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About Us

The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation has been investing in education, learning, and human potential in Northern New Mexico since 1997.

Through our diverse programming and collaboration with key partners, we work to ensure that all New Mexicans have the skills and confidence they need to be self-sufficient, lifelong learners who are engaged in their communities.

Education is truly the only answer to some of our deepest problems—locally, nationally, and globally.

We are honored to work across the cradle to career spectrum, driven to provide learning opportunities and inspiration to the children of Northern New Mexico. Our Foundation works to understand our communities and learn better ways to serve them.  We take pride in meeting the needs of students and families, while continuing to grow our programs in meaningful ways. 

Our History

The LANL Foundation was born from the recognition that Los Alamos National Laboratory and Northern New Mexico are interdependent. During a difficult time of transition and reduction in workforce, a core group of Laboratory employees and managers, including former Director Sig Hecker, sought a way to give back to the communities surrounding Los Alamos that had given so much to support the mission of scientific research and national security.

With the understanding that the best way to enhance the vitality of an area is to invest in education, learning, and community development, the LANL Foundation was formed through a coordinated effort of Lab management, the University of California, the Department of Energy, Los Alamos Public Schools, and the New Mexico Congressional Delegation. An educational enrichment endowment was initially created to support public school children in the communities surrounding the Laboratory. 

Since then, our work has expanded to include a robust college scholarship program, investments in early childhood education, and an inquiry STEM program that brings hands-on learning materials, curriculum, and teacher professional development to elementary schools throughout Northern New Mexico.

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