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El Paso Community Foundation

Post Office Box 272
El Paso, Texas 79943
United States

Mission

To establish permanent charitable endowments; to provide a vehicle for donors’ varied interests; to promote local philanthropy; to provide leadership and resources in addressing local challenges and opportunities. El Paso Community Foundation was established in 1977 as a permanent endowment for the long-term benefit of the El Paso region, far West Texas, Southern New Mexico and Northern Chihuahua, Mexico. We serve as a charitable resource to donors, nonprofit organizations and the community at-large. The foundation is the region’s most trusted philanthropic advisor. Our professional staff offers resources, knowledge and expertise in charitable giving.

Most Meaningful Change

The foundation’s Classroom Fund (theclassroomfund.org) has given innovation grants directly to classrooms. We have also granted to provide outreach to children in Juarez, Mexico, to teach rule of law, and to help fund a world-class children’s museum there. We also are working on a project to deal with hunger in El Paso County, and develop a bona fide local food system to increase access to fresh foods. Finally, the foundation has been instrumental in reviving downtown El Paso through restoration of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre (theplazatheatre.org), and continues to produce the Plaza Classic Film Festival (plazaclassic.com), which has been a huge economic development boon to El Paso, and a strong cultural education and history tool for the region.

1977 Year Founded
$98,000,000 Endowment Value
$5,100,000 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Last Updated: 09.19.14

Population Area Served

3,000,000

Identifying Information
OrganizationEl Paso Community Foundation
Address 1Post Office Box 272
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownEl Paso
State / RegionTexas
ZIP / Postal Code79943
CountryUnited States
ContinentNorth America
Map Address (If Different)333 N Oregon Street
Map City / Town (If Different)El Paso
Map State / Region (If Different)TX
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)79901
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone915-533-4020
Emailepearson@epcf.org
Websitewww.epcf.org
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Did not answer
Primary Contact’s NameEric Pearson
Primary Contact’s PositionPresident & CEO
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded1977
Mission StatementTo establish permanent charitable endowments; to provide a vehicle for donors’ varied interests; to promote local philanthropy; to provide leadership and resources in addressing local challenges and opportunities. El Paso Community Foundation was established in 1977 as a permanent endowment for the long-term benefit of the El Paso region, far West Texas, Southern New Mexico and Northern Chihuahua, Mexico. We serve as a charitable resource to donors, nonprofit organizations and the community at-large. The foundation is the region’s most trusted philanthropic advisor. Our professional staff offers resources, knowledge and expertise in charitable giving.
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced3,000,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)12
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)80
Total Board Members15
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$10,000,000
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal Year$1,958,690
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$6,500,000
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$5,100,000
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$98,000,000
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsA little improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed a centrally important role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed a centrally important role
Grassroots activismPlayed a slight role
Inadequate government servicesPlayed a slight role
Changes in the political environmentPlayed a slight role
Changes in the economic environmentPlayed a slight role
Government initiative fundingNo role
Foundation initiative fundingPlayed a centrally important role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingPlayed a centrally important role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesNo role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodFair amount of time
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyFair amount of time
NationallyVery little time
InternationallyLots of time
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingImportant but not central
Having local people as leaders in the organizationImportant but not central
Seeking local donationsImportant but not central
Having a gender balance in the organizationImportant but not central
Board reflective of community diversityImportant but not central
Building an endowmentImportant but not central
Serving donor needsCentrally important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communityCentrally important
Building inclusion and trust in the communityCentrally important
Pursuing equityCentrally important
Accountability to local peopleCentrally important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyImportant but not central
Community developmentCentrally important
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureLot
EducationLot
EnvironmentLot
HealthLot
Human and social servicesFair amount
Human rightsFair amount
International relationsFair amount
ReligionLittle
Economic developmentFair amount
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityLittle
Information technologyNot at all
Strengthening local or regional governmentNot at all
HousingLot
ChildrenLot
WaterLittle
Alternative energyLittle
Disaster reliefNot at all
Advocacy with authoritiesFair amount
Job trainingNot at all
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOften
Promote collaboration between granteesOften
Promote understanding of public policyRarely
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOccasionally
AdvocacyOccasionally
Loaned staffRarely
ResearchOccasionally
Community needs assessmentOccasionally
Leadership developmentOften
InternshipsOften
Providing space for local organizationsOften
Access to information technologyRarely
Publishing/knowledge sharingOften
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyGetting better
CrimeGetting better
Trust among different sections of the communityGetting better
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesGetting worse
Social position of marginalized groupsGetting better
Responsiveness of authoritiesNo change
Appropriateness of public policiesNo change
Value of community assetsGetting better
Quality of the environmentGetting better
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityGetting much better
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsGetting much better
Networks and links between different parts of the communityGetting much better
Gender equityGetting better
Charitable giving through the community foundationGetting better
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingGetting better
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertySome important achievements
CrimeSome important achievements
Trust among different sections of the communityMuch achievement
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesA few small achievements
Social position of marginalized groupsA few small achievements
Responsiveness of authoritiesDo not work in this sphere
Appropriateness of public policiesDo not work in this sphere
Value of community assetsA few small achievements
Quality of the environmentSome important achievements
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityMuch achievement
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsMuch achievement
Networks and links between different parts of the communitySome important achievements
Gender equityA few small achievements
Charitable giving through the community foundationSome important achievements
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingSome important achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLot
Informal associations of citizensLot
Non-governmental organizationsLot
Local governmentLot
National governmentLot
UniversitiesLittle
SchoolsLot
BusinessesLot
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersNeither helpful or unhelpful
Regional association of grantmakersNeither helpful or unhelpful
Global Fund for Community FoundationsNeither helpful or unhelpful
Particular foundationHelpful
Other organizationHelpful
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsNo
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesYes
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doYes
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleYes
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearYes
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingVery important
Better legal or fiscal environmentNeither important nor unimportant
More volunteersNeither important nor unimportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceNeither important nor unimportant
Better local culture of givingDid not answer
Stronger civil societyImportant
More responsive authoritiesUnimportant
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsThe foundation’s Classroom Fund (theclassroomfund.org) has given innovation grants directly to classrooms. We have also granted to provide outreach to children in Juarez, Mexico, to teach rule of law, and to help fund a world-class children’s museum there. We also are working on a project to deal with hunger in El Paso County, and develop a bona fide local food system to increase access to fresh foods. Finally, the foundation has been instrumental in reviving downtown El Paso through restoration of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre (theplazatheatre.org), and continues to produce the Plaza Classic Film Festival (plazaclassic.com), which has been a huge economic development boon to El Paso, and a strong cultural education and history tool for the region.
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

Most Meaningful Change

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