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Nonprofit Overview

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.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My community was introduced to Think New Mexico when our local school board voted to close our "Blue Ribbon" awarded winning school and incorporate it into the adjacent community school miles away.

Think New Mexico supported our small school community through their representation, speaking on our behalf, research/data, editorial opinions, advise and suggestions to help us in our conflict, but most of all with their constant encouragement to not give up.

Recently, four years later, after much turmoil, the school board retracted their decision and our school remains open.

Thank you, Think New Mexico staff, for being a small school advocate.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a former recipient of the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship, I am grateful for Think New Mexico's success in getting a law passed that requires 30% of state lottery revenues go to student scholarships for college education. Having the lottery scholarship allowed me to focus on school and not have to worry about massive student load debt. With the news of the lottery scholarship struggling to fully fund the rising cost of tuition, Think New Mexico's ongoing fight to keep the 30% mandate in place is extremely important, especially in the interest of the lottery's intended statutory purpose; to maximize dollars for scholarships!


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's amazing how a small group of policy advocates can have such a huge positive impact on New Mexico by addressing some of the states most critical needs. I'm excited to see what they'll accomplish next!


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A close friend, a Washington lawyer/power broker and a part-time Santa Fe resident, once told me he believed Think New Mexico should be a "blueprint" for good government think-tanks in every state in the union.

I agree.

Strictly and doggedly non-partisan, TNM researches and tackles issues that are in the interests of the citizens of New Mexico, not our elected officials. The ethics of this organization are beyond reproach, which is refreshing, commendable, and rare.

Without TNM and it's founder-director Fred Nation, things would be much different in the Land of Enchantment:

- We would have no full-day kindergarten
- We would have a food tax
- We would not have the strategic water reserve
- The PRC would still be running amok and cheating the residents of the state at every level
- There would be no Lottery Reform movement
- There would be no Title Insurance reform

Currently they are working on:

- Smaller Schools
- Health Care Affordability
- Protecting New Mexico's Lottery Scholarships
- Addressing the Jobs Crisis in New Mexico
- Ending Pay-To-Play Corruption

And so much more.

As a resident of this state for 23 years, I love New Mexico, but I loathe the politics. Both Democrats and Republicans seem to be hunkered down and entrenched in their own personal agendas, i.e.getting themselves (or their relatives) elected to preserve their stranglehold on The Roundhouse. Think New Mexico (and particularly Fred Nathan) holds their feet to the fire and forces them to work for the public good.

I urge you to support this organization any way you can.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Think New Mexico does excellent research (which they clearly explain in lay terms in their detailed newsletters), works on a broad range of issues that affect all New Mexicans, and is uniquely effective in winning bipartisan support in the legislature. They have accomplished so much and never rest between sessions, always gearing up for the next problem to tackle and solve!

Dorothy D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.