Established in 2002, Brindle Foundation is a small family foundation based in Santa Fe, New Mexico with a focus on Early Childhood. We carry on a legacy of caring and thoughtful philanthropy created by Martha Ann Healy.
News & Events
Second Annual Northern New Mexico KIDS COUNT Conference
November 5th, 2019
In New Mexico, our children and families undoubtedly have the odds stacked against them – we see this in the data that show our state has the highest rate of child poverty and of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). And yet, our communities are also full of resourcefulness, resilience, and connections. Families, service providers, advocates, and policymakers are coming together in towns, counties, and statewide to solve problems creatively, to do things differently, and to apply what we already know will work.
NM Voices for Children and partners will host the second annual Northern New Mexico KIDS COUNT conference entitled, Childhood Well-Being in Northern New Mexico: Trauma & Resilience – From Symptoms to Systems Change. This event aims to bring together those committed to making opportunities for children more abundant, lasting, and meaningful.
Brindle Announces Search for Executive Director
August 2019
Brindle Foundation is seeking nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director. Following the retirement of Kim Straus as Foundation Manager earlier this year, Brindle engaged in a period of reflection and planning for its leadership and is now pleased to announce the search for the newly established Executive Director role.

The Executive Director will be a seasoned mission-driven professional committed to working in partnership with the trustees to improve social, systemic, and environmental conditions for babies in New Mexico.  S/he/they will steward best practices in grantmaking and foundation governance and help to advance the craft of the family’s giving through effective communication, facilitation, and synthesis of insight and information. S/he/they will represent Brindle externally with grace, humility, and integrity -- nurturing existing relationships and building new ones. S/he/they will be inspired and energized by creative and new ideas. The Executive Director will also bring organized and disciplined leadership to the work of the foundation, including a commitment to bringing data and research to collaborative decision making.

The ideal candidate will have a strong connection and commitment to communities in New Mexico.  S/he/they will have a proven track record of leadership and managerial experience ideally in a philanthropic setting and will demonstrate the ability to work across all sectors to advance social good.

This search is being conducted with assistance from Linh Nguyen, Katherine Jacobs, and Hallie Dietsch of NPAG. To learn more about this role, connect with our search consultants, and apply please go to: https://nonprofitprofessionals.com/current-searches-all/brindle-ed
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Brindle Transitions
May 2019
As many of our Brindle Foundation friends already know, Kim Straus, our wonderful manager since 2002, will retire from Brindle at the end of May.

From Brindle’s first convening of grantees, when he asked “What does it mean to be born in Santa Fe?” Kim has been a tireless advocate for babies and their families. His influence on early childhood has extended statewide as he served on the Children’s Trust Fund board, The J Paul Taylor Early Childhood Task Force and other important policy groups that advocate for child well-being.  We will be forever appreciative for all of Kim’s great work.

Beginning in June, we are happy to introduce Karen Rowell, who will serve as interim foundation manager.  Karen retired as Executive Director of Youth Shelters and Family Services here in Santa Fe in 2013 and has since remained very involved in community activities. As she puts it, “It’s my honor to assist Brindle in this transition.”  We are grateful for her willingness to be with us in the coming months!  She can be contacted at karen@brindlefoundation.org.

Over the next several months, the Foundation will be going through a thoughtful search process for a new Executive Director. We will be working with a national search firm, which will also serve as the point of contact for inquiries related to this process. We will keep you informed as further details come available.

Very best wishes!
Nan, Kevin and Craig Schwanfelder
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A New Department for Early Childhood in New Mexico
February 2019
A highlight of the 2019 New Mexico legislative session was the creation of the new cabinet level Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD). Early childhood programs currently in other state departments moving to the ECECD include childcare assistance and licensing, home visiting, PreK, early intervention and early childhood educator professional development. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham will soon name a Secretary-Designate for the new department and the department is expected to become fully operational by July 2020.
New Mexico Receives Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five
January 2019
New Mexico learned in January that it had received a $5.4 million federal grant under the Every Student Succeeds Act. The funding from the Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will help states build and strengthen early learning systems for children birth to age five and their families. New Mexico’s application calls for the effort to begin prenatally. Under the grant, the state will conduct a statewide needs assessment and strategic plan, create an early learning media campaign, share professional development opportunities and best practices, and improve the overall quality of early learning services. These activities will also lay the foundation for the new Early Childhood Education and Care Department. More information here.
New Mexico drops to 50th in the nation in child well-being
June 2018
“New Mexico’s dismal ranking should serve as a wake-up call to our state that we must act—and that action must be comprehensive and sustained... The data show we are at a crossroads—we can continue to disinvest in our children or we can insist upon a new direction, one in which we make a deep commitment to improving conditions for all New Mexicans.” -James Jimenez, New Mexico Voices for Children in response to this year's KIDS count data.
See Searchlight New Mexico for their coverage and other excellent articles about early childhood in NM.