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Third-Annual Giving Tuesday Nets More Than $1.8m to NMSU System

Gifts were continuing to be counted Tuesday evening at the New Mexico State University system’s Giving Tuesday headquarters in Corbett Center Student Union’s Aggie Lounge, but at the 5 p.m. wrap-up celebration, NMSU had already brought in more than $1.8 million in gifts from more than 1,300 donors to scholarships and programs benefitting students at campuses throughout the state.

At a 9 a.m. kickoff celebration, representatives from New Mexico Gas Company, an Emera company, announced a $150,000 gift to Arrowhead Center, the entrepreneurship and innovation hub at NMSU, to support programs that create businesses, accelerate technology commercialization and deliver a student entrepreneurship curriculum to communities throughout the state.

It was the second year that Tommy Sanders, an NMSU alumnus and a vice president at New Mexico Gas Company presented a check at Giving Tuesday headquarters. The funds support business accelerator programs that help entrepreneurs across New Mexico.

11/28/2017: Third-annual Giving Tuesday event at NMSU’s Corbett Center Aggie Lounge. (NMSU photo by Andres Leighton)

“We are pleased that these funds will support the continued growth of Arrowhead Center programs,” Sanders said. “Chancellor Carruthers and his team have demonstrated tremendous leadership in the development of an engine that supports business growth. We’re very happy to be a part of that. We believe in what you’re doing, and we believe it’s going to have far-reaching impact to all of New Mexico.”

Giving Tuesday headquarters was abuzz with activity all day, as donors stopped by to present their gifts and be celebrated by students, faculty, administrators and staff. There were smiles and tears, as donors spoke about their reasons for creating endowed scholarships with the help of matching funds donated by NMSU administrators, loyal corporate partners and generous alumni like Starbucks CEO and NMSU College of Business alumnus Kevin Johnson.

Helen Davis and her family created a scholarship in honor of her late husband, former Las Cruces Public Schools board member and NMSU alumnus Chuck Davis, to support students at Dona Ana Community College.

“Chuck absolutely loved Dona Ana Community College. He served on the advisory board for several years and he saw the good work it did,” Helen Davis told the gathered crowd as she presented a check for $12,500 that would be matched to create a $25,000 endowed scholarship. “I just want to thank you all for everything you’re doing.”

It was the third year for NMSU’s participation in the one-day giving campaign, part of the global day of giving celebrated every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. In all more than 65 new scholarship endowments were created using matching funds from various donors.

In its first two years, NMSU raised nearly $5 million in new gifts, many of which were matched by NMSU Foundation funds from the NMSU Alumni license plate program, a major donor bequest, and matching challenges extended by NMSU donors, alumni and leaders.

Final numbers won’t be ready for a few weeks, as the NMSU Foundation accounting staff works to ensure each gift is properly documented and matched, but NMSU Foundation President Andrea Tawney estimated the number could climb above the $2 million mark before the night is over.

“We couldn’t ask for a more generous community than the amazing Aggie donors who invest in our students and programs,” Tawney said. ““These scholarships truly change our students’ lives and make it possible for them to achieve their dreams. This day is an opportunity to show our students how much their community, their professors and the alumni of the NMSU system care about their success and want to see them reach their goals.”

For more information about NMSU Giving Tuesday, including final numbers when they are available, click here.

Author: Amanda Bradford – NMSU

Op-Ed: NMSU’s Giving Tuesday Transforms the Lives of Students

I often hear from the generous people in our community that they want to give to a cause they care about, but they just don’t think they can make a real impact with the amount they can afford.

I always tell them that even a modest gift can make a powerful difference – especially when it’s pooled with the gifts of others in a single, impactful day of giving. That’s why the New Mexico State University system began celebrating Giving Tuesday: To bring together caring people in our community and around the world to empower our students to take charge of their future.

We are thrilled to witness the collective impact of giving every day at NMSU, but Giving Tuesday stands out like no other, when hundreds of students’ lives are changed.

Giving Tuesday, taking place this year on Nov. 28, is a worldwide movement that celebrates and inspires generosity and philanthropy. We launched our first NMSU Giving Tuesday event on Dec. 1, 2015, and continued our momentum with our second event last November, which raised $2 million to benefit our students and programs across the NMSU system.

We’re already seeing the impact of the scholarships that were created during our first two Giving Tuesday events. Alexandria Claycomb is one recipient whose entire family benefitted from her scholarship. Alexandria, a junior from Albuquerque majoring in animal science, received a scholarship created in 2015 in memory of NMSU graduate Hannah Farbo, who passed away in November of that year.

The scholarship helped Alexandria’s family afford her tuition at a critical time, when her mother, Giovanna Eisberg, was also in school, working toward her Ph.D. Alexandria loves to tell people how she now gets to call her mom Dr. Eisberg.

Hannah’s parents, Brenda and D. Jay Farbo, said they chose to honor her with a scholarship in part because, if not for the generosity of so many people, Hannah might not have been able to attend college herself.

“She understood the importance of the scholarship awards and was always so surprised and grateful to receive the help,” Brenda Farbo said. “Without the scholarships, we knew we couldn’t foot the whole bill for her education, and the support lifted a huge burden.”

This year, as in the past, we’re focused on leveraging matching funds contributed by our gracious supporters to create as many endowed scholarships as possible, which can continue to be awarded for generations to come. Already, we’ve begun the establishment of more than 60 new scholarship endowments that will be finalized as part of this year’s event.

Many types of gifts from Aggie alumni and friends like you can also be matched to create an even more profound impact for our students. For example, the first $125,000 in gifts made online or in person on Giving Tuesday at the on-campus headquarters will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $2,500 per household. And the first $10,000 in gifts from alumni who are making their first-ever charitable contribution to any department, program or scholarship in the NMSU system on Giving Tuesday will be matched dollar-for-dollar by NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers and his wife, Kathy.

In addition, any contribution on Giving Tuesday to Aggie Cupboard, a food pantry that addresses food insecurity on three of our system’s campuses by providing students and staff members with non-perishable food items, will be matched by NMSU Provost Dan Howard and his wife, Jenifer Lichtenfels.

You can find out how you can make a gift that will be matched for double the impact on our website,

I would like to personally welcome you to our Giving Tuesday headquarters in the Corbett Center Student Union Aggie Lounge to experience the joy of this truly transformational event. We’ll be there from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Come be a part of the excitement, and help students across the NMSU system achieve their dreams of a world-class education and a better life!

Andrea Tawney, Ph.D., President, New Mexico State University Foundation

NMSU Working to Build a Culture of Student Philanthropy

When Alexandra Tovar, a New Mexico State University senior studying Spanish, walked into NMSU’s Corbett Center Student Union on Nov. 29 and made her first Giving Tuesday donation, she was already part of a growing number of NMSU students who are learning that they can make a difference in the lives of future Aggies before they have crossed the graduation stage themselves.

Two new initiatives at NMSU are focused on building a culture of philanthropy that starts in college, but will last beyond graduation. It’s a two-pronged approach: reaching out to students online through social media and crowdfunding, and creating a student philanthropy group that’s open to students across the NMSU system.

Sponsored by the NMSU Foundation, the Student Foundation was created as a home for students at all campuses who are looking to give back to their campus community. An all-volunteer group of students, the Student Foundation solicits gifts from other students through tabling, regular meetings and social media.

Tovar is the first secretary for the new Student Foundation.

“I am involved in the Student Foundation because I believe it shows that philanthropy is important to my life,” Tovar said. “Organizations like these are stepping stones to achieving a lifelong giving mindset and it’s that mindset that will help show that I want to be a part of my community as much as possible.”

This year alone, 123 students made a gift on Giving Tuesday, and as an incentive, the NMSU Foundation said “thank you” in person at an exclusive reception at Club 27 with Chancellor Garrey Carruthers.

“We want to empower our students to raise money for the causes they care about right here on campus,” said Adrian Bautista, adviser for the Student Foundation and annual giving officer at the NMSU Foundation. “By seeing what impact their donation could make within their program or in their college, they have a chance to get more involved and more invested in NMSU.”

Victor Meraz, a senior in mechanical engineering technology with a minor in renewable energy, and president of Aggies Without Limits, was one of the student donors who were invited to the Club 27 reception.

“I had the opportunity to meet and chat with like-minded students and was able to speak with Chancellor Carruthers about Aggies Without Limits,” said Meraz, whose organization focuses on creating sustainable infrastructure such as water systems, bridges and roads, both locally and for communities around the world.

“I believe in supporting and helping others, and do my best to adhere to altruistic values,” Meraz said. “Promoting positive accountability in our communities starts with us.”

Another student philanthropy initiative is NMSU’s new online crowdfunding platform, Make a STATEment. Crowdfunding is a way to raise money by reaching out to a community of supporters who give online to the specific projects that matter most to them. Some well-known examples of crowdfunding platforms are GoFundMe or Kickstarter.

What differentiates Make a STATEment from other crowdfunding platforms is that groups don’t pay a fee to participate, which helps more of the donor support to go directly to the cause. Student projects also get to keep the donations raised even if their fundraising goal is not completely met. Every donation to Make a STATEment is tax-deductible through the NMSU Foundation.

On the project page, the project champions share their story, and explain how a gift will support their cause, through an interactive video. The groups who participate will be able to post updates demonstrating the impact of each contribution.

To make a gift to the Student Foundation and view campus projects that are seeking funding through Make a STATEment, visit For more information, visit NMSU Student Foundation or contact Bautista at

Author:  Cassie McClure – NMSU

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