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The work of the BPP is made possible by the investment of institutional and individual members who represent communities across the 10 Border State region. Our growing and dynamic network includes leaders and organizations from academia, business and corporate entities, government, philanthropy, and nonprofit organizations. We share a common vision and commitment for a thriving border region.
Published: May 27, 2020
Strong Families Thriving Children Report.
Since 1962, Arizona Town Hall has created solutions to complex problems by educating, engaging, connecting, and empowering Arizonans. Community Town Halls and Future Leaders Town Halls (events held for high school and college students) allow a greater number of Arizonans to experience positive civic engagement. These programs also incubate solutions for statewide issues and develop a grassroots network of informed citizens ready to work together to maximize Arizona's potential. To ensure informed discussion, Town Hall participants review background information developed by the Arizona Town Hall Research Committee. Participants at the statewide Town Hall consider the information in the background report as well as recommendations from the various Community and Future Leaders Town Halls. This publication is a summary of key points from the background report, the Community and Future Leaders Town Halls, and the report of recommendations developed at the Statewide Town Hall held November 14-16, 2019. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation 2018 Kids Count profile, 24% of Arizona children... (read more)
New ASU collaboration with top Mexican universities unveiled. '
'Acceso ASU' program offers Spanish speakers more affordable options to complete degree. Spanish-speaking students in Arizona and across the United States will now have access to more affordable options to complete their degree through a new credit-transfer partnership between Arizona State University and four of Mexico's top universities, ASU officials announced May 19. "Acceso ASU" creates a transfer pathway for students to take classes with four of Mexico's leading universities - Universidad de Guadalajara (UdeG), Universidad Tecnológica de México (UNITEC), Universidad Tecmilenio and Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM) - and transfer those credits to ASU to complete their degree. "Acceso will enable more educational opportunities for 'Dreamers' and other Spanish-proficient students, helping to strengthen the economic competitiveness of the U.S. and Mexico," ASU President Michael M. Crow said. The new program is another example of ASU's efforts to scale educational access to all qualified students, including... (read more)
Nonprofit Sector Response to COVID-19.
Nonprofit Sector Response to COVID-19. By Laura Deitrick, Tessa Tinkler, Emily Young, Colton C. Strawser, Connelly Meschen, Nallely Manriques, and Bob Beatty. In an initial effort to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local nonprofits' ability to meet their community's needs, The University of San Diego's Nonprofit Institute issued a survey to nonprofit leaders on March 18, 2020. The aim of this report is to provide real-time data to government officials, foundations, and other decision-makers about the current economic conditions facing nonprofits and the need for immediate and long-term support in order to ensure the ongoing provision of critical services in the San Diego region. Nonprofit organizations are often on the frontlines of crisis and sometimes called "second responders," serving as a resource for individuals after emergency aid has been provided. As a result ofthe COVID-19 pandemic, many local nonprofits are experiencing increased demands for food, shelter and other basic necessities, yet have been hindered or completely cut off from responding due to school closures, stay at home orders, and social distancing. In San Diego County, one in ten employees works at a nonprofit, representing a total of... (read more)
Border communities hit hard by COVID-19 to get money for environmental projects.
The North American Development Bank has approved $200 million for border communities economically devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The money will come from both the U.S and Mexican governments. Most of the funds are earmarked for environmental projects that have direct impacts on the economy along the U.S.-Mexico border. Some of the money is to be spent on health and well-being of border residents. The city of Mexicali, Baja California's capital, will get almost $7 million to finance a wastewater system replacing almost 40,000 feet of deteriorated pipelines and to rehabilitate three lift stations in the wastewater collection system. The current system is plagued with malfunctions spilling approximately 33.1 million gallons per day of uncontrolled wastewater that flows into the U.S via the New River. "The Mexicali project addresses a significant risk of failure in the wastewater collection system, reducing the risk of... (read more)
For international students, uncertainty includes not only when it ends, but also where they'll live.
For more than four years, Grecia Sanchez crossed the border into the U.S. along with tens of thousands of students and workers, starting her day long before the typical college student. "We all watch the sunrise together," said Sanchez, 23, a philosophy and multimedia journalism double major at the University of Texas at El Paso. "It's not the typical college experience, not the typical commute." Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, undermining her sacrifice and leaving her life and that of most other international students in limbo. The coronavirus has forced universities to postpone, cancel or shift commencement to online virtual ceremonies. But for international students, it has also forced questions about their very future in the U.S. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has informed universities that if they decide to continue holding classes fully online in the fall, it is unlikely international students will be permitted to... (read more)
Published: May 13, 2020
COVID-19 CaliBaja region: We are all in this together!
Join San Diego Grantmakers and other philanthropic funders on May 28 for a webinar of how some colleagues developed their response to the impacts of COVID-19 in this region and a shared discussion about how individuals and institutions can support nonprofit organizations in their response and those individuals who are most impacted -- low income families, health-compromised individuals, small businesses, and more. This call draws on that strength to connect us all and answer questions, and prepare us for a robust response now and in the months to come. California and Baja California have some of the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases of any state in their respective countries. The primary strategy to save lives during this pandemic has been isolation. At the border, this has meant restricting movement among our two countries, affecting both states negatively socially and economically. How can grantmakers support the CaliBaja region and its people move through this health and economic crisis? Speakers include: Amb. Carlos González Gutiérrez, Mexican Consul General, San Diego, Paola Avila, Vice President, International Business Affairs, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Marcela Merino, Executive Director & Dr. Esther Oviedo, Program Coordinator at Fronteras Unidas Pro Salud, Paulina Olvera Cáñez, Espacio Migrante, and Eliza Brennan, International Community Foundation.
Small businesses in crisis ignored again.
Small businesses are hurting. You know that, we know that. We've heard from you that Arizona small businesses were unfairly shut out of the initial round of federally backed loans intended to keep them operating and employees earning a paycheck. As numerous news media reported, too many banks instead loaned money to their favorite customers - long-established big businesses that could have survived without the federal response to the COVID-19 crisis. Small businesses are not in such a fortunate situation. CPLC Prestamos is a mission-driven division of CPLC. As a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and a Community Development Entity (CDE), Prestamos is an SBA-approved lender with a proven track record for effectiveness and a vital avenue for Arizona small businesses that seek no- or low-interest loans. We applied to the Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) for $10 million in capital that, with an average loan of $65,000 each, would have... (read more)
All Together NM Fund awarding $750K in grants.
The Santa Fe Community Foundation is the fund's administrator. The All Together NM Fund will award $750,000 for grants to help New Mexico's smallest businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will be divided among four New Mexico nonprofit organizations that will award and administer grants of up to $5,000 for businesses with five employees or fewer. "Business relief from the federal government has been scattered, and far too much of what was first available went to large businesses. Many micro businesses in New Mexico and elsewhere didn't get a fair shake," Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. "So thank you to the All Together NM Fund for reaching out and reaching in to support as many micro businesses as we can. No doubt that's going to make an incredible difference," she said. The nonprofits that will administer the grants are: WESST, Rio Grande Community Development Corp, NM Community Capital and DreamSpring. "They were chosen because... (read more)
EPA provides grant funding to support environmental justice communities impacted by COVID-19. Deadline: June 30, 2020.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working to improve the environment and public health conditions of low-income and minority communities through our daily efforts to ensure all Americans have clean air, safe water, and access to information to make decisions to protect personal and public health. In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, EPA is making $1 million in grant funding available to states to help local environmental justice communities address COVID-19 concerns faced by low-income and minority communities. Through the State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program, EPA will provide funds to states, local governments, tribes and U.S. territories to work collaboratively with environmental justice communities to understand, promote and integrate approaches to provide meaningful and measurable improvements to public health and the environment. "Environmental justice grants aim to support public education, training, and emergency planning for communities across the country impacted by COVID-19, regardless of their zip code," said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. "These grants are... (read more)
El Paso Matters founder Robert Moore a Pulitzer finalist.
Congratulations to El Paso Matters founder Robert Moore for being a finalist for a 2020 Pulitzer Prize in journalism. Moore was a key reporter for The Washington Post's coverage of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio on August 3, 2019. The team was cited for its "incisive" coverage of the back-to-back shootings "that contextualized these events for a national audience," according to the Pulitzer Prize website. The Post was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News. The Louisville Courier-Journal won the prestigious award. "I was privileged to help tell El Paso's story to the world in our darkest time," said Moore, the award-winning former El Paso Times editor who founded the nonprofit El Paso Matters in 2019. The El Paso Community Foundation is the fiscal sponsor of the digital news outlet, which has aggressively reported on the coronavirus pandemic's impacts in El Paso. "I can't tell you how proud we are to have... (read more)
Mothers in migration: A diversity of realities and experiences.
The Kino Border Initiative celebrates and honors the people in migration who are mothers. The configurations of families in migration are diverse-in many cases, mothers parent their children from the same geographical space, but due to economic realities, deportations, violence, and structures of injustice, it is not possible for all mothers to do so. In some cases, children are raised, loved, and cared for by extended family and community members. And some mothers have lost children-to violence, death, and wrongful imprisonment-and organize and advocate so that other mothers do not have to suffer such pain and loss. This article covers some of the familial configurations we see at the Comedor and along the border. We lament the injustices that force mothers and their children into difficult circumstances, whether they are together or geographically apart. We also honor the strength, resilience, and faith that all those who mother in the midst of... (read more)
The Coronavirus and Mexico - Opinion.
By Morgan Smith. "Pandemics and other unfortunate events won't do anything to us," Mexico's President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) stated on Sunday, March 22 in the southern state of Guerrero. He has been stubbornly resistant to the dangers of the coronavirus, continuing to appear in public and mingling with crowds. He has also failed to intervene with respect to other events that have clearly placed his people in danger. For example, on the weekend of March 14-15, his protégé, Mexico City's Mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum refused pleas to cancel the Vive Latino fiesta, a huge two-day rock music festival that attracted over 100,000 people. Isn't the danger from crowded situations now obvious to everyone? Look at the February 19 soccer game that is believed to have started the terrible spread of this virus in Italy, or the huge crowds that gathered, despite health warnings in cities like Madrid, Spain on March 8 for the International Women's Day, or the always-crowded daily life of New York City, or Mardi Gras. We are two countries with a common border 2,000 miles long that has been largely closed but will that... (read more)
New report from the ASU Lodestar Center details the dramatic impacts of COVID-19 on the Arizona nonprofit sector.
As unemployment soars and Arizonans cope with the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, many nonprofit organizations, from food pantries to shelter services, are needed more than ever. But those same organizations are struggling with disruptions of their own as donations decline and volunteers stay home. Other categories of nonprofits, including education, environment, and arts and culture, have seen their operations severely reduced or halted, with a real risk of organizations closing entirely. ASU´s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation surveyed nearly 450 Arizona nonprofit organizations to show the disruption caused by the pandemic. The results are grim: Nearly 80% of Arizona nonprofits reported a reduction in their normal services; 11% of organizations are not operating at all; almost 40% of all arts and culture nonprofits are not currently operating; just under 20% of nonprofits say they won't... (read more)
Published: April 30, 2020
The Changing World of Latino Philanthropy with Ana Marie Argilagos and Sam Zamarripa.
In this episode of CaseyCast, host Lisa Hamilton welcomes two guests - Ana Marie Argilagos and Sam Zamarripa - who are leaders in the world of Latino philanthropy. Argilagos is the president and CEO of Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), an organization devoted to advancing Latino equity, leadership and voice across the Americas. Zamarripa, a former Georgia state senator, now runs a biotechnology firm and Spanish-language digital media company and serves on the Board of Trustees for both HIP and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. During the interview, Hamilton asks Argilagos and Zamarripa when they first intersected with philanthropy and where they think the field of Latino philanthropy is headed. Listeners will also learn about current priorities and challenges in Latino philanthropy and how the unique characteristics of Latino donors and communities play out in the philanthropic sector.
Call for nominations for the 34th annual Piñon Awards.
Santa Fe Community Foundation is accepting nominations through May 8, 2020 for the 34th annual Piñon Awards, which honor exemplary nonprofit organizations in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico. Nominations may come from any interested member of the community, including board members, volunteers, donors, past award recipients and employees of nonprofits. Those wishing to submit a nomination can click here for guidelines and a nomination form. Each year, the Santa Fe Community Foundation recognizes the extraordinary work of four area nonprofits with a Piñon Award - the only local award devoted exclusively to recognizing nonprofit organizations. Winners receive an unrestricted grant, public recognition in the media and at an awards ceremony, and a promotional video about the nonprofit which they can use in their own marketing. This year's ceremony, which is open to the public, will take place on Tuesday, November 4th, 2020 at La Fonda on the Plaza. Nominations will be accepted in four categories: Courageous Innovation Award, Policy Champion Award, Visionary Award, and Tried & True Award.
Impact of COVID-19 on Imperial County.
Imperial County is a highly productive agricultural area, providing $2 billion in vegetables, fruit, livestock, and other commodities annually. In fact, two-thirds of the vegetables consumed in the U.S. during the winter are grown in Imperial County. As of April 27, Imperial County was reporting 281 confirmed COVID-19 cases; 8 deaths; 67 recovered and 1,563 patients tested. Compared with other counties like San Diego, these numbers appear small. However, with a total county population of only 190,000 (83% Latinx) and a chronic level of health, economic and environmental challenges which exceed state averages, this rural, low-income community is struggling with the extra burden of COVID-19. Response to COVID-19. In early April, the Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation (IVWF), in partnership with Alliance Healthcare Foundation, California Wellness Foundation, California Health Care Foundation and The Center at Sierra Health Foundation, launched an immediate COVID-19 Response Fund for nonprofit organizations that primarily serve Imperial County. An overwhelming number of... (read more)
Pandemic, border crackdown curbs Catholics' aid to migrants.
For years, Catholic-led, United States-based nonprofits have been at the forefront of efforts to support migrants and asylum-seekers along the Mexican border. Tough new border policies, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, have drastically changed their work, much of which now takes place in Mexico. The once heavy flow of undocumented border-crossers has dwindled as the Trump administration enforces a new virus-related ban on top of its Migration Protection Protocols that already had forced thousands of asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico. The virus outbreak has prompted one migrant support agency, the Kino Border Initiative, to temporarily close its office in Nogales, Ariz. But it is committed to maintaining operations across the border, where it aids asylum-seekers congregating in Nogales, Mexico, after being barred from the U.S. "There is some resistance to this ministry of migrants and refugees," said Jesuit priest Sean Carroll, who heads the agency. "But our sense of the common good doesn't... (read more)
EPA awards $255k in grants for environment, health on Arizona-Mexico border.
The Arizona-Sonora border region will receive over $255,000 to advance environmental projects, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last week. Recipient organizations will match with an additional $100,000. The funds will improve proper management of scrap vehicles and discarded electronics, increase sustainable storm water management with green infrastructure alternatives and build capacity on environmental health for the three border tribes. The funds come from the EPA's Border 2020: U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program, a binational effort to protect and improve public health and address environmental issues. "Protecting the public health of our border communities with Mexico is a top priority of EPA," EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in an April 14 press release. "These grants and matching funds will provide a safer and healthier... (read more)
Published on April 16, 2020
Jobless restaurant workers can get paid for shifts at El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank. Restaurant workers who lost their jobs due to closings sparked by the coronavirus can get paid for doing shifts for the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank. The El Paso Community Foundation on Tuesday announced the Get Shift Done for El Paso initiative, which will provide pay of $10 an hour to hospitality workers left jobless by the pandemic. The program started April 4 with the first of 40 daily shifts. El Paso is the second city to roll out the initiative. The first one was launched by a Dallas business and community leaders with the support of various restaurant owners and nonprofit organizations. "Thanks to an incredible team in North Texas, we were able to adapt this innovative program," said Eric Pearson, president and CEO of the El Paso Community Foundation. "This helps hospitality workers - who represent 31% of unemployment claims in the area - fill... (read more)
The Orquesta de Baja California is closed, but we're keeping the music going. Mexico has officially reported far fewer coronavirus cases than the United States. To date, we have just more than 3,000 detected patients with the ailment, but the curve has been rising ever since the first cases appeared in the manner of other countries hit by the pandemic. Despite some contradictory information communicated by federal officials at the beginning of the crisis in this country, the state of Baja California - influenced in part by the growing number of cases of coronavirus in California - was quicker to implement strategies of social distancing than the rest of the country. The Orquesta de Baja California was one of the earliest music institutions to take action in confronting this new reality. Informed by the news coverage and by the opinion of respected epidemiologists, we postponed our... (read more)
IRC launches Coronavirus response serving asylum seekers and vulnerable families at Mexico border. As Coronavirus cases surpass 5,000 in Mexico, the International Rescue Committee has launched, together with local authorities and civil society partners, a public health awareness and psychosocial support campaign for shelters at the Mexico-US border in Ciudad Juárez. The project will directly benefit 17 shelters hosting approximately 3,000 individuals and reach surrounding host communities -- indirectly benefiting an additional 10,000 people. The initiative includes sessions on the transmission of COVID-19, protective and preventive measures including the identification of at-risk groups, signs, and symptoms of COVID-19, where to access help and support, reinforcement of public health best practices, and... (read more)
Grant boosts Santa Fe affordable housing coalition. Just a couple of weeks ago, Liberty Rose Adkins, 23, finally moved into her own apartment, a one-bedroom Santa Fe unit renting for $850 per month. She had been living in her mother's home, where she helped take care of her three younger siblings while working for $14 an hour at YouthWorks and interning at Guadalupe Credit Union. But bright prospects are not exactly on the horizon. "With trying to advance my life, it's been a huge struggle because all the necessary things are so expensive," Adkins said. "I'm not able to explore anything other than basic survival." Used to be, if you had a decent job, it wasn't that hard to find decent housing in Santa Fe. Nowadays, being a bank teller, a utility lineman, a police officer, a hospital worker or an office worker guarantees nothing. Let alone being one of the 23 percent of Santa Fe workers earning... (read more)
CFSA awards $2.1 million in grants to nonprofits. The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA), in collaboration with donors and community partners, has granted over $2.1 million to nonprofit organizations providing immediate relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. The most recent round of grants includes $120,000 from CFSA's COVID-19 Response Funds, $720,000 in general operating grants through our 2020 CORE Grants, $5,500 to support members of the LGBTQ+ community, and $18,000 to support arts organizations in rural Arizona communities. This first round of grants from our COVID-19 Response Funds supports ten nonprofit organizations serving southern Arizona's most vulnerable community members; these grants will continue to be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of COVID-19. "We understand this crisis will have lasting effects on our community. The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona is... (read more)
Heather Wilson appointed to National Science Board. UTEP President Heather Wilson has been selected to serve a six-year term on the National Science Board (NSB). Early March, in a White House press release, U.S. President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to appoint Wilson to the NSB for a position set to conclude May 10, 2026. The NSB, composed of 25 individuals selected by the president, works with the National Science Foundation to suggest and encourage research, education and budget priorities in science and engineering. The board also serves an advisory body to the president and Congress on policy matters related to science and engineering in the U.S. "I look forward to advancing science and engineering and helping to guide the National Science Foundation," Wilson said in a news release. "This is a great honor for me and for the State of Texas." Wilson arrived at UTEP at the beginning of... (read more)
How is COVID-19 impacting Arizona nonprofits? The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation wants to better understand the greatest needs of Arizona's nonprofit sector during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We join with members of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC), headquartered at Texas A&M University, and the author of this survey, the Nonprofit Management Institute at the University of San Diego, to invite your participation in a brief survey. The responses you provide here will inform government officials, funders, media, and other decision-makers. This survey will take 5-7 minutes to complete. All responses are confidential to the ASU Lodestar Center's research team. Results will be aggregated and contribute Arizona voices to a broader national conversation about COVID-19 and the nonprofit sector. This survey is designed to be taken by a senior leader in your nonprofit who has an overall understanding of your operations. If that is not you, please share this survey with an appropriate person at your organization.
U.S.-Mexico border humanitarians scramble to curb coronavirus. Just last month, more than 400 gathered for the blessing of the Kino Border Initiative's new 18,000-square-foot building in Nogales, in the Mexican state of Sonora, just south of Arizona. Today, with the outbreak of Covid-19, things are much different. The Kino Border Initiative is a binational effort to serve migrants, educate the public and advocate for justice. Since 2009, part of its daily work has included providing food and a place to eat for migrants-those heading north, those recently deported from the United States and those seeking U.S. asylum. Kino workers are still serving food at their comedor, but the coronavirus has changed how they do it. "What we're trying to do is maintain a distance between migrants while they wait in line," Sean Carroll, S.J., the director of the Kino Border Initiative, told America. Families will enter together, receive their food and then... (read more)
Con Alma Health Foundation invites nonprofits improving health to apply for grants. Con Alma Health Foundation invites nonprofits that improve health in New Mexico to apply for grants starting April 6 until 5 p.m. May 8. Last year Con Alma, the state's largest private foundation dedicated solely to health, awarded 42 grants to nonprofits in every region of New Mexico. Con Alma places a special focus on supporting culturally diverse and vulnerable populations as well as working toward health equity, when everyone has an equal chance at living a healthy life regardless of their income, ethnicity or zip code. Grant applicants need to select a fixed grant amount ranging from $7,500 to $20,000. Con Alma will consider three types of requests: Project support for a specific set of activities or particular goals within the organization's mission; general operating/core support to fund an organization's mission and scope of operations in their entirety; and technical assistance/capacity building to strengthen the nonprofit sector and expand or improve an organization's ability to carry out its mission effectively.