In 2020, the Daniels Fund provided $6.3 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and scholarships to students in New Mexico. Since inception in 2000, the Daniels Fund has distributed $114.9 million in grants and scholarships in the state. The Daniels Fund provided more than $64.9 million in grants and scholarships throughout its four-state region of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming in 2020.
Communities across New Mexico are benefiting from $4.3 million in grants to outstanding nonprofits throughout the state in 2020. The Daniels Fund’s New Mexico grantmaking strategy focuses primarily on education-related initiatives, maximizing impact by inviting grant requests from nonprofit organizations with a demonstrated ability to improve the education continuum, from cradle to career.
The Daniels Fund’s grantmaking actively addressed the unique challenges its communities faced in 2020, providing $610,000 in COVID-19 response grants to nonprofit partners in New Mexico to help those most affected by the pandemic.
“2020 was a year of unprecedented and unique challenges across our community,” said Hanna Skandera, President and CEO of the Daniels Fund. “Our grantees demonstrated agility as they swiftly pivoted in light of new challenges and we are grateful for their continued impact on those in need.”
Organizations in New Mexico awarded grants in 2020 include NewMexicoKidsCAN, All Together NM Fund, Boys & Girls Clubs of New Mexico, The Bridge of Southern New Mexico, Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment, Excellent Schools New Mexico, Hobbs Career and Technical Education Campus, Public Charter Schools New Mexico, Roadrunner Food Bank, Opportunity Santa Fe, The Taos School Zone, Teach Plus New Mexico, and United Way of Santa Fe Family, Friends and Neighbors program.
New Mexico students received $2 million in scholarships through the Daniels Fund’s two distinct scholarship programs. The Daniels Scholarship Program provides college scholarships to deserving high school seniors. Daniels Scholars have attended more than 400 colleges in 48 states. The Boundless Opportunity Scholarship program provides funding to participating colleges to offer scholarships to non-traditional students.
The Daniels Fund also provided grant funding to the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University for ethics education through the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program.