• Community Builders

Students and Nonprofits Making a Difference in the Lives of Others

This tuition-free program gives rising 10th-12th grade 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.

If you would like to participate in this summer’s Community Builders program, please fill out this short online application. Applications are due by April 23rd, 2017. For more information about the Community Builders program, please contact Peter Glidden (828-3277).

Recipients of Student Foundation Grants

Children’s Grief Center; Crossroads for Women; Mandy’s Farm; St. Martin’s Hospitality Center; North Fourth Art Center/VSA

APS Title I Homeless Project; Enlace Comunitario; Ronald McDonald House Charities of NM; North Fourth Art Center/VSA; Paws and Stripes


PB&J Family Services, Inc.; Alta Mira; North Fourth Art Center/VSA; Enlace Comunitario; Cuidando Los Niños; Children's Grief Center; St. Martin's Hospitality Center

Joint proposal from ACCION, PB&J Family Services, Inc., and Saranam, LLC; Alta Mira; North Fourth Art Center/VSA; Casa Esperanza, Inc.; NM Women's Global Pathways

Cuidando Los Niños; North Fourth Art Center/VSA; St. Martin's Hospitality Center; Ronald McDonald House Charities of NM; Saranam, LLC

Alta Mira; St. Martin's Hospitality Center; ACCION-New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado; PB&J Family Services

St. Martin's Hospitality Center; VAWA Immigration Project through Catholic Charities; All Faiths Receiving Home

Casa Esperanza, Inc.; PB&J Family Services, Inc.; Saranam, LLC; Special Olympics New Mexico; St. Martin's Hospitality Center

APS Title I Homeless Project; ACCION; Roadrunner Food Bank; Saranam, LLC

ACCION; Animal Humane Association of New Mexico; Special Olympics New Mexico; APS Title I Homeless Project; VSA Arts of New Mexico

Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless–Harms Reduction Program; APS Title I Homeless Project-Bandelier; North Fourth Art Center/VSA; ACCION

Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless–Art Street; Albuquerque Opportunity Center; Comanche Elementary School Social Action Kids; PB&J Family Services, Inc.; St. Anthony's Pharmacy; UNM CASA Runaway & Homeless Youth Program

APS Title I Homeless Project-Bandelier; PB&J Family Services, Inc.; St. Anthony's Pharmacy

All Faiths Receiving Home; APS Title I Homeless Project; Cuidando Los Niños; PB&J Family Services, Inc.
Albuquerque Academy is a private, coeducational, college preparatory day school serving middle school and high school students in grades 6 through 12, located in Albuquerque, NM.


6400 Wyoming Blvd NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109-3899
ph: 505-828-3200