University of New Mexico 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.
•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.