The founders of NMCF envisioned a grant-making body that would fund children’s programs and projects. Today, a group of dedicated individuals are continuing the vision. By raising funds and distributing them wisely, a brighter future for many New Mexican children is being realized through the Foundation, the state’s only private grant-making group devoted exclusively to young people.


New Mexico’s former First Lady, Alice King’s resolve to support and nurture the children of her state resulted in the creation of the New Mexico Children’s Foundation. Sharing her vision, citizens of New Mexico communities met to form an organization in 1992 that  provides an appropriate vehicle for people across the state who want to help children reach their full potential.


The New Mexico Children’s Foundation is a grant-making body with the mission of supporting programs and projects that serve the physical, emotional, educational and social needs of children and their families.
The Foundation strives to provide services state-wide, giving its attention to the current and changing needs of children.

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The Board of Directors and community volunteers raise money to fund our grant program in a variety of ways. Committee planning and execution of our various fundraising events ensures continued success.  Please contact the Foundation to learn how you can help us invest in New Mexico’s future, our children.


  • Since 1992, NMCF has provided nearly $2 Million in funding to 180 non-profit organizations, in 29 communities throughout New Mexico.
  • 88% of all monies raised by the foundation is used for grants.
  • For the 2021/22 funding period, the Foundation awarded $110,000 impacting the lives of thousands of New Mexican children and their working families.
  • Organizations receiving grant funds are eligible to receive grant funds for up to three consecutive years.

    Board of Directors

    Gary King

    Valerie Ingram
    Vice President
    Santa Fe

    Richard D. Sandoval
    Santa Fe

    Evangeline Tinajero 
    Rio Rancho

    David Dodge
    Immediate Past President
    Santa Fe

    Bridget Condon
    Rio Rancho

    Julie Crabill
    Santa Fe

    Jessie Groothuis MD
    Santa Fe

    Glenda Hogan
    Santa Fe

    Jonika Horton
    Santa Fe

    Jerry Kamppi
    Santa Fe

    Jane Reid
    Santa Fe

    Kathy Schulz
    Past President
    Santa Fe

    Bill Saubert
    Santa Fe

    Carol Thompson
    Santa Fe

    Executive Director
    Eileen Berry
    Santa Fe