About the Foundation
The McNeese State University Foundation was incorporated in 1965 as a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization established to support student scholarships through endowments. Since 1965, the Foundationís mission has broadened to include support for endowed faculty professorships and chairs. Centers for teaching excellence, cultural programming, athletic enhancement, and other projects linked to McNeese State Universityís interests are also supported through the Foundation.
The McNeese Foundation's purpose is to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward private gifts including real and personal property, limited or conditional gifts, grants, planned gifts or other bequests offered toward advancement of the institution. The Foundationís current total assets exceed $62 million. The Foundation annually awards over $2 million in funding for student scholarships, faculty development, campus improvement, state-of-the-art technology, and other academic enhancements. Requests for endowed funds originate with the Foundation Board of Directors, a volunteer entity that governs all allocations.

The mission of the McNeese State University Foundation is to seek outside resources to support the successful education of undergraduate students, and to provide operational assistance to serve faculty, staff, donors, employers, community members and other constituents.

The McNeese Foundation offers donors a wide range of opportunities for demonstrating their support to the University. Donors may specify the area of interest where they wish their contribution to be directed such as a specific college, department, academic or athletic program, educational support unit, campus improvement or other areas.

McNeese is responsible for serving:
  • Residents of Southwest Louisiana who have completed high school and are seeking either a college degree or continuing professional education;
  • Two-year college transfer students, particularly those from Sowela Technical Community College;
  • Employers in the region, both public and private, school districts, health care providers, local governments, and private businesses;
  • Economic development interests and regional entrepreneurs; and
  • The area community, by providing a broad range of academic and cultural activities and public events.

Array of Programs and Services

  • An array of liberal arts programs at the baccalaureate level - arts and humanities, social sciences, natural sciences - appropriate to a teaching institution with a predominately undergraduate student body.
  • Baccalaureate programs in education, engineering, business, nursing, selected allied health fields, mass communications, and criminal justice.
  • Masterís programs primarily related to education, engineering, arts and sciences, nursing, and business.
  • Support for area K-12 schools seeking college general education courses for advanced students and assistance in ensuring that their graduates are college-and career-ready.
  • Services specifically designed to meet the needs of regional economic development (small business development, support for entrepreneurs, problem-solving).

Special Programs/Features
  • Programs in innovation, entrepreneurship, and small business development supported by the Southwest Entrepreneurial and Economic Development Center.
  • Agricultural and related sciences with opportunities for experiential learning at three working farms and the Center for Advancement of Meat Processing and Production.
  • Custom academic programs and professional certifications integrated with area business and industry.
  • Applied undergraduate research partnerships in engineering, sciences, allied health and the Louisiana Environmental Research Center.
  • Cultural events are designed to connect McNeese with the regional arts community and K-12 education.
McNeese Foundation Federal Tax Identification - 72-6029144


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