Meet "Sunnie"

Thanks for helping us name our Purple Bear!

"In the Garden of Sharing" Mural

located at the Albuquerque Community Foundation Building

Sparkie the Bear

at Jennifer Riordan Spark Kindness Sports Complex

Angel Wings of NM MURAL

located at Walter St. & Central Ave.


In 2018, the Jennifer Riordan Foundation was formed to honor the kind spirit and carry on the legacy of Jennifer Riordan. Her mantra in life that she instilled in so many will be carried on through this foundation, the Albuquerque community, and beyond. Please remember to always be Kind, Loving, Caring and Sharing.
Jennifer Riordan and family
Jennifer Riordan

About Jennifer

Jennifer’s vibrancy, passion, and love of philanthropy infused our community and reached across our country. Her impact on all she touched can never be fully measured, but can be honored and continued.

The Jennifer Riordan Foundation continues her legacy to support the causes she cared about so deeply: Community Vitality, Financial Literacy, Childhood Education, and Women’s Empowerment.

2024 Woman of Influence Community Impact Award

We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2024 Jennifer Riordan Women of Influence Community Impact Award, Tracy Weaver! Tracy is the Executive Director of Saranam LLC, a nonprofit dedicated to helping empower families who are experiencing homelessness.

“Tracy’s work and passion to empower families in our community is a true gift to Albuquerque,” said Michael Riordan. “We are thrilled that she can be recognized as the 2024 Jennifer Riordan Community Impact Award winner.”

A new exhibit in the works

The Science of Kindness exhibit is in development at Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum in Albuquerque! This partnership will provide 6-10 new interactive experiences at Explora. All donations made to the Jennifer Riordan Foundation at this time will go towards the exhibit.

Meals on Wheels Partnership

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The Jennifer Riordan Foundation is proud to be partnering with Meals on Wheels New Mexico to deliver healthy meals to those in need in our community! Their organization delivers 141,000 meals a year to people of all ages. Learn more about their programs and volunteer opportunities below.

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Sunnie (left) and Sparkie (right)

“Sparkie” and “Sunnie”

– the Spark Kindness Bears

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Sunnie (left) and Sparkie (right)

Vermont Teddy Bear Company believes that love is in the bear and that every teddy bear is made to give hugs, boost your courage and dry your tears when you need it most. That is why we are so grateful to partner with them to create “Sparkie” the Kindness Bear. It’s official! Our Purple Bear was named, “Sunnie” by our social media poll!  It’s our hope that every bear will support those needing extra love and encourage everyone to be kind to others. Visit our Shop page for more information.

Who We Help

Early Childhood Development

Women's Empowerment

Financial Literacy

Community Vitality