Think New Mexico

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Human Services

Location: 1227 Paseo De Peralta Santa Fe NM 87501 USA

Mission: Think New Mexico is a results-oriented think tank whose mission is to improve the quality of life for all New Mexicans, especially those who lack a strong voice in the political process. We fulfill this mission by educating the public, the media, and policymakers about some of the most serious problems facing New Mexico and by developing and advocating for effective, comprehensive, sustainable solutions to those problems. Our approach is to perform and publish sound, nonpartisan, independent research. Unlike many think tanks, Think New Mexico does not subscribe to any particular ideology. Instead, because New Mexico is at or near the bottom of so many national rankings, our focus is on promoting workable solutions. Consistent with our nonpartisan approach, Think New Mexico''s board is composed of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans. They are statesmen and stateswomen, who have no agenda other than to see New Mexico succeed. They are also the brain trust of this think tank. Think New Mexico began its operations on January 1, 1999. It is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In order to maintain its independence, Think New Mexico does not accept government funding. However, contributions from individuals, businesses, and foundations are welcomed, encouraged and tax-deductible.
Results: Think New Mexico is best known for its successful initiatives making high-quality full-day kindergarten accessible to every child in New Mexico; repealing the state’s regressive tax on food and successfully defeating efforts to reimpose it; establishing a Strategic Water Reserve to protect and restore New Mexico’s rivers; expanding access to Individual Development Accounts to help alleviate New Mexico’s persistent poverty; redirecting millions of dollars a year out of the state lottery’s excessive operating costs and into full-tuition college scholarships; reforming title insurance to lower closing costs for homebuyers and homeowners who refinance their mortgages; streamlining and professionalizing the state’s troubled Public Regulation Commission; modernizing the state’s regulation of taxis, shuttles, and moving companies to promote job creation, business formation, and lower prices for consumers; and creating a one-stop online portal for all business fees and filings.
Target demographics: Improve the quality of life for all New Mexicans
Direct beneficiaries per year: 26,000 children now have access to full-day kindergarten, the average family of four has an additional $250 a year thanks to the food tax repeal, and New Mexico's high school graduates have an additional $9 million a year in college scholarships through our lottery reform law
Geographic areas served: New Mexico
Programs: Think New Mexico has successfully developed and championed the enactment of over a dozen landmark laws and constitutional amendments, including laws repealing the state’s regressive food tax, making full-day kindergarten accessible to every child in New Mexico, and redirecting millions of dollars a year out of the state lottery’s excessive operating costs and into full-tuition college scholarships.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Think New Mexico takes on issues that both sides of the political spectrum would like to ignore. They make sure the questions that need to be answered continue to be asked.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping simplify complicated issues with the aim of solving them

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give them more money

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was an intern with Think New Mexico during the summer of 2010. More than anything, the internship introduced me to the intricate political environment of New Mexico. Through researching potential initiatives and being involved in everything from helping to compose letters to the editor to sitting in on relevant Legislative Committee meetings, I learned about the government process in a very realistic setting that could never be emulated in a classroom. Before the internship, I had very little knowledge of politics in NM, however, afterwards I felt on even footing (well, at least one step closer) to my parents who have been involved in state politics for twenty five years. TNM's internship actually made interns feel needed by fostering an inclusive and positive office environment. I would highly recommend TNM's internship to others interested in non-profit and political work in NM!

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while being a part of the initial phase of brainstorming new initiatives for TNM's topic pipeline.

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There are no changes I would make to the organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a New Mexican living in New York City, I have found in Think New Mexico the best investment of my charitable dollars in terms of having a lasting impact on the residents and environment of my home state. Each time Think New Mexico takes on a new issue - lottery reform, water rights, school reform - I marvel at their ability to garner support across the political spectrum. I appreciate Think New Mexico's focus as an organization, sticking to the issues they have committed to, even when it means forgoing new, perhaps sexier, campaigns. The fact that they have managed so many policy successes with a shoe-string staff further attests to the efficiency of their organizational model.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

observing TNM benefit all New Mexicans through innovative, non-partisan, progressive policy initiatives from protecting the state's vital water resources to repealing the food tax.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

suggest they continue to engage rural and low-income New Mexican communities in the political process and in their policy campaigns - a complement to their successful internet activism efforts.

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What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

New Mexico's natural resources, education system, and political corruption.

What would you tell others about this organization?

That they are a great organization to support if you care about New Mexico and New Mexicans.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've had an amazing experience interning at Think New Mexico for the past two summers, during which I’ve witnessed firsthand the impact that a dedicated non-profit can have on improving life for New Mexicans. It was very encouraging to work alongside a staff that truly and passionately cares about the well being of New Mexicans, and is willing to work so hard though research and advocacy to actually see results. In addition to the good work I’ve witnessed at Think New Mexico, I also gained substantial of experience as a student intern learning about how non-profits work and also getting a chance to do my own research and contribute my own ideas to initiatives and reports. Think New Mexico creates an atmosphere for interns and volunteers that promotes learning and gives New Mexicans a chance to see how we can make a difference.

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As a student at New Mexico State University, I'm directly impacted and benefitted by Think New Mexico's efforts which helped bring reform and sustainability to the Lottery Scholarship program in the state. As a New Mexico citizen, I also appreciate Think New Mexico's work in repealing the state food tax, and more recently making sure it wasn't re-imposed during the last session. Other successful initiatives like title insurance reform benefit me and other New Mexicans on a daily basis.

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Not change anything!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I interned at Think New Mexico during the summer of 2010. As an intern, I did research on issues that the organization is currently focusing on as well as potential future topics. I also helped Think New Mexico with their fund raising and sat in on meetings with various political leaders in New Mexico. During my time at Think New Mexico, I was able to see and experience the impact that the organization has on the state. A goal-oriented think tank that doesn't get involved in partisan politics, Think New Mexico always has a bold approach to get their issues heard and accepted. Fred Nathan, Kristina Fisher, and the rest of the Think New Mexico staff are pragmatic, open-minded, and willing to do what it takes to get the job done. From its campaign against the passage of the food tax to its defense of small schools for all children in New Mexico, the organization fights every day for the well-being of New Mexicans.

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My internship at Think New Mexico taught me about lobbying in New Mexico as well as about nonprofit organizations generally. I was able to observe how politics work in the state and study how to solve various problems that the state currently faces.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The Think New Mexico staff constantly strives to improve the organization based on comments submitted to them by their donors and other New Mexicans.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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