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February 2, 2022

Daniels Fund gives $6.2 million in grants
and scholarships in New Mexico in 2021

Crosses $1 billion giving milestone

The Daniels Fund reached $1 billion in total giving and distributed $6.2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and scholarships to students in New Mexico in 2021. Throughout its four-state region of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, the Daniels Fund provided more than $60.5 million in grants and scholarships in 2021.

In December, the Daniels Fund reached the milestone of $1 billion in giving since its founding in 2000. During that time, the foundation has awarded more than 13,000 grants and nearly 4,600 college scholarships. To read stories of people impacted by the Daniels Fund, visit

“Bill Daniels had a vision to make life better for people in the states that meant so much to him,” said Hanna Skandera, President and CEO of the Daniels Fund. “I believe he would be thrilled to see the impact more than $1 billion invested in our communities has made. Bill’s generosity will continue to change lives for generations to come.”

Communities across New Mexico are benefiting from $4.5 million in grants to outstanding nonprofits throughout the state in 2021. 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.

Organizations in New Mexico awarded grants in 2021 include NewMexicoKidsCAN, Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Albuquerque Charter Academy, Archdiocese of Santa Fe, CHI St. Joseph’s Children, Excellent Schools New Mexico, Homewise, Hozho Academy, Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, May Center for Learning, Ngage New Mexico, Public Charter Schools of New Mexico, the Smart Approaches to Marijuana education campaign, and Teach Plus New Mexico.

New Mexico students received $1.7 million in scholarships through the Daniels Fund’s two distinct scholarship programs. The Daniels Scholarship Program provides college scholarships to deserving high school seniors. The Boundless Opportunity Scholarship program provides funding to participating colleges to offer scholarships to non-traditional students.

The Daniels Fund also provided grant funding for ethics education through the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative.

About the Daniels Fund
The Daniels Fund, established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program, and ethics initiative. Visit to learn more.
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