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Think New Mexico is a 2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit

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Your contribution of $10 or more to Think New Mexico entitles you to a very fashionable "thinking cap." Available in black, charcoal, denim blue, khaki, sage green, and white. (Please note: these hats are not available for purchase through our online store.)

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Think New Mexico has been recognized as a Guidestar Exchange Gold level participant because we adhere to Guidestar's highest standards of transparency and accountability.

Think New Mexico was recognized as one of the Best of Santa Fe 2009 in the Santa Fe Reporter, which named us the "Best Small Group of Thoughtful, Committed Citizens That Can Change New Mexico."

The Las Cruces Bulletin published a column celebrating Think New Mexico's accomplishments on our 10th Anniversary in 2009.

If you have any questions about the financial or tax implications of your gift, we encourage you to consult a personal legal or financial advisor.

We believe that nonprofits should be measured by the social return they produce from the investments they receive each year. For example, since Think New Mexico's income in 1999 was $109,499, the $135 million appropriated annually to provide full-day kindergarten to over 26,000 children means that our investors continue to receive social dividends of approximately $1,230 for every $1 invested in Think New Mexico's initial full-day kindergarten project.

We invite you to make a social investment in Think New Mexico, and hold us accountable for results.

Ways to Give:

There are many ways to give to Think New Mexico. We have provided instructions for the most common methods below, but please feel free to call us at (505) 992-1315 or email with any questions or if you need further information.

Contribute by MailContribute OnlineDonate StockDonate from a Donor-Advised FundDonate from an IRADonate A CarLegacy GiftsEndowment Funds

Mailing a Check

The easiest way to support Think New Mexico is by mailing us a check. These unrestricted individual social investments are particularly valuable to Think New Mexico because we can put them to work wherever we need them most. To give to Think New Mexico by mail, simply print our donation form, fill it out, and mail it with your check to Think New Mexico. All gifts to Think New Mexico are fully tax-deductible.

Donating Stock

Think New Mexico welcomes donations of stock. Giving appreciated securities provides you with the advantage of not only receiving a charitable tax deduction, but also a capital gains tax savings.

Here's how it works: If you write a $1,000 check to Think New Mexico, you receive a charitable tax deduction worth $1,000. However, if you give Think New Mexico $1,200 of long-term appreciated securities, you receive a $1,200 tax deduction, plus an additional capital gains tax savings of up to $240. In this case, by giving appreciated securities you are giving $200 more to Think New Mexico, but you are saving $240 of capital gains, for a net savings to you of $40.

For more information, consult your tax advisor. You may be surprised at how inexpensive - and how valuable - your contribution to Think New Mexico can be.

Four Simple Steps for Transferring a Gift of Appreciated Stock to Think New Mexico:

  1. First, decide which stock and how many shares you would like to donate.
  2. Second, call Think New Mexico's Business Manager Jennifer Halbert at (505) 992-1315 to inform us about your gift of stock.
  3. Third, contact your broker and provide these two numbers:
    • DTC number: 0062
    • Think New Mexico's brokerage account number: 29727941
  4. Finally, if you need any assistance, call Vanguard Brokerage client services at 1-800-992-8327 or Think New Mexico at (505) 992-1315.

That's all there is to it! Your generous gift will be gratefully acknowledged upon receipt of the stock transfer.

Donating From a Donor-Advised Fund

If you have a donor-advised fund through Fidelity Charitable or Schwab Charitable, you can now easily make a gift to Think New Mexico through DAF direct, using the form below.

Donating From Your IRA

If you own an IRA and are over age 70 1/2, you are eligible to receive tax benefits if you transfer up to $100,000 directly from your IRA to Think New Mexico!

The transfer will count toward fulfilling your required minimum distribution from your IRA and will not be considered part of your gross income for federal tax purposes. You do not need to itemize your taxes to benefit from the distribution (however, please note that if you do itemize, then you should not list the distribution as a deduction since those dollars have not been included in your annual income).

To take advantage of this opportunity, just give us a call at (505) 992-1315 and we'll give you all the information you need to make the transfer. Then simply contact the financial services company that serves as your IRA custodian and let them you that you would like to make a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) to Think New Mexico from your IRA (as authorized under the federal Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015). It's as easy as that!

Donating a Car, Truck, Boat or R.V.

You can support Think New Mexico by donating a vehicle you no longer want — whether it's running or not!

Think New Mexico works with the Center for Car Donations to accept your generous gift. They will make arrangements to pick up your vehicle, sell it at auction, and forward the proceeds to Think New Mexico. If you have any questions, or would like to donate your car, call the Center for Car Donations at 1-877-411-3662 (be sure to tell them that the donation is for Think New Mexico!) or fill out this online form.

Legacy Gifts

We hope you will consider joining the wonderful friends of Think New Mexico who have elevated us to the status of "family member" by making Think New Mexico a beneficiary of their will, living trust, retirement account, or life insurance policy.

These legacy gifts help ensure that Think New Mexico will be able to continue its work to improve the quality of life for all New Mexicans over the long term.

If you have made a provision for a legacy gift to Think New Mexico, please let us know so that we can thank you. For more information on making a legacy gift, contact us at (505) 992-1315.

Think New Mexico's first legacy gift was made by Sylvia C. Koerber (1919-2010), who was one of the first women to serve in the Women's Army Corps during WWII. We are proud to use Sylvia's bequest to continue her legacy of pioneering public service.

Supporting Think New Mexico's Endowments

Think New Mexico has established endowment funds at:
    • the Santa Fe Community Foundation
    • the Albuquerque Community Foundation
    • the Taos Community Foundation, and
    • the New Mexico Community Foundation.

Our goal is to build these endowment funds to the point where they will collectively generate a permanent source of income to offset all of our administrative overhead expenses, allowing us to focus our fundraising efforts exclusively on our program expenses. They will also serve as a financial cushion against lean times, and help ensure that Think New Mexico's mission will be sustained in perpetuity. Gifts to Think New Mexico's endowments are fully tax-deductible.

If you are interested in supporting one of our endowment funds, please contact the community foundation of your choice for instructions on how to proceed.