Eight of the largest foundations in New Mexico have teamed up to create a common application system for grant assistance.

The new process is unique to New Mexico, said Diane Harrison Ogawa of the PNM Resources Foundation, which funds projects in Santa Fe and throughout the state.

“The funders’ priority was to simplify the grant application to reduce the amount of time involved for nonprofit applicants,” said Ogawa, who was part of a panel that launched the application Thursday at a conference for 160 nonprofits. “We are so aware of how much time they spend inputting the same darn information into these applications.”

Participating organizations include the Albuquerque Community Foundation, Intel Corp., McCune Charitable Foundation, Nusenda Foundation, PNM, PNM Resources Foundation, Sandia Foundation and United Way of Central New Mexico.

Ogawa said the system easily can be expanded to United Way affiliates throughout the state, as well as to private family foundations and smaller locally focused funders.

“This is just the beginning,” she said. “We hope we’ll be able to reach out and include more and more foundations.”

General information required by funders will only have to be filled in or updated annually at sharenewmexico.org. Nonprofits also will be able to securely upload frequently requested documents, such as IRS Form 990 or an organization’s last audit report.

Philanthropic groups will have the ability to customize questions for each grant application through the online common application and will have the ability to view proposals online.

Other funders who want to participate should contact Sandy Mwei at the Albuquerque Community Foundation, sandy@albuquerquefoundation.org. Nonprofits should go to sharenewmexico.org and visit the Resource Directory and update their organizational profile to ensure their information is accurate.

Contact Bruce Krasnow at brucek@sfnewmexican.com.

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