What is Founders Day: 1888 Minutes of Giving?

Founders Day: 1888 Minutes of Giving is a giving day campaign dedicated to honoring NMSU's rich heritage and fostering support for our future founders. As NMSU was established in 1888, this campaign will run for precisely 1888 minutes to pay homage to our legacy while advancing our future endeavors.

What is GiveCampus?

GiveCampus is the premier fundraising platform for nonprofit educational institutions. It was launched in 2015 with the mission to increase the quality, affordability, and accessibility of education, and since then has facilitated more than $3 billion in charitable giving to more than 1,200 colleges, universities, and K-12 schools.

What is the NMSU Foundation?

Established in 1959, the NMSU Foundation is a privately governed nonprofit corporation to support New Mexico State University. Our mission is to foster long-term relationships with our alumni, supporters, and community in order to secure, manage, steward, and protect a sustainable source of private resources that will enhance the ability of New Mexico State University to fulfill its land-grant mission. Every dollar given to the NMSU Foundation addresses a need that is identified by scholarship coordinators and faculty members.

How does the Foundation know if I am a new donor or an alumni?

The Foundation's gift accounting department analyzes each online gift to verify whether the donor is a graduate, long-time supporter, or a new donor. Staff members review name and address information (residence and business), graduation dates, and any other comments associated with the gift to correctly match the online donation with the correct donor. 

Is it safe to make a gift online?

Absolutely. The Founders Day giving process adheres to the same strict standards as gifts made through nmsufoundation.org/. Our secure giving platform is GiveCampus, which is Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) compliant, and processed through CyberSource, a certified Level 1 PCI Service Provider and leader in payment security.

Can I make my donation via phone? Will my donation be matched if I make it by phone?

You may make a donation via phone during the Founders Day campaign by calling (575) 646-1613 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. MST. Someone will answer to help you make your gift. However, in order for your donation to count toward any matches, your donation will need to be made online.

What if the fund I want to donate to is not listed?

No worries. You can make a gift of any size to any program affiliated with the NMSU system.

If the program you are looking for is not listed you can select "GIVE NOW" on the home page and then select the "Other" designation when you make your gift, and you will be prompted to write in your designation. 

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Yes, to the extent allowable by law. The NMSU Foundation is a nonprofit IRC Sec. 501(c)(3) organization that is structurally separate from NMSU and exists solely for NMSU's benefit, serving as the preferred channel for private gifts to all areas of the University.

Will I get a receipt for tax purposes?

Yes. We receipt all gifts in accordance with IRS guidelines. If you give online, you will receive a confirmation of your gift via email as well.

Can I send a check?

Yes!  Please make sure to include "Founders Day" and the department, program, or scholarship in the memo line.

You can mail checks to following address:

NMSU Foundation, Inc

Attn: Gift Processing

PO Box 3590

Las Cruces, NM 88003-3590