The 2023 UNM Gives United Way campaign begins Sunday, Oct. 1. As our community and country struggles with inflation, poverty and crime, your support and compassion have never been more critical. Every contribution counts and every gift makes a difference.

This year’s UNM Gives United Way campaign runs through Nov. 30 and includes #GivingTuesday, a global movement of generosity designed to unleash the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. United Way of North Central New Mexico (UWNCNM) collaborates with hundreds of community partners to focus and align around a set of shared strategies designed to improve family stability and educational attainment. These two initiatives represent a comprehensive approach to improving outcomes for children, youth, and families at scale.

Ways to donate to the UNM Gives Campaign
A number of opportunities are available for interested individuals to donate to the UNM Gives campaign including:

Donating directly to the United Way of North Central New Mexico to benefit charitable programs and organizations in our community. When you donate to a cause, you know your contribution is making the difference you desire.

Donating time and talent is just as important as financial support. Interested individuals can log donated time to local nonprofits as part of the campaign. Faculty, staff and students donate thousands of hours yearly, which could also be designated for the UNM Gives Campaign. Volunteering connects our Pack with local community service organizations.

For more information on the fundraising campaign and ways to give, visit UNM Gives.

“Commitment to community, generosity of spirit, and an endless capacity for kindness are all hallmarks of the Lobo way of life,” said UNM President Garnett S. Stokes. “Our annual UNM Gives Campaign provides our faculty and staff with an opportunity to provide compassionate and effective support for communities across New Mexico. Your contribution to the United Way of North Central New Mexico helps our pack give back—and change lives for the better.”

There are many ways to give to the UNM Gives United Way Campaign and it doesn’t take a lot to make a difference. Individual donors can give to any of United Way’s direct service programs or another charitable organization you’re passionate about. It’s easy and convenient to donate online at the UNM Gives website, whether you are a UNM Employee (including UNM HSC), or you work for UNM Hospitals (UNMH), UNM Medical Group (UNMMG), or UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center (SRMC).

“Last year, nearly 500 Lobos raised over $400,000 for our community. We appreciate the generous contributions made last year and are encouraging all our staff and faculty to consider participating this year,” said UNM Gives Campaign coordinator Bridgette Noonen. “Every contribution makes a difference – if each of us gives a small amount, collectively at UNM we can have a profound impact on our community.”

Community Investment Fund
An important fund for UWNCNM is the Community Investment Fund. Feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, keeping children safe, and empowering the disabled and elderly are just a few examples of what giving to the Community Investment Fund can help accomplish. In 2023, United Way of North Central New Mexico awarded over $2.7 million in grant money to 88 nonprofit programs in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, Santa Fe and Valencia counties.

Through a combination of collaborative change projects, public policy advocacy, community mobilization efforts, and grantmaking, UWNCNM works with hundreds of community partners to focus on families in central New Mexico. Other available community investment grants include impact grants that focus on education/youth development and family stability; basic needs grants support emergent needs, such as food and emergency shelter; and capacity-building grants to help improve a nonprofit's ability to fulfill its mission.

During the 2022 annual campaign, UWNCNM raised more than $14.5 million. In addition to the $2.7 million granted, UWNCNM distributed donations in the amount of $7.5 million to other non-profits and their programs per donor-designated requests.

UWNCNM also invested $1.5 million in its impact work creating educational opportunities and helping families build resiliency through its initiatives and programs including Rising Together (formerly Mission: Families and Mission: Graduate), 211 information and referral service, Family Advocacy Center and Tax Help New Mexico.

To learn more about the various ways your donations to UWNCNM can help our community visit UWNCNM.