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Giving to the Future of NCKRI

Thank you for your support and for being an important part of our future.

Private gifts support the important mission of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute. Your contributions enhance programs, provide for excellence in staff, and support research projects. Thank you for your generosity and for making NCKRI a priority in your charitable giving choices.

Make A Gift to NCKRI
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Ways to Give

Give Online – This is the simplest way for you to give. Click the button above to make a credit card payment using our secure online contribution form.

Give by telephone with a credit card – Call our Advancement Office at 575-628-2702 and we'll be happy to help you make your gift over the phone.

Give through the mail – Writing a check and mailing it to us at:
National Cave and Karst Research Institute
Attn: Advancement
400-1 Cascades Avenue
Carlsbad, NM USA 88220-6215

Through Annual Giving at NCKRI, donors and friends support the areas of greatest need, including scholarships, equipment, facilities, maintenance and improvements, research, and exhibit development. The annual fund is the cornerstone of our fundraising program:

• Student scholarships
• Graduate fellowships
• Cultural events
• Travel grants
• Guest lecturers
• Cave and karst research

As important as these annual funds are, equally important are the spirit and generosity in which they are given. Through gifts to the Annual Giving program, our supporters demonstrate their regard for the National Cave and Karst Research Institute, its mission and their desire to support that mission. Thank you for your support! Your gift has never been more important!

Click here or on the button above to Make an Annual Gift Now!

The Advancement staff works with corporations and foundations to develop proposals that meet the priorities of both the Institute and the donor. The Institute’s staff works closely with Advancement to present funding opportunities that are creative and innovative. Our goal is to build productive and long lasting relationships with our corporate and foundation donors.

Our primary objective is to present proposals that reflect the Institute's funding priorities and to listen to the donor to meet their needs. Private contributions directly support NCKRI's mission. The generosity of our private donors creates opportunities for the Institute that would not otherwise be possible. Corporate and Foundation gifts are important partnerships and a source of funding critical to the NCKRI mission.

Matching Gift Programs
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. This is a fantastic benefit to increase the impact of your gift. Be sure to check with your personnel department to see if your company has a matching gift program. We also recognize those companies that have matching gift programs and appreciate their generosity to support their employees' philanthropic efforts.

NCKRI’s Legacy Cavers is a group of donors that have chosen to make a planned or deferred gift through their estate planning that will have an everlasting impact on the organization. Planned or deferred gifts include: bequest through a will, charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, charitable lead trust, and gift of life insurance, real estate or other assets.

Gifts such as this not only help NCKRI, but also help provide the donor with additional income, convert low income assets to higher income assets, help care for your surviving family members, avoid long-term capital gains tax, reduce your estate taxes, and generate income tax deductions.

The NCKRI Advancement staff will work with you in arranging proper forms of recognition that reflect your personal gift's purpose and your preferences. Your gift may also be given anonymously. For tax purposes, the National Cave and Karst Research Institute is a 501(c)(3) with a tax-exempt ID: #42-1741207. The National Cave and Karst Research Institute has not retained any professional solicitor and 100% of each contribution is received directly by NCKRI. For more information on leaving a legacy, please call 575-628-2702.

Scholarships change lives.

Scholarship support is one of the most important ways to impact the lives of students. There are several ways to support student scholarships at the National Cave and Karst Research Institute:

• Through NCKRI's Annual Giving program
• By making a gift to an existing scholarship fund
• By creating a new scholarship fund

We'd love to talk to you about your ideas. E-mail us at or contact the Advancement Office at 575-628-2702.

Based on the standards and ethics of fundraisers and philanthropy professionals, this statement guides our work at the National Cave and Karst Research Institute Advancement Office.

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

• To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.

• To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.

• To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.

• To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

• To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

• To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.

• To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.

• To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.

• To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

The text of this statement in its entirety was developed and adopted in 1993 by the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

NCKRI Advancement Office

The NCKRI Advancement Office was established to position, support, and advance NCKRI's mission and is responsible for membership, fundraising and development, news and communications, marketing, community relations, and special events. For more information on ways that you can help NCKRI achieve its mission, contact us today.