Spotlighting Our Cherished Santa Fe Nonprofits

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As a locally owned and operated Santa Fe real estate brokerage, giving back to the community has always been a defining characteristic of our business model. We are passionate about supporting and bettering our community.


As Barker Realty President and Qualifying Broker David Barker says, “It is, and always has been a part of our family and business culture to nurture and improve the heart and soul of Santa Fe. Supporting Santa Fe’s nonprofits strengthens the community we cherish so deeply.”


During this special season of holiday joy and cheer, we’re putting a spotlight on the nonprofit organizations we’ve supported this year. We invite you to support these and other nonprofits that work year-round to keep the Santa Fe community strong. Select the links to learn more about each organization and ways to donate.


“It is, and always has been a part of our family and business culture to nurture and improve the heart and soul of Santa Fe. Supporting Santa Fe’s nonprofits strengthens the community we cherish so deeply.” —Barker Realty President David Barker


Alzheimer’s Association

Founded in 1980 by family caregivers, the Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. In 2020, the Alzheimer’s Association invested more than $47 million in new funding to support 139 research projects. Over the course of its history, the organization has committed funding of over $250 million to more than 730 projects in 39 countries.


American Red Cross Arizona and New Mexico Region

The Arizona and New Mexico region of the American Red Cross serves more than 9.5 million people in New Mexico and Arizona. The American Red Cross chapters in Arizona and New Mexico provide disaster relief and emergency preparedness training and operate vitally needed blood drives.


Animal Protection New Mexico

Since 1979, APNM has worked to create systemic and social change to result in the humane treatment of all animals. Priority programs and campaigns include an animal cruelty hotline, spay and neuter resources for dog owners and cat owners, an equine protection fund, and a school-based educational program. Their legislative arm, Animal Protection Voters, has helped passed dozens of laws to protect animals in New Mexico.


Cancer Foundation for New Mexico

The Cancer Foundation for New Mexico serves cancer patients in northern New Mexico by providing mileage reimbursement, overnight lodging, and grocery cards based on financial need. The nonprofit organization also offers support groups, volunteer services, and community resource information. In 2020, CFMN reimbursed about 473,000 travel miles, provided 727 nights of lodging, and about 1,300 grocery cards to recipients in northern New Mexico.


El Ranchito de los Niños

Located near Albuquerque, El Ranchito de los Niños is a children’s home that keeps sibling groups together who might otherwise be separated in foster care. One of the few children’s home’s dedicated to keeping siblings together, El Ranchito is one large home specifically designed so that siblings will grow up together, and not in different facilities based on age or sex.


Esperanza Shelter

This Santa Fe nonprofit runs a shelter for survivors of domestic abuse. Services include survivors’ counseling, a court advocacy program, and community outreach services. Esperanza Shelter can house up to 32 domestic abuse survivors, including their children. They welcome all survivors of domestic abuse from Santa Fe County, the eight Northern Pueblos, and occasionally people from other parts of the state or country.


Española Humane

Based in Española, about 25 miles north of Santa Fe, this animal shelter helps cats and dogs through adoption programs and free spay/neuter clinics. Their service area covers Rio Arriba County, the Native American Pueblos of Ohkay Owingeh, Santa Clara, and San Idelfonso, and northern Santa Fe County.


Felines & Friends

With an adoption center located at Petco in Santa Fe, Felines & Friends is a volunteer rescue and placement organization for shelter cats. Funding from adoption fees, grants, and donations is the organization’s sole revenue source.


The Food Depot

The Food Depot tackles hunger in northern New Mexico by distributing more than 430,000 meals a month through its partner agencies and direct service. The Food Depot hunger network is made up of over 145 partner agencies including emergency food pantries, hot meal programs, homeless shelters, youth programs, group homes, senior centers, children’s homes, daycare centers, and domestic abuse shelters. The organization serves nine northern New Mexico counties, including Santa Fe County.


The Horse Shelter

Headquartered at their Cerrillos Ranch in Los Cerrillos, the Horse Shelter is a sanctuary for New Mexico’s abandoned, abused, and neglected horses. Rescued horses are rehabilitated and adopted out to environments that support their well-being and long-term care.


The Lensic Performing Arts Center

The Lensic is Santa Fe’s nonprofit performing arts center, offering year-round performances along with educational and community programs. Performances hosted by The Lensic include more than 200 events a year from theater, music, and dance to literary happenings, lectures, and films. Groups performing at The Lensic include the Santa Fe Opera, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and the Santa Fe Symphony and Chorus.


New Mexico Children’s Foundation

The New Mexico Children’s Foundation is a grassroots organization that funds small nonprofit organizations providing critically-needed services that support working families with children. Their 2021–2022 grants program awarded funding to a total of 34 New Mexico organizations dedicated to the physical, emotional, educational, and social development of New Mexico children and their families.


Performance Santa Fe

Performance Santa Fe has carried on an 80-year tradition of bringing music, dance, and theater to stages and classrooms across New Mexico. Founded in 1937, PSF has focused on youth programming and education since the mid-1970s. Performance Santa Fe’s award-winning education programs bring world-renowned performing artists to more than 3,000 students in 24 schools every year.


Railyard Park Conservancy

The Railyard Park Conservancy works with the City of Santa Fe Parks and the Santa Fe Conservation Trust to manage public art installations and care for the cultivated gardens and landscapes in the 13-acre Railyard Park. The efforts of the Railyard Park Conservancy keep the Railyard Park and Plaza green, growing, and healthy.


Santa Fe Conservation Trust

The Santa Fe Conservation Trust works to preserve land and cultural sites, protect wildlife habitats, and provide open spaces for recreation. SFCT has helped protect more than 43,000 acres of land in Santa Fe, San Miguel, and Rio Arriba counties.


Santa Fe Farmers’ Market

Serving over 150 farmers and producers in 15 northern New Mexico counties, the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market promotes small farms and sustainable agriculture by bringing fresh food to the Santa Fe community. All vegetables, fruits, and nursery plants available at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Markets are grown in northern New Mexico. The Santa Fe Farmers’ Market’s permanent home is in the Santa Fe Railyard.


Santa Fe Habitat For Humanity

Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity promotes affordable homeownership for Santa Fe area residents by constructing simple, energy-efficient new homes and repairing or rehabilitating existing homes through the joint efforts of partner families, volunteers, donors, and staff. Since nonprofits began in 1987, Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity has built over 127 homes.


Santa Fe Opera

Known the world over for presenting new operas as well as for productions of classic operatic works, the Santa Fe Opera makes its home on a 150-acre campus anchored by the open-air Crosby Theatre. Santa Fe Opera has produced more than 40 American premieres and 16 world premieres since its founding in 1956, for a total exceeding 2,000 performances of nearly 170 different operas.


SITE Santa Fe

SITE Santa Fe is a nonprofit contemporary arts organization that presents year-round exhibitions of contemporary art, lectures, and performances, plus an education and outreach program for local schools. A new building opened in 2017 provides spaces for art, programming, and special events.


Solace Crisis Treatment Center

Located in Santa Fe, Solace Crisis Treatment Center serves individuals who have experienced sexual assault, stalking, sex trafficking, and some instances of domestic violence. Services include therapy for post-traumatic stress and anxiety disorders, violent crimes victim advocacy, and sexual violence prevention programs.


St. Elizabeth Shelter and Supportive Housing

St. Elizabeth Shelter assists homeless individuals and families by providing emergency shelter, food, case management, counseling, supportive housing, and referrals to partnering human service agencies. With five residential programs, the nonprofit’s ultimate goal is to end the cycle of homelessness.


Youth Shelters & Family Services

With a vision of ending youth homelessness in northern New Mexico, Youth Shelters & Family Services helps hundreds of homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth each year. Their programs and services includes a 24-hour youth emergency shelter, a transitional living program, and a street outreach program.