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Grant Opps to Your Inbox

October 2, 2017

Do you have a hard time knowing what to apply for and when? The Grant Plant offers an easy, affordable way for you to stay aware of grant opportunities. We have always offered a listing of available grants on our website calendar – which is mobile-friendly, chock-full of grants, and updated daily. This calendar function now offers a few new features to make it even easier to find the right fit.

First – and most importantly to our New Mexico peeps – all of the opportunities are screened for eligibility in our home state. (For those of you outside of NM, the bulk of them are open to you as well.) In NM, as a flyover state facing a deep philanthropic divide and a low corporate presence, many of the grant search engines turn up opportunities for which our nonprofit community is ineligible. So we cut through that static right here at the beginning.

Second, the opportunities are categorized by funding priority so you can find what you’re looking for most efficiently.

Third, for only $5/month, you can save the time of proactively going to our calendar and instead register to have grant opportunities in as many categories as you want pushed directly to your inbox. One alert comes per day for each category.

Finally, for those of you who are potential super-users of this grants calendar, or who want additional grant writing resources, consider subscribing to our nonprofit arm’s Cooperative Network of Nonprofits ($50/month). This Co-op focuses on bridging the philanthropic divide in NM by helping nonprofits secure national and federal funding and contains a wealth of grant-related resources. In addition to the deadlined grants calendar, it also lists open-call opportunities (rolling submissions) and forecasted opportunities. Plus it offers other grant related resources, opportunities to network and connect with other like-minded professionals, current news in the grants world, insider tips, and more.

How else can we help you meet your grant seeking goals? Let us know at [mail@ thegrantplantnm .com].




Alone We Can Do So Little; Together We Can Do So Much

September 19, 2017

As funders at the national, state, and local levels require a deeper level of regular collaboration from nonprofits, it is important to consider the motivating factors behind collaboration and what makes some collaborations successful and competitive. A way to begin building strong partnerships is to assess collaborations from every angle to determine what is right for your organization. Collaborations have a long history in the United States, including state versus federal jurisdiction, the growth and expansion of social services, and nonprofit development as a solution to market failure.

Collaboration in the Modern Era

It was not until the late 1960s that the U.S. federal government began acknowledging the role that funders and programs outside of state and federal government could play in addressing community needs. Many of these groups had been active for decades, but had not been recognized nationally as contributors to government or social efforts. As they became better known and collaborated with governments at the state level, the federal government ramped up its partnerships with nonprofits to include increased grantmaking and contracts. Services, including job training, physical and mental health, disability, child and family welfare, and substance abuse, were now being provided through government partnerships and agreements with nonprofit organizations.

In the early years of the 21st century, relationships between federal government, state government, and foundations have become even more prominent. Our current era of collaboration is characterized by strong connections between organizations and accessible networks, including social media, information exchange, in-person interactions, and more, which allows funders and nonprofit organizations to “enhance one another’s capabilities, to smooth services interactions, and to solve policy/program problems.”[1] Significantly, this increased connection is characterized by an ever-growing emphasis on inter-agency collaboration.


Nonprofits as a Response to Market Failure

Nonprofit organizations make the decision to collaborate with each other and with government agencies for several reasons, including service overlap, community needs, and, of course, funding opportunities. Ultimately, nonprofits are flexible enough to step in and provide services in response to specific market failures, including providing goods or services that are not lucrative for for-profit channels. Further, nonprofits are frequently quicker than the government to respond to changing needs in the community.

An unintended consequence of this move toward collaboration is a belief on the part of funders that collaborations always yield a deeper impact for fewer dollars, which has led to many funders requiring collaboration as a precondition of grantmaking. However, this requirement can be limiting, as collaborations are complicated and involve a blending of missions, objectives, and services, and funders often require rigorous reporting. So, when is collaboration necessary, rewarding, and worth the risk for your organization? With the growing number of grantmakers expecting collaboration as a prerequisite to funding, is important to consider the costs of collaboration, whether those costs outweigh potential benefits, and whether collaboration will honor your agency’s mission and vision.


The Pros and Cons of Collaboration

Today, avoiding collaboration is not an option. Collaboration is a deeply intertwined piece of U.S. governance, nonprofit operations, and the delivery of many goods and services. So how do you make it work in a way that makes sense for your organization?

There are pros and cons to collaboration, some of which may not be obvious, so it is important to determine whether the potential for positive outcomes outweighs the potential for frustration. Cons include possible loss of territory, increased time commitment due to inclusion of additional actors, difficulties in trying to reach consensus, power imbalances between partners, potential for resource hoarding,[2] difficult personalities, hidden agendas, failure to commit, failure to share information,[3] and difficulty evaluating results.[4] Recognizing potential costs, especially those specific to your organization and partnerships, is vital before embarking into collaborative territory. Once you have addressed them, you can effectively map out a collaboration that avoids or tackles costs while working toward benefits.

The benefits of collaborating can be many, and include “economic efficiencies, a more effective response to shared problems, improvements in the quality of services delivered to clients, the spreading of risks, and increased access to resources.”[5] One important benefit that pertains specifically to Albuquerque and New Mexico comes with having a diverse population—addressing the many needs that come with diversity can be a challenge, but is also a tremendous opportunity for collaboration. A greater and more diverse need gives organizations more opportunities to collaborate, solve pressing problems in the community, and serve a larger population.


How to Make Collaborations Work for Your Organization

According to Russell M. Linden, a management consultant specializing in organizational change, there are seven key collaborative factors that will take your organization down the right path. Collaborating organizations must:

  1. Have a shared vision that neither can achieve as well on their own;
  2. Want to collaborate and be willing and ready to contribute to the collaboration;
  3. Make sure the “right people” are involved in making the collaboration happen (i.e. those with the power and expertise to make the vision a reality);
  4. Be transparent and reliable;
  5. Maintain at least one “champion” for the cause who will see it through to the end;
  6. Utilize “collaborative leadership” rather than drawing power lines between organizations; and
  7. Maintain and nurture a trusting relationship.[6]

Remarkably, successful collaborations can often highlight the individual talents of your team. Humans have an inherent desire to connect with something bigger, “and, when that ‘something larger’ is a collaborative team, team members can meet both the ‘me’ and ‘we’ needs as they contribute their special talents and unique knowledge and experience to a successful group project.”[7]

Collaborations can be successful and rewarding, as long as they honor the missions and visions of all parties involved; you assess costs and benefits; build a strong, sustainable, and truly cooperative program; and seek funding that is well-aligned with your goals and objectives. By combining these strategies with an understanding of the potential pitfalls of collaboration, your organization will not be doomed to repeat past failures!


Contact: Melissa Leonard, Resource Development Officer, 


[1] Agranoff, Robert. Collaborating to Manage: A Primer for the Public Sector. Georgetown University Press, 2012, p. 29.

[2] Agranoff, Robert. Collaborating to Manage: A Primer for the Public Sector. Georgetown University Press, 2012, p. 156.

[3] Russell M. Linden. Leading Across Boundaries: Creating Collaborative Agencies in a Networked World. Jossey-Bass, 2010, p. 59.

[4] Feiock, Richard C. and Hee Soun Jang. “Public Versus Private Funding of Nonprofit Organizations: Implications for Collaboration.” Public Performance & Management Review, vol. 31, no. 2, 2007, p. 178.

[5] Id.

[6] Russell M. Linden. Leading Across Boundaries: Creating Collaborative Agencies in a Networked World. Jossey-Bass, 2010, p. 38.

[7] Id., p. 23.

National Grant Trainer Hosting Workshop in Albuquerque

August 17, 2017

From our nonprofit arm, The Grants Collective…

Albuquerque, NM – A representative from, the Federal government’s online portal for grant making, will be in Albuquerque on August 23rd, 2017 to provide hands-on training to New Mexico nonprofits. While offers in-person training in Washington, D.C. and via its online tutorials, this is a first for New Mexico to have a national trainer come to the state to help nonprofit organizations find and apply for Federal grant funding.

Sponsored by The Grants Collective in partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, the training will allow participants to learn the registration process, how to find funding opportunities, how to apply for those opportunities, and‘s new collaborative Workspace application format, which will replace the current downloadable “legacy” application package. Knowing how to navigate and successfully submit complex grant packages is critical for any nonprofit organization that hopes to secure a Federal grant. With the legacy application package being phased out by the end of the year, this training will help ensure that New Mexico users of know how to use Workspace. user Cecily Peterson, Resource Development Officer at The Grant Plant, Inc., recently tried out the new Workspace portal. She states that it proved “helpful in simplifying application preparation among multiple contributors and reviewers. And importantly, it will make future applications more efficient.”  Federal grant application packages are usually large and complex, consisting of dozens of forms, required legal documents, budgets, narrative text, and more. Missing one piece can result in a non-compliant rejection. But because grants coming from out of state, including through the Federal government, are generally three times larger than those made within the state, it is critical that New Mexico nonprofits gain the skills and resources they need to compete at a national level. As they do, this means they are better resourced to carry out their missions, delivering on services designed to address our social ills or improve quality of life.

To register for the training, visit The cost is $35 for the session, which will take place between 9 am and 12 pm August 23rd at the Center for Nonprofit Excellence in Albuquerque. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, as the training will be hands-on and interactive.


About the Trainer: Tricia Glass began working as a Program Advisor in the Grants.govProgram Management Office in November of 2012. Prior to that she spent four years working at the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration as a Senior Grants Manager. Ms. Glass has over a decade experience in both grants and program management as well as information technology management.

About the Event Sponsor: The Grants Collective is helping New Mexico nonprofit organizations raise their ability and capacity to compete for major national and federal grants. The Grants Collective offers three primary ways to participate: (1) Cooperative Network: A subscription-based network of nonprofit professionals interested in developing skills, insight, and resources for high-performance grant seeking. (2) Talent Academy: A 6-month professional fellowship to develop skills for securing major grants. (3) Grow New Mexico: Technical assistance to help New Mexican communities and organizations put together grant/loan packages for infrastructure and other special projects. Grow New Mexico is an independent, fiscally sponsored project. Find out more at

About the Center for Nonprofit Excellence: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence at the United Way of Central New Mexico strengthens the capabilities and capacity of New Mexico nonprofits so they can more effectively meet their missions. It provides resources and services to help nonprofits have a positive impact on the communities they serve, strengthen their board engagement and governance, improve their financial sustainability, enhance their internal management and operations, and better evaluate and measure their impact. A full calendar of upcoming trainings can be found at

Grantmaking Capacity of New Mexico Foundations in Comparison to Other Southwestern States

August 9, 2017

Every state has a unique philanthropic story that is intertwined with the different populations and resources it houses. These differences should be recognized when assessing philanthropic progress for each state. This article takes a closer look at New Mexico’s philanthropic story, specifically the grantmaking from our local foundations, and compares its progress with six other southwest states. In a recent report, “The 2016 Giving Study,” Philanthropy Southwest sheds light on philanthropic trends within a seven-state region, including New Mexico, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Texas over the course of a four-year period (2011-2014). The study looked at grantmaking by active foundations (independent, community, and healthcare conversion) headquartered within each state and gathered data on all of their grants and contributions above $1,000. Importantly, grants include those awarded within the state and outside its borders. Results show positive recent philanthropic growth for New Mexico and shows New Mexico with leading percent increases in giving when compared with the other seven states.

This study inspired us to dig deeper to uncover more specific details around New Mexico’s philanthropic story and to review New Mexico’s road to recovery since the 2007-2009 economic downturn that occurred in the U.S. (For more background, previous articles that The Grant Plant has published around this topic are listed in a note at the end of this article).

Before we wade into data, let’s first consider some basic differing characteristics that may impact the philanthropic landscape of the southwest states that are assessed. This does not include every state assessed but illustrates key dynamics in the philanthropic backdrop of a specific state.

  • New Mexico has the lowest population of the seven states (2,083,024 in 2014, as compared to Nevada, the second lowest at 2,833,013) and is the only state in the southwest listed on Foundation Center within the bottom 10 in the nation in terms of foundation giving.
  • Texas has the largest population of the seven states (26,944,751 in 2014, as compared to Arizona, the second closest, at 6,719,993) and is the only state in the southwest listed on Foundation Center within the top 10 in the nation in terms of foundation giving.


Broad statewide statistics

Philanthropy Southwest’s Giving Study reports that New Mexico had the highest percent increase in giving from 2011-2014 (37.2%) when compared to the other six southwest states. To further unpack this revelation, we looked at philanthropic trends using Foundation Center data, which includes 2007 data and includes information for all U.S. foundations (independent, corporate, community, and operating) that reported giving in their most recent fiscal years. Foundation Center gathers data through surveys of the nation’s largest foundations, foundation websites and other public reporting, and from IRS information returns. Calculations from this data confirmed a notable increase in total foundation giving for New Mexico during the 2011-2014 timeframe.

But how has New Mexico giving fared since its giving peak prior to the economic downturn? Would New Mexico still lead the seven states in foundation giving increases if that timeframe was accounted for?

To try and gauge philanthropic progress since the economic downturn that began impacting most foundations in 2008, we assessed the change in foundation giving from 2007-2014. This seven-year time period shows that annual foundation giving in New Mexico still increased, but at a much lower percentage: state giving in 2014 was only 2.2% higher than that of 2007—while the seven-state Giving Study region as a whole enjoyed an increase of 23.1%.

Those results indicate that New Mexico is just now passing its pre-economic downturn giving levels and show that New Mexico is the state with the lowest percent increase from 2007-2014 when compared to the other six southwest states. Tables 1 and 2 below show giving levels per state and the percent change in giving over the 2011-2014 and 2007-2014 timeframes.

Table 1. Total dollars granted by state, as reported by the Giving Study and Foundation Center.

Chart 1: Percent increase in Foundation Giving from 2011-2014 and 2007-2014.


Per Capita Giving Considerations

One way to further compare grantmaking levels and trends in states is to account for each state’s population by calculating giving per capita. Foundation Center data was used to calculate foundation giving per capita for the seven southwest study states. New Mexico lags its neighbors in per capita grants made by local foundations. As shown below, 2014 private foundation giving was $45.09 for every state resident in New Mexico versus much higher per capita grant funds for other states. Arkansas, which serves a relatively small population and is home to a relatively low number of Foundations, was at the other end of the spectrum, giving $235.61 for every state resident; but, worth noting, is that one of Arkansas’ foundations is Walmart Foundation, a notable national funder that likely impacts Arkansas statistics.

Chart 2. Private and Community Foundation Grant Spending per State Resident, 2014.

Looking at changes over time, foundation giving per capita in New Mexico decreased 3.4% over the 2007-2014 time period. This indicates that per capita giving was slightly higher in New Mexico before the economic downturn. When compared to the other six southwest states, New Mexico has the worst change in percent for grantmaking per capita from 2007-2014 (and is the only state to show a decrease in change in per capita giving over the 2007-2014 timeframe). Table 2 (below) shows giving levels per state and the percent change in per capita giving over both timeframes.

Note: Importantly, Foundation Center data only measures the total giving for foundations, regardless of whether funds were invested in state, out of state, or even out of the country. As such, per capita calculations should not be considered a reflection of local foundation investment within home states, but rather a reflection of general foundation grantmaking power in relation to state population. This could be a case-in-point for Arkansas; as mentioned, the Walmart Foundation is located there, and it largely invests outside its home state.

Table 2. Total dollars granted per capita in the seven southwest states (Foundation Center data).

Per Foundation Giving Considerations

A third way to examine philanthropic giving is to account for the number of foundations within each state and calculate the ratio of giving per foundation. Foundation Center data was used to determine this information for the seven southwest study states.

New Mexico and Arizona have the most modest giving with annual grant averages under $400,000 per foundation each year. Looking across time, New Mexico had one of the highest percentage increases in giving per foundation comparing 2011 and 2014 (increasing 38.1%), but that steep climb didn’t offset the prior recession decline, leaving New Mexico with the worst percent change for the longer period comparing 2007 to 2014 (decreasing 4.5%). New Mexico giving per foundation is still below the pre-recession levels. Table 3 below shows per foundation giving per state and the percent change in per foundation giving over both timeframes.

Table 3. Total dollars granted per foundation in the seven southwest states (Foundation Center Data).

A Closer Look at New Mexico Data

The data presented above shows that New Mexico experienced positive philanthropic progress between 2011-2014; however, total dollars granted, per capita giving, and per foundation giving remain depressed compared to pre-recession levels. New Mexico is just now beginning to recover. Consider the following, drawing from all of the charts:

  • From 2011-2014, New Mexico experienced a 38.1% increase in giving per foundation and a 41.7% increase in total foundation giving.
  • From 2007-2014, New Mexico experienced a 4.5% decrease in giving per foundation, a 3.4% decrease in dollars granted per capita, and only a 2.2% increase in total foundation giving.

This data suggests that there were some big decreases in New Mexico foundation giving that occurred between 2007-2011. To refine our understanding, we pulled Foundation Center data for each year from 2007-2014 along with foundation assets (which reveal the base upon which foundations release funds for grantmaking). We also calculated the ratio of grantmaking to assets to see how much foundations were giving in grants in relation to their holdings. Table 4 below shows giving data from 2007-2014, revealing that New Mexico foundation giving decreased from 2008-2010 (with a shocking drop of about $18,600,000 from 2009-2010), started to increase in 2011, but did not reach the pre-economic downturn giving level until 2014. Giving was at its lowest point in 2010. While New Mexico foundation assets decreased in 2008 and 2009, and started to increase in 2010, they did not reach the pre-economic downturn asset level until 2013.

Our local foundations dug deep during the worst years, tapping the highest proportion of assets to make grants during 2007-2009. Private foundations are federally required to meet or exceed an annual payout requirement (i.e., making grants) of 5% of the average market value of its net investment assets. But we see New Mexico’s grants-to-asset ratio climb to 7.2% in 2009, when foundation assets were at their lowest – truly an admirable investment from our area foundations to help the nonprofit sector during lean times.

Table 4. New Mexico foundation data from 2007-2014 (Foundation Center data).


Why do the 2011-2014 numbers show New Mexico in a positive light in comparison to other southwest states? The answer is relatively simple: New Mexico philanthropy grew significantly in 2012 as it began to come out of the recession. This growth (from 2011-2014) is better characterized as a recovery to pre-recession numbers, rather than New Mexico reaching a higher philanthropic capacity. New Mexico foundations are slowly climbing back from the impact of the economic downturn, re-building their foundation’s assets, and increasing giving levels to near those of pre-recession levels of investment in the Land of Enchantment. But New Mexico still lags behind its southwestern neighbors, experiencing the slowest philanthropic recovery (among the six other southwest states that were reviewed) since the economic downturn that began impacting foundations in 2008. Our state has the lowest per capita giving and per foundation giving among the seven southwest study states, which adds perspective to the struggles that our state encounters in meeting significant needs with philanthropic support.

The good news is that the philanthropic landscape in New Mexico is finally reaching a point of recovery and growth and we at The Grant Plant, in partnership with The Grants Collective, are ready to channel and boost this positive progress. We are passionate about helping nonprofit organizations connect with the resources they need to improve the social, economic, and education outlook in New Mexico. We will continue to help build nonprofit capacity through offering grantseeking services, professional development opportunities, shared resources, and other access to expertise.


Contact: Wendy McCoy, Resource Development Officer

Note: The Grant Plant has explored New Mexico’s philanthropic trends since the economic downturn in a series of articles that have been published in the past, including:

Talent Academy to Increase Funding into New Mexico Nonprofits

July 17, 2017

Albuquerque, NM: Bringing new, large-scale grants from national foundations and the federal government to New Mexico are the focus of The Grants Collective’s second Talent Academy cohort. The Talent Academy is a six-month professional development fellowship for nonprofit professionals who want to rapidly upgrade their grant seeking abilities, learn through a comprehensive and structured progression, and set up a robust grant program within their agency.

Apply now for the Talent Academy

The first cohort of the Talent Academy, which ran from October 2016-March 2017, represented six local organizations. These six fellows submitted 70 grant applications during the program. Of those, 32 notifications have been received: 22 were awarded and 10 were declined, resulting in a success rate of 69% for the fellows as a group. The total funding from these awards is approximately $488,800 and there are outstanding notifications for another $1,918,000 on pending proposals. Approximately $410,500 of the total awarded came from out of state funders. The fellows represented the African American Community Economic Transformation Study (AACETS), National Institute of Flamenco, New Mexico Boys & Girls Ranch, Steelbridge, Street Food Institute, and The Grant Plant.

Ideal candidates for the Talent Academy are nonprofit or public-sector professionals who already have experience pursuing small and medium sized grants. Typically, this includes development staff in medium or large organizations, executive staff of smaller organizations, and program managers responsible for raising funds.

The project is funded by the City of Albuquerque, McCune Foundation, and Nusenda Foundation. Significant in-kind support is provided by The Grant Plant, which lends professional expertise to weekly professional development sessions and provides expert feedback and consultation on grant proposals in development to Talent Academy fellows.

Up your grant-seeking game!

“The most helpful experience was the great feedback I received. My proposal went from an okay proposal, to a very, very competitive proposal,” says Sarah Gonzales, Grants Administrator at the National Institute of Flamenco. Being part of a team that is building each others’ efforts in high stakes grant seeking was beneficial for Tina Garcia Shams, Executive Director of the Streetfood Institute, who states, “This team has really gelled together. The most memorable experience was the site visits we did, to see the work environment and amazing things people are doing.”

New Mexico nonprofits are often under-resourced as public budgets are strained and corporate and foundation philanthropic dollars are low in comparison to other states. New Mexico is a “philanthropic divide” state, which means it is in the bottom 10 states in terms of foundation assets. This is an important indicator of financial health and giving capacity, given that foundations typically rely on endowed and invested funds to fuel philanthropy. And it’s an important indicator of whether nonprofit organizations have the financial support behind them to do their work – grants make up an important piece of the funding structure of many nonprofits. The Grants Collective views its efforts as bringing additional out-of-state funding to New Mexico as both an investment in economic development and the social capital of our state.

“We believe New Mexico is a state worth investing in,” says Tara Gohr and Erin Hielkema, who share leadership of The Grants Collective. “We have compassionate, resourceful people who make a difference every day in the lives of all New Mexicans, including the most vulnerable among us. The Grants Collective is here to incubate talent among nonprofit professionals so that our vital nonprofit organizations have the resources they need to pursue their missions.”

Interested individuals and organizations can find out more and apply at The deadline to apply is August 1, 2017.

Learn more about The Grants Collective

About The Grants Collective:

The Grants Collective addresses the philanthropic divide that New Mexico faces by building nonprofit capacity for grant seeking through professional development, shared resources, and access to expertise. Programming includes: (1) Talent Academy, a 6-month intensive, project-based professional development experience to build the skills of grants professionals, specifically around seeking large scale grant opportunities; and (2) Cooperative Network, an online and in-person forum for grants professionals to find resources, ask questions and share advice, foster collaboration, and share efficiencies. The Collective also fiscally sponsors Grow New Mexico, a program developed to identify funding sources for transformative community projects. Board of Directors: Robin Brule, T.J. Cook, Eric Griego, Erin Hagenow, Debi Randall, Anna Sanchez, and Justin Zoladz. Training Coming to Albuquerque!

July 14, 2017

From our nonprofit arm, The Grants Collective

Are you new to federal grants or could you use a refresher? Join Tricia Glass from to learn how to up your federal grant seeking game!

The Grants Collective is excited to partner with the Center for Nonprofit Excellence to bring in Tricia Glass, a national trainer from is the federal government’s centralized website where the 26 federal grant-making agencies post their grant funding opportunities and where the public goes to find and apply for those opportunities.

The presentation will cover the registration process, how to find funding opportunities, how to apply for those opportunities, and an overview of’s new Workspace application format. The session is sure to be informative for both novice and experienced grant seekers alike.

Register now for the training


Tricia Glass began working as a Program Advisor in the Program Management Office in November of 2012. Prior to that she spent four years working at the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration as a Senior Grants Manager. Ms. Glass has over a decade experience in both grants and program management as well as information technology management.

Register Here


About The Grants Collective

The Grants Collective is helping New Mexico nonprofit organizations boost their ability and capacity to compete for major national and federal grants. We offer three primary ways to participate:

Cooperative Network: A subscription-based network of nonprofit professionals interested in developing skills, insight, and resources for high-performance grant seeking.

Talent Academy: A 6-month professional fellowship to develop skills for securing major grants.

Grow New Mexico: Technical assistance to help New Mexican communities and organizations put together grant/loan packages for infrastructure and other special projects. Grow New Mexico is an independent, fiscally sponsored project.

Find out more at

U.S. Census Brings Hands-On Training to Albuquerque

June 8, 2017

From our nonprofit arm, The Grants Collective

A representative from the United States Census will be in Albuquerque on June 13, 2017 to provide hands-on training on the benefits and uses of Census data to anyone interested in learning more. Sponsored by The Grants Collective, the training will allow participants to learn how, when and why data is collected, how to navigate data, and where to find it by survey type; understand geographic terms and how they differ; and explore the new data tools and economic data tools the Census has available.

Census data is used by a wide variety of agencies and individuals for such purposes as business development, government analyses, local planning, the media, and more. The Grants Collective is a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping New Mexico non-profits find and apply for grant funding in order to deliver on their missions. Understanding how to use Census data to build a case or understand need can be an asset for a range of organizations. For instance, using Census data is important in applying for grants, especially to out-of-state funders and the federal government. The training will be suited for a range of audiences and sectors. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, as the training will be hands-on and interactive.

Two sessions are offered:

Census Basics 9:30 – 11:30am 

Learn how, when, and why data is collected, and where data can be found by surveys; understand the geography terms used by the Census Bureau and what you can find at the different levels; and learn how to use the American FactFinder.

Census Advanced Users 1:00 – 3:00 pm 

Learn new data tools the Census has available; explore the Census’ economic data tools, and learn what micro-data means to the Census Bureau.

We recommend you bring a laptop to fully participate in the training. 

For more information, contact Robert Nelson, Program Manager, at

To register, visit The cost is $20 for one session or $35 for both. Both sessions will be held at The Grants Collective office at 901 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Suite D-220, in Albuquerque.


About the Trainer: Kimberly Davis represents the U.S. Census Bureau as a Data Dissemination Specialist. Kimberly joined the U.S. Census Bureau in 2008 to serve as a clerk for the Partnership and Data Services Program. During the 2010 Census, Kimberly worked in the Tribal and Government divisions of the Denver Regional Office Partnership Program assisting with outreach and marketing efforts. Currently, Kim lives in Denver, Colorado, and works in the Census’ Customer Liaison and Marketing Services Office, serving the states of Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, and Wyoming.

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