SOMOS: A Place for Words in Taos

$5,175 of $3,150 goal

Raised by 43 people in 4 months

Who are we?
Based in Taos, New Mexico, SOMOS, the Society of the Muse of the Southwest, supports and nurtures the literary arts, both written and spoken, honoring cultural diversity in the Southwest. Our vision is to see a community culturally enhanced and enriched through heightened literacy. Our programs include: Taos Writers Conference, Poetry Month, Writers Series, Prose Month, Taos Poet Laureate, Taos Storytelling Festival, Young Writers Program, Used Bookstore, Taos Author Books and an ongoing schedule of workshops, readings, classes and literary events.

Why this capital campaign?
SOMOS is securing its place in Taos, a place where words matter – because words can change worlds.  With this belief, we ask you to join SOMOS in securing a place in Taos that honors words – both written and spoken. Our place is located at 108 Civic Plaza Drive, within the emerging creative corridor, allowing SOMOS one of the most desirable locations possible for growing our influence and reach.

Who will benefit?
Generations of Taoseños and visitors to Taos of all ages and backgrounds. Writers, readers, poets, storytellers and all who love words! 

Why now?  
An unexpected bequest received in late 2016 from Sue Carol Francis of Fort Collins, Colorado, has allowed us to make a down payment on our current property. 

Thanks to the generosity of our community we have almost reached our goal of $330,000 to pay off the mortgage by May 2019. We are launching this Go Fund Me campaign to take us to the "homestretch" and finish our Capital Campaign.  Additional proceeds raised will be used for infrastructure improvements. 

What impact will owning a building have? 
We believe the impact of SOMOS on this community is strengthened by location, ease of access, and the security that comes with ownership. By owning this building, our finances will be protected by reduced overhead, allowing us to launch new programs aimed at engaging the community with literacy, literature and story. We know our mission is not to own real estate; however, building a permanent presence is part of our vision.

It is with the collective support of community members like you that we can realize our goal of making this vision for Taos a reality.

How will donors be recognized?
All donors who contribute $1,000 or more will be permanently recognized on site at 108 Civic Plaza Drive. Unless individual donors indicate otherwise, 10% of capital-campaign donations will go toward annual SOMOS programs. Donors who prefer to remain anonymous will be honored as such.

SOMOS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Your contribution is fully tax-deductible.

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WE DID IT!!! This morning, one more angel walked into SOMOS and wrote a check for the final amount of the Capital Campaign. Thank you all, and a Happy New Year!!
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Thanks to another offline contribution we have lowered our goal to $3600. Thank you all for your continuing generosity! Happy New Year!
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Calling All Angels...Let's Ring in the New Year Together!

Another guardian angel has stepped forward with a $1000 offline donation, allowing us to lower our campaign goal to $4000. She challenges the SOMOS community to step up and buy the building. Can we do it tonight? Can we all chip in to see this campaign through to the end, before the clock strikes midnight?

Join the party - throw us your five, ten, twenty, fifty, hundred dollar contributions - online or off. We are grateful for whatever you have to offer from your heart. Let it snow! Happy New Year to all!
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It is with great excitement and gratitude that we are lowering our GoFundMe goal to $5000. The reason? SOMOS has just received a generous gift of $20,000 from an anonymous donor. On behalf of the SOMOS Staff & Board and our greater community, we thank you.
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$5,175 of $3,150 goal

Raised by 43 people in 4 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Society of the Muse of the Southwest
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Taos, NM
EIN: 850309964
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