Community Convener. Grant Maker. Leadership Organization.
Some initiatives are enormously important to the entire community; others, life changing to a few. Each has its place in our evolving community and the El Paso Community Foundation strives to meet needs through its philanthropic services as convener, grant maker and leadership organization. Read more about our key projects below.
Run Internacional: The U.S. - Mexico 10K
The El Paso Community Foundation partnered with the offices of U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke to present the first Run Internacional in 2015. It was a throwback to the El Paso Juarez International Classic, which ended in 2001.
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The race, which will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday, November 3, 2018, is a fast, flat 10K — half in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and half in El Paso, Texas in the USA.
The inaugural race featured about 1,000 runners, and brought positive attention to our border and our sister cities.
Plaza Classic Film Festival
Billed as the “World’s Largest Classic Film Festival,” the Plaza Classic Film Festival was created to bring in people of all ages to enjoy the award-winning Plaza Theatre, celebrate movie history, and enjoy a little community. For eleven days each August, the Plaza Classic Film Festival thrills tens of thousands of visitors with great movies, special guests, concerts, art exhibitions, film talks, discussions, parties and more.
The Plaza Classic Film Festival is produced by the El Paso Community Foundation, and attracts more than 40,000 people each year.
The Classroom Fund
The Classroom Fund supports innovation, program enhancement, and supplies for the classroom. The fund provides requested materials and delivers them directly to teachers in El Paso County, Texas and
Las Cruces, New Mexico — private or public schools — based on the need and the idea. The purpose of the fund is to directly support the efforts of teachers, who — on a limited salary — often buy basic supplies and “extras” for their classrooms at their own cost.
The Classroom Fund Impact grants and projects have had a lasting effect on individual schools, incorporating much needed arts and physical education into everyday curricula. The Classroom Fund has been a project of the El Paso Community Foundation since 2011, and is funded in partnership with Price’s Give ’em Five Fund, KVIA ABC7, and the El Paso Times.
Roderick Artspace Lofts
The Roderick Artspace Lofts create affordable artist housing to provide artists, as well as studio and gallery space needed to create the hub needed for a thriving art scene in downtown El Paso.
The lofts, opened in 2017, consist of 51 affordable apartments for artists, along with commercial space for arts-oriented businesses. The Roderick Artspace Lofts were named in honor of the Roderick Family for their multi-generational giving to the El Paso Community Foundation.
Chris Cummings and Katherine Brennand made the project possible by providing important leadership and by donating the land where the lofts now stand.
Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre
The Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre was restored in 2006 through a partnership of the El Paso Community Foundation and the City of El Paso. In 2013, it was rated #31 in Pollstar’s list of the Top 100 Performing Arts Venues worldwide! It won a national Preservation Award from the U.S. Department of Interior.
The Plaza Theatre was a $24.2 million gift to the people of El Paso from the El Paso Community Foundation, and annually hosts concerts, Broadway shows, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, and the Plaza Classic Film Festival, the “World’s Largest Classic Film Festival.”
The Spirit of Giving Trees
In 1989, the El Paso Community Foundation began providing an opportunity for people to give directly to individuals and nonprofit organizations. It was a response to the ’80s “Me” generation, and the crass commercialism of the times.
The Spirit of Giving Trees have been a fixture at Cielo Vista and Sunland Park Malls, and, more recently, at GECU/GECU Investment & Trust Services branches. Take a tag from a tree, or choose one online, and make someone’s holiday season a little better. There is also a virtual tree at spiritofgiving.epcf.org.
The El Paso Community Foundation is proud to present this project in conjunction with Cielo Vista/Simon Malls, Sunland Park Mall, GECU and GECU Investment & Trust Services.
Border Art Residency
The Border Art Residency enables artists to pursue their craft without the worry of immediate sales or an outside job to pay for housing expenses. Artists selected for the residency are able to achieve a greater degree of personal growth by concentrating on individual goals.
A new museum is being created to spark imaginations, curiosity, creativity and critical thinking through immersive, experiential learning environments. The new organization will provide an outward facing view of the world to people of all ages through hands-on, interactive exhibits, programs and special events.
There is palpable excitement and support for this project, from both the public and private sectors. This new museum will be a world-class destination for both residents and tourists.
The museum will be located in the heart of El Paso’s Downtown Arts District, which welcomes 1.5M local, national and international visitors each year. The Arts District is home to the El Paso Museum of Art, the Museum of History, the only bilingual Holocaust museum in the country, artist lofts, award-winning performing arts venues, stadiums, a convention center, public art, festivals, green spaces, and more.