This tuition-free program gives students from Albuquerque Academy and other area schools an opportunity to learn the nuts and bolts of community philanthropy and nonprofit organizations, and includes a mix of site visits and meetings with community leaders to discuss a variety of topics, including:
- Types of nonprofits
- Legal and ethical issues in the nonprofit sector
- Grant writing and the role of umbrella nonprofit organizations (e.g., United Way)
- Community leadership
- The workings of governing boards
- Collaboration/collective impact
- Advocacy at both the individual and policy levels
At the end of the program, students come together as a mock foundation to make decisions about how to support some of the nonprofits they studied, both financially and through volunteer work. Through generous gifts from the Bonafair Fund for Community Leadership
and Drs. Nancy Croker and Joseph Gorvetzian, participants are given $10,000 to allocate among the studied nonprofits.
Since its inception in 2003, more than 100 nonprofit organizations and community leaders have participated in the program, including Alta Mira, PB&J Family Services, Roadrunner Food Bank, Very Special Arts of New Mexico, ACCION, St. Martin's Hospitality Center, Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics, WESST, and MADD. So far, more than 200 student participants have allocated $120,000 to local nonprofits.For more information about the Community Builders program, please contact Peter Glidden (828-3277).