The Las Cruces Space Festival was born out of a volunteer spirit by individuals passionate about the history, current opportunities and future possibilities for the space industry in our area. The first event was an amazing success, pulled together quickly and with great cooperation.
In planning for 2019, we examined our possibilities for becoming a more formal organization. We also recognized that to grow the festival, we would need a more formal business structure. An overarching goal of the event is to keep it free and to “make space for everyone” and, with that in mind, we examined setting up a formal 501(c)(3) structure.
Eventually, we will likely move in that direction but, in the meantime, the United Way of Southwest New Mexico offered to be our Fiscal Sponsor. The education goals of the Las Cruces Space Festival fall in line with the goals of the United Way and that, combined with the success of the first event and the collaborative structure of the planning committee, led the United Way to offering that Fiscal sponsorship.
All donations and sponsorship made to the Las Cruces Space Festival will be made to the United Way of Southwest New Mexico and held in a separate account for us. When we have payments for festival needs in the budget, they will make those payments. The United Way is not charging the festival a management fee.
We are very much appreciative of this service offered by the United Way of Southwest New Mexico. With this gift from them, your donations to this festival are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org