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NPD 2017 Awardees!

AFP-NM is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 National Philanthropy Day Awards:

Oustanding Business/Coporation in Philanthropy

Allen Theatres  Allen Theatres Inc. is a family owned New Mexico based movie exhibitor.  Starting with a single screen "Opera House" showing silent films in Farmington, NM in 1912; Allen Theatres currently operates 18 locations, 121 screens, in New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona.  Over the century, Allen Theatres has proven to be a place for all people to come together to enjoy a common experience- to laugh, cry and clap together.

Allen Theatres loves to be a participant and active in each of our communities.  We support them through both continual company growth and philanthropic activities.  We love to be the first employer to many youth and future leaders of New Mexico. 

Oustanding Foundation in Philanthropy

Carl Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Family Foundation  The mission of the Anderson Charitable Foundation is to address the basic needs of children, seniors and people with disabilite, In addition, the Foundation makes grants to medical research organizations  seeking cures for catastrophic diseases. IN the last ten years, the Foundation has granted approcimately $14 million to over 100 worthy agencies in New Mexico.


Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser - TIE

Laura Coniff  Laura Conniff is Associate Broker with Steinborn & Associates Real Estate in Las Cruces. As founder and co-chair of New Mexico State University's Tough Enough to Wear Pink, Laura found her most impassioned role which combined her dedication to NMSU, and her own experience with breast cancer to bring awareness to all those who may face breast cancer in their lives. Laura served on the New Mexico State University Board of Regents, including as Chairman of the Board, Vice President, and Secretary and Treasurer, from 2002 through 2012.  She is a member of the Las Cruces Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, the Las Cruces Junior League, and many more professional and civic organizations. She is an NMSU College of Business Hall of Fame Inductee, was named Las Cruces Junior League Volunteer of the Year, and has received the Las Cruces Mayor's Distinguished Service Award.  Laura holds her Bachelors in Business Administration with Honors from New Mexico State University. She and her husband, John, have two children, four grandchildren. 

Melissa Rosen Frankel Upon returning to Albuquerque in 2003, after living in San Francisco and New York, Melissa followed her true passion, volunteering in the local community. Having served as a Resource Development Chairperson, through the Junior League of Albuquerque, Melissa brought in approximately $14,000 of sponsors and donations to benefit the construction of a family room in a hospital for a local organization. Melissa and her husband Aaron also became members of the Albuquerque Community Foundation's Future Fund. During 2014-2015, Melissa volunteered with the Title I Project filling children's backpacks with food and supplies, served three years as a committee member of Artedge benefiting Lead with the Arts, and other educational programs of the Albuquerque Museum, served a full term as a Board Member with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico-Business Development & Community Ambassador and was a committee member for the Popejoy Hall Annual Gala. Melissa was also the 2014 Co-Chairperson for the Montezuma Ball, benefiting Animal Humane New Mexico and the Flamenco Institute of Albuquerque.  In 2016, Melissa served as a committee member with Saranam on the Fundraising Strategy Team as well as joining the Board of Animal Humane New Mexico where she is currently the Vice President and weekly dog walker since 2011. Recently, Melissa has joined the 2018 Albuquerque Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association.

In her free time, Melissa can be found walking and raising her three beloved rescue border collies, Bella, Riley and Bandit. 


Outstanding NM Leaders in Philanthropy

Ted and Margaret Jorgensen





Outstanding Professional Fundraiser

Christie Baskett  Christie Baskett, CFRE, is the Vice President for Advancement at United World College USA in Montezuma, NM. Over her 30-year career in fundraising she has raised more than $136 million for UWC-USA, The Putney School in Vermont, Greenhill School, KERA/KDTN (public radio and television), Dallas Museum of Natural History, and the Dallas Symphony.  She began her fundraising career after receiving an MBA and Masters in Arts Administration from SMU where she interned with arts organizations, including the Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation.

Christie's commitment to the fundraising profession is deep. She has served on committees and boards of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) every year since 1990. She was president of the Northern New England and Dallas Chapters of AFP and has served twice on AFP International committees. She joined the board of the AFP New Mexico Chapter when she moved to the state four years ago, and co-chaired the AFP-NM NPD Awards Selection Committee and is currently chairing the AFP-NM Program Committee.

Christie is also a committed volunteer and enjoys giving back to her community. Currently she is president of the Rotary Club of Las Vegas, NM; elder at First United Presbyterian Church in Las Vegas; co-president of the Wellesley College Club of New Mexico; a member of PEO (a women's service organization); and a singer with the New Mexico Highlands University Concert Choir. Christie and her husband, Douglas, have two grown sons. 


Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Awards

Outstanding Youth in Philanthopy

Angelo Santistevan Angelo is a 7th grader at Garfield Middle School in Albuquerque. He has years-long history of community involvement, working with his mother and grandmother on personal and local outreach programs. His most recent project was to coordinate a collaborative effort between famillies and community partners, such as the Kiwanis Builders Club, to distribute Thanksgiving boxes - not only to families within his school, but also to families and individuals in the community. Again at Christmas, he and his classmates "adopted" families in need and found volunteers willing to donate toys to them. Angelo recognizes the meaning of community and his role in it. He has learned that the smallest gesture of kindness performed for another person can start to change the world.


Outstanding Teen in Philanthropy

Mackenzie Jarrell Mackenzie is a 9th grader at Albuquerque Academy. From an early age she has been passionate about serving those in her local and global commmunities, and has founded several school-based service organizations. Mackenzie has worked to raise money and support for charities including New Day, Watermelon Ranch, Wounded Warriors, Read to Excel, Roadrunner Food Bank as well as for earthquake victims. She was a member of the Academy's 2017 State Chamionship Girls' Varsity Swim Team and Junior Varsity Track Team. She has a younger brother, Jackson, and baby sister, Alexandria. Mackenzie's parents, US Army Veterans Robin and Bobby Jarrell, have instilled in her the responsibilites of service and giving back to those who are less fotunate. 

Outstanding Young Nonprofit Professional

Julia Mandeville - At 33 years old, Julia Mandeville has more than 15 years of professional experience in arts and humanities, project management, program building and community organizing. An East Coaster by birth, her life is now rooted in curating creative, exhibition and professional development opportunities in New Mexico; coordinating platforms that enable artists of all ages to connect with and enrich their surroundings; and contributing to pride of place and impassioned civic engagement among her young contemporaries in Albuquerque. Julia just celebrated her 5th anniversary with Harwood Art Center - Escuela del Sol Montessori, where she is Chief Programs Officer, and she serves an array of local cultural, economic and municipal development efforts, including on the Coordinating Committees of SOMOSabq and Women & Creativity, and as Chair of We Are This City, Vice Chair of Tricklock Theatre Company, and Co-Chair of MiABQ. Albuquerque is the reason Julia knows what "home" means, and she loves it more than any place in the world. 

Outstanding Young Board Member

Samuel J. Baca  Samuel J. Baca was born and raised in Albuquerque and is a graduate of St. Pius X High School. He received his BA in Business Management and MBA from UNM. Sam and his wife Krista have two children, Jacob, 11, and Sway, 5. Sam is executive vice-president/co-owner of AUI, Inc. - one of New Mexico's largest heavy highway/civil construction companies. He believes in giving back to the community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Junior Achievement of NM and Holman's Foundation for Autism.


Congratulations to the 2017 NPD awardees who will be honored at the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Thursday, November 2, 2017. Individual tickets, tables of ten and sponsorships are available for purchase online here. Deadline for ticket sales is Friday, October 27. Tickets will not be available at the door.