April 7, 2023

El Paso Times- Paso del Norte Health Foundation and Community Foundation work for region

Much like the work we do, papel picado ‒ the inspiration for our 2022 annual reports ‒ embodies skill, beauty, creativity and challenge. Its intricate designs echo the complexity of our missions. Its color and creativity represent the diversity, vibrance, talent, commitment and generosity of those we serve in our binational, tri-state region.

In the beauty and spirit of papel picado, we are pleased to share the impact of our work in 2022, in partnership with hundreds of nonprofit organizations and community partners to improve health, education, social services, economic development and quality of life in the region.

Together, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation and Paso del Norte Community Foundation awarded a combined $33.7 million in grants and charitable expenses in 2022, bringing total grantmaking since inception in 1995 to $324.6 million, ending the year with a combined $300.4 million in assets. The Fundación Paso del Norte mobilized an additional $1,153,598.

Tracy Yellen is CEO of the Paso del Norte Community Foundation and Paso del Norte Health Foundation.

Paso del Norte Health Foundation's 3 priority areas

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation focuses its grantmaking in three priority areas: Healthy Living, Disease Prevention and Management, and Health Leadership. In 2022, the Health Foundation invested a record $13.7 million in grants and charitable expenses supporting 116 grantees and bringing total grantmaking to more than $237 million since inception. Additionally, the Health Foundation received a generous $15 million gift from MacKenzie Scott, which will thoughtfully be invested in the community over the next few years.

-Healthy Living ‒ invested $4.9 million in grants to 55 entities to increase quality programs for youth, educate parents and educators to reduce teen vaping, and construct new trail segments.

· Disease Prevention and Management ‒ awarded $3.7 million through 40 grants to prevent diabetes and mental illness. This included work with the Diabetes Alliance to expand awareness of educational resources and promote the Diabetes, Now What? campaign, and support for the El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium in partnership with Paso del Norte Center at the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute.

· Health Leadership ‒ provided $2.7 million to support 21 grants to support leadership development for executives, boards of directors, and nonprofit organizations. Leverage resources through partnerships, invest in strategic initiatives and catalytic projects, and respond to immediate needs for benefit of the region’s health.

Paso del Norte Community Foundation's 4 priority areas

The Paso del Norte Community Foundation focuses on four priority areas: Philanthropic Giving, Nonprofit Investment, Community Projects, and Community Resilience. In 2022, the Community Foundation received $23.7 million in contributions from 8,153 donors for more than 200 charitable funds, investing $19.9 million in grants and charitable expenses and bringing to grantmaking since inception in 2013 to $87.6 million.

· Philanthropic Giving – welcomed 26 new funds to our community of philanthropy and grew endowment assets as part of more than 200 Donor-Advised and Designated Funds to $14 million. Over $200,000 in scholarships were awarded in partnership with 38 scholarship funds.

· Community Projects – partnered with the city of El Paso and the El Paso Art Museum Foundation to support design and community engagement for the Downtown Deck Plaza and Star Ceiling projects, respectively.

· Nonprofit Investment – hosted the second annual Nonprofit Conference: Reimagine!, led an inaugural Gator Tank, a fast-pitched competition meant to bolster local nonprofits with chances to win up to $18,000 in cash prizes, and raised $1.2 million for 222 nonprofit organizations.

· Community Resilience – in partnership with the city and El Paso County, provided $12 million in rental assistance as part of the EP Rent Help program, bringing total rental assistance to $38 million for over 8,500 tenants in need from 2020-22.

The Fundación Paso del Norte was established in 2015 to leverage partnerships and resources to improve quality of life in Juárez and further binational philanthropy. In 2022, the Fundación connected and inspired more than 170 donors and partners, mobilizing $1,153,598.

· Investing in Quality of Life – with generous matching fund support from the Hunt Family Foundation, partnered with FICOSEC to establish a permanent fund to jointly invest $494,000 in programs to prevent gender violence. The Fundación’s Challenge Grant supported eight organizations with more than $138,000 in grants and matching funds. Granted an additional $210,000 from our education, culture and COVID-19 response designated funds.

· High-impact Initiatives – launched a second cohort of REALIZE Executive in Juárez to provide training to 18 nonprofit leaders, hosted a conference for women’s empowerment, and organized the seventh annual Juárez en Acción campaign, with a record participation of 19,273 volunteers.

· Global Vision – established a partnership with the Belgian My Machine Global Foundation and Microsoft to engage elementary school students in STEM education. Traveled to Peru to train over 400 coaches as part of our Escuelas de Bienestar initiative.

A special thanks to our board members, staff, donors, grantees, and partners for your leadership, generosity, trust, collaboration, and commitment to the health and future of our region.

We invite you to learn more about our community impact, grantmaking, partners, funds, investments, financial statements, and more, via our on-line 2022 Annual Reports at pdnfoundation.info.

Tracy J. Yellen is CEO of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation and Paso del Norte Community Foundation. She may be reached at tyellen@pdnfoundation.org and 915-218-2615.