United Way of Central New Mexico (UWCNM) has awarded $3.3 million in grants to 80 health and human service agencies as a result of its annual Community Investment process to foster stronger communities. The grants include $1 million of additional funding, from a gift by philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, to further nonprofits’ ability to provide for basic needs, to help them build their capacity to strengthen their programs and services, and to bolster grant-giving in the rural counties UWCNM serves.
The 2021-2122 grantees in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, and Valencia counties focus their efforts on family stability and improving education; providing food, medical, and housing insecurity, including emergency needs; and enabling agencies to increase their capacity with staff development and professional training, data systems, convening and/or collaborative support, and community organizing.
“Our community works together to make a greater impact; thousands of donors to United Way have made these investments possible,” says Rodney Prunty, President and CEO of UWCNM. “By supporting agencies serving our communities, more of our neighbors have a chance to build a life of their choosing.”
Grants by category:
Family stability: $849,665
Educational attainment: $682,787.13
Basic Needs: $443,494.50
Capacity Building: $119,700
During the 2020 annual campaign, UWCNM raised more than $17.2 million, including $306,000 for COVID-19 Recovery. In addition to the $3.1 million granted, UWCNM will distribute donations in the amount of $8.8 million to more than 1200 agencies and their programs per donor-designated requests.
UWCNM also invests $1.4 million in its impact work which creates educational opportunities and helps families build resiliency through its initiatives and programs: Mission: Families, Mission: Graduate, 211 information and referral service, Family Advocacy Center, and Tax Help New Mexico.