Here are some of our favorite charities located in Santa Fe, NM. We have made sure each of them are eligible for tax deductions when you help your local community by donating your car. Your values and choice can make a difference.
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Fostering economic and cultural sustainability for folk artists and folk art worldwide
Over the past 10 years, the International Folk Art Alliance (previously known as the Sante Fe International Folk Art Market) has expanded programs to meet the specific challenges that folk artists are facing in the global marketplace. Allied with the world's master folk artists, IFAA supports communities around the world to have clean drinking water, girls in school, improved health care and thriving folk art communities. Together, we will continue to create a world that values the humanity of the hand-made, honors timeless cultural traditions, and embraces the vision of dignified livelihoods for folk artists across the globe.
Fostering and enriching an understanding and appreciation of the operatic art
The Santa Fe Opera's mission is to present productions meeting the highest artistic standards in a repertory of new, rarely performed, and standard works. Founded in 1957, the Opera has taken its place among the world's leading opera festivals and has become one of New Mexico's cultural and economic leaders. More than half the audience of 85,000 comes from outside New Mexico representing every state in the union as well as 25 to 30 foreign countries. More than 1,600 performances of nearly 140 different operas have been given at the Opera, including nine world premieres and more than 40 American premieres. The Santa Fe Opera has a wide array of education and community outreach programs to make opera accessible and appealing to a broad spectrum of the New Mexico population.
In 2001, United Way of Santa Fe County (UWSFC) adopted "creating lasting change in chronic community conditions" as its mission. After an extensive needs assessment, UWSFC launched the Santa Fe Children's Project (SFCP). The SFCP is an innovative community development initiative that seeks to strengthen families, and the whole community, though a sequential pipeline of early intervention, education, and development opportunities. In its full implementation, families with young children will participate in a wide array of opportunities: social, educational, economic, and community development programs that, taken together, can change the academic, social, and economic conditions of the whole community leading to greatly increased community assets, family strengths, and, ultimately, greater success in children.
Come. Listen. Be transformed.
Founded in 1972, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival has become one of the world's preeminent music festivals, guided by a visionary spirit and dedicated to artistic excellence and innovation. Today, 36 summers later, the Festival invites scores of distinguished musicians, along with emerging young talent, during its 6-week season. Thousands of enthusiastic patrons young and old return year after year to enjoy more the 80 concerts, recitals, master classes, youth concerts, and open rehearsals, with an Albuquerque Series making its debut in 2008. In the off-season, the Festival reaches out to adults and young people in Santa Fe schools with innovative and inspiring musical adventures.
Creating a new kind of scientific research community
The Santa Fe Institute is a transdisciplinary research community, founded in 1984, that expands the boundaries of scientific understanding. Its aim is to discover, comprehend, and communicate the common fundamental principles in complex physical, computational, biological, and social systems that underlie many of the most profound problems facing science and society today.We are dedicated to developing advanced concepts and methods for these problems, and pursuing solutions at the interfaces between fields through wide-ranging collaborations, conversations, and educational programs. SFI combines expertise in quantitative theory and model building with a community and infrastructure able to support cutting-edge, distributed and team-based science. At the Santa Fe Institute, we are asking big questions that matter to science and society.
Exploring the intersections of contemporary art and society
The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) was founded in 1985 by Pony Ault and the noted architect and artist William Lumpkins, both of whom sought to provide a unique opportunity for emerging artists to pursue a brief, intense period of study with critically acclaimed visiting artists. SFAI takes as its mission an exploration of the intersections of contemporary art and society. By bringing together prominent individuals and institutions in the arts, sciences, and humanities, SFAI enlivens local, national, and international discourse through residencies, lectures, workshops, publications, exhibitions, and educational and outreach programming. In support of this mission, SFAI has developed a wide range of programs aimed at serving artists at various stages of their careers and diverse audiences.
A force for nature
WildEarth Guardians was formed in January of 2008 from the merger of Forest Guardians, Sinapu, and the Sagebrush Sea Campaign. With offices in Boulder, Denver, Phoenix and Santa Fe, WildEarth Guardians brings people, science, and the law together in defense of the American West's rivers, forests, deserts, grasslands, and the delicate web of life to which we are inextricably linked. Our Wildlife Program seeks to prevent extinction and ensure protection of native plants and animals in the West. Our Wild Places program works to protect the West's natural wildness and beauty while restoring previously degraded areas to a more natural state. The Wild Rivers Program works to keep our cleanest water clean, and the Climate & Energy Program works to set the West on a sustainable energy path that will benefit native ecosystems as well as the economy.
A contemporary art space
Founded in 1995, SITE Santa Fe is a non-collecting contemporary arts organization committed to enriching the cultural life of Santa Fe and beyond by providing an ongoing venue for exhibitions of artists who merit international recognition and complementary education and multidisciplinary public programs. SITE Santa Fe is committed to exhibiting and exploring the dialogues generated by contemporary art. The scope of public programming is diverse, and appeals to the interests of a wide audience. Considering both historic and current perspectives, SITE brings in scholars, curators, and artists from all over the world with specialties ranging from contemporary art to science. SITE Santa Fe's Education and Public Programs department aims to make contemporary art accessible to the widest range of audiences within the community.
Ending hunger in northern New Mexico
The Food Depot strives to end hunger in Northern New Mexico. The food bank collects food and related products through collaborative relationships with the food industry, governments, other food banks, and the community. The Food Depot distributes what we collect through our network of charitable food providers to feed those who suffer from hunger. The Food Depot distributes an average of 440,000 pounds of food and household products, providing 370,000 meals each month. The food bank serves people in need through more than 145 nonprofit partner agencies in nine Northern New Mexico counties -- Santa Fe, San Miguel, Rio Arriba, Taos, Mora, Colfax, Los Alamos, Union and Harding. The agencies we supply include food pantries, hot meal programs, shelters for the homeless and battered families, youth programs, group homes, and senior centers.
Celebrating 20 years teaching children excellence
NDI New Mexico was founded with the knowledge that the arts have a unique power to engage and motivate children. The purpose of our distinctive programs is to help children develop discipline, a standard of excellence, and a belief in themselves that will carry over into all aspects of their lives. Our work is guided by our belief in children, as well as our commitment to social responsibility, excellence, sustainability and financial integrity.
Revolution from the heart of nature
Founded in 1990, Bioneers provides a forum and social hub for education about solutions presented through the Bioneers Conference and our programs. Our media productions leverage this content to reach millions of people around the nation and the world with our award-winning radio series, Bioneers: Revolution From the Heart of Nature; anthology book series; television programs; and our interactive website. The Bioneers Conference is a leading-edge forum where you can see tomorrow today: a future environment of hope. Social and scientific innovators focus on breakthrough solutions inspired by nature and human ingenuity. In 2008, more than 12,000 people attended our main Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, California and 18 local Beaming Bioneers satellite conferences across the country.
Perpetuating the artistic legacy of Georgia O'Keeffe
The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, opened to the public in July 1997, eleven years after the death of the artist from whom it takes its name. Welcoming more than 2.2 million visitors from all over the world and the most visited art museum in the state of New Mexico, it is the only museum in the world dedicated to an internationally-known woman artist. The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is dedicated to perpetuating the artistic legacy of Georgia O'Keeffe and to the study and interpretation of American modernism. The Museum's collections, exhibitions, research center, publications, and education programs contribute to scholarly discourse and serve diverse audiences.
Santa Fe's performing arts center
Since opening in 1931, The Lensic has been an anchor in Santa Fe's downtown. Now, the restored theater thrives as the city's premier performing arts center, with a diverse program of world-class theater, music, dance, film and lecturers. More than just a performance venue, the Lensic is an organization with extensive programs that build partnerships within the community, provide support to fellow non-profits and include youth in all aspects of the performing arts. And we are working hard, alongside the many performing groups who use the Lensic, to ensure that audiences are continually offered new and exciting performances by presenting our own unique programs and collaborating with local artists to develop original works.
Supporting animals, saving lives and spreading compassion
Founded in 1939, the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society is the largest animal shelter and care facility in Northern New Mexico. More than 6,000 lost, stray, abandoned or injured animals come through our doors each year. We work to reunite people with their lost animal companions, and re-home those animals who have gone unclaimed into new homes through several methods, including adoptions, fosters and transfers. Low- and no-cost spay/neuter programs address the overpopulation problems that our community faces. Humane education programs in our local schools teach children to respect and care for all living creatures. Partnered with our community, we work for change in the lives of our companion animals and to end the suffering of all animals.
We are activists helping activists with the business of activism.
Training Resources for the Environmental Community (TREC) builds the effectiveness of conservation leaders, organizations, and collaboratives by providing premier, integrated capacity-building services, delivered in-depth and over time. We believe in conservation leaders, organizations, and collaboratives working effectively to conserve, protect, and restore the wild lands, wild waters, native wildlife, and environment of Western North America.