The Burrell Group also has a strong commitment to philanthropic pursuits through the non-profit organizations it has sponsored and developed. These include the New Mexico Leadership Institute, Ocean Healing Group, the SW Foundation for Osteopathic Education and Research, The Aspen Research Center for Technology Dependency, the Idaho Primary Care Initiative, and the Mountain States Institute for Graduate Medical Education and Research. These 501(c)3 organizations represent the Company’s values and commitment to higher education, scholarship programs, valuable research, and global awareness in areas of technological innovation, leadership, and healthcare.
New Mexico Leadership Institute (2011-2021)
Mr. Burrell is the Founder and Chairman of the New Mexico Leadership Institute (“NMLI”), a 501(c)3 that provides at-risk New Mexico high school juniors who demonstrate a particular aptitude for leadership, creativity, resourcefulness, and entrepreneurial spirit with the support they need to graduate high school and transition into one of New Mexico’s two flagship universities (University of New Mexico or New Mexico State University). NMLI also mentors its scholars throughout college in order to help them successfully graduate in four years and with the skills necessary to obtain ready employment in New Mexico.
With one of the highest “drop-out” rates in the country, as well as low college matriculation and graduation scoring, New Mexico’s most talented young leaders often leave for opportunity elsewhere, stifling the State’s long-term economic potential. NMLI’s curriculum, created through a collaboration with UNM and NMSU, is designed to address these challenges in a comprehensive way. NMLI’s scholars are selected through a rigorous application process during the spring semester of their junior year of high school, after which they begin an intensive one-year leadership training program that includes two summer “academies” and a 12-month “challenge” period. The next four years of the program are heavily focused on keeping students on a path towards graduation and employment. NMLI scholars are awarded automatic acceptance into either UNM or NMSU when they enter and later complete the program, depending on their designated preference.
SW Foundation for Osteopathic Education and Research (2016-2021)
The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine strives to assure that all qualifying medical students will be financially supported as they pursue a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). This effort would not be possible without charitable grant and scholarship funding. The SW Foundation for Osteopathic Education and Research, which is the successor to the NM Foundation for Osteopathic Education and Professional Development (established in 1992), is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Its mission is to provide financial support to osteopathic medical students, as well as to support medical and academic research initiatives. The Foundation is governed by an independent board of directors.
Idaho Primary Care Initiative (2017-2021)
In partnership with Blue Cross of Idaho, the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine has created the Idaho Primary Care Initiative, a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation established to address the critical shortage of primary care physicians in rural Idaho and the surrounding regions. The non-profit foundation offers an opportunity for medical education debt repayment for rural physicians who practice primary care medicine in federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (“HPSAs”) or similarly underserved areas. Its primary objective is to raise funds that will enable foundation leaders and officers to incentivize graduates of ICOM and other medical schools to locate their primary care practices in rural Idaho and surrounding rural areas. The foundation also offers scholarships for medical students.
Mountain States Institute for Graduate Medical Education and Research (2017-2021)
ICOM has also established the Mountain States Institute for Graduate Medical Education and Research (“MSI”) – a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation committed to the development of graduate medical education (“GME”) programs, research opportunities and scholarly activities. MSI has received initial accreditation as an Institutional Sponsor for GME programs by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (“ACGME”), a positive first step in the development of postgraduate training programs. The foundation is a consortium between community-based hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers and ICOM. As a GME Consortium, academic and clinical institutions are able to share resources and expertise to develop and maintain the highest quality community-based postgraduate medical education in the region and further develop research opportunities.
Ocean Healing Group (2008-2021)
The Burrell Group is also in partnership with Ocean Healing Group (“OHG”), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to creating outdoor recreational and therapeutic programming for physically challenged children and young adults and assisting them in having a unique and distinctive therapeutic experience. In the past 12 years, OHG has held 29 adaptive surf camps at Shaka Beach Retreat in Costa Rica, with over 100 children getting to experience the pure joy of surfing a wave while their wheelchair sits on the beach.
The Aspen Research Center for Technology Dependency (2020-2021)
The Aspen Research Center for Technology Dependency (“CTD”) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is funded by donors seeking to become involved in the rapidly-emerging field of technology dependency. CTD provides valuable research, tracks outcomes and seeks to drive public policy in the direction of a more humane and responsible use of digitally based mediums. The mission of CTD is to raise awareness of the challenges posed by our digital consumption and to disseminate support and strategies to the professionals, agencies, and families who most need the information and resources. CTD also provides direct support to individuals experiencing the crippling effects of technology dependency. Through its generous benefactors, CTD offers need-based scholarship resources to ensure equity in access to the limited, but expanding, pool of talented pioneering providers of technology-focused dependency treatment.