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The choice is yours and we are grateful for your support. If you prefer to donate by check, please use the address below.
Cornerstones Community Partnerships
P.O. Box 2341
Santa Fe, NM 87504-2341
We welcome and appreciate your support!
Cornerstones works in partnership with communities to restore historic structures, encourage traditional building practices, and affirm cultural values.
Cornerstones also has an eye to the future in conducting workshops and training programs for youth volunteers and interns, some of whom are international. Participants learn skills that prepare them for future careers.
Cornerstones is a 501c3 non-profit organization located in Santa Fe, New Mexico that focuses its work in the Southwest, including California, Texas and many states of the Mexican Frontera. Your donations are tax-deductible!
Help us honor the past and build for the future!
A Fellowship Fund and Memorials
We have established a Fellowship in the name of Alexandra Ward and memorial funds in the names of Elvira Ogard and Bob Nordhaus. Please consider donating to any, if appropriate, or perhaps make a gift in the name of another deceased friend or honor an existing friend with a donation. Simply indicate your preference on your check.
Alexandra Ward Memorial Fellowship Fund
Cornerstones lost our very special friend and colleague, Alexandra Ward, who died unexpectedly after a brief illness in 2018.
Alexandra was an important and integral part of Cornerstones for more than 20 years. Her talent and dedication allowed her to assume a wide range of roles in our organization.
As a transplanted Easterner, she became fascinated by and indulged in “mudding”, Cornerstones’ time-honored specialty. She relished working in rural communities, helping to mud-plaster walls and developing relationships with the townspeople. Eventually, she was elected to Cornerstones’ Board of Directors, serving first as Secretary and then, Chair. When the organization went through a re-organization, she stepped in as Director for a year, without pay!
There seemed to be nothing Alexandra couldn’t do…successfully! Aside from her amazing adaptability, her most notable quality was her genuine modesty.
To honor her memory, we have established the Alexandra Ward Community Fellowship. Donations raised in her name will support one or more developing professionals and future leaders in participating with Cornerstones and New Mexico communities on preservation projects. The Fellowship will provide an “on the job” training opportunity for future leaders in the fields of historic preservation and traditional building practices. In accordance with one of Alexandra’s guiding principles, community youth and volunteers will be recruited to participate in these projects, led, in part, by the fellow.
Elvira Ogard, or Elvie as she preferred to be called, was one of a kind, a true renaissance woman, with an irrepressible and sometimes irreverent sense of humor and a love for all things creative. Born and raised in Pajarito in the shadow of Black Mesa, she had a deep appreciation for the diverse and unique culture of Northern New Mexico. Her love of learning extended throughout her life during which she attended Highlands and various other universities, always focusing on the arts and literature. She and her husband, Al, lived in various countries in Europe and cities in the United States, but her heart was always in Northern New Mexico.
In 1991, working with Cornerstones, she successfully encouraged the full restoration of La Sagrada Familia, or family chapel, in Pajarito, which was one of the Cornerstones’ earliest projects. She participated in its restoration, happily up to her elbows in adobe. She later became a member of the board of Directors and served for many years in that capacity and was frequently on site mudding along with community members, in spite of increasingly disabling rheumatoid arthritis.
She chuckled until she could chuckle no more and all of us who knew and loved her will miss her forever.
A memorial fund in her honor was established in 2016 for the purpose of perpetuating the work of Cornerstones in rural Northern New Mexico. Please consider donating in her memory.
As a community-based organization built on the dedication of its participants, Cornerstones is always sad to lose one of our own. On Christmas Eve 2016, our Board Vice-Chair Robert Nordhaus passed away. Bob grew up in both Albuquerque and rural San Miguel County. His family has a long history in New Mexico having arrived here from Germany in the mid-19th century. His professional life was spent in Washington DC where he participated in many legislative and policy achievements for which he earned respect, admiration and friendship. He spent holidays out here where his heart was, either skiing in Taos or vacationing with family at his grandfather’s ranch, Trout Springs, above Las Vegas. When he was asked to join the Board in 2014, he began asking hard questions on how Cornerstones could be more relevant and effective in our efforts to fulfill our mission. He was a constant, vigilant and constructive mentor to Jake Barrow, Director. Jake could turn to Bob whenever he had questions dealing with legal review, the role of the director, board communications, or ways in which the organization should better respond to needs in the communities we serve. He gave generously of his time and participated as much as he could, even in his last challenging days. His focus was always in support of our mission, namely the preservation of rural New Mexico. Please consider donating to Cornerstones (or “to the memorial fund established) in Bob’s memory.