Past Non-Profits


2015 Scheduled:

Mentorship Program at
Monte del Sol Charter School
Giselle Piburn

Monte Del Sol Charter School
Speaker: Giselle Piburn, Mentorship Program Director

Monte del Sol Charter School opened in August 2000 under the leadership of founding Head Learner, Tony Gerlicz. Currently, we have 360  7th through 12th  graders, lead by Robert Jessen. The mission of Monte is to challenge each member of its community, both youth and adult, to be a life-long learner and responsible community member or leader; and to support the education necessary for each individual to realize his or her potential.
To accomplish this, Monte del Sol Charter School:
· provides a small school so each individual is known;
· acknowledges and celebrates the diversity of its members;
· connects students with adult community members, including parents, through a dynamic mentorship program;
· fosters awareness of the world with international exchange and communication programs and focus on sustainability; and
· embraces the arts, cultural activities and technology as a means of learning and expression.

Our curriculum revolves around the Essential Question ‘Where and How Do I Fit into The World?’  Mentorship, is one very tangible way the student explores this question.
To create a successful mentorship we begin by asking students about their interests, dreams and passions and then find an adult in the community who shares their passion and who is willing to become a mentor to that young person for the school year.  Some students stay with the same mentor over several school years.
The results of this program have been stunning.  Students have directed plays, produced films, composed songs, designed furniture, built bicycles, written books, explored quantum mechanics, studied polymer chemistry, designed lasers, tended bee hives, designed clothes, trained service dogs, broken horses, and much, much more. Each week, we have about 150 students participating in mentorships with skilled and generous mentors around Santa Fe.


Recycle Santa Fe
Sarah Pierpont

Dec :
Agiola Bejko (Homewise)
Lauren LaVail (Kitchen Angels)
Kira Randolph (ARTsmart)

February 4th:
Deb Bryant, Stand Up for Kindness

Past 2015

Santa Fe Community Foundation
Annmarie McLaughlin
Director of Community Programs
Santa Fe Community Foundation

Solace Crisis Treatment Center
María José Rodríguez Cádiz
Executive Director
Solace Crisis Treatment Center

Santa Fe Studio Tour
In assoc. with Turquoise Trail Association
Jennifer Box


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Non-Profit: Girls Inc.
Kim Brown

Art Smart
Lisa S. Vakharia

NM Womens Foundation
Geri Cerf

Center for Everyday Living
Gayle Dillon

Thriving U
Ana Garner

Food Depot
Northern New Mexico’s Food Bank
Sherry Hooper


Suzanne Farley

Santa Fe Community Foundation

The Santa Fe Community Foundation is devoted to building healthy and vital communities in the region.

  • Racial, cultural, and economic differences do not limit access to health, education, or employment
  • Diverse audiences enjoy the many arts and cultural heritages of our region
  • All sectors of our community take responsibility for ensuring a healthy environment.


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Building a well-nourished New Mexico

The New Mexico Association of Food Banks was formed in 2000 to support the member food banks around the state and administer state-wide programs and contracts.  Our mission is to enhance the capacity of New Mexico’s food banks in order to build a well-nourished New Mexico.

The main goal of the Association is to acquire and distribute fresh produce to our member food banks and their partner agencies.  Our Fresh Produce Initiative provides millions of pounds of food every year to the 70,000 New Mexicans who seek food assistance every month.


casa2CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children
with Suzanne Farley, Executive Director

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a community based, non-profit organization that quietly does very important work on behalf of our community’s abused and neglected children, who are in the foster care system.

The mission of CASA, First Judicial District, is to recruit, train and support community volunteers who advocate for the well-being and best interests of these children throughout Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos Counties.

Our highly trained, professional, volunteers interview all individuals involved in the child’s case – and then speak up for what is in their best interest when the case goes to court. Our volunteers are the voice of the child, tirelessly advocating for a safe and loving home, appropriate developmental and trauma screenings, appropriate medical and mental health care and quality education experiences. And, they are there for the child for as long as the child is in the system. Visit our website at: