Every year Foundation staff has the pleasure of reading and reviewing grant applications in our six fields-of-interest. The applications are filled with valuable information and resources about our city and state. Below are some facts and figures we found important to share with the greater community.
Art and Culture
Harwood Art Center Escuela del Sol Montessori
The arts imbue our city with a cultural wealth that, according to the recent UNM BBER study, are prerequisites for economic development.
Keshet Dance Company
It costs the State of New Mexico an average of $88,000/year to incarcerate one individual
OFFCenter Community Arts Project
Disparity in access to opportunities for success creates community poverty.
Nationally, low-income students who are highly engaged in the arts have a 4% dropout rate and are one-third more likely to attend college than their peers with a low participation in the arts that drop out at a rate of 22%.
Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program (AYSP)
Many residents in the Albuquerque area have never been exposed to classical music, and most have never had the opportunity to hear a live orchestra.
APS Title I Homeless Project
In 2013, the number of homeless children in the United States ballooned to almost 2.5 million annually. That is 1 in every 30 children. New Mexico ranked 44th in child homelessness. In 2015, APS qualified 3,904 students as homeless.
Christina Kent Early Childhood Center
In New Mexico, female workers earn an average of $9.98 per hour or $18,600 per year.
20% of the homeless population in metro Albuquerque are families- many of them led by single mothers.
Albuquerque’s poorest zip codes, the South Valley and the SE Heights.
Only 17% of Latino eight-graders display more than “basic” proficiency in reading. Far below the 42% of non-Hispanic Whites who achieved at this level.
Latinos have the highest high school dropout rate of any racial ethnic group.
47% of children born in the bottom family income remains there.
Almost 60% of New Mexican children today are Latino in the US as a whole, 1 in 4 children are Latino.
Read to Me
Children from affluent households heard approximately thirty million more words than children from low-income families. This word gap quickly translates into a literacy gap and academic performance gap when students start kindergarten. Students are set up for educational failure before they ever enter the K-12 educational system.
Career Guidance Institute
New Mexico, the percentage of 4th graders who performed below the NAEP proficient levels was 77%
One obstacle to accessing economic opportunity and growing of Albuquerque is the lack of job applicants and incumbent workers who have the “soft skills” that are essential for getting, keeping and advancing in a job or career.
Art in the School, Inc.
APS only provides art and music at elementary schools in alternating years. Elementary students receive 1 hour of art instruction a week, every other year.
Research has shown that training in the arts also leads to better foundational skills such as reading and mathematics.
Audubon New Mexico
Only 21% of NM 8th graders are proficient in science.
BEMP at Bosque School
In New Mexico, environmental concerns often take a back seat to the immediacy of poverty, lack of educational attainment and associated social problems.
Best Buddies New Mexico
Young people who lack friends can suffer from emotional and mental difficulties later in life.
Blackout Theatre Company
New Mexico ranks 49th in student literacy.
More than 50% of elementary-age students read below their grade level.
Literacy skills determine a student’s academic success.
Santa Fe Dreamers Project/Youthworks
In Santa Fe has a 60% graduation rate.
49% of Elementary students are not reading at grade level.
Galloping Grace Youth Ranch
Over 35 million tons of food are thrown into landfills in the U.S every year. Food waste, when disposed of in landfills, can produce large quantities of methane gas, which contributes to global warming as a greenhouse gas.
People throw away 40% of the food that is produced in this country.
New Mexico is ranked as the most food insecure state in America.
“Map the Meal Map” reflects that more than 150,000 New Mexico children are at risk of hunger, experiencing hunger on a daily basis.
Mandy’s Special Farm
More than 65% of adult with disabilities were unemployment in 2014.
NM Acequia Association
More than 70% of our food comes from bee pollination, it’s critical to ensure diverse, abundant and healthy habitat for bee populations to thrive.
New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society (NMSLRHS)
For over 150 years, steam locomotives were the lifeblood of our nation.
In 1944 the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe (AT&SF) Railroad began construction of 30 of the largest and most powerful locomotives ever produced. Built on the same year, locomotive 2926 was immediately rushed into cross-county service. And was retired from service in 1958. It is now being destroyed and will be put back into service in New Mexico.
The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico
The Rio Grande and its tributaries supply water to Albuquerque and other communities-water for nearly ½ of New Mexico’s population.
The security of water in the Rio Grande Valley is increasingly threatened by frequent high-severity wildfires and subsequent post-fire flooding that causes extensive soil erosion and debris flows that degrade water quality.
The Trust for Public and – New Mexico
Low-income neighborhoods in Bernalillo County are burdened by limited access to fresh, healthy food and safe recreational opportunities for children and adults.
18% of Bernalillo County residents live below poverty line.
Chama Peak Land Alliance
“When a child in Albuquerque turns on the tap and drinks a glass of water, it most likely originates in the headwaters of the San-Juan Chama region of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. This same water provides life for an elk on a ridge top, an aspen in the forest, irrigation from the acequias, and vital fish habitat in the Rio Grande. Our vision of productive forests and watersheds is stewarded by a diverse community working together for a common goal.” -San Juan – Chama Watershed Partnership
San Juan produces 1/3 of New Mexico’s drinking water.
The headwaters of the Chama Peak Land Alliance (Alliance) region provide one third of New Mexico's drinking water through a Bureau of Reclamation Project entitled the "San Juan - Chama Diversion Project”
New Mexico Wildreness Alliance
In New Mexico outdoor recreation generates 6.1 billion in consumer spending, 68,000 jobs and $458 million in state and local tax revenue.
Tourism is New Mexico’s second largest industry bringing more than 5.9 billion annually.
Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center
New Mexico is the second sunniest state in the country, yet, we only get about 2% of our electricity from the sun.
Economic & Workforce Development
Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship
Creatives graduate with great ideas but lacking the knowledge necessary for turning their creative passions into profitable companies.
Helping young entrepreneurs to thrive and stay in New Mexico is critical to a thriving economy and well-prepared workforce. New Mexico receives less than 1.5% of US venture capital; less than 10% of VC funding goes to women, Native, or Hispanic entrepreneurs.
New Mexico is continuously ranked in bottom 5 states for job creation.
New Mexico Community Capital
Native American entrepreneurs have difficulty in securing collateral because of the trust status of Tribal lands; lack of affordable financial products and services; lack of entrepreneurship development training and support services; and lack of cultural understanding.
East Central Ministries
In the Mesa and Trumbull neighborhoods 29% of the area's labor force age 16-44 is unemployed, and the median household income is $27,207. The population of this area is predominantly of Hispanic/Latino descent, with a foreign-born population of about 18%.
The unemployment rate for youth ages 16 to 24 in Bernalillo County is 18.9% higher than the national average of 17.9%.
16,200 or 15% of Albuquerque young people are disconnected meaning they don’t work, they are not in school and less than 6,600 have a high school diploma.
In the US, the Creative Economy employs 9% of the population.
Rio Grande CDC/DBA Desert Forge
In New Mexico, approximately 6,000 recently-returned, combat veterans are in need of employment.
Rebound New Mexico
Biggest issues facing our youth is that they are being taught to memorize standardized textbooks rather than think and learn for themselves. New Mexico’s schools consistently rank as some of the lowest and most underperforming schools in the nation.
New Mexico is 40th on a ranking of state’s public school’s performances.
The Loan Fund
The creative economy’s workforce is equal the state’s construction industry and 50% larger than the state’s manufacturing industry.
One in ten New Mexicans has a substance use issue and two in ten suffer from a mental illness.
63% (compared to 20% nationally) of victims of child abuse in NM have a parent or caregiver who abuses drugs.
First Nations Community HealthSource
American Indians compromise more than 50% of the homeless population in Albuquerque and suffer from the highest rates of substance use and mortality rates due to substance abuse and suicide in the State.
First Choice Community Healthcare Inc.
There is a huge stigma around people who struggle with mental illness and part of this stigma is the myth that people who have mental health issues are not smart enough to hold a job. The truth is that many of these folks are very intelligent and just need to be able to better manage their symptoms.
The Savila Collaborative d.b.a Centro Savila
There are significant barriers to finding local care that is culturally and linguistically appropiate.
Recruitment and retention of behavioral health professionals is particularly hard in New Mexico where the median wages are significantly less than neighboring states in the Southwest.
Centro Savila is unique in that it is one of the few sites that trains students in English and Spanish and that is located in the South Valley.
Albuquerque's South Valley ranks high as a behavioral health provider shortage area and, for the largely Hispanic/Chicano/Mexican-American population living in the community, there are significant barriers to finding care that is culturally and linguistically appropiate.
We need to reach beyond helping children heal, to repairing families.
New Mexico ranks 49th in the nation for child well-being, a position it has held for over 5 years in a row.
While child abuse is not specific to one socio-economic class, abuse and neglect is more prevalent in households where additional stress factors, such as poverty, substance abuse and lack of education, play a role.
In order to be successful, we must address the parents' history of trauma and provide them behavioral health services if needed, while educating them on ways to parent and discipline in a nurturing and effective manner that's free from violence.
Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless
The 2015 Point-in-Time report indicates 1,287 individuals experience homelessness on any given night in Albuquerque.
The behavioral health system in New Mexico has been dismantled and the need for services continues to grow. Presently, three of the five behavioral health providers brought in to replace the 15 New Mexico providers forced to freeze their operations, have left the state, resulting in an interruption of services for clients with serious mental health and substance abuse needs.
New Mexico Asian Family Center
There are of 27,968 Asians in New Mexico, 69% of which identify as foreign-born,
The 2010 Census shows a 46.5% increase of Asians locally, reflecting national trends of this population being the fastest growing ethnic group in terms of percentage growth.
26% of South Valley residents under age 65 lack health insurance.
46% of the South Valley population lives below 185% of the federal poverty level.
Crossroads for Women
85 to 90% of female offenders have substance abuse problems.
80% of female jail detainees suffer from one or more lifetime psychiatric disorders.
80% have experienced some form of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse during their lives.
Gynecological Cancer Awareness Project/Southwest Research & Information Center
2000 women are diagnosed with cancer in the NM each year
Cornucopia Adult and Family Services
Participating families are “the sandwich generation”; caring for their elderly parents, as well as, their own younger children.
Health Action New Mexico
Mental health affects at least one in five families
According to Alzheimer’s Association 2015 Facts and Figures, there are approximately 36,000 persons with dementia in New Mexico.
Samaritan Counseling Center
In Bernalillo County more than 151,000 individuals are in need of mental health services, with only 98,000 receiving care.
Bernallilo County is among the highest in suicide, drug abuse and overdose, and alcohol related deaths of youth than anywhere else in the United States.
Dental Care In Your Home
Chronic dental disease puts a patient more at risk for cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease and some cancerous tumors.
PB&J Family Services – Fathers Building Futures
The New Mexico Corrections Department reports that 96% of those currently residing in New Mexico prisons will be returning home. Albuquerque is the recipient of most of them.
Ann E. Casey Foundation's May 2016 Report, 1 out of 10 New Mexico children have a parent who is incarcerated or on probation.
New Mexico Child Advocacy Networks
Not all children that enter foster care are able to return home
Many are not adopted.
Current NM data shows that by the age of 21:
- 45% received a HS diploma/GED
- 2% earned more than 11 dollars an hour
- 37% were incarcerated since exiting care
- 22% in the last 2 years, 22% have children
- 30% experienced homelessness
- For every young person who ages out of foster care, communities pay an average of $300,000 in social costs (public assistance, incarceration, lost wages) over that person's lifetime.
The NM Coalition to End Homelessness estimates 17,000 people experience homelessness in New Mexico.
Albuquerque Public Schools estimates 4,000 youth in its system are homeless.
Research shows that youth who are repeatedly overwhelmed by stress may believe they are powerless to affect their future.
Planned Parenthood of New Mexico.
In New Mexico the teen pregnancy rate remains the highest in the country.
In 2014 the teen birth rate in New Mexico was 20.1 births per 1,000 teens, significantly higher than the national average of 10.9 births per 1,000 teen girls.
Only 38 percent of teen mothers who have a child before the age of 18 receive a high school diploma.
of this same group of women, less than two percent will receive a college degree by age 30.
Parenthood is a leading cause of school drop-out among teen girls.
The Rock at NoonDay
The State of Homelessness in America Report shows that while there is a slight decrease in overall homelessness in New Mexico (-2.6% 2014 vs 2013), there is a rise in some of the subpopulations such as veteran homelessness (+30.9% 2014 vs 2013) and chronically homeless individuals (+54.6% 2014 vs 2013).
Adelante Development Center, Inc.
According to the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research, working age Americans with disabilities are more than twice as likely to live in poverty than other Americans, and only half as likely to be employed.
Domestic violence is one of the main barriers to women achieving self-sufficiency and economic security.
88% of abusive partners controlled all finances for their household and 73% stole money.
On average, a domestic violence survivor loses 8 days of paid work per year.
DV and 24% of survivor’s report being asked to resign or being fired due to stalking done by their abusive partner.
Shelters report that 74% of domestic abuse survivors stayed with an abusive partner longer than they wanted due to financial dependence and economic insecurity keeps them in an abusive relationship.
Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico
Studies indicate that a lack of affordable housing and the limited scale of housing assistance programs have contributed to the current housing crisis and to homelessness in the U.S.
VSA arts of New Mexico
1 in 68 children in the United States has a diagnosis of autism.
Paws and Stripes
Nearly 35,000 New Mexico veterans have a diagnosed service related disability.
Divorce rates are twice as high for veterans with PTSD as those without.
Share Your Care Adult Day Services Inc.
Among the states with the highest population over age 65, New Mexico is ranked #10.
By 2030 this group will increase 102%.
New Mexico is ranked 18th in child abuse cases in the nation.
Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico
Adults who carry unresolved grief from childhood experience depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and commit crimes more than children from intact homes.
About 85% of prisoners on death row had a parent die before they turned 18.
Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque
3 out of every 100 seniors are not getting enough to eat.