How does it work?

Memorial and tribute funds can take various forms. They can be set up to provide scholarships, grants and charitable gifts to benefit one or more nonprofit organizations or charitable causes. The Paso del Norte Community Foundation has helped families set up memorial and tribute funds that honor their loved ones while giving back to the community in a meaningful and lasting way. 

Success Stories

The Paso del Norte Community Foundation has worked with individuals, families and organizations to establish memorial and tribute funds to honor the loved ones who have touched their lives in a meaningful and lasting way. 

Bob & Rose Ann Hoy Fund for Health Leadership

Bob Hoy was a founding member of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation and Paso del Norte Community Foundation. The Bob and Rose Ann Hoy Fund for Health Leadership recognizes and honors Bob and Rose Ann's personal commitment to the development of leaders in the region. The fund's annual distribution supports the nonprofit leadership training called REALIZE Executive and REALIZE Board.

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Tyler Joseph (TJ) Holder Fund for Mental Health

The TJ Holder Fund for Mental Health was established by Wendell Holder in honor of his son, Tyler Joseph "TJ" Holder, who passed away unexpectedly in 2016 at the young age of 20. The Fund was started with cash donation and a generous life insurance policy. The Holder family has designated the fund to be used to benefit nonprofit organizations that focus on mental and behavioral health as well as addiction issues. They seek to find alternatives to what they view as a broken behavioral health system and make a difference in the lives of families in the region.

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Ronnie Parks Fine Arts Scholarship Fund

Memorial and tribute funds can be established for people who are living. The Ronnie Parks Fine Arts Scholarship Fund was established by an anonymous donor to honor Mr. Parks and to continue his legacy of transforming the lives of local youth.  Still active in the El Paso community, Mr. Parks was a theater teacher and counselor from 1964-2002. During his teaching career, Ronnie Parks taught at White Deer High School, Bel Air High School, Eastwood High School and Hanks High School. He was best known for guiding his students with gentle understanding, genuine compassion and the magic of theater - casting his students as the heroes in their own journey.  

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Benefits of a Memorial or Tribute Fund

Give to a Special Cause

You can set up a memorial fund to help fund medical research, social safety awareness, education, or any other cause your loved one was passionate about.

Keep Your Loved One's Memory Alive

A memorial fund honors your loved one's name and legacy in a meaningful and impactful way.

Immediate Tax Deduction

You receive an immediate tax deduction for each contribution.

Accept Family Donations

We'll create a donation page on our website where your friends and family can donate to honor their loved one.

Your Funds are Invested for Growth

PDNCF invests responsibility to ensure positive returns.

Accounting & Reporting

Annual accounting and reports keep you up-to-date with your fund's value

What Gifts Can My Fund Receive?


Cash, check, direct deposit or credit cards. We setup a fund page on our website where your friends and family can donate online.


Tangible personal property. Examples may be real estate, oil, gas, or mineral interests.

Planned Gifts

Bequests, appreciated securities, life insurance, retirement plans, and charitable remainder trusts, and more.

What can I support with my Memorial or Tribute fund?

Your memorial or tribute fund can support the charity(ies) of your choice or be setup to distribute scholarships.

Nonprofit organizations - Support any registered 501c3 public charity in good standing in the U.S. or Mexico.

Existing Foundation Initiatives or Funds - Support one or more of the existing impactful charitable funds in the Paso del Norte Community Foundation. 

Initiatives of the Fundacion Paso del Norte - Support health and well-being in Ciudad Juárez with a gift to our partner Foundation in Ciudad Juárez.

Initiatives of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation - Support the Health Foundation’s mission or any of its initiatives to promote health and prevent disease in the region.

What are the fees?

Initial Donation
A Gift or Pledge of $5,000 Over 5 Years
Ongoing Support Fees
Up to $1 million
The Next $1 - $5 million

Why Paso del Norte Community Foundation?

The Paso del Norte Community Foundation is committed to helping you honor your loved one. Our individualized service allows us to work with you and/or your professional advisors, discuss complex gifts, and facilitate family engagement in charitable giving, if desired. We work one-on-one with you every step of the way to ensure you create a meaningful memorial or tribute fund.

High transparency & Accountability

Detailed reports and easy communication allow you to feel secure that your giving is making the impact you want.

We work with your advisor

Feel confident by having your financial advisor present during meetings, and involved at any time you wish.


PDNCF has worked with dozens of families and individuals over the years helping them set up a memorial or tribute fund they're proud of. We can confidently help you do the same for your loved one.

Ready to get Started?

Mica Short

Vice President of Development

Mica Short has experience in the local nonprofit and philanthropic space. She can be a resource to you as you consider making a lasting impact through a charitable giving fund.


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