The Mesalands Community College Foundation, Inc. is a charitable non-profit organization independent of the College for the purpose of charitable, scientific and educational support of the College in the following ways:
To maintain, develop, increase and extend the facilities and services of Mesalands Community College, Tucumcari, New Mexico, and to provide broader educational service opportunities to its students, staff. faculty, and the residents of the geographic areas which it serves;
To solicit and receive by gift, grant, devise or bequest, and to acquire by purchase, lease, exchange or otherwise, property, both real and personal, either as absolute owner or as trustee thereof, and to manage and administer same;
To make contributions, grants, gifts, and transfers of property,both real and personal, either outright or intrust, to or for the exclusive benefit of the College, or to or for the benefit of other organizations identified and associated with the College, which are tax-exempt, organizations under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986,as amended;
To create and encourage private individuals and organizations to invest in the support of the College programs and services with the assurance that the benefits of these gifts and donations supplement state appropriations to the College;
To provide a corporate structure for managing private gifts and donations, including endowments and income producing properties, that do not jeopardize the College’s tax-exempt status or create unrelated business tax obligations for the College;
To provide added assurance to donors that their contributions will be distributed and utilized for the specified purposes; and
To provide a medium for alumni and community leaders to participate in and contribute to the strengthening of the College through their participation in the solicitation, management and distribution of private gifts and donations.
Mesalands Community College Foundation, Inc. welcomes donations of cash, and personal property or real property, subject to the approval of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of local business owners, bankers, and other area individuals who are committed to the success of Mesalands Community College and its students.
The Foundation hosts an annual fundraising event that not only helps raise funds for student scholarships, but operational needs of the foundation. Previous fundraisers have included a community Shrimp Boil. This fundraiser served up a genuine boiled Cajun shrimp meal prepared by Foundation Directors and other volunteers in an atmosphere of celebration and camaraderie. College staff and students volunteer to decorate the hall, help serve guests, and clean up afterward. A D.J. provides music for dancing following the dinner.
The Foundation also sponsors College-endorsed products to assist in fundraising for specific programs and scholarships. These items are usually sold in both the College Bookstore and the Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum Shop.
The minimum amount to establish an endowed scholarship is $10,000, which is considered the beginning corpus. The endowment must be approved by the Foundation Executive Director and/or Treasurer before being accepted. Any subsequent donations made to any endowed scholarship will be added to the corpus unless otherwise requested by the donor. If no scholarship is specified, the donation will be posted to the General Scholarship Fund for award.