FAQ: Making a Gift

How can I make a gift?
To whom do I write my check?
Where do I send my check?
How do I participate in a matching gift program?
I'm not comfortable giving online. Is it really safe?
How do I direct my gift to a college, department, or program of my choice?
How do I make a gift in honor or memory of someone?
Is my gift tax deductible?
Will I get a receipt for tax purposes?




How can I make a gift?

  • Cash. For your convenience, you may complete the printable gift form, print and mail it in with your check.
  • Credit Card. You can mail in your credit card information on the printable gift form, or make a credit card gift online.
  • Payroll Withholding. New Mexico State University faculty and staff may have gifts deducted from the paycheck each month, by returning the Payroll Deduction Form to the NMSU Foundation. 
  • Phone. Every year our Phonathon callers conduct a series of important telephone campaigns to raise funds for college and departmental needs and other special projects. You may pledge your support during one of these campaigns. Or if you'd like to contact the Foundation by phone to arrange a gift, you can reach us at 800.342.6678.
  • Stock. Gifts of marketable stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares that have appreciated can have an immediate impact on the NMSU programs you wish to support and also create an immediate income tax deduction for you based on the stock's current value.
  • Charitable bequests, life income gifts, real estate, life insurance, charitable lead trust, retirement plan assets, personal property. For information on these giving opportunities, see our Planned Giving site.


To whom do I write my check?

        NMSU Foundation


Where do I send my check?


        NMSU Foundation, Inc.
        P.O. Box 3590
        Las Cruces, NM 88003-3590


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. To make a match, ask your company's matching gift officer for a 
    gift form. Then, send it along with your gift to the NMSU Foundation.


I'm not comfortable giving online. Is it really safe?

    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."


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

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


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.


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'll also receive a 
    confirmation of your gift via e-mail.