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We’re local:

With deep roots in the local community since 2001, you can trust that no one knows the community like we do. That means strong local connections and thoughtful grantmaking.

We’re knowledgeable:

We provide personalized tailored giving to individuals, families, businesses and agencies. Whether you want to give now or in the future, we can customize a giving plan that meets your charitable goals and provides opportunities for learning to ensure your giving is effective.

We help maximize your tax advantages:

All our funds sit under the Taos Community Foundation’s tax status, which means your gift qualifies for maximum deductions. Plus, you never pay taxes on investment earning from your fund.

We’re efficient:

Opening a fund at Taos Community Foundation is a simple and effective way to put your charitable assets to work. It’s a convenient and affordable alternative to operating a private foundation.

We take care of the details:

We’ll handle all the administrative, accounting, audit, legal and reporting requirements, so you can focus on the enjoyment of giving.

We’re here to stay, benefiting the community forever:

Your gift will establish your legacy and serve the causes you care about – now and forever. Should the issues you wish to address become resolved in the future, the Foundation Board will preserve the integrity of your fund and redirect grants from your fund to similar important causes.

We believe in the power of the many:

Because we serve many donors, we have unique opportunities to leverage common interests and pool resources for gifts that have lasting impact. Plus, our reputation as a community leader allows us to convene and leverage the efforts of grantee, ensuring greater cooperation and collaboration.

We’re transparent:

We are reputable stewards of community resources, committed to being accountable, accessible and responsible. We take our commitment to the public and our donors seriously. Our annual independent audit and investment policies are always available for review.

We’re passionate:

Our team of staff are proud and passionate about their work and the communities we serve. We have broad expertise regarding community issues and needs. Our supporters comment on this as being a key reason for why they choose to work with us.

We foster legacies with ease and convenience:

Most funds held at Taos Community Foundation can be created with one simple meeting. Your fund can be as broad or as focused in scope as you wish. You can create a personal legacy by establishing a named fund. You choose what to name your fund and receive recognition when grants are made, or you may give anonymously.


As a donor, you should have high expectations.

The following Donor Bill of Rights was created by the Giving Institute, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. It’s a helpful guide to determine if you are being treated fairly and respectfully for your generous grants and contributions.

The Donor Bill of Rights

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

  • To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.

  • To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.

  • To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.

  • To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

  • To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.

  • To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.

  • To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.

  • To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.

  • To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.

  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

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