Los Alamos Community Foundation Holds Spring Conference For Nonprofits

Brian Brogan, Los Alamos County Community Services Director explains the details of responding to County request for proposals. Courtesy/LACF

Kristine Coblentz, LAPS Healthy Schools Program Director, provided examples of successful community-wide collaborations.Courtesy/LACF

Participants discussing a variety of community needs and collaboration opportunities during the LACF Spring Conference for nonprofits Friday at UNM-LA. Courtesy/LACF


Local and regional representatives from over thirty local nonprofits met all day Friday, April 28 at UNM-Los Alamos to learn about “Practicing the Art of Working Together: Public/Private and Peer Partnerships.”

This was the second annual Spring Conference for Nonprofits co-sponsored by the Los Alamos Community Foundation and United Way of Northern New Mexico. The conference attracted interest from a wide range of nonprofits focused on social services, health, education, youth and family support, the environment and more.

Attendees heard morning presentations from Kathy Keith, director of the LANL Community Partnerships Office, Brian Brogan, director of Los Alamos County Community Services, and Kristine Coblentz, director of Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) Healthy Schools Program. Afternoon breakout sessions concentrated on different areas of interest to the local nonprofit community.

One session looked at developing better understanding of formal and informal agreements used to partner with other organizations. A second session investigated requirements for a shared social services center for Los Alamos. The third session was a free flowing follow-on discussion with representatives from LANL, the County and LAPS. Mark D. Bennett of Decision Resources, Inc. facilitated the exchange of new ideas and networking among the participants.

Financial support for this event was provided by a grant from the LANL Foundation and UNM-LA provided free conference space.