FAQ

What is the difference between the UNM Foundation and the UNM Alumni Association?

The UNM Foundation and the UNM Alumni Association work in tandem in several capacities and on a number of interrelated projects annually. While both the UNM Foundation and the UNM Alumni Association exist to serve the University, their missions, goals and operations are distinctly different.

The Foundation exists to be the fund raising arm of the University and is specifically organized to provide management, reporting and stewardship services that donors require. Its mission is to promote excellence at UNM 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. While the Foundation interacts extensively with alumni, its potential donor base also includes a variety of other supporters including corporations, foundations, students, parents and many other friends of the University.

The UNM Alumni Association is also a 501(c) (3) organization and is staffed by a department of the University of New Mexico. The Alumni Association represents more than 155,000 alumni living throughout the world and alumni chapters across the United States. The UNM Alumni Association is governed by a national board of 36 members and four ex-officio members. The board is charged with guiding the Association “to be a vital partner in the continued excellence of the University of New Mexico through the significant engagement of alumni.”


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