Donating nearly $1 million to nonprofits on the frontlines

Thornburg Investment Management and Thornburg Foundation have responded to the immediate and growing needs of many in our communities hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On April 25, 2020, Thornburg Investment Management organized the #TogetherApart5k, a virtual event designed to keep people moving and connected, while supporting nonprofits on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis. With over 250 participants from around the world representing over 90 different companies, we raised over $6,700 for Feeding America, Direct Relief (PPE for Medical Workers), Santa Fe Community Foundation, and 16 other nonprofits.


On April 28, 2020, Thornburg Investment Management announced its commitment to keeping our community informed and connected by supporting subscription free access to local COVID-19 journalism in the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper. For more information, visit santafenewmexican.com/coronavirus.


Thornburg Foundation is a family foundation launched by Thornburg Investment Management Founder and Chairman, Garrett Thornburg. It is not affiliated with Thornburg Investment Management.

On March 24, 2020, Thornburg Foundation announced $240,000 in grants to support non-profit organizations serving the homeless, the hungry, children, and families in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico who are impacted by the coronavirus pandemic:

  • Food Depot, Santa Fe ($20,000)
  • Interfaith Community Shelter, Santa Fe ($30,000)
  • La Familia Medical Center, Santa Fe ($20,000)
  • Kitchen Angels, Santa Fe ($20,000)
  • Communities in Schools, Santa Fe ($20,000)
  • Esperanza Shelter, Santa Fe ($20,000)
  • Elizabeth’s Shelter, Santa Fe ($20,000)
  • Youth Shelter, Santa Fe ($20,000)
  • Adelante program, Santa Fe ($10,000)
  • Family Independence Initiative, Albuquerque ($10,000)
  • Roadrunner Food Bank, Albuquerque ($20,000)
  • Heading Home, Albuquerque ($20,000)
  • COVID-19 Response Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation ($10,000)

On April 16, 2020, Thornburg Foundation announced $250,000 in grants to support nonprofit organizations that address critical gaps in services that affect infants, toddlers, and their families; assist local food supply chains; combat and coordinate emergency food and hunger needs; and conduct census outreach activities for hard-to-count communities with low self-response rates:

  • New Mexico Early Childhood Funders Group ($50,000)
  • New Mexico Farmers’ Marketing Association ($100,000)
  • New Mexico First’s COVID-19 efforts to combat and coordinate emergency food and hunger needs ($50,000)
  • NM Counts 2020 Census Rapid Response Fund ($50,000)

On April 20, 2020, Thornburg Foundation, together with New Mexico Foundation, Santa Fe Community Foundation, and Navajo-Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund, announced the launch of the Native American Relief Fund, which will provide emergency grants to organizations serving the communities in New Mexico hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thornburg Foundation donated $50,000 to jump start efforts. Tax-deductible donations can be made at nmcf.org/programs/native or by calling +1 (505) 356-4110.


On June 30, 2020, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the launch of a Federal Emergency Management Administration matching project to fight hunger and provide health services in areas hit hardest by Covid-19. Thornburg Foundation kickstarted the fund with an initial $250,000 grant to leverage a potential a $750,000 federal reimbursement, resulting in up to $1 million for Covid-stricken areas.


On July 10, 2020, Thornburg Foundation issued a $25,000 grant to the Navajo Water Project, a community-managed utility alternative that brings hot and cold running water to homes without access to water or sewer lines on the Navajo Nation. The program develops wells to pump, treat, and store clean water which is delivered by food grade trucks to off-grid home water systems of the Water Project’s own design. Each system provides 1,200 gallons of hot and cold running water and solar power. While the pandemic is ongoing, the Navajo Water Project is providing families who do not yet have home water systems with 275-gallon water tanks that they will connect to their water trucking routes.

The latest grant to Navajo Water Project, along with the grants by Thornburg Foundation detailed on this page and additional grants made to Covid-related support, total $965,000.