Lunch And Learns

Partners In Philanthropy – Lunch And Learns

Lunch And Learns

The Foundation’s Lunch and Learn series provides informal education about aspects of philanthropy, followed by a discussion and lunch. In 2022, our theme was “Lessons in Impact.” The Foundation invited experts in the nonprofit sector to share their experiences four times throughout the year.

In March, Amanda Aragon, Executive Director of NewMexicoKidsCAN, discussed education-focused philanthropy. NewMexicoKidsCAN advocates for community-informed, student-centered and research-backed education policies for the children of New Mexico. MANA de Albuquerque and Horizons Albuquerque also presented at the event. Guests then participated in a robust discussion of the role of charter schools, out-of-school programs and what they are and do, the state of wages for teachers and the big picture of education in New Mexico.

The second event in April focused on philanthropy’s role in reducing homelessness and included speakers from Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, Saranam, and New Day Youth and Family Services. Participants learned about the homelessness in the city and examined possible solutions and best practices.

Our Lunch and Learn in June centered on youth and philanthropy. Led by Albuquerque Involved, youth were invited to discuss opportunities for volunteerism and how they can begin to think about giving.

Albuquerque Involved serves those looking to connect with their community and helps busy individuals and families become involved in giving and service in our community.

Participants at the June event were asked to consider organizations for donations provided by Chet and Diana Stewart from the first Notable New Mexicans in Philanthropy Speaker Series. As a result, Argos, A Shelter Dog Rescue received $600, $500 went to Crossroads for Women and $500 to Storehouse New Mexico.

The final Lunch and Learn in September examined trust-based philanthropy and how donors and attendees can think about implementing its principles, especially that of providing unrestricted funding. Foundation Community Impact Director Khia Griffis shared a funder’s perspective and talked about how trust-based philosophy has changed the way the organization operates, while Native American Community Academy’s former Senior Director of Strategy and Development, Nate Morrison, added a nonprofit’s perspective. Donor Ian Esquibel contributed his views as an individual philanthropist.