About Remy's Good Day Fund
Remy’s Good Day Fund (RGDF) was established as a 501c3 in 2013 by Donna Brown in memory of her son, Remy, who died unexpectedly. Our mission statement is simple but powerful: "Remy’s Good Day Fund promotes collaboration for sustainability and the well-being of future generations."
Since the end of 2017, the Fund has devoted a significant amount of attention and funds annually to supporting solar initiatives on Tribal lands and in northern New Mexico villages. By the end of 2023, Remy has had the privilege of investing approximately $750,000.00 in support of solar and climate related programs. Individual grants have ranged from $5,000 to $33,000.
Remy grants have varied widely in scope. They range from the solarization of buildings, to classes for Navajos living off-the-grid around Gallup, New Mexico, to learn about solar systems, their installation and maintenance for their own and their families' homes. We recognize that needs vary, and welcome diverse ideas about how solar energy can meet the unique needs of the communities we serve.
The Fund prides itself on adjusting to the times. With the onset of COVID-19, in 2020 it became evident that connectivity on the Pueblos and in rural areas was poor. To help solve this problem, we funded programs that used solar power to access broadband. This initiative helped improve the lives of youth studying at home, as well as empowered their parents in need of information to cope with the pandemic so they could conduct their lives professionally.
In 2022, Remy’s Good Day Fund created an umbrella organization that continues its support of solar programs and allows for expansion of funding for other focus areas.
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“Remy’s Good Day Fund promotes collaboration for sustainability and the well-being of future generations.”
Founder and President
Donna Brown is an accomplished artist, having exhibited in Santa Fe (currently at POP Gallery), Aspen, CO, Baltimore, MD, Skowhegan, ME, Washington, DC.
What is of equal import to her is her life-long opportunity to give back to a world in need.
She believes emphatically that “One of the most important things we can achieve in this lifetime is helping to leave a better world for our future generations”. She instilled this credo in her children by engaging with them in projects that supported teens living in challenging circumstances through city housing, foster homes, and school programs across the U.S.
When Donna suffered the devasting loss of Remy, one of her twin sons, she created a way to remember him that would benefit the lives of others. She established Remy’s Good Day Fund with a mission to promote "collaboration for sustainability and the well-bring of future generations”.
In 2017, Donna determined that she wanted the focus of the fund to support solar projects on Tribal lands and in northern New Mexico villages. Maureen Vosburgh joined her to serve as the Project Manager, allowing both to work with people of diverse backgrounds, all with a deep, compassionate desire to live harmoniously with mankind and nature. We seek the wisdom of our Native American partners to accomplish the fund’s self-sustaining goals. As of March 2022, Remy’s Good Day Fund has invested $500,000.00 in solar initiatives improving lives economically, offering health benefits and building communities.
The Fund continues to support solar energy implementation, but is also constantly alert to meeting new challenges on a state, national or global level.
Donna is personally fulfilled by doing this in Remy’s name.
In Santa Fe, she was an active participant in and served as a Board member of, Minds Interrupted. Through their Compassionate Touch program they provide mental health literacy regarding the public health crisis of mental illness, suicide, and associated stigma.
Donna received a BFA in Fine Arts from American University.
Goals for Grants
Goals for Grants
Impact economically-challenged communities on Tribal lands or in rural villages in New Mexico through cost-saving energy solutions with a solar focus.
Educate and train youth, the unemployed, and the underemployed in alternative energy options in preparation for employment, job creation, micro-enterprise, and entrepreneurship, all with a solar focus.
Preserve communities’ architectural treasures and cultural heritage by providing economic opportunities on the Pueblos, reservations, and in the villages, ensuring the appropriate application of solar energy.
Assist community building by introducing new solar-focused technologies.
Maureen B. Vosburgh
It is Maureen’s distinct pleasure to serve as Executive Director of Remy’s Good Day Fund. She is proud to lead an organization dedicated to serving those who are often left out.
An interest in Native American culture led her from Connecticut to the Southwest, first to Tucson, Arizona, and ultimately to New Mexico in 2014, where she could continue her lifelong work in giving back to the community.
Maureen was introduced to the Fund in Santa Fe in 2017. In collaboration with the Fund’s President, Donna Brown, she created and managed the initiative to support solar programs on Tribal land and in northern New Mexico villages. Under Maureen’s leadership, the Fund has expanded into an umbrella organization that continues to support solar initiatives, along with the ability to fund other endeavors.
Maureen’s varied professional background has focused on fundraising, marketing, and sales. Through her career and volunteer efforts, she has raised in excess of $10 million in the nonprofit sector. In Connecticut, Maureen broke sales records and achieved the then-largest sale in the history of Hartford’s leading commercial real estate firm. In Arizona, she served as the Director of Philanthropy for Habitat for Humanity Tucson.
Maureen has served on a multitude of nonprofit boards, and has received many awards for outstanding community service. Her current service includes Vice President of the New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Past board service in New Mexico includes Kitchen Angels and Futures for Children, an organization that mentored Native American children. In Tucson, she curated the annual National Native American Women’s Art Exhibit and was elected treasurer of the Board of the Tucson Indian Center.
Originally from Connecticut, Maureen attended Hollins College in Virginia, and the Sorbonne University in Paris, France.