Save our School

$4,910 of $62,000 goal

Raised by 45 people in 44 months
NM Healing Arts
for New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts
NMAHA is a healing arts school for bodywork and massage. This amazing school was founded in 1981 and has been a leader in providing excellent, high-standard schooling for massage therapists. We have graduated thousands of massage therapists over the years, who are employed immediately. Our curriculum is extensive and our students are happy students who are well-prepared for the world they are stepping into. NMAHA is the only healing arts school in NM accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) and attracts world-renowned teachers to its faculty. 

However, like massage therapy schools everywhere, NMAHA has taken a financial hit since the 2008 Recession because lending institutions have pulled back so deeply from making private student loans. In the past 18 months, NMAHA has had to turn away 57 student applicants because of their inability to obtain private loans.

To rectify this situation, NMAHA has undergone a rigorous application process with the US Department of Education to become eligible to administer the DOE's Title IV loans, and has met all of the Department's criteria except financial. With our best and most intense efforts we have not been able to secure the letter of credit required.  

Having left no stone unturned, NMAHA now faces closure. We see two options (and we’re open to more):

1)    Finish the classes for our current students and close the school. In order for this class to complete the diploma program before we close, we need $62,000

2)    Reorganize, and raise the money or find someone interested in purchasing the school. We estimate the investment to be approx. $450,000 to carry the school through the completion of the Title IV process.

We are devastated to have encountered too many hurdles before completing our Title IV approval. We want to keep serving students.

If we must close, we ask your help to at least ensure our final class of students can graduate.

NMAHA is a registered 501 (c)(3) non profit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.
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This is the library where the students practice the client intake process, before and after clinic massage appointments.

We need your help to reach our fundraising goal and graduate our current class of students. We have reduced everything down to a skeleton crew, the students are pitching in, the teachers are all participating - - now we need you to share the campaign so we can reach our goal.

Thank you! Thank you!
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Thank you all for your contributions.

NMAHA was established 34 years ago and we have graduated thousands of incredible massage and somatic polarity therapists.

While we are prepared to do whatever the Universe leads us to do (close, continue, some hybrid), we would love to at least graduate this class.

We can make it if we keep moving forward together. Please consider sending out our GoFundMe email to your personal email lists of friends and acquaintances, because the broader our reach, the more likely it is we can reach our goal.

Thank you all!
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Many thanks to Val Morningstar for holding a sacred pipe ceremony this evening. The prayers of our students, instructors and staff are filled with gratitude and requests for a way to move forward. So be it.
Our sacred space.
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Things are going great! Thank you all so much for your loving messages of heartfelt support.

Please help us continue to raise fund so our students can finish out their program. Every dollar counts. Share, share, share widely to make the biggest impact.

We thank you!
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$4,910 of $62,000 goal

Raised by 45 people in 44 months
Created June 12, 2015
Funds raised will benefit:
New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts
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Santa Fe, NM
EIN: 850292817
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Mariajose Ugalde Alcazar
41 months ago

I will forever be grateful for every single day I spent at NMAHA

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