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Riordan trust gives out $50K to seven local nonprofits

After the death in April of Jennifer Riordan, the Albuquerque banking executive known for her generosity, her family immediately set up a trust in her name that would benefit the community.

On Thursday, the Jennifer Riordan Memorial Trust awarded $50,000 in grants to seven Albuquerque nonprofits.

The recipients were:

⋄  Junior Achievement ($10,000) for middle school programming;

⋄  Working Classroom ($10,000) for “Spark Kindness” murals developed and painted by local artists and youth;

⋄  Barrett Foundation Angel Fund ($10,000) to help women and children find stable housing;

⋄  Galloping Grace Youth Ranch ($9,000) for “Sparkle Tent” to encourage acts of kindness among junior leaders during the annual pumpkin patch event;

⋄  Crossroads for Women ($5,000) for a scholarship for formerly incarcerated women;

⋄  Family Advocacy Center ($5,000) for a partnership with Deep Dive Coding and NM Legal Aid to provide women survivors of abuse with coding skills; and

⋄  Annunciation Catholic School ($1,000) for water bottle fillers to promote sustainable water sources.

Michael Riordan said hundreds of donations poured in from around the world in the days after the death of his wife.

“I wanted to make sure every dollar of that ended up back in the community,” he said.

The advisory team Riordan assembled to decide who would receive the funds comprised people who were close to Jennifer, he said, and identified four pillars the selected nonprofits would represent: financial literacy, childhood education, women’s empowerment and Albuquerque vitality.

Jennifer was killed April 17 when a window on her Southwest Airlines flight blew out, causing her to be partly ejected from the plane.