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Basic Needs

Strength Through Self-Sufficiency

Basic NeedsThe unique regional, social and economic factors in a community can have a detrimental impact on the family and an individual’s ability to fully participate as a productive member of society, whatever their age. In order to ensure that all residents can attain, maintain and sustain self-sufficiency, basic needs must first be addressed.

2019 Impact Taos Grant Awardees

Equine Spirit Sanctuary                                        $13,000                                   Core Support

Equine Spirit Sanctuary’s vision is to bring horses and people together, providing opportunities for healing, learning,  and growth through their programs, which include horse rescue and rehab, education, therapeutic riding for persons with disabilities, and equine-assisted activities and therapies. They are able to offer high quality programs that reach many people, thanks to its dedicated volunteers and people both locally and across the country that support their work. This year’s focus is on building a more in-depth equine-assisted therapy program and building a stronger base of sustainability for the coming years.

Almond Tree Fund, Taos Ski Valley Charitable Fund, Animal Welfare Fund*, LaPlaza Fund*, Speirs Family Fund*, and Wells Legacy Fund*

Stray Hearts Animal Shelter                                $10,000                                 Kennel Pod Roof Replacement

Stray Hearts is a no-kill animal shelter and adoption facility providing humane care and shelter for surrendered, abandoned, and abused companion animals. Stray Hearts is an open admission animal shelter with a 96% live release rate. They spay/neuter all animals that are adopted or  returned to owner. The shelter is 1/3 funded by the Town of Taos and Taos County.

           Almond Tree Fund, Taos Ski Valley Charitable Fund, Animal Welfare Fund*, LaPlaza Fund*, Speirs Family Fund*, and Wells Legacy Fund*

The Food Depot                                                        $10,000                                 Core Support
As the food bank for nine counties, The Food Depot provides food to 55,000 people experiencing hunger. Assistance is coordinated through partnerships with over 145 partner nonprofit organizations and seven direct service programs targeting vulnerable populations. Each month, The Food Depot provides 430,000 meals to working families, seniors, and children who do not know where they will get their next meal.

           Taos Ski Valley Charitable Fund and Emergency Medicines Fund*

Dream Tree Project                                                 $9,000                                  Core Support
DreamTree Project runs several youth housing programs, including a teen shelter, and provides compassionate support services to youth in crisis. The organization owns two social enterprises, DreamTree Farms and Ziggy’s. The organization’s vision is that all New Mexico youth will one day have stability, support, and the opportunity to pursue their dreams.

           Mortimer Family Fund, Taos Ski Valley Charitable Fund and ChildRite Fund*

Community Against Violence                              $3,000                                  Core Support
CAV is seeking Core Support to fill funding gaps in their comprehensive array of essential, free of charge, confidential, best-practice programs and services for child and adult survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Their project will support crisis, post-crisis, intervention, and prevention programming for survivors and communities in need.

           Taos Ski Valley Charitable Fund

Taos Feral Feline Friends                                       $3,000                                   Core Support

Taos Feral Feline Friends seeks to prevent the inhumane treatment of stray and feral cats in Northern New Mexico; stop unnecessary euthanasia of stray and feral cats; and reduce the population of stray and feral cats. The organization provides free vet care and cat food to low income cat caregivers, provides free spay/neuter for cats, regardless of income and operates a shelter for 51 cats (as of December 31, 2018).

           Tao Fund, Agnes Martin Fund*, Heidi Epp Legacy Fund*, and Sally Mayer Fund*

 HEART of Taos                                                          $2,500                                      Core Support
HEART of Taos is committed to empowering Taos women who are experiencing homelessness. HEART focuses on increasing its participants’ self-sufficiency and long term stabilization through individualized case management and direct financial support. In 2018 HEART provided support to over 230 individual participants who accessed its center and services. HEART consistently has between 15-25 active participants receiving individualized case management and support.

           Emergency Medicines Fund*

Taos Coalition to End Homelessness               $2,500                                     Core Support
TCEH aims to improve the lives of the men who come to their door. The TCEH offers shelter, food, laundry, hygiene access, and case management services 365 days a year for the homeless men of Taos County. In 2018, 8145 individual meals were served, and 5,771 bed nights were provided to 274 men.

           Emergency Medicines Fund*

Total fiscal year grant totals as of May 31, 2019 are over $1 Million Dollars!

Thank you to our generous Donor Advised Fundholders that participated in this years grant cycle.

* These represent Taos Community Foundation Directed Funds