Foundation History

Laguna Community Foundation (LCF) was founded in 2012 and incorporated in 2013 as an IRS 501(c) 3 designated nonprofit organization with major seed funding from the Pueblo of Laguna. In 2016, the LCF Board recognized founders, donors, and sponsors at its first honoring event where Governors Virgil Siow and Richard Luarkie were applauded for their support of LCF in its developmental years.

Although LCF’s initial focus was on education, the LCF Board and founding executive director evolved its mission to “generating resources and offering charitable support to initiatives that strengthen the Laguna people and honor our core cultural values.” LCF has since offered charitable support to projects that advance arts and culture, education, health and wellness, and the environment.

LCF extends support
through:
Annual mini-grants
AmeriCorps Tribal VISTA placement
• Fiscal Sponsorship
• Tribal program fund development coordination

Recognizing the value of the only operating Native American foundation in New Mexico; additional support came from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the McCune Charitable Foundation, BNSF Railway Foundation, State of New Mexico Department of Education, and the Chamiza Foundation. Business and Individual support have generously been provided by Ulrich Consulting Group, Laguna Development Corporation, Leger Strategies, the Canfield, Trojahn, and Solimon families.

An all-volunteer board of directors governs LCF and sets policy and strategic direction. They are responsible for LCF’s overall well-being, including oversight of its resources to fulfill the mission. As defined in the governing bylaws, board majority must be Native American. To date, staffing has consisted of an executive director, contract support, and tribal VISTA volunteers.