Among the many projects supported by the Nicholas C. Nellos Memorial Fund, is a food cart program of New Day Youth and Family Services, seen here delivering empanadas locally.
Established in 1988 with one of the Foundation’s largest gifts, The FUNd was created by an anonymous donor who “strongly believes that the promotion of the artistic and cultural life of our community has unlimited rewards for future generations." This donor-advised endowment fund has supported the artist costs of many public art pieces including sculptures, murals and paintings as well as provided grant funding for museum catalogs, public art exhibits, and production expenses. To date, the fund has granted over $3 million dollars to the Albuquerque community. Another Albuquerque Community Foundation DAF, the Nicholas C. Nellos Memorial Fund for At-Risk Children, was established in 2002 in honor of Nick Nellos who was tragically killed by two itinerant gang members. The fund’s mission is to foster positive change in the lives of children and adolescents at-risk for violent behavior. Grants support educational and direct services for at-risk youth, their families and the community to prevent the tragedy and loss of life caused by violent acts.