Transforming lives of domestic violence survivors and their communities. Transformando vidas de sobreviviantes de violencia doméstica y sus comunidades.

Albuquerque, NM   |
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EIN: 85-0473384


Enlace Comunitario transforms lives of individuals and their families experiencing domestic violence by working to decrease gender inequity and intimate partner violence in the Latino immigrant community in Central New Mexico. We accomplish this through transformative direct services, leadership development, preventative community education, outreach and policy advocacy in collaboration with community partners. Enlace envisions that Latino immigrants in New Mexico become a collective force that creates a community free of gender inequity, violence and injustice.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Ms. Sara Yvonne "Bonnie" Escobar

Main address

P.O. Box 8919

Albuquerque, NM 87106 USA

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Subject area info

Public affairs

Community organizing

Ethnic and racial minority rights

Domestic violence shelters

Immigrant services

Population served info

Children and youth

Women and girls

Ethnic and racial groups

People of Latin American descent

Immigrants and migrants

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NTEE code info

Minority Rights (R22)

Community Coalitions (S21)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

EC envisions a New Mexico wherein Latinx immigrants become a collective force that creates a community free of gender inequity, violence, and injustice. Despite the fact that 53% of DV service recipients in our state are Hispanic, EC is the only culturally specific DV service provider for New Mexico’s Latinx immigrant community; while the majority of EC’s clients identify as Latinx/Hispanic, EC’s services are available to anyone in need. Reducing DV and mitigating DV-affiliated behaviors will not happen overnight, but EC's intentionally crafted, client-driven services are predicated upon effecting multi-scalar change—at household, community, and systems levels. Our trauma-informed, evidenced-based methodology incorporates education; resource provision; household self-sufficiency and capacity building; and intentional outreach. And our community embeddedness allows us to effect change through this multifaceted methodology as we adapt to challenging circumstances to meet clients' needs.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Culturally Specific Domestic Violence Services

Enlace Comunitario (EC) transforms the lives of individuals and their families experiencing domestic violence (DV) by working to decrease gender inequity and intimate partner violence in the Latinx immigrant
community in Central New Mexico. EC operationalizes our mission-driven goals through our trauma-informed, intergenerational, and intersectional methodology, which guides the provision of our culturally- and linguistically-specific services. Our services address DV through two programmatic arms:
prevention and intervention.

EC’s intervention services include crisis intervention; safety planning; case management; housing assistance; therapy; life skills and parenting classes; legal services; and financial capability training. EC’s prevention services operate at community and household levels—to inculcate equitable, gender- affirming praxis among parents, youth, and their extended community.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Immigrants and migrants
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work


Purple Ribbon - Community Org of the Year 2022

Affiliations & memberships

Purple Ribbon Award - Community Org of the Year 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Culturally Specific Domestic Violence Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

During FY23 (July 1 2022-June 30,2023), Enlace provided client contacts for 1,059 individuals (654 clients served, 405 cases closed) and 238 referrals made to partners.

Number of children who receive DV intervention services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Culturally Specific Domestic Violence Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Of the 1,098 total clients served through our intervention services in FY22, 167 of those clients were children.

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Culturally Specific Domestic Violence Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

From FY21 (July 1, 2020-June 30,2021) to present, Enlace has continued to reach more community members through our cohorts of Promotoras and Youth Leaders, as well as through our prevention classes.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

EC's integrated service model is innovative because client and community input shaped its design as an
intersectional, intergenerational vehicle rooted in culturally and linguistically responsive, respectful
survivor empowerment. Having been shaped with intention, our service model acts as a vital stepping-stone
for survivors to exit their DV context—so as to meet survivors' critical needs at a change-making juncture in
reestablishing their independence and self-sufficiency. Through this service model, EC creatively pairs
intervention and prevention strategies with proactive outreach, self-empowerment, and community
engagement opportunities—to help propel DV survivors, as well as their dependent children, into a new life
chapter predicated upon self-sufficiency and holistic family health.

Enlace's high-level qualitative goals include:

1. Stabilizing families by securing vital resources to support survivors’ health and wellbeing;
2. Shaping a household environment wherein survivors are able to process their DV-related trauma and heal; and 3. Supporting survivors’ vital first acts in overcoming a DV crisis to become autonomous and self-sufficient.

Enlace's high-level FY23 quantitative goals include:
1. Supporting 1,000 DV survivors through our intervention services;
2. Growing our Promotoras and Youth Leaders programs—to enhance professional training opportunities for former DV clients training as community health educators (Promotoras) and former child witnesses to DV training as peer-to-peer educators (Youth Leaders)—as we expand into middle/high schools in the South Valley and Westgate communities;
3. Grow our legal services to reach 250 individuals, including through legal-focused outreach
(e.g., law clinics); and
4. Growing our therapy arm to reach 275 individuals; and (5) raising our public profile
through 55 public presentations, multimedia projects, and community events.

Enlace's high-level strategies for achieving our organizational goals include:

1) Providing culturally and linguistically specific direct intervention services to DV survivors and their children;

2) Building the leadership capacity of former victims and their children (through our outreach- and education-focused prevention programs); and

3) Engaging newly trained leaders in anti-violence and gender equity education.

In line with EC policies, each staff member receives 40 hours of training on domestic violence (DV) and community resources before they even start seeing clients and every year thereafter. EC also provides 20 hours of training to staff and volunteers on a yearly basis that includes: 1) dynamics of DV, including its effects on children; 2) crisis intervention strategies, including safety planning; 3) communication skills (between parents/caregivers and their children; between youth); 4) working with diverse populations; 5) the criminal legal system and legal protections available to victims of DV; 6) child development; 7) confidentiality policies and protections; 8) substance abuse in relation to domestic violence; and 9) immigration issues.

Enlace Comunitario (EC) has 20 years of experiencing providing DV services to thousands of Latino immigrants and has been recognized locally and nationally as a leader. EC’s staff is bilingual, bicultural, and highly trained to combine best practices used by programs who serve native English speakers, with an understanding of the experiences, fears, needs and hopes related to the immigration status and culture of EC clients. As noted, EC’s services include case management; individual, group and family counseling; legal advocacy and representation; life skills classes; transitional housing; prevention and leadership development.

In addition, EC participates in many state and national organizations to remain current on best practices for serving victims. Locally, we are a member of the statewide NMCADV and the Network to End Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence and EC sits on the Mayor's Task Force against DV and Sexual Assault. We are also members of the National Latino Network for Healthy Families. EC's executive director and other staff members also participate in community and professional organizations on a state and national level. Through the executive director's and other staff members' participation on these and other community and professional organizations, EC engages in significant policy change and advocacy for immigrant survivors of domestic violence.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Time constraints can sometimes problematize clients providing us feedback.

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.34 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 20% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of ENLACE COMUNITARIO’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$114,948 $352,810 $482,584 $246,989 $244,009
As % of expenses -4.9% 16.2% 18.2% 8.8% 7.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$154,470 $314,215 $448,520 $216,124 $212,279
As % of expenses -6.4% 14.1% 16.7% 7.6% 6.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,252,438 $3,227,736 $2,732,239 $2,846,541 $3,640,595
Total revenue, % change over prior year -1.6% 43.3% -15.4% 4.2% 27.9%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Government grants 80.4% 58.1% 51.8% 51.3% 47.1%
All other grants and contributions 18.3% 41.3% 47.0% 48.3% 52.8%
Other revenue 1.2% 0.6% 1.1% 0.3% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,357,968 $2,183,291 $2,646,125 $2,814,918 $3,164,545
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.8% -7.4% 21.2% 6.4% 12.4%
Personnel 64.2% 65.5% 57.4% 53.4% 51.9%
Professional fees 3.3% 4.8% 8.0% 9.0% 11.0%
Occupancy 1.4% 1.0% 0.7% 0.6% 0.6%
Interest 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 20.7% 17.9% 22.8% 28.2% 27.1%
All other expenses 10.4% 10.8% 11.1% 8.7% 9.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,397,490 $2,221,886 $2,680,189 $2,845,783 $3,196,275
One month of savings $196,497 $181,941 $220,510 $234,577 $263,712
Debt principal payment $0 $28,000 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $116,531
Total full costs (estimated) $2,593,987 $2,431,827 $2,900,699 $3,080,360 $3,576,518

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.2 1.4 3.4 3.9 4.3
Months of cash and investments 0.2 1.4 3.4 3.9 4.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -0.1 1.7 3.6 4.4 4.4
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $39,469 $250,031 $756,035 $911,528 $1,134,694
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $202,683 $983,095 $650,218 $491,820 $588,295
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,013,766 $1,013,766 $1,013,766 $1,013,765 $1,130,295
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 38.1% 41.9% 45.3% 48.3% 46.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 21.6% 7.5% 11.5% 10.1% 7.3%
Unrestricted net assets $585,103 $899,318 $1,347,838 $1,563,962 $1,776,241
Temporarily restricted net assets $97,828 $789,463 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $97,828 $789,463 $392,993 $177,626 $409,667
Total net assets $682,931 $1,688,781 $1,740,831 $1,741,588 $2,185,908

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Ms. Sara Yvonne "Bonnie" Escobar

As Executive Director, Bonnie brings a wealth of executive management experience to EC—most recently from the El Paso Food Bank and the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence in El Paso, TX. With over 20 years of experience in development, grant writing, and fundraising—raising millions of dollars for nonprofits—and 17 years as a consultant, Bonnie is a committed community activist who translates her ideas into action by working to uplift womxn and Latin@s. Bonnie also has held positions as Lobbyist and Vice President for Government Relations at the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, and Leadership Director for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). Bonnie holds an MPA and a BS in Criminal Justice. As EC’s executive officer, Bonnie oversees the Leadership Team and shapes EC’s strategic direction and growth with EC’s Board of Directors.

Number of employees

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 11/07/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr. Ian Esquibel

Consultant, Oak Hill Coaching & Consulting

Term: 2020 - 2024

Javier Aceves

MD, Retired Pediatrician

Armando Sanchez

Managing Principal, Loftis Group, LLC

Penny Holland

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (L.P.C.C.)

Sonia Bettez, PhD

Project Lead/Mentor, UNM Evaluation Lab

Veronica Salcido

Student Success Specialist/ Financial Literacy Coach, UNM Valencia

Teresa Garcia

Communications Director, MCADV

Ian Esquibel

Owner/Founder, Oak Hill Coaching & Consulting, LLC

C. Estela Vasquez Guzman

PhD, Oregon Health Science University

Jennifer Moore

JD, University of New Mexico, School of Law

Meriah Heredia Griego

PhD, Levado

Patricia Martha Ruiz-Pinon

AVP Consumer Lending, Rio Grande Credit Union

Ruth Juarez

Research Scientist, UNM

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/7/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/20/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.