Get Involved

We could not exist without the kindness and generosity of people committed to bringing help, hope and healing to struggling boys and girls. There are several ways to get involved with The Ranches and make a difference in the lives of struggling children. Join us in our efforts to give boys and girls the help they need, and prepare them for futures filled with purpose and hope.

Donations
Your gifts make a future of opportunity and success a reality for disadvantaged boys and girls. We operate without sponsorship from a national organization or church denomination, and we do not accept government funding. Instead, we rely on the generosity of people like you who care deeply for children and make an investment in their futures. The New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation performs all fund raising activities for The Ranches, and manages an endowment to help ensure that resources will be available to us well into the future.

Planned Giving
Making a planned gift to The Ranches is a popular way to make a difference in the lives of struggling children.

Speakers Bureau
Help us spread the word about our programs for children. Have a representative speak to your organization, club or church.

Employment Opportunities
Work with youth from troubled backgrounds as an employee of The Ranches.

Volunteer
Volunteer at our Ranch facilities, provide support to foster families, or help out in our central office in Albuquerque.

Become A Foster Parent
Open your home to children who need a safe, caring place to live.

Donations

Every day children and teens face challenges that severely hinder their potential as responsible, productive citizens. Too many of them don't overcome those challenges and face futures filled with hopelessness and despair. If these youth are to realize their potential, they need a fresh start … a second chance to make better choices, get an education and learn the skills and values they'll need as adults and contributing members of the community. Since 1944, The Ranches has given thousands of boys and girls a fresh start. Our comprehensive programs provide needy youth with a Christian home, education and counseling to overcome their difficult pasts and become responsible citizens. Your gifts make a future of opportunity and success a reality for disadvantaged boys and girls. We do not accept government funding, nor do we receive sponsorship from a national organization or church denomination. Instead, we rely on the generosity of people like you who care deeply for children and who make an investment in their future. There are many ways to give youth the gift of life changing opportunities, education and counseling at The Ranches. Please make a donation today.
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Ways to Give
You can make a difference in the lives of needy boys and girls today by making a secure online donation. Donate Now

Donate By Phone
Be sure to have your credit card handy. Please mention to the agent if you are donating to a particular Program or Ranch, or if you are making an honor or memorial gift.
(800) 660-0289
Monday thru Friday
8:30 am - 5:30 p.m.

Donate By Mail
Send a check or money order to:
The Ranches
6209 Hendrix Rd. NE, 2FL
Albuquerque, NM 87110-1334

Honor and Memorial Gifts
Honor and Memorial Gifts are wonderful ways to help at-risk children and remember the special people in your life. Memorial Gifts are a tribute to a deceased relative or friend. Oftentimes, they are given in lieu of flowers. An acknowledgment, without reference to the amount of the gift, is sent to the family or to whomever you designate. We also include any special greetings you wish to make. Honor Gifts are a convenient and thoughtful way to remember special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations, or to recognize someone special to you at the holidays or anytime. An acknowledgment, without reference to the amount of the gift, is sent to the honoree(s) as you request. Donate now in honor or memory of your friend or loved one. Or to give by mail, simply send your check with a note indicating whom you are making a gift in honor/memory of, as well as the name and address of the family. We'll also be happy to take the information over the phone with your credit card.

Become a Partner
For just $120 a year, you can make a difference in the lives of deserving boys and girls at The Ranches. That works out to $10 a month, or just 33 cents a day – less than the cost of a cup of coffee. Regular donations enable us to budget our resources as efficiently as possible for the food, clothing, medical care, education and guidance of our needy youngsters. As a Partner, you'll receive:
Exclusive Partners newsletter highlighting Ranch residents
Insider updates about new projects
Special Christmas message
Quarterly Corral newsletter featuring current events at The Ranches

It's easy to become a Partner. Click on the links below, print the application, fill it out and return it to:
The Ranches
6209 Hendrix Rd. NE, 2FL
Albuquerque, NM 87110-1334

If you'd like to have your gifts automatically deducted from your bank account, print and fill out the Electronic Funds Transfer authorization. Please return it with your Partnership Form.
Partner Form
Electronic File Transfer Form

Donate Stock and Securities
A gift of stock can be a great way for you to assist boys and girls at The Ranches while potentially saving money for yourself. When you donate appreciated stock or securities – that you've owned for more than a year – you can receive a charitable deduction for the full market value of your gift. And you generally avoid capital gains tax when you transfer the asset directly to The Ranches.* To facilitate your gift of stock, please use the following instructions...
Electronic Transfer of Stock
Electronic transfer of stock shares is the most secure and timely way to make a stock gift. Please provide your broker with the following information.

Brokerage:
LPL Financial
(575) 758-4500
Davin Schuler
DTC Number:
0075
Account Number:
3847-1746

The transferring broker must also provide the following information for audit and acknowledgement purposes.
Donor's complete name and address
Name of stock or securities transferred and number of shares donated
Program designation, if any

Mailing Stock Certificates
Check with your broker about the procedures and/or forms necessary to transfer stock by mail. Once this is done, mail stock certificates to:
New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranches
Attn.: Finance Department
6209 Hendrix Rd. NE, 2FL
Albuquerque, NM 87110-1334

Please include your complete name and address, the name of the stock and the number of shares you are donating. Also indicate if you are designating the gift to a particular program.

*This should not be considered tax or legal or accounting advice. Please consult your tax or legal advisors before taking any action that may have tax consequences.

Donate In-kind Items
Donations of in-kind items such as toys, athletic equipment, school items, and tools help make the program a better experience for the boys and girls, and help defray costs The Ranches would otherwise incur. However, due to storage restraints we are only able to accept those items that we can readily use in our programs. If you wish to donate items, please call 1.800.660.0289.

Donate a Pre-Owned Vehicle
If you have a used car, truck or other vehicle, you can donate it to The Ranches and receive the full fair market value as a tax deduction. Vehicles should be in working condition and have a clear title. Call 1.800.660.0289 for more information.

Planned Giving
Planned giving is a popular way to invest in the future of needy children. Click here to learn more.

Speakers Bureau

Since 1944, we've been providing children with a safe haven and teaching them the skills and values they need as responsible, contributing members of the community. When your club or church needs a speaker, remember The Ranches. We have speakers available who give lively, informative presentations about children, the challenges they are facing, and how our programs are addressing these issues. The next time you need a speaker, you may reach us by using our contact us form and selecting 'Request a speaker for your next meeting.' as the subject, or give us a call at 1.800.660.0289. We'll provide you with a speaker that will make your meeting interesting, informative and fun.

Employment Opportunities

The Ranches is currently accepting applications for the following positions. Those interested in more information about positions available at The Ranches, please use our contact form and select 'Job openings' as the subject from the dropdown.

Resident Advisors/Associate Resident Advisors (RA/ARA)
The Ranches actively seeks Christian couples to serve as Resident Advisors/Associate Resident Advisors. ARA's provide assistance to on-duty RA's in supervising cottage activities for up to ten children ages 10 to 18, and provide supervision of the cottage two to four days per week by assuming the responsibilities of the RA's when they are off duty. ARA's also maintain their personal living quarters and work in another capacity at the Ranch property (e.g., office, kitchen, maintenance, etc.). Married couples desiring the position of ARA's must be 23 years old or older, married a minimum of two years, and have no more than two children currently living with them. ARA's are expected to model healthy behaviors, morals and values, and be willing to work with youth from troubled backgrounds. ARA's should also have a lifelong commitment to learning new skills and are required to participate in ongoing residential group care training provided by The Ranches. Compensation includes salary, room and board, HMO medical coverage, life insurance and four weeks vacation per year. Housing arrangements vary, but generally consist of two or three bedrooms, living room, kitchen and two bathrooms. A maximum of two pets are allowed with a pet deposit.

Volunteer

Volunteers are a vital part of our programs for children and teens. You can get involved at our residential Ranch facilities, with foster families or at the central office in many different ways. If you are interested in volunteering at The Ranches, please contact us at 1.800.660.0289.

Special Friends / Mentors
Develop a supportive and nurturing friendship with a boy or girl.

Office Support
Provide staff with clerical and receptionist support, run errands or deliver welcome baskets to foster children.

Child and Teen Activities
Provide children and teens with activities that enhance self-esteem, build relationships and increase awareness of the world around them.

Tutors
Provide tutoring in reading, math, and other school subjects.

Animal Activities
Provide assistance with 4-H, horsemanship and other animal programs.

Facilities and Grounds Maintenance
Occasional help with projects such as home repair, painting, gardening and yard work at one of the Ranches.

Special Events
Staff a variety of fund raising and/or public relations special events.

Professional Services
Provide dental, medical, legal, and other professional assistance.

All volunteers working directly with children and teens are required to complete a background check including fingerprints, undergo a TB test and complete four hours of volunteer training.

Become a Foster Parent

As the New Mexico chapter of Child S.H.A.R.E. (Shelter Homes, A Rescue Effort), we work with a network of churches to recruit, train and support foster and adoptive families for a number of foster care agencies in the greater Albuquerque area.

About Child S.H.A.R.E.
Child S.H.A.R.E. was founded in 1985 in Los Angeles, California, to address the foster care and adoption crisis by recruiting foster and adoptive families through churches of all denominations. By partnering communities of faith with foster care providers, loving homes are found for the thousands of children in the foster care system. The rich family-oriented resources of the church also provide the physical, emotional and spiritual support that foster and adoptive families need. Studies show that this approach works. Two out of three foster children stay with their Child S.H.A.R.E. family until they are adopted or reunited with their birth family. And Child S.H.A.R.E.'s adoption rate for foster children is twice the national average.

Getting Involved
There are several opportunities to serve children through Child S.H.A.R.E.
Full-time foster families – married couples and singles who welcome a foster child into their homes for extended periods of time.
Back-up or respite families – families who are certified to take a child for a day, overnight or longer when a full-time family needs rest.
Special friends/baby-sitters – people committed to mentoring a child.
Volunteers – people who work in the co-op, pick-up donations, tutor, deliver welcome baskets, plan and oversee special activities.
Professional volunteers – physicians, educators, counselors, attorneys, accountants, etc. who donate their time and skills.
Anchor churches – congregations that provide space for co-ops, support group meetings, fund raisers and special activities.

Why Be a Child S.H.A.R.E. Family?
Child SHARE member families enjoy many services without membership fees.
Respite care – a pool of families who can give you a break from the demands of foster parenting.
Welcome baskets – a personalized basket of items to welcome children into your home. Baskets include items like blankets, toys and school items.
Equipment and clothing co-op – a collection of new and gently used clothing, cribs, toys and other items to make your home ready for a foster child. All items are free for your use.
Support – experienced, supportive staff are available to answer your questions.

Are You Interested?
It is a rewarding experience to give needy children a stable, caring and loving home, or provide support to the families who do. Call for more information at 1-800-660-0289 to learn more.

Albuquerque Anchor and Partner Churches
Church of the Risen Savior
First United Methodist
Grace Church
Heights Cumberland
Our Lady of Fatima Parish
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
St. John's Cathedral
St. Marks-on-the-Mesa
Trinity Episcopal Church

Foundation FAQ

Why does a children’s charity like New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranches need a Foundation?
We do not accept government funding. Consequently, monies needed to operate all of our childcare programs must be raised annually. This requires that we utilize a wide variety of fund raising activities, including direct mail, estate planning, special events, gift annuities and the like. Additionally, donors through the years have given us assets that must be actively managed, sometimes on their behalf. These include trusts, bequests, oil and gas royalties, stocks, bonds, real estate and gift annuity contracts. As a service to our donors, we will also serve as the executor of their estate when immediate family is not available. The legal structure of a foundation enables us to conduct all of these activities under state and federal law.

Why don’t you accept government funding?
Government funding tends to be very unstable – each time there is a budget crunch, social service programs are usually the first to be cut. Our faith-based values could also affect future funding.

How can I obtain a copy of your annual report or 990?
Copies of our annual report and Form 990 tax returns are available upon request. Call our offices at 1-800-660-0289 or write us at 6209 Hendrix Rd. NE, 2 FL, Albuquerque, NM 87110.

Can I create an endowment or scholarship fund?
Yes. Since 1984, permanent endowment, memorial, education and scholarships funds have been a popular and lasting way to provide for children at The Ranches. The principal of these funds is pooled and only the interest is used for our programs.

The endowment and scholarship programs have several brief guidelines:
The minimum to establish a fund is $1000.
The income from Permanent Endowment and Permanent Memorial funds is used for program expenses.
The income from Education Endowment and Scholarship Funds is used for our on-campus schools and helps children from The Ranches attend college, university or trade school.
Your fund is invested and pooled with other funds.
You can add subsequent gifts to your fund at any time with any amount.
A framed photograph and short biography of you or your loved one will be permanently displayed at the Boys and Girls Ranch.
A brass leaf engraved with your name or the name of your friend or loved one is placed on our Tree of Life.
A list of all funds is published annually in our Corral newsletter.
Once a year a report will be sent to you listing the principal amount in your fund and the overall performance of the pooled fund.


What is the difference between a Permanent Memorial Fund and a Permanent Endowment Fund?
The only difference between these two endowment funds is that one is in memory of a deceased friend or loved one, while the other honors someone still living. Eventually, permanent endowments become permanent memorials.

I want to include The Ranches in my estate plans. What is your legal name?
The legal name to use when naming The Ranches in your estate plans is New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation, Inc.

Can I designate which program I want my donation to support?
Yes. If you want to support a specific program of The Ranches, simply note the program when you make your gift.

Can I donate things other than money – like stock or land?
We are able to accept donations of stock, real estate and used vehicles. If you wish to make a gift of this type, please call us at 1-800-660-0289.

I have heard that there is a way that my wife and I can make a substantial gift to The Ranches and receive income for the rest of our lives. Is this true?
Yes, this is true. By creating a two-life charitable gift annuity, you can receive fixed payments for your lifetime and help The Ranches at the same time. If you’d like more information, you can use our contact form with the subject being 'Planned giving such as wills, trusts, gift annuities, etc.' or give us a call at 1-800-660-0289.

Is it safe to use my credit card to make an online donation?
Yes. Using your credit card is safe. Our servers use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), an advanced encryption technology that works with Netscape Navigator (versions 2.0 and above), Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 3.0 and above), and AOL (AOL 3.0 and above). This technology safeguards your personal information and guarantees privacy.

What credit cards do you accept?
We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

What do I do if I forget my password?
On the Donations page, click on the link that says, “If you forgot your password, click here.” We will e-mail your password to the e-mail address you provided when you became an online donor at The Ranches.

Who can I call if I need to speak with someone regarding a donation?
You can call us at 1-800-660-0289 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (Mountain Time).