No, the two organizations are separate entities but work together to support the mission of McNeese State University. The Alumni Association focuses on enhancing alumni relations and encouraging donations which serve the immediate needs of the University. The Foundation focuses on enhancing student success and academic excellence by providing academic support through endowments, which serve the University’s longer-range needs.
Gifts may be payable to the “McNeese Foundation” through online giving or by sending through direct mail to Box 91989, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70609. Cash gifts may be given in multi-year pledges. Gifts of securities may be made through a donor’s personal broker contacting the McNeese Foundation directly. For further information, please call the Foundation office at 337.475.5588 or 800.622.3352, ext. 5588.
The McNeese Foundation allows you to specify where your support is directed and helps to identify ways to designate your donation toward specific colleges, departments, programs, research areas, student scholarships, student life activities, or other facets at McNeese that will enhance the student experience.
There are myriad ways to donate to the McNeese Foundation, such as outright gifts of cash via currency, check, or credit card, gifts of real estate or personal property, bequests, life income trusts, or other planned giving vehicles. Your imagination combined with guidance from the Foundation staff and your personal advisors makes donations to the Foundation limitless.
An endowment is a pool of funds held by a charity and invested over time for the purpose of achieving a positive return. The endowed principal remains intact, while the income from the investments are used to support McNeese State University’s mission through funding of scholarships, professorships or other projects linked to the university’s interests.