It’s so hard to believe we hosted 3 cohorts of the Talent Academy in the last 3 years!  All told, 29 organizations have completed the program and have raised almost $9M, with over $7M of those awards coming from out-of-state funding. It’s an amazing testament to the tremendous work occurring in our communities.  

The application for the fourth Talent Academy cohort is open now.  Click the application link below for the Early Bird Registration, which ends on May 31st.  We can’t wait to engage with the next amazing group of grant heroes!  

To learn more, contact Robert Nelson at or 505-226-0171, ext. 0.  Regular applications will be accepted through June 30.


6/5 11p-1p Brown Bag Luncheon: Logic Models
This month will be about understanding and developing Logic Models. These visual summaries, often required in grant proposals, tie together the aims you are trying to achieve and how you propose to get there.

The Grant Plant’s Aly Sanchez will present key concepts and walk through an example logic model.  Logic Models are also good for designing, planning, and revising programming – even when funding agencies don’t require them!  Bring your lunch and gather at our office!

6/7 8:30a-10a Capacity Builders Breakfast
If you help nonprofits build their capacity through funding, board development, strategic planning, evaluation, etc., then bring your breakfast and join us at our office for a casual event to network, find out what others are doing, and align efforts.  

6/14 11a-12p Member Connect
Cooperative Network members can now join an online chat to ask questions about their grant proposals, prospecting, and anything grants related.  To join the chat, just log-in to the platform at 11a on 6/14.  

6/26 11a-11:45a Tour of the Online Platform 
Having trouble finding the right grant for your mission? Check out our free online tour at 11a, to discover how the Cooperative Network can help you with your grant seeking. Register for the event and you’ll receive access to the webinar!  

7/8 11a-12p Reading Circle The Social Profit Handbook by David Grant
The Social Profit Handbook: The Essential Guide to Setting Goals, Assessing Outcomes and Achieving Success for Mission-Driven Organizations by David Grant. The Social Profit Handbook offers those who lead, govern, and support mission-driven organizations and businesses new ways to assess their impact in order to improve future work rather than merely judge past performance.  Purchase the book:

Join The Grants Collective for a 3-day workshop where you’ll learn the ins-and-outs of grant seeking from New Mexico based grant professionals and trainers. You’ll receive hands-on guidance through project-based learning, interactive exercises, and a customized workbook to use and refer to as you work on future grant proposals.

After registration, you will also receive a one-year membership to The Grants Collective’s Cooperative Network – where you are part of a community of grant professionals and can receive peer and expert advice, access to our database of funding opportunities (customized for New Mexico), and free attendance at select future events.  Current Cooperative Network members receive discounted admission.

Cooperative Network Spotlight

We love to highlight members and community stakeholders in our Cooperative Network and showcase their great work across the community!  This month, we highlight network member, New Mexico Immigrant Law Center, and Talent Academy alum, Christy Sobolik.  

What is your work like now that you’ve completed the Talent Academy? 
It’s really increased my confidence in looking at larger funders, or out of state funders, it’s given me just a little bit more grounding in how to approach those things and it makes me feel more empowered to seek those funders.”  
–Christy Sobolik

Christy joined the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center in May 2018. Born and raised in Albuquerque, Christy loves New Mexico and is committed to working towards human rights and social justice in her home state. She completed an MA in Spanish and Latin American Studies at American University in 2014, and prior to joining NMILC, worked with Spanish-speaking immigrant communities in Albuquerque at East Central Ministries. As NMILC’s Engagement Coordinator, Christy is involved in grant writing and reporting, volunteer coordination, communications, and fundraising. Christy enjoys working in her garden, crossword puzzles, and geeking about Lord of the Rings.  Christy completed the Talent Academy in December of 2018.  Check out the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center’s work at today!  

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