Paso del Norte Health Foundation 2018 Annual Report
Fundación Paso del Norte 2018 Annual Report

Trailblazing 2018 Annual Report

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Do not go where a path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

A Letter From our Board Chair & CEO

Hector
Tracy
Dear Friends:

The Paso del Norte Community Foundation celebrated its 5th anniversary in 2018, forging new and expanding paths for philanthropy in our region.

We invested more than $4.1 million in charitable programs and projects driven by one or more of the 95 donor-advised, designated, scholarship and supporting organization funds under our umbrella which are committed to improving education, health, social services, economic development and quality of life in our region.

In partnership with our board, volunteers and staff, we:

  • Honored the life and legacy of loved ones like Deby Lewis, Archie Duran and Steve Hoy with charitable giving funds that make a measurable difference in the lives of others in our community.
  • Established new designated endowment funds like the Alan R. and Dr. Elizabeth Abbott Fund in honor of Dr. Jack Postlewaite for El Paso Children’s Hospital to provide resources for critical children’s health care.
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Dear Friends:

The Paso del Norte Community Foundation celebrated its 5th anniversary in 2018, forging new and expanding paths for philanthropy in our region.

We invested more than $4.1 million in charitable programs and projects driven by one or more of the 95 donor-advised, designated, scholarship and supporting organization funds under our umbrella which are committed to improving education, health, social services, economic development and quality of life in our region.

In partnership with our board, volunteers and staff, we:

  • Honored the life and legacy of loved ones like Deby Lewis, Archie Duran and Steve Hoy with charitable giving funds that make a measurable difference in the lives of others in our community.
  • Established new designated endowment funds like the Alan R. and Dr. Elizabeth Abbott Fund in honor of Dr. Jack Postlewaite for El Paso Children’s Hospital to provide resources for critical children’s healthcare.
  • Welcomed new donor-advised funds like the Clement and Amy Marcus Family Fund, which joins other impactful donor-advised funds such as the Ginger G. Francis and L. Frederick Francis Foundation and the Joy and Anthony Martinez Fund, established to support charitable causes in the Paso del Norte region and beyond.
  • Supported special initiatives like the Texas Mission of Mercy, led by the El Paso District Dental Society, providing $610,700 in pro bono dental care through 3,714 free treatments to 832 patients over two days.
  • Partnered with three local film festivals including the El Paso Film Festival, Femme Frontera and Cine Fantastico with generous support from the Rio Bravo Film Fund and generous donors to expand access to the cinematic arts.
  • Distributed more than $206,976 in classroom impact grants and scholarships to 115 students from generous partner funds including the EPISD Education Foundation, Bowie Jardin, Cocina and Mercado Fund, Deby Lewis Foundation, Women’s Fund of El Paso and designated funds established by an anonymous donor in honor of El Paso-area teachers Genevieve Gonzalez, Ronnie Parks, Coach Lou Robustelli and Ann Yerby Memorial.
  • Led the third annual El Paso Giving Day, a 24-hour on-line fundraising campaign that raised $409,013.63 for 178 participating nonprofits from 2,747 donors, prize money from the Meadows Foundation and generous corporate matching/underwriting support. Forty percent of gifts received were from first-time donors.
  • Worked with the Fundación Paso del Norte para la Salud y Bienestar to meet the Hunt Family Foundation Challenge Grant to grow philanthropy and charitable giving, awarding $650,000 for nonprofit organizations and programs in Ciudad Juárez.
  • Welcomed Paso del Norte Health Foundation as a supporting organization under our umbrella and supported the Health Foundation in expanding the Playa Drain Trail with generous gifts from corporate partners like the Marathon Foundation.

Organizationally, we are pleased to report that we:

  • Welcomed Paso del Norte Health Foundation as a supporting organization under our umbrella.
  • Welcomed two new staff to our Foundation team including Mica Short, Vice President for Development, and Erica Salas, Director of Partnerships and Donor Relations.
  • Applied to the Community Foundations National Standards Board for accreditation with the governance, fiscal and administrative systems in place to meet (and exceed) the 26 national standards of excellence.

With nearly 5,400 gifts from 3,773 donors in 2018, we are committed to ensuring the highest levels of accountability and transparency for the funds entrusted to our care.

We celebrate this trailblazing work thanks to the vision, leadership and commitment of our Board of Directors, the time, collaboration and dedication of hundreds of community partners and volunteers, and the effort and hard work of our incredible staff.

Thank you for joining us on this path to achieving our vision: ensuring that the people of our binational, tri-state region have the knowledge, resources, support and environment to lead happy, healthy and productive lives.

Sincerely,

Hector Retta

Board Chair

Tracy Yellen

Chief Executive Officer

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2018 Highlights

Providing housing and hope to those most in need
Providing housing and hope to those most in need

The Willie Sanchez Rosales Memorial Fund was established by the Rosales Family in honor and memory of their son and brother, Willie Sanchez. The Memorial Fund supports the administrative and programmatic needs of the Willie Sanchez Rosales Family Center, an emergency center for families that are experiencing homelessness. The Center offers a one-of-a-kind program allowing families to stay together while working on finding employment and permanent housing. Managed by the Opportunity Center for the Homeless, the Center has helped more than 150 families since it opened.

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Funding scholarships for deserving graduating seniors: one brick at a time
Funding scholarships for deserving graduating seniors: one brick at a time

Deby Lewis’s family established the Deby Lewis Foundation under the Paso del Norte Community Foundation to honor Deby’s lifelong commitment and contributions to students at Eastwood High School and within the Ysleta Independent School District. This year, the Lewis family and their friends led an extraordinary undertaking: selling more than 720 bricks that will adorn the sidewalks at the newly constructed Eastwood High School. Proceeds from the brick sales support scholarships for deserving graduating seniors at Eastwood. The Deby Lewis Foundation has funded more than $20,000 in scholarships since its inception.

Providing free dental services to patients in need
Providing free dental services to patients in need

In April of 2018, the El Paso District Dental Society Fund hosted a free two-day dental clinic delivering pain-relieving dental care at no cost to underserved patients in the community. The Dental Society raised more than $50,000 to sponsor this Texas Mission of Mercy. The event was a huge success with dedicated volunteer dentists and hygienists providing $610,700 in pro bono dental care through 3,714 free treatments to 832 patients in need.

Promoting the development, production and appreciation of film and filmmaking in the Borderland
Promoting the development, production and appreciation of film and filmmaking in the Borderland

The Rio Bravo Film Fund was established in 2017 to promote and encourage the development, production and appreciation of film and filmmaking. Established by Charles and Ann Horak, the fund has directly supported film production and organizations that expand the appreciation of cinema in the region including support for three new film funds and festivals that are also welcome additions to the Paso del Norte Community Foundation family: the El Paso Film Festival, Femme Frontera Film Showcase and the Permanencia Voluntaria Film Fund and its annual CineFantástico event.

Empowering families to dream big
Empowering families to dream big

When Adrianne Moody and Leyla Zeidan came together to mobilize other passionate parents, no dream was too big when it came to their kids and the future they envisioned for them. Moms on Board (MOB) was founded as a fund to promote family-friendly activities and accommodations at establishments and facilities. They are partnering with the Paso del Norte Community Foundation to realize their dream of building a regional all-ability park for children of all ages and abilities at Ascarate Park.

Providing scholarships to honor the life and legacy of those we love
Providing scholarships to honor the life and legacy of those we love

When beloved educator and track coach Arcadio “Archie” Duran Jr. died in a bus accident bringing his Irvin High School girls track team home from a track meet in Lubbock, he left a huge hole in the lives of his students, fellow teachers, and loved ones. Coach Duran’s family turned to the Paso del Norte Community Foundation to set up a scholarship fund in his memory, so they could provide scholarships for the EPISD students he cared so much about.

Growing community philanthropy through the 3rd Annual El Paso Giving Day
Growing community philanthropy through the 3rd Annual El Paso Giving Day

El Paso witnessed the extraordinary power of on-line giving in 2018 raising more than $409,000 in donations from 2,747 donors for 178 participating nonprofit organizations as part of the third annual El Paso Giving Day. The effort was supported by “prize money” offered by the Meadows Foundation and generous corporate matching/underwriting support. Forty percent of all gifts were from first-time donors to the charities of their choice.

Honoring friends and loved ones through Tribute Gifts
Honoring friends and loved ones through Tribute Gifts

The Paso del Norte Community Foundation is the grateful recipient of numerous donations made by generous donors throughout the year in honor and/or in memory of a friend or family member.

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The Paso del Norte Community Foundation received 5,400 gifts from 3,773 donors for one or more of 87 charitable funds, invested $4.1 million in grants and charitable expenses in the community, and ended the year with $4.9 million in assets.

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The Impact of PDNCF in 2018

Together, the Paso del Norte Community Foundation, Paso del Norte Health Foundation and Fundación Paso del Norte para la Salud y Bienestar have invested more than $195 million in charitable programs and projects in our region, which includes the work of the 87 diverse funds that make up our dynamic community of philanthropy.

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A Community of Philanthropy

The Paso del Norte Community Foundation’s community of philanthropy includes designated, donor-advised, scholarship, and supporting organization funds that support a wide-range of charitable programs and projects that improve health, education, social services, economic development and quality of life in our binational, tri-state region.

In 2018, we expanded our partnership with the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, welcoming them as a supporting organization under our umbrella. The Paso del Norte Health Foundation was founded in 1995 to promote health and prevent disease in the region. This new relationship allows both Foundations to better meet our shared vision and maximize operating efficiencies to ensure a greater return on investment for our community.

The Paso del Norte Community Foundation continued its partnership with the Fundación Paso del Norte para la Salud y Bienestar in order to facilitate and inspire philanthropy on both sides of the border. The Fundación Paso del Norte was established in 2015 to lead and promote partnerships and initiatives to improve health and quality of life for people in Ciudad Juárez. The Hunt Family Foundation is instrumental to this philanthropic work, matching fifty cents for ever new dollar raised by selected nonprofit organizations in Ciudad Juárez up to $200,000 a year for five years.

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