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Foundation establishes 3 new funds for Chaves County

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Three new funds through the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico will benefit Chaves County.

The foundation, based in Las Cruces, manages more than 300 funds in 10 counties and expanded into Chaves County after the onset of the pandemic, Terra Winter, president and chief executive officer, said.

Last March, the foundation began working with the governor’s office and other community foundations in the state in the All Together New Mexico Fund, established for COVID-19 relief and recovery. Lincoln and Otero counties were among those the foundation had been working in, so it added Chaves County.

“We started doing grant-making in Chaves County in April or May of last year,” Winter said.

That work led to discussions with donors that resulted in the three new funds for Chaves County.

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Two of the funds will benefit the Roswell Humane Society.

An anonymous donor to the foundation established the Just Outright Supporting Happiness, or JOSH, Fund that will grant money to programs for women and children, no-kill shelters and overall community needs in Chaves, Lincoln and Doña Ana counties.

“That’s the name we came up with in partnership with the donors. They want to remain 100% anonymous, so we came up with something around conversations and some things that are important to them,” Winter said.

The donors also set up permanent endowments that will grant earnings every year in perpetuity to the Roswell Humane Society and the Safe Haven Animal Shelter in Las Cruces, according to a press release from the foundation.

Another permanent endowment fund for the Roswell Humane Society was also established with the foundation.

“It is completely separate from the JOSH Fund. That’ll be a permanent endowment for the Humane Society moving forward, so we’ll aways have that fund in their name,” Winter said.

Donations to the Roswell Humane Society endowment can be made through the foundation’s website.

A third fund, the Holloway Irwin Memorial Scholarship Fund, was started by Katherine Irwin in memory of her husband, Robert, a Roswell native. Katherine is the daughter of C.O. Holloway, founder of Holloway Construction in Roswell. Her brother, Wes, is the company owner and president.

The scholarship is designed for students graduating from Chaves County schools planning on attending a four-year university. To be eligible, the students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and should also be active community volunteers, according to the press release. The scholarship can be retained for all four years if the student maintains a 3.0 GPA.

Chaves County students can apply for that and other scholarships through the foundation’s website, Winter said.

“What’s nice about our scholarship program, it’s only one application. They can apply and they’re actually open to multiple scholarships. We have over 40,” she said.

Winter said the foundation will continue to work with donors in Chaves County.

“We’ll continue to seek out donors and connect donors to means and hopefully grow more funds in that area,” she said.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.