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Nusenda Foundation Leadership to Present at ABQ Philanthropy Summit

Aug 04, 2017

Meeting is part of national dialogue to help local philanthropists work together to attain universal sustainable development by 2030

On Aug. 4, 2017, Nusenda Foundation Executive Director and Board Chair Robin Brulé will be one of a dynamic group of presenters at a one-day convening in Albuquerque sponsored by the national Council on Foundations, Philanthropy Southwest and the Albuquerque Community Foundation.


“Philanthropy’s Impact in the Southwest” is the sixth meeting in a national dialogue to explore how foundations can address challenges such as inequality, health outcome, and economic development. This meeting will discuss how work already under way across the Southwest supports achieving universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by the year 2030. This set of 17 global SDG goals was adopted by 193 countries, including the United States, in 2015.


Mayors from across the U.S. have agreed to implement these goals in their cities alongside federal agencies, all working toward ending extreme poverty and leaving no one left behind in an equitable America.


Brulé will be talking about her and her team’s work as the chief strategist for the city of Albuquerque’s Innovation Central and Living Cities Integration Initiative, called ‘City Alive.’ It is part of the Living Cities Initiative, a collective of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions with the aim of achieving dramatically better results for low-income people. The initial grant from Living Cities to the Albuquerque initiative was $100,000.


“Since 2013, more than 180 nonprofit, business, and community leaders; service providers, educational institutions; and philanthropists have volunteered hundreds of hours to build an environment in Albuquerque for entrepreneurs to succeed,”  Brulé said. “Our goal is to provide a healthier and more stable economy; more higher-paying jobs; and more income through connected services, more resources, capital and training opportunities; and improved city-wide infrastructure.


“I’m excited to get to share both our successes and our challenges to the group, and also get to show attendees, first-hand, how our community has benefitted from this program.”


To date:

  • $485,000 has been loaned to entrepreneurs through the Nusenda Foundation’s Co-op Capital program
  • $8.5 million has been leveraged in funding for the construction of Innovate ABQ, a seven-acre, premier downtown innovation district for students, researchers, inventors and entrepreneurs
  • There has been $23,000 in student savings in tuition and fees through the University of New Mexico (UNM) and Central New Mexico Community College’s (CNM), 2+1+2 Program, which fast-tracks students to receive an associate, bachelor's, and master's degree in only five years.


Other event speakers include Randy Royster, President and CEO of the Albuquerque Community Foundation; Bob Reid, Chief Executive Officer of the J.F. Maddox Foundation, Mike Beard, Advocacy Director and Director of Better World Campaign and the United Nations Foundation. Additionally, area nonprofits and organizations leaders from New Mexico, Colorado and West Texas’ Permian Basin Foundation will be on hand to talk about their specific work in the Southwest region.


For more information on the Council of Foundations and this meeting, visit

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.

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