NMSU reaches milestone in fundraising campaign

Dec. 2, 2008 by University Communications NMSU News Center

When the Doing What Counts campaign was announced in Oct. 2005 the goal was to reach $150 million by Dec. 2008. It was the most ambitious fundraising endeavor undertaken by New Mexico State University in its history. Not only has NMSU reached that mark they surpassed it… exceeding $200 million and breaking all expectations.

“The money raised is helping NMSU achieve even higher levels of academic excellence for our students, faculty, the community and the nation,” said Nick Franklin, vice president of advancement and executive director of the NMSU Foundation. “I want to thank everyone who made a contribution, large or small, that enabled us to reach our goal so soon. The generous and gracious gifts we received are the reason we continue to grow and transform NMSU.”

The Doing What Counts campaign was developed to help support academic chairs and professorships that support NMSU’s outstanding faculty, create additional scholarships to attract quality students and acquire funds for several exciting capital improvement projects such as the Center for the Arts, the Native American Center and the Domenici Institute.

The campaign was announced during homecoming 2005 with the goal of reaching $150 million by the end of 2008. As of Oct. 2008, the total amount raised is an unprecedented $202 million. Because of the success of this campaign to date, the NMSU Foundation board is confident that their revised goal — $225 million raised by December 2010 — can be achieved.

“Thousands of gifts have come from alumni and friends committed to seeing New Mexico State University elevated to a new level of excellence in education and research,” said Waded Cruzado, NMSU’s interim president. “We can see how the generosity of so many permeates throughout campus. By working together we can continue to ensure that NMSU remains one of the nation’s top-notch land-grant universities.”

During this campaign NMSU has discovered many Partners in Excellence who have helped us reach this historic mark. To become a Partner in Excellence and to learn how to contribute, visit http://giving.nmsu.edu.

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