Taos Community Foundation is seeking and accepting nominations for Volunteer Advisors to serve on 1 of 5 grant committees.  Volunteer Advisors evaluate nonprofit and teacher grant applications and submit funding recommendations to Taos Community Foundation’s Board of Directors. Volunteer Advisors are selected to reflect the rich diversity of our service area. Volunteer Advisors are asked to serve one 2 year term of service on their respective grant committee. Individuals may serve two consecutive, 2 year terms before rotating off as a grant committee volunteer advisor.

Grant Committee Descriptions: 

  • Core Grants Committee – this committee reviews all community grants, either through specific focused initiatives, or through the larger community Letter of Inquiry (LOI) process. This committee meets on a regular quarterly basis, with additional deliberation meetings as needed during grant/LOI review times.
  • Child Rite Committee – the Child Rite Fund provides grants to charitable organizations that provide services for special needs children in care or adoptive homes, and their families, and by filling gaps of service in the traditional adoption community. Over $150,000 has been awarded to local organizations since the fund’s inception in 2010. This committee typically meets 3-4 times per year.
  • Taos Public Education Fund (TPEF) – this fund is dedicated to enhancing and improving the education of every student in Taos Municipal School District. This committee has hosted 11 competitive applications for TMSD educators resulting in over $200,000 in educational grants.   This committee typically meets 3-4 times a year with the opportunity to participate in site visits during the school year.
  • The Betty Thom Foster Fund – this newly established fund is dedicated to the memory of Betty Thom Foster and is dedicated for the support of the Arts, Education and the Environment. This committee will meet 2-3 times per year.
  • Scholarship Committee Advisors – TCF hosts several scholarship committees which typically meet 2-3 times per school year. There are currently 30 TCF scholars attending various educational institutions around the country and to date, 90 scholarships have been awarded through the different award opportunities.

To self-nominate or nominate a community member to serve as a Volunteer Advisor, please download Taos Community Foundation’s 2018 Committee Advisor Nomination Form and Announcement. For more information, please contact Taos Community Foundation at 575-737-9300.

An Orientation for current and prospective Volunteer Advisors will be held in early January 2019.

-Thank You!