Development Leadership Council

Non-Profit Status

  • The Chile Pepper Institute is a project of New Mexico State University, a non-profit educational institution.
  • All fundraising efforts are managed by the non-profit New Mexico State University Foundation.

Major Campaigns

The two major fundraising efforts of the Chile Pepper Institute are:
  • A permanent chile pepper plant breeding endowed chair (Endowed Chairs – College of ACES), and
  • A new facility to house education and research information for our publics.

Development Council Overview

Established in February 2009, the Development Council is a dynamic, well-positioned group of chile industry leaders. The primary purpose of the Council is to provide the leadership to create a permanent chile pepper research endowment and to establish a new, expanded Institute facility on the west-end of campus, featuring seminar and teaching rooms, a sustainable teaching and demonstration garden, and a state-of-the-art greenhouse.
Development Council members provide:
  • A yearly sustaining donation of $2,500,
  • Participation in annual Council meetings and the annual Chile Leaders’ Dinner,
  • Facilitation of corporate sponsorships,
  • Identification of three or more colleagues who have the financial capacity to support the Institute’s (ad)ventures, and
  • Encouragement of chile aficionados to become Chile Pepper Institute members.
Interested in joining the Council? Contact Cindy G. Nicholson or 575-646-4665.

Chile Pepper Institute Ad Hoc Members:

  • Cindy G. Nicholson – Director of Development – — (575) 646-4665
  • Danise Coon — Research Specialist – Chile Pepper Breeding Program — — (575) 646-3661