FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (3-19-2018)
Hestia Grants to Santa Fe Middle School Programs Reach $1,000,000 in its Tenth Year of Funding
Santa Fe, New Mexico – Santa Fe Hestia, a fund established at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, has announced that as of March 2018 it has granted over $1 million since its inception to local programs in support of underprivileged seventh and eighth graders in the community. Hestia is awomen’s giving circle with a mission of improving high school graduation rates in Santa Fe by providing financial support to local programs that engage and support students in middle school.
Santa Fe organizations that have received program grants from Hestia include Breakthrough, AVID, Citizens Schools, Communities in Schools, First Serve, Girls Inc., Gerard’s House, Santa Fe Girls School, Scrub Club, Art Smart and many others.
“The women of Hestia give their money, time and expertise to a cause they completely embrace. We keep overhead to a bare minimum to ensure that we provide the most support possible for the middle school children of this community,” said Suzanne Cisneros, local financial advisor and a founding member of Santa Fe Hestia.
About Hestia: Santa Fe Hestia Fund, at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, is a local women’s giving circle. Founded in 2008 by Susan Priem, the women of Hestia leverage strategic giving and consensus decision making with a focus on organizational efficiency to provide competitive grants to local organizations that benefit the wellbeing of Santa Fe middle school children.The Hestia women feel that middle school is a pivotal developmental stage where support is often lacking.
According to Santa Fe Hestia, “if middle school students are supported, positively engaged, thriving, and aspiring, then they will stay focused on their futures and graduate from high school.”
Santa Fe Hestia Fund
Yvonne Sininger, Chair
Email: ysininger @ cnyconsult.com
Randi Lowenthal, Administrator
Email: hestiasantafe @ gmail.com