"The Foundation was basically a way to get around the general fund," Catron recalls of the organization's nonprofit incorporation in September 1962. "Before that, private donations went straight into the state's general fund. The Foundation provided a way for private gifts to be directed to three vital areas of cultural support: education, collections and exhibitions, and funding for the future."
Today, the Foundation marks more than $84 million in total giving by 23,000 donors and membership of some 14,000, the groundwork laid by Catron and others into one of New Mexico's most successful nonprofits. The impact of private giving at all levels is seen daily throughout our museums, historic sites and Office of Archaeological Studies.
"Few states are richer in history, anthropology and the arts than New Mexico, and the Museum of New Mexico Foundation offers a superb opportunity to contribute to the preservation of our cultural resources, and to bring to all of the people an understanding and appreciation of this rich heritage."
-Tom Catron, founder, Museum of New Mexico Foundation