Spotlight On Our Community – October 2018

New Program Announcement!

The Grants Collective has partnered with the Center for Nonprofit Excellence and UNM Evaluation Lab to bring training to nonprofit organizations in Valencia County. Nonprofit organizations located in Valencia County are invited to join us at the Learning Resource Center at UNM Valencia campus on October 30 at 3:00pm to find out more about this program, and to communicate their needs around grant seeking, marketing/communications, and evaluation, which will allow us to custom-build this exciting professional development opportunity to meet their needs. Thank you to PNM for its support of this project through the Century of Service grant opportunity!

Visit to RSVP, or email Caitlin at

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, Emily Stovel, Coordinator of Tourism and the Events Center for Sandoval County’s Office of Economic Development. 

Emily Stovel is the Coordinator of Tourism and the Events Center for Sandoval County’s Office of Economic Development. The Tourism Office and Event Center are located in an 1874 adobe courtyard building that served as a convent for Loretto nuns invited by Bernalillo residents to help teach girls in their community and the surrounding region. Emily doesn’t just manage the convent, but a four-building complex of late 19th  to mid 20th century adobe buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places called El Zócalo Plaza.

Her years working in Museum administration and education have shown Emily the power historic buildings hold in generating enriching and transformative experiences. Historic site management, therefore, plays an important role in her community outreach responsibilities for the County’s Office of Economic Development, where El Zócalo Plaza can serve as a business development node for the region. Emily had a previous career as an archaeologist interested in public programming and the ancient identities of Chile, Argentina, and Bolivia. Emily currently volunteers with museums and other non-profit organizations in Albuquerque and spends most of her free time spinning yarn and knitting. She is just starting to learn to weave thanks to the wonderful fiber artists of central New Mexico!

10/30 12p-1p
Curbside Consulting
A free, 30 minute consultation on anything grants-speak for Cooperative Network members.

10/30 3p-4p
Boosting Economic Impact of Nonprofits in Valencia County
The Grants Collective, Center for Nonprofit Excellence, and UNM Evaluation Lab have teamed up to assess capacity of local nonprofits in Valencia County and bring capacity building resources where needed.  Register:

11/7 12p-1p
Brown Bag Luncheon
Join us for a conversation on setting up for success, tips for getting organized and the documents we recommend you have on file, to reduce last-minute proposal submission scrambles, with The Grant Plant expert, Jenny Jackson. Register:

11/12 11a-12p
Reading Circle
Join us at our office for our bi-monthly Reading Circle as we discuss Slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations by Nancy Duarte.

11/14 12p-1p
Brown Bag Luncheon
Bring your lunch and join us to hear from guest speaker Curt Mearns with Pivot Evaluation.  Register:

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  • Access a New Mexico specific grant database to research funding for your organization.
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