NMGS Foundation


The New Mexico Geological Society (NMGS) Foundation was established in 2003 with the mission of providing a source of funding for educational, and scientific objectives, which directly and indirectly benefit the geologic profession in New Mexico and the general public.

The NMGS Foundation was created as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation with the intent to:  1) protect the non-profit status associated with the New Mexico Geological Society and their investment income, 2) provide long-term management of assets and 3) protect scholarship assets from liability associated with NMGS Society activities. The NMGS Foundation Board's primary function is to determine the annual budget for activities associated with the New Mexico Geological Society.  To achieve this function, the Board meets quarterly to evaluate investment performance, establish annual budgets, and other associated activities.  The NMGS Foundation Board currently has five members, including the Vice President of the New Mexico Geological Society that represents professional and academic geologists from across the state of New Mexico.

NMGS Foundation revenues from investments of charitable contributions are responsible for supplying $36,000 in 2017 to the NMGS to support activities that include the annual NMGS Fall Field Conference, NMGS Spring Meeting, numerous NMGS Grants-in-Aid to students undertaking geological research in the state of New Mexico, and other scholarships to students attending 4-year colleges and research universities throughout New Mexico.

A special thank you to the donors who contributed a total of $17,540 in 2017 to the NMGS Foundation:

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the NMGS Foundation or remembering the NMGS Foundation and Society in your estate planning. The generous support of past donors has helped advance the careers of many young geoscientists and greatly contributed to the legacy of geologic research in New Mexico.

  • Anthony Benson
  • James & Susan Cearley
  • Keith Davis
  • Nelia Dunbar
  • Maya Elrick
  • Will Keener
  • Barry Kues
  • Susan Lucas-Kamat
  • Virginia McLemore
  • Robert Newcomer
  • Charles Oviatt
  • Donald Owen
  • Deborah Peacock & Nate Korn
  • John Rogers
  • Frank Ramos
  • John & Dianna Shoemaker
  • David Swenson
  • Matthew Symonds
  • Galen Treadgold
NMGS Foundation Directors - 2017
NMGS Foundation Directors in 2017
From left to right: Susan Lucas Kamat — NMGS Liasion, James B. Cearley III — Outreach Officer,
Bob Newcomer — Vice President, Frank C. Ramos — President, John Shomaker — Secretary
(Note: Kate Zeigler, not pictured, joined the board in 2018)