low-income residents by constructing houses through the efforts of volunteers, donors, partner families and staff.
Heart Gallery: $2,500 to increase the number of adoptive/foster families and adoptions and offer support for older foster youth leaving the state system who still have no family support.
Horse Shelter: $2,500 to provide a safe, healthy and loving environment for rescued horses and to follow up on every abuse or neglect report received.
National Dance Institute: $1,500 to bring the transformative power of dance and the performing arts to diverse children and communities who might otherwise not have access to such programs.
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps: $1,500 to work with youth through team services in their communities and schools in Taos and Rio Arriba counties.
Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society: $3,000 for the Second Chance Project which provides specialized care and recovery services to animals whose need for treatment makes it difficult to find placement homes.
Women’s Health Services: $3,000 to provide quality women-centered health care and education that is accessible to all in Santa Fe County and surrounding areas, regardless of ability to pay.

Since 2004, the Las Campanas Endowment Fund has granted more than $300,000 to area nonprofits.

Patricia McFate, chairwoman of the committee, said the grants reflect the group’s interest in animal welfare, education and health and human services. The fund raises money through an annual art show, holiday home tour and mail appeal to Las Campanas members.

Year-end donations to the Endowment Fund may be made by contacting Annmarie McLaughlin, 988-9715 ext. 3, or online at amclaughlin@santafecf.org.

Source: The New Mexican

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