Doing What Counts Campaign Success Story
The numbers tell the story. New Mexico State University's "Doing What Counts" comprehensive campaign exceeded its goal three months ahead of schedule. More than $250 million dollars has been raised to support a variety of programs across campus.
"This campaign will truly transform NMSU and put us on a path to much bigger and better things as a university," says Mike Johnson,'72, current chairman of the NMSU Foundation Board of Directors.
When the campaign was announced in October 2005, the goal was $150 million dollars with more than $40 million of that already raised or pledged. A major gift to the college of engineering from PACE (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) prompted the Foundation Board to raise the goal to $225 million and set December 2010 as the new end date. The campaign ended on December 1, 2010 with $257,529,722.17 dollars raised.
The generous gifts received during the campaign have spurred growth in the number of programs and the quality of existing programs. Such contributions have supported the creation of 13 new academic chairs, 18 professorships, 323 scholarship endowments and 52 campus wide name designations of buildings, classrooms, laboratories and sports facilities.
One of the most exciting aspects has been the strong participation by the alumni and friends of NMSU. Gifts of all sizes are added into that grand total and more than 28,000 individuals have made at least one gift during the campaign. Of those, nearly half are non alumni, a testimony to the overall impact of this university across the state and beyond.
Former Foundation board chairmen John Long, '76, and Jose Uranga, '69, add their thanks to the university's many alums, family, friends and corporate sponsors who stepped up during the campaign. "Their giving exemplifies the new philanthropic spirit at NMSU," said Uranga.