Strategic Framework

Aligning Our Work for Equity and Results 

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Since its establishment in 1981, the Santa Fe Community Foundation has been devoted to building healthy and vital communities in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico region. Over the years, we have been fortunate to experience remarkable growth. Yet, as we reflect on our history of fast-paced growth, we are also confronted with the persistent challenges and growing disparities our region faces. How do we explain and celebrate the growth of our organization if the community that we serve is falling farther and farther behind?

Redefining Our Approach to Community Philanthropy

Throughout 2017, Foundation Board and staff embarked on a year-long process of understanding and redefining our approach to philanthropy, service, and leadership as a community foundation. We engaged in 11 community conversations to listen to our local nonprofits, philanthropic partners, and community members’ thoughts about the Foundation's role in addressing inequities in our community. We also studied and learned from our own work over the past years, reports from community partners, and initiatives from exemplary peer foundations around the country.

From this work, three pillars of our strategic framework emerged:

  1. Equity: Our Social Change Agenda
  2. Results: Our Impact and Performance Accountability, and
  3. Alignment: Our Work Aligned for Purpose

Our strategic framework is intended to help us focus our efforts on the changes we want to see (the Equity), make measurable progress toward outcomes with continuous improvement (the Results), and work toward aligning all our work internally and externally for shared purpose (the Alignment).

The years ahead will be important as we lean into this new framework focused on equity, results, and alignment. It is a shift in how we approach our work, not just what we do, and these types of changes take time to operationalize. We know that it will be challenging, and we will likely make some mistakes. But, we are ready to embrace this path and invite our partners and community to join us on the journey.

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Your Contact for SFCF Strategy

Gabriela Gómez
Vice President for Advancement

(505) 988-9715 x 7006