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ABQ Journal: Mission: Graduate awarded $230K grant, April 28, 2018

United Way of Central New Mexico announced that it has received a $230,000 Daniels Fund grant to support Mission: Graduate.

Mission: Graduate, a cradle-to-career initiative, is a partnership consisting of educators, local employers, educational support providers, government leaders, and citizens who are committed to a goal of 60,000 new graduates with college degrees and certificates in central New Mexico by the year 2020.

Most of the funding from this grant will be used to support Mission: Graduate’s operational and personnel needs. Part of the funding will also be used to implement “Bright by Text,” a texting service that delivers age-specific, free activities, games, and resources to a parent’s or caregiver’s cell phone.  The service will be rolled out in summer 2018, by the Early Childhood Accountability Partnership, one of Mission: Graduate’s Collaborative Action Networks.

Since 2013, the Daniels Fund has been a key partner in helping us achieve our goal,” said Angelo Gonzales, Mission: Graduate executive director. “We are grateful for the Daniels Fund’s sustained investment in our work. These funds will allow us to deepen our engagement with our community to achieve change at scale.”

Mission: Graduate is working on eight strategies designed to help more students graduate from high school, earn college certificates and degrees, and prepare for central New Mexico’s workforce.

The Daniels Fund, established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program, and ethics initiative. Visit to learn more.


United Way of Central New Mexico, founded in 1934, serves a four-county region. UWCNM’s mission is to bring people and resources together to measurably improve lives and strengthen our communities. To learn more, visit or call 505-247-3671.