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Nusenda Foundation Named 2017 Winner of HUD Secretary’s Award

Apr 25, 2017

Council on Foundations and HUD recognize Nusenda Foundation for outstanding work in building stronger communities through government partnerships


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Council on Foundations (COF) today announced that Nusenda Foundation is one of 10 winners of the 2017 HUD Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships for its role in supporting the Albuquerque Living Cities Integration Initiative, a cross-sector partnership focused on accelerating job creation and economic mobility in Albuquerque.   

The award was presented to Nusenda Foundation at the Council on Foundations Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas, earlier this morning. It honors innovative and impactful cross-sector initiatives that have increased the quality of life for low- and moderate-income Americans living in urban, suburban, and rural communities.

 “The Nusenda Foundation is honored to be recognized alongside such remarkable philanthropic champions,” said Terry Laudick, Nusenda Credit Union President and CEO. “Our commitment to community has always been unwavering, and this work with more than 150 community leaders and partners that collaboratively believe in making Nusenda’s hometown of Albuquerque a model for innovation and job entrepreneurship has been especially rewarding.”

Robin Brulé, Executive Director and Chairperson of the Nusenda Foundation; and Nusenda Credit Union’s Senior Vice President of Community Relations and Assistant to the President was on hand, along with other initiative partners, to receive the award today.

“This community-led initiative is removing barriers and creating an environment for success through home-grown solutions,” she said. “Thanks to the collaboration of partners citywide, as well as Terry Laudick’s vision and leadership, the Foundation has the backing to be able to create meaningful and impactful partnerships in the communities we serve, both in Albuquerque and throughout New Mexico.”

Nusenda Foundation received the award for the Albuquerque Living Cities Integration Initiative, which focuses on reshaping programs, policies, and resource allocation to achieve a shared vision of job creation and economic mobility with a deliberate focus on racial equity and inclusion. The initiative started in 2012 with discussions between the Mayor of Albuquerque, the president of UNM, and economic development leaders. The initiative seeks to create 10,000 more living wage jobs in Albuquerque through better-connected resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs, a more diverse and thriving economic ecosystem, and better data collection and analysis capacity to inform decision-making in Albuquerque.

Support for the Albuquerque Living Cities Integration Initiative comes from public funding streams from the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, the University of New Mexico, and the U.S. Economic Development Administration; as well as private funding from Living Cities, the Kauffman Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the McCune Charitable Foundation, the Albuquerque Community Foundation, and Nusenda Credit Union. There are also many local partners supporting the initiative with in-kind and financial contributions.

 “I want to congratulate each of our winners for their extraordinary efforts to bridge the gap between philanthropy, government, and nonprofits,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “Today’s awards celebrate the power of partnership, and honor exceptional organizations that are laying a strong foundation for more Americans to succeed and to thrive.”

“The 10 initiatives being honored are an inspiring reminder that when philanthropy and government work together and lead together in cross-sector partnerships, their collaborations can achieve incredible results for the communities we collectively serve,” said Council President and CEO Vikki Spruill. “On behalf of the Council, I congratulate each of the outstanding foundations being awarded today.”


Ten awards were given to place-based funders for completed or ongoing projects that are executed in partnership with a local, regional, or federal government agency. Awardees include well-known organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Capital One Foundation, The JP Morgan Chase Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. Other awardees include The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, The Skillman Foundation, The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, and Community Foundation of the Lowcountry.

HUD’s Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation and the COF have co-hosted the Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships since 2012. The winners were selected by a panel of 12 judges — six from HUD and six from the Council on Foundations — based on materials submitted following an open call for nominations issued this past February. Further information on each of today’s winners can be found at HUD’s website.

About the Nusenda Credit Union Foundation

The Nusenda Credit Union Foundation exists to support the credit union’s new and existing philanthropic programs, financial and technical innovations, and educational initiatives. Its mission is to create stronger communities where members live and work through collaborative partnerships, and by investing in innovative solutions to improve education, health, social and economic outcomes.

The Nusenda Credit Union Foundation operates as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization in partnership with the operations of the credit union. The Nusenda Credit Union Foundation supports new and existing programs such as Community Rewards, Powering Success, Co-op Capital, Running Start for Careers, and more. Connect with the Nusenda Foundation at; Facebook @NusendaFoundation and Twitter @NusendaFound.


About the Albuquerque Living Cities Integration Initiative

Albuquerque was one of five cities selected nationally by Living Cities to receive prestigious investment as an Integration Initiative. Albuquerque’s Integration Initiative focuses on reshaping programs, policies and resource allocation to achieve our shared vision of job creation and economic mobility with a deliberate focus on racial equity and inclusion. The Initiative is now piloting data-informed and results-driven programs to increase homegrown job creation and economic mobility. Partners include the City of Albuquerque, Mayor’s Office; Bernalillo County, Economic Development Department; University of New Mexico; U.S. Economic Development Administration; Nusenda Credit Union; Living Cities; Kauffman Foundation; Albuquerque Community Foundation; McCune Foundation; WK Kellogg Foundation; Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce; Central New Mexico Community College; and numerous nonprofit and community partners. 

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