By contributing to the Taos Community Foundation Memorial Fund, you can honor the memory of a loved one, client, colleague, or friend who has passed away. You can also choose to make an honorary donation on behalf of a living person. Your donation, regardless of size, allows you to honor the legacy of an individual without the need to establish a new fund. The impact of your gift will make a lasting difference in Taos and western Colfax counties.

1. Click here to access the Taos Community Foundation Donation Portal, and select “Donate” on theMEMORIAL FUND field.

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2. Enter your desired donation amount in the “One-time Donation Amount” or “Recurring Donation Amount” field.

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3. In the “Tribute Information” section, select the box to make a “Donation in Memory or Honor.”

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4. To make a memorial donation in honor of a deceased individual, select the “In Memory of” option under “Type of Tribute.”

To make an honorary donation on behalf of a living individual, select the “In Honor of” option under “Type of Tribute.”

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5. Enter the full name of the person that is being remembered or honored by your memorial donation.

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6. You may also choose to notify someone of your memorial donation, via Postal Mail or Email. (Optional)

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7. After designating your memorial donation, click “Add To Cart.”

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8. From your cart, you can review your memorial donation and proceed to payment.

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You can also choose to donate by check. Please make the check payable to Taos Community Foundation, with the memo line:

“Memorial Donation In Honor of: [Name]”  in the subject line.

Mail checks to:

Taos Community Foundation
115 La Posta Rd. Ste A.

Taos, NM 87571


Taos Community Foundation
PO Box 1925

Taos, NM 87571


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Dawn Penso

Dawn Ann Penso, 26, passed away on January 4, 2024

Dawn was born May 22, 1997 in Fort Meyers, Florida. She grew up in Taos, New Mexico, where she touched numerous lives and made lifelong friendships. Dawn graduated from the Taos Charter School and Taos High School, before attending Williams College for her undergraduate degree. Dawn had recently returned to Taos and was excited to reconnect with the land that inspired and rooted her. We remember Dawn by her joyfulness, her radiant smile, and her incredible talents.

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Dolly Peralta

Dolly Peralta, 78, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at her home in Taos on April 28, 2023.

Much of her life was devoted to making the community a better place, though she never sought recognition for her efforts. She was a First Lady of Taos, served on the Citizen Review Board for New Mexico’s Department of Human Services and was the first female president of the Taos Milagro Rotary Club. Dolly was also involved with the Junior Achievement board, the Taos Institute of Arts, the Taos Community Foundation, Men Engaged in Nonviolence, the Los Jardineros Garden Club, and her Taos High School class reunions. Dolly was named Woman of the Year in 2003, an Unsung Hero in 2012, and received a Taoseña Award in 2022. Dolly will be remembered as a kind-hearted, compassionate, and loving person who dedicated her life to helping others.

To donate to the Dollars for Dolly Memorial Fund, click here.

For more information, please contact Taos Community Foundation at 575-737-9300, or