Frances Williams, second from left, introduces three new scholarships she created on Giving Tuesday in November 2018 to support female New Mexico State University students in STEM, technical trades and history. This year, NMSU will host its fifth annual Giving Tuesday event Dec. 3. (NMSU photo by Renee Gonzalez)

NMSU to host fifth annual Giving Tuesday event to benefit students, programs

Donors of New Mexico State University have come together each year since 2015 to give millions of dollars to support students and cutting-edge programs and research at NMSU during Giving Tuesday, a global day of philanthropy held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

NMSU will participate in the initiative for the fifth time this year and host its annual Giving Tuesday event Dec. 3. Last year, the event brought in more than $2.1 million in donations to scholarship funds benefiting students across all five NMSU campuses in New Mexico.

“We are both excited and grateful to enter our fifth year celebrating Giving Tuesday at NMSU. Support from generous donors have provided the opportunity to match donations on Giving Tuesday,” said Tina Byford, interim vice president for University Advancement.

Matching money has been a key component in previous years’ successes, and there are several fund-matching opportunities available this year. For example, the first $200,000 in gifts made online or in person will be eligible for a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $1,000 per household.

A total of $47,526 will be available to match donors who make contributions to the Aggie Innovation Fund, an interdisciplinary innovation center housed in the College of Engineering. All gifts to the Aggie Innovation Fund will receive a dollar-for-dollar match, on a first-come, first-served basis, with no household cap.

A total of $125,000 also will be available to match donors who make contributions to the Aggie Finish Line, a degree-completion scholarship. This fund supports students in their final year at NMSU. All gifts to the Aggie Finish Line will receive a dollar-for-dollar match, with no household cap.

The community is invited to celebrate this day of giving at NMSU in the Giving Tuesday headquarters at Corbett Center Student Union’s Aggie Lounge on the Las Cruces campus. A special kickoff celebration is planned for 9 a.m., and the daylong event will wrap up with a closing celebration at 5 p.m.

Free parking will be available in designated areas between Corbett Center and Milton Hall.

Since 2015, NMSU has raised more than $13.1 million in contributions during Giving Tuesday, drawing more than 7,100 donors and creating more than 197 new scholarships over four years. A total of 1,586 Aggie supporters made their first-ever gift to NMSU during that time.

Gifts can be made online between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. Dec. 3, or in person at NMSU’s Giving Tuesday headquarters between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

For details about all matching opportunities, click here..

To spread support for Giving Tuesday, join the conversations on Twitter @NMSUAlumFriends, Facebook/NMSUAlumFriends, Instagram @nmsualumfriends, and NMSU Alumni and Friends on YouTube. Watch and share the following hashtags to spread the word about the day of giving: #GivingTuesday, #SupportNMSU and #NMSUGivingTuesday.

Author: Carlos Andres Lopez – NMSU