About TCF

A history of community growth…

Taos Community Foundation is dedicated to serving the unique needs of the communities of Taos and western Colfax Counties. Our philanthropic efforts support and enrich the lives and opportunities of citizens and protect the environment which sustains us. Our initiatives amplify donor investments which directly and powerfully support growth in our community.

Our Mission:

Taos Community Foundation connects people, and opportunities, generating resources to build a more creative, caring, and thriving community.

How do we fulfill our mission?

Taos Community Foundation is blessed to have the help and support of many individuals and organizations who partner with us in fulfilling our mission to foster and encourage private philanthropic giving to enhance the spirit of community and to improve the quality of life in our communities. Although these partnerships involve a wide range of activities, the breadth of our work can be simplified to gathering, stewarding and sharing community resources.


We help people who care, fund causes that matter – to the community and to them. We work with donors to establish funds that have a purpose, funds that can be directed by the donor or by the volunteers who oversee our grant-making efforts.


We invest the funds that are entrusted to us, working with professional advisors to assure the money is securely invested for the future of our community.


We then reinvest that money in the community in the form of grants and scholarships. Strong supporters of higher education, annually over half of the monies granted by the Foundation support education or education-related endeavors. Additionally, we share our expertise by providing affordable training and consulting-type services to area non-profit organizations.

This year, we celebrate 20 years of service and the awarding of over $9.3 million dollars in grants and scholarships since our inception.

For Good, For Ever.

– Lisa M. O’Brien, Foundation Director