About the Foundation

About the Foundation


The UNM Foundation’s mission is to promote excellence at the University of New Mexico by raising, investing and managing private gifts through the cultivation of long-term partnerships with donors and matching their interests to the University’s priorities.


Help the University attain that level of excellence to become one of the nation’s top flagship institutions through philanthropic investments.

Core Values

  • Advance the University’s interests, investments and priorities.
  • Steward donors’ ambitions and resources.
  • Develop relationships that build character, trust, respect and support.
  • Demonstrate honesty and integrity.
  • Foster an environment of teamwork, communication and sharing.

Fund Raising at the University of New Mexico

In order to develop private financial support for the University of New Mexico, the University’s Board of Regents established the UNM Foundation Inc. in 1979 as an incorporated nonprofit corporation. The Foundation began operations in the spring of 1980, conducting all of its operations through a University department. At that time, University units hired development professionals and limited staff to provide direct fund raising and other support to programmatic initiatives for philanthropy.

In 1989, the Board of Regents delegated the responsibility of overseeing University assets and investments to the UNM Foundation Investment Committee. These assets total in excess of $400 million today.

In 2008, at the request of the Regents, the Foundation transitioned to a stand‐alone organization with expanded fiduciary duties to include fiscal, human resources and treasury functions. Since its creation, and in accordance with University policy, all private gifts are received through the Foundation, which has the responsibility for managing contributions to all University programs. Gifts to the UNM Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

UNM Foundation Media Kit

The document below provides information to assist media representatives and other interested individuals in learning more about the mission, role, and other important facts of the UNM Foundation.

Additional information is available on the UNM Foundation’s website or by contacting the UNM Foundation’s Marketing and Communication Department at 505-313-7676 or

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