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What is the Quality of Life Community Fund?

In partnership with the New Mexico Community Foundation, the fund allows Bernalillo County to leverage business and private investment to further enhance the county’s quality of life initiatives. Private and business support allows Bernalillo County to increase amenities, create partnerships for collaborative programming, and develop resources that promote healthy living. Private giving provides an opportunity for the Bernalillo County business community and local residents to contribute to the quality of life, health, and well-being of its citizens.

Why Create a Quality of Life Fund?

In partnership with the New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF), the Fund allows Bernalillo County to leverage business and private investment to further enhance the county’s quality of life initiatives. The New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF) acts as a fiscal sponsor to receive funds and provide procurement services.

Mission

The BernCo Quality of Life Community Fund supports responsible and effective philanthropy to enrich community wellness, and social and cultural experiences of Bernalillo County residents and visitors.

Purpose

Funds raised through private and business support will allow Bernalillo County to increase amenities, create partnerships for collaborative programming, and develop resources that promote healthy living.

  • Promote Naming Opportunities / Revenue Generation
  • Provide Art and Cultural Experiences
  • Enhance Educational & Recreational Opportunities
  • Support Agricultural Partnerships
  • Access to Healthy Food
  • Support Animal Care Initiatives
  • Support Public Safety Initiatives

PRIORITY FUNDING

Agriculture

The agriculture fund will assist the county in its Cultivating Bernalillo County initiative, promoting continued food production, grower training and the viability of Bernalillo County’s agriculture economy.

Animal Care

With community donations, we will be able to fund support programs for the animals in our care, needed outreach, and community education. Some of these programs are foster care programming, life enrichment, medical needs, microchip/rabies vaccination clinics, and spay and neuter assistance.

Arts and Culture

Art and cultural initiatives that are not eligible for 1% for the Arts Program, such as temporary art exhibitions, performing arts, and art and cultural educational/workshops for diverse populations will be funded. The 1% for the Arts Program funds two and three-dimensional artwork that is located on county facilities.

Legacy/Planned Giving Program

This fund is for those wishing to provide planned giving through trusts, wills, and estate giving to fund special community-based programs and projects of their choice.

Housing

The housing fund will augment the county’s existing Homeowner Rehab Program which provides assistance to low-income homeowners who lack the resources to make necessary repairs to their homes. Assistance is used for meeting applicable codes, standards, or ordinance compliance. This fund also supports county projects for the unhoused.

Memorials

The memorial fund provides for the construction and ongoing maintenance of the county’s community memorials, as well as, memorial programs such as brick and bench campaigns.

Open Space

The county’s Open Space program manages properties with important natural or cultural resources and provides resource-based recreation and environmental education. Donations will be used for activities which fall outside of Open Space Mill Levy monies which fund land acquisition, operations and maintenance, and personnel. Activities such as enhancing current programming/educational efforts and assisting the needs of the volunteer team will be funded.

Parks & Recreation

Private support will enhance multi-generational programming and provide youth scholarships to subsidize established fees.

Special Events and Sponsorship

This fund supports the sponsorship of Bernalillo County community events, marketing of quality of life programming and initiatives, advertising and sponsorship opportunities at county facilities. All donations are tax deductible and should be made payable to:

New Mexico Community Foundation
135 West Palace Avenue, Suite 301
Santa Fe, NM 87501

For more information call 468-7000 or e-mail us at berncoqol@bernco.gov.

                                                                           

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