You've Got Questions? We've Got Answers


How do I direct my gift to a college, department, or program of my choice?   

When making a gift online, search for the specific college, department, program, or fund that you would like your gift to benefit. When making a gift using the printable gift form, indicate the college, program, or fund that you would like your gift to benefit in the gift information section.

How do I make a gift in honor or memory of someone?   

We are happy to acknowledge gifts made in honor or in memory of individuals. If you send us a name and address, we'd be happy to send an acknowledgement of the gift to the family. No mention of the dollar amount of the gift will be made.

How do I participate in a matching gift program?       

Many employers will match the charitable gifts of employees, thereby doubling or tripling the value of their gifts.  Some employers even match the gifts of retirees and/or spouses. To find out if your company participates in such a program, ask your HR department or search the Foundation's online database of companies that match gifts.  Ask your company's matching gift officer for a gift form and send it along with your gift to the NMSU Foundation. We do the rest.

Is my gift tax deductible?   

Yes, to the extent allowable by law. You must claim the gift as an itemized deduction on your tax return. The NMSU Foundation is a nonprofit IRC Sec. 501(c)(3) organization that is structurally separate from New Mexico State University 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?   

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

How does the Foundation match online donations with its donor records?   

The Foundation's gift accounting department carefully analyzes each online gift to verify whether the donor is a graduate, long-time supporter, and or a new donor to the site. 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?   

The NMSU Foundation uses industry-standard SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption to protect the confidentiality of your personal information. The NMSU Foundation adheres to the Donor Bill of Rights developed by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the American Association of Fundraising Counsel, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, and the National Society of Fund Raising Executives. The purpose of the policy is to "assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support."

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