Message from Board Chair and Executive Director

Dear Friends:

The Paso del Norte Charitable Foundation (Charitable Foundation) serves our binational, tri-state region by helping a wide-range of individuals, corporations, foundations and nonprofit organizations achieve their philanthropic goals and transform the lives of those in need.

We are grateful to our many philanthropic partners who collaborated with us over the last year and are pleased to report that, as of 2016, the Charitable Foundation:

  • Grew to 67 Foundation Funds, with more than $6.3 million in gifts and pledges since inception;
  • Distributed more than $3.4 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in El Paso, Las Cruces and Ciudad Juárez through Agency Funds, Donor-Advised Funds and Challenge Funds;
  • Surpassed the $1 million mark in long-term endowment assets dedicated to health and the work of our agency partners;
  • Celebrated our third annual Grand Slam fundraising event at Southwest University Park to raise resources and awareness;
  • Supported significant binational giving efforts in partnership with the Hunt Family Foundation and Fundación Paso del Norte para la Salud y Bienestar in Ciudad Juárez; and
  • Partnered with community leaders on the inaugural El Paso Giving Day, providing fundraising training and raising $145,000 in 24-hours on-line from 1,515 gifts for 135 nonprofit organizations, with 40% of gifts coming from first time donors!

Carolyn L. Mora, Board Chair

Carolyn L. Mora
Board Chair

Anna I. Alemán, Executive Director

Anna I. Alemán
Executive Director


The Paso del Norte Charitable Foundation (Charitable Foundation) is a U.S. public charity established in 2013 by the Paso del Norte Health Foundation.


To support the philanthropic goals of individuals, corporations, foundations and nonprofit organizations to improve health, education, economic development and quality of life in the Paso del Norte region.



To provide excellence in governance, management and customer service


To be a trusted and valued resource for individuals, families, corporations, foundations and community organizations


To consistently live by and promote the values and guiding principles of the organization


To timely and responsibly share information with donors, stakeholders and the broader community


To be open, honest and responsible for the actions and outcomes related to the administration and governance of the organization


To minimize overhead and maximize return on investment of the resources in our care


To make gifts that contribute to positive social change

Making an investment for a Healthy Future

The Charitable Foundation takes advantage of the economies of scale offered by our affiliation with the Paso del Norte Health Foundation. We provide transparency and accountability when working with donors to meet their philanthropic goals as we grow our Health Funds, Donor-Advised Funds and Agency Funds. The Charitable Foundation leveraged annual giving by partnering with nonprofit organizations through the 2016 Challenge Fund and is committed to leveraging grantmaking in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico in partnership with Fundación Paso del Norte para la Salud y Bienestar as well as the Hunt Family Foundation.

Current and Planned Gifts

The Charitable Foundation gratefully accepts gifts and pledges of current assets and planned gifts including bequests, appreciated securities, real property, oil and gas mineral interests, closely-held business interests, life insurance, retirement plan benefits, charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts. Donors may establish a named fund with gifts or pledges of $5,000 over a five-year period. Donors may designate their gift to the fund of their choice.

Tribute Gifts

Donors may make contributions in any amount in honor and memory of family and friends to support the Charitable Foundation general fund or a fund designated by the donor. During 2016, the following funds were established:

  • In Memory of Carlos Martinez, from Paso del Norte Health Foundation Board, Enrique Mata, Myrna Deckert
  • In Memory of Freddy De la Vega, from Benjamin Torres-Barron, Myrna & Ray Deckert, Paso del Norte Health Foundation Board
  • In Memory of Jose "Joe" Prieto, from Paso del Norte Health Foundation Board
  • In Memory of Dr. Joseph Saltzstein, from Richard & Susan Moore
  • In Memory of Ana María Alemán, from Paso del Norte Health Foundation Board
  • In Memory of Joseph Frietze, from Tracy & Steve Yellen
  • In Memory of Rudy Miles, from Tracy & Steve Yellen
  • In Memory of Jim Phillips, from Myrna & Ray Deckert
  • In Memory of J.O. Stewart, from Myrna & Ray Deckert
  • In Memory of Steve Hoy, from Agnes Brock, Allen Gilmer, Analisa Cordova Silverstein, Annie McAlmon, Bock & Associates, Cheryl Derrick, Dalton and Kimberlea Caldwell, DATAMARK, Inc., David & Kimberly McGlohon, Deborah Hightower, Don & Genevieve Pendergras, Gerald Howard, James & Ann Spier, James Rogers, Jan Guynes McNutt, John & Connie Clemens, Paul & Alejandra de la Vega Foster, John & Susan Hjalmquist, Justin & Noelle Lowenfield, Kirk & Judy Robison, Kyle Becker Hendrix, Leo R. Schuster, Mark & Lynn Coppola, Mark & Dori Fennenbock, Merry Ann Summerford, Meyer & Mindy Marcus, Micah Harrison, Myrna & Ray Deckert, Paso del Norte Charitable Foundation Board, Paso del Norte Health Foundation Board, Pat Winston, Rebecca Kallman, Richard & Susan Moore, Sharon Butterworth, Sonny & Ann Brown, Spectrum Reach Media, Steve & Kelly Lovelady, Steve & Martini DeGroat, The Honorable Phillip Martinez, The KT Girls, Tracy & Steve Yellen, Terri Tobler Caviglia, YPO Paso del Norte Region, Bruce & Jackie Gulbas, Carl Ryan & Suzi Davidoff, Dee & Adair Margo, Dr. & Mrs. Louie & Marie Robbins, Dr. & Mrs. Richard Harris, Jason & Kristina Jansen, Juliette Butterworth, Leo Miles Scott, Marji Melby, Oren & Marylane Ellis, Tony & Robin Furman, Ray Cordova, Charles & Ann Horak, Suzan Soltero, Mr. & Mrs. W. Joseph Laughlin, Volkswagen of America, Keybank Foundation, Hoy Family Auto

Grand Slam Evening

The Charitable Foundation enjoyed its third annual fundraising event at Southwest University Park for a Chihuahuas game. The Grand Slam evening welcomed 300 people including Chico, in the Sun Kings Saloon and Santa Fe Pavilion. The event raised much needed funds for the Charitable Foundation with all enjoying an evening at the ballpark.

A sincere thanks to the major sponsors:

A League of Their Own
  • Western Refining
Major League
  • Hunt Family Foundation
  • WestStar Bank
Perfect Game
  • Guardian Mortgage Inc.
  • Texas Gas Service
  • Hospitals of Providence
  • Del Sol Medical Center
  • Kemp Smith Law Firm
  • Fox Automotive
  • Ms. Tracy Yellen
  • TVO North America
  • Charles & Ann Horak
  • Marlene & J.O. Stewart Foundation
  • Mr. Alan & Dr. Elizabeth Abbott
  • Lincoln Financial Services
  • Marina Monsisvais Barraccuda PR
  • Ms. Carolyn Mora
  • Dr. Jose Prieto
  • HUB International
  • Lauterbach, Borschow & Co.
  • Kirk & Judy Robison

Regional Impact

The Charitable Foundation manages five primary funds to meet its mission and improve well-being in the region.

Health Funds

Established Health Funds support the mission of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation as these promote health and disease prevention in the region.

  • Dr. Elizabeth Postlewaite Abbott Fund for Mental & Emotional Well-being
  • Robert & Gloria Ash Fund
  • Robert H. Hoy Health Leadership Fund
  • Myrna & Ray Deckert Fund for Health Leadership
  • Cindy Foster Lyons & Guy N. Fields III Fund
  • L. Frederick “Rick” and Ginger Francis Fund
  • Allan & Amy Goldfarb Fund
  • Woody and Gayle Hunt Fund
  • Steve & Ann Lauterbach Fund
  • Richard & Susan Moore Fund
  • Carolyn Mora Fund
  • Drs. Susana Navarro and Arturo Pacheco Fund
  • Robert & Sandra Sanchez Almanzan Fund
  • Bob and Jacqueline Skov Fund
  • The Peter Cavanaugh Trust
Education Funds

Dedicated to providing grants for educational purposes.

  • Genevieve Gonzalez Scholarship Fund
  • Lou Robustelli Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Ann Yerby Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Ronnie Parks Fine Arts Scholarship Fund
Challenge Funds

Challenge Funds inspired charitable giving in the region and helped nonprofit organizations leverage giving by offering up to 1:2 match for contributions made during selected sponsored events/appeals up to a match ceiling. The Charitable Foundation worked with 22 Challenge Fund partners in 2016, raising and returning $600,000 to charitable causes in the region.

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of El Paso
  • CASA of El Paso
  • Caldo Collective
  • Center Against Sexual & Family Violence
  • Dona Ana Communities United
  • El Jardin Birth & Family Center
  • El Paso Family Services
  • El Paso Child Guidance
  • El Paso Giving Day
  • El Paso Symphony Orchestra
  • El Pasoans Fighting Hunger
  • FEMAP Foundation
  • Gigi’s Playhouse
  • Kids Excel El Paso
  • La Rodadora
  • La Semilla Food Center
  • Mesilla Valley CASA
  • NAMI Inc.
  • Opportunity Center for the Homeless
  • Rio Grande Cancer Foundation
  • United Way of El Paso
  • YWCA Paso del Norte Region
Agency Funds

Facilitate giving, endownment building and grantmaking by working with agencies or charitable programs through a variety of agency funds. The Charitable Foundation is proud to partner with 23 agency funds large and small to improve health, education, economic development and quality of life in the region.

  • Bowie Jardín & Mercado Fund
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of El Paso Foundation
  • Caldo Collective Fund
  • Carambola Community Music
  • Colombianos Unidos of the Borderplex Fund
  • El Paso Giving Day
  • El Paso High School Alumni Centennial
  • El Paso Pro – Musica Foundation Zuill Bailey Endowment Fund
  • El Paso Veterans Health Fund
  • EPISD Education Foundation
  • FEMAP Foundation Fund
  • Fundación Paso del Norte para la Salud y Bienestar
  • in2improv Fund
  • Murals at Ft. Bliss Fund
  • Paso del Norte OUT Fund
  • RNcubator
  • Sunrise Rotary Fund
  • Texas Team Upper Rio Grande Region
  • The Deby Lewis Foundation
  • U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission
  • WE (Fill in the Blank)
  • Women’s Fund of El Paso
  • Ysleta Historic District Committee Fund
Donor-Advised Funds

Give donors the opportunity to support the charitable organizations of their choice over a few years or in perpetuity. The Charitable Foundation was pleased to support six major donor advised funds in 2016.

  • Sharon Butterworth Fund for Behavioral Health
  • Myrna & Ray Deckert Charitable Fund
  • Maureen Henry Scholarship Fund for Health Sciences
  • Loaves & Fishes Fund
  • Joy & Anthony Martinez Fund
  • Yellen Family Fund


Since 2013, the Charitable Foundation has worked to further the missions and philanthropic efforts of community partners and stakeholders throughout the region. We are proud to share a few of our major accomplishments from the past year made possible because of the generosity and support of so many in our community.

We partnered with the El Paso Independent School District Education Foundation and the Women’s Fund of El Paso to raise and distribute more than $100,000 in scholarships and classroom grants provided to deserving students in the community.

The Charitable Foundation welcomed several new partner agencies like the El Paso Veterans Health Advisory Council Fund, which supports efforts that improve the quality of healthcare for thousands of veterans enrolled in the El Paso VA Health Care System, El Paso Pro-Musica Foundation and the Deby Lewis Foundation, a fund dedicated to grant scholarships to graduates of Eastwood High School was established.

We facilitated a competitive request for proposals (RFP) process for the Loaves & Fishes Donor Advised Fund that provided $25,000 dollars in grants to address homelessness, poverty and mental and behavioral health in the region.

2016 Stories

Richard and Susan Moore gifted three works of fine art from their private collection to the Charitable Foundation. These included two paintings by well-known, El Paso artist Anabel Livermore and a Mata Ortiz vase by renowned Mexican artist Juan Quezada. The paintings grace the walls of the Charitable Foundation and the pottery vase is showcased in the board room of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation.

The Charitable Foundation worked closely with Bowie High School’s Jardín & Mercado Fund to raise funds to purchase a food truck. Teachers at Bowie collaborated with students to create a curriculum focused on teaching students how to plant and cultivate fresh food, cook and prepare nutritious meals as well as provide insight into entrepreneurship and managing a business. To date more than $40,000 has been fundraised for this endeavor. The OSO Good Food Truck is the final part of the Bowie Jardín & Mercado’s plan to establish a social venture that will create a stream of revenue to fund scholarships for deserving Bowie High School graduates.

The El Paso High Alumni Association partnered with the Charitable Foundation to celebrate El Paso High School’s Centennial. Throughout the entire year, sponsored events and festivities celebrated the 100 years of tradition with the main event being the legendary, annual homecoming “Battle of the Claw” football game pitting the El Paso High Tigers against Austin High’s Panthers. The game was accompanied by a historic attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Record for largest High School Reunion.

On November 11, 2016, the first ever El Paso Giving Day took place. The Charitable Foundation in collaboration with local nonprofit organizations and with the support of businesses and community stakeholders developed and coordinated this one day, on-line fundraising event. At day’s end, more than $145,000 was raised with 1,515 gifts for 135 nonprofit organizations, 40% of whom were donating for the first time.

Financial Review

2016 Revenue
2016 Expenses

2016 Balance Sheet    |    2016 Income Statement

Board of Directors

  • Carolyn Mora, Chair
    Carolyn L. Mora Financial Services

  • Steve Lauterbach, Vice-Chair
    Lauterbach, Borschow & Company

  • Sandra Sanchez Almanzán
    Fannie Mae, National Service Organization

  • Robert Ash
    El Paso City Employees’ Pension Fund

  • Luis Fernandez

  • Allan Goldfarb
    Kemp Smith, LLP

  • Leonard “Tripper” Goodman
    Goodman Financial Services

  • W.L. (Woody) Hunt
    Hunt Companies

  • Richard Moore
    Community Advocate

  • Dr. Susana Navarro
    Community Advocate

  • Dr. Jose Prieto, Jr.
    Partners in Pediatrics

  • Pablo Sanders
    Strategic Growth Bank

  • Tracy J. Yellen, Ex-Officio
    Paso del Norte Health Foundation


Anna Alemán
Executive Director

Rosemary Hernandez
Accounting Manager

Michelle Ruiz
Development Assistant

Contact Information

221 N. Kansas Street, Suite 1900
El Paso, Texas 79901

(915) 544-7636

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