Donations Assist Police Loyalty and Recruitment, »Albuquerque Journal

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Ever wanted to help fight crime without registering for Police Academy yourself?

The City of Albuquerque is offering citizens a new option by saying a donation to their recently established foundation will aid city government efforts such as police retention and recruitment.

The city estimates that the One Albuquerque Foundation / City of Albuquerque Foundation could raise $ 400,000 annually, according to spokeswoman Jessie Damazyn. The city intends to use donations not only for recruiting first responders, but also for homelessness reduction efforts, youth programs and staff development.

“Every day, people in Albuquerque ask how to get involved and tackle the greatest challenges facing our city,” Mayor Tim Keller said in a statement.

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The city already operates the One Albuquerque Housing Fund, which raises funds for services such as housing vouchers and rental grants. About $ 17,600 has been raised in eight months, and city signs recently installed at busy intersections in Albuquerque encourage citizens to visit the fund’s website to contribute.

Damazyn said the One Albuquerque Housing Fund – administered by the city as an “agency fund” – remains open to donations.

The new foundation is a 509 (a) (3) support organization.

What’s this? Have the Internal Revenue Service explain to you, “A supporting organization is a charity that carries out its exempt purposes by supporting other exempt organizations, usually other public charities,” states the IRS website. “This classification is important because it is a means by which a charity can avoid being classified as a private foundation, a status that is subject to a more restrictive regulatory regime.”

The new foundation has no designated staff, but its board of directors – the president is Charles Ashley III of Cultivating Coders – has approved a fundraising agreement and will make all necessary staffing decisions, according to Damazyn.

The city says the foundation will comply with the Inspection of Public Records Act, New Mexico’s sunshine law. Some local foundations that exist solely to support public institutions do not adhere to IPRA; in particular, the University of New Mexico Foundation has fought in court to keep the records secret.

When asked whether the city’s compliance with the IPRA was a matter of formal documentation or a decision by the executive, Damazyn said in an email that she “will comply with the IPRA at the direction of Mayor Keller”.

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OFFER DETAILS: The Albuquerque City Council last week gave the green light to an economic incentive package for local expansion of Nypro Healthcare Baja Inc., a medical device maker owned by Jabil.

The package includes $ 36 million in corporate income bonds to buy new equipment – which the company has to repay but which offers certain tax breaks – and $ 250,000 in funding from the city’s Local Economic Development Act. The state also plans to provide $ 750,000 in LEDA funds.

According to city documents, the investments will help create 120 new jobs by the end of 2026, and around 80-85% is expected to be occupied by locals.

The company says about 70 of the jobs will be in manufacturing with an average starting salary of “more than $ 40,000.” The remainder pays an average of $ 92,000, including benefits.

Products manufactured include “implantable devices” and the Albuquerque facility will also “package and sterilize” the products according to their application.

The company already employs 364 people in Albuquerque.

If it doesn’t employ at least 436 people in the three years after the planned hiring surge, it may have to repay all tax breaks and some of its LEDA money.

Jessica Dyer: [email protected]

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