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ASU Foundation again awarded top rating for accountability, efficiency and financial health

For the seventh time in as many years, the ASU Foundation for A New American University was awarded the top rating by Charity Navigator, one of the nation’s leading independent non-profit evaluator.

Charity Navigator’s four-star rating, the highest possible, is reserved for exceptional organizations that exceed industry standards and outperform most charities. It is based on rigorous analysis of each group’s financial health, accountability and transparency and results reporting.

Arizona State University Enterprise Partners names BlackRock as its outsourced chief investment officer (OCIO)

Tempe, AZ; New York, NY – July 6, 2017 – ASU Enterprise Partners, parent organization to the ASU Foundation and other non-profit entities that raise resources in support of Arizona State University, named BlackRock Inc. as its Outsourced Chief Investment Officer (OCIO), furthering the organizations’ three-year risk advisory relationship and creating new opportunities to advance accessible, excellent higher education.

ASU Foundation receives Charity Navigator’s highest rating for fifth consecutive year

For the fifth consecutive year, the ASU Foundation for A New American University attained Charity Navigator’s coveted 4-star rating for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. The rating, the highest possible, is reserved for organizations that exceed industry standards, adhere to sector best practices and execute their missions in financially efficient ways.

Saying "Thank You" For A Life Together

It was an instant love connection for Walter Lemon.

A US Marine with only thirty days until he shipped out for Vietnam, Walt was mingling at a party one night in December 1968 when he spied a shy brunette named Theresa, his sister’s suite mate at Arizona State University’s Manzanita Hall.

He mustered the courage to ask her out. She “surprised the hell out of him” by accepting.

For the next year, Walt and Terri’s lives were marked by the interruption and uncertainty that accompanies military service. They dated on and off. They wrote letters back and forth.

This Year, Women’s Philanthropy Group Supports Health Research At ASU

Researchers at Arizona State University are combatting disease and ill health in myriad ways—from examining microscopic stem cells in the Biodesign Institute to developing comprehensive programs of study in the College of Health Solutions.

Now, grants from Women & Philanthropy, a philanthropic program of the ASU Foundation, will undergird those efforts by distributing more than $300,000 to four initiatives that span the spectrum of health research at ASU.

ASU To Develop Continuing Care 'Life Plan' Facility — Integrating Education, Culture, Health Care And Intergenerational Childcare Programs

Arizona State University, in collaboration with the Arizona State University Foundation and Pacific Retirement Services, will develop a university-based life plan community near the corner of University Drive and Mill Avenue on ASU’s campus and within steps of downtown Tempe’s restaurants and cultural venues.

Mike and Cindy Watts to be honored as Philanthropists of the Year

Mike and Cindy Watts are being honored at Founders' Day for their generous civic involvement and investment, a passion that began with their west Phoenix neighborhood of Maryvale and now extends to the Arizona State University community.

Cindy and Mike Watts are being honored at Founders' Day for their generous civic involvement and investment, a passion that began with their west Phoenix neighborhood of Maryvale and now extends to the Arizona State University community.

Q&A: Janet Nevarez, engineer and Doran Community Scholarship recipient

Doran Community Scholar and junior aerospace engineering student Janet Nevarez tells us how private support helped enable her passion for outer space and beyond.

What are you studying? What drew you to that field of study?

I am currently a junior majoring in aerospace engineering and I am pursuing to add a minor in astronomy. When I was in the 7th grade I saw the movie Apollo 13 and was immediately intrigued with space exploration, and I knew one day I wanted to create something that will allow us to continue exploring its mystery.

Mary Lou Fulton, One of ASU’s Most Generous Supporters, Dies at 82

Mary Lou Fulton, an alumna of Arizona State University and one of its most generous supporters, died Thursday. She was 82.

Fulton and her husband, Ira A. Fulton, are the largest individual donors in the university’s history.

Visitors need only walk through campus to realize the impact the Fultons have had on ASU. Their names grace university schools and buildings; ASU’s Teachers College is named for Mary Lou.

ASU president, spouse give $1.2M to boost new Public Service Academy

Couple endow directorship for first program to integrate civilian and military leadership training for service-oriented undergraduates

Arizona State University President Michael Crow and his wife, Sybil Francis, announced today a $1.2 million commitment to fund the directorship of the ASU Public Service Academy, a new center created to educate purpose-driven leaders who intend to serve in nonprofits, the civil service and the military.

Maroon and Gold Leaders Giving Program: small amounts build into a mountain of giving

For as far back as she can remember, Arizona State University Professor Teri Kennedy loved spending time with older folks.

At family gatherings growing up, she was the child who hung out with the parents and grandparents. “I always wanted to sit and listen to them,” she remembers. “I thought they were so interesting.”

So it’s fitting that her life’s work pays tribute to the generations that came before her.

Giving Tuesday: giving students a chance to succeed

The ASU Foundation is harnessing the Giving Tuesday movement this year on behalf of ASU students, raising funding for scholarships through its Sun Devil Family Association.

The SDFA is a nationwide network of parents and families whose mission is to keep families involved in their students’ university life. It builds the Sun Devil family by supporting student success.

Scholarships are a big part of that story.

With all the trimmings: annual Thanksgiving meal is tip of the iceberg when it comes to community support of ASU students

George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide thanksgiving observance in 1789. Abraham Lincoln took it a step further in 1863, issuing a document of recommendation that a “day of thanksgiving” be set aside by “the whole American People.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt agreed to a Congressional resolution in 1941 to move the date from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday of that month.

Beus gift to law school reflects affinity for ASU, concern for fellow citizens

When Leo and Annette Beus arrived in Arizona in 1970, he was fresh out of law school and the young couple was, he says, “starting out broke.”

When it came time to donate to their most cherished causes, Arizona State University didn’t make the list. As a graduate of Brigham Young University and the University of Michigan Law School, Leo says he was fiercely devoted to his alma maters;  Annette to hers, the University of Utah.

They still are, Leo Beus says, but their relationship with ASU is another story.

ASU institute receives single-largest investment in human origins research

One of the most fundamental and compelling issues in science is the search for the origins of our species.

Thanks to a $4.9 million, three-year grant from the John Templeton Foundation to Arizona State University’s Institute of Human Origins (IHO), university scientists will undertake a multifaceted, transdisciplinary collaborative research project that seeks to increase our understanding of the process of “how we became human.”

Investing in education: $5.9M to advance Sanford Inspire Program

Entrepreneur and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford envisions a future in which all children have inspirational teachers who encourage them to reach their potential. He is transforming his vision into action through a multimillion dollar investment in Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College – a bold move that will make a difference in countless lives.

ASU journalism school launches business reporting program

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is establishing a business reporting program through a $1 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation that will offer Arizona State University students unparalleled experiences while producing critical business and economic stories.

Opening in January, the Donald W. Reynolds Business Reporting Bureau will be the only university-based newsroom in the country that produces daily coverage of business and economic issues for regional and national media outlets.

Scholarships change individuals, but they also change the world

Support helps ASU junior Abbey Pellino launch career in the foreign service

Scholarships helped Abbey Pellino visit places like Ukraine and France, inspiring her to pursue a career in foreign service.

Some people bring home souvenirs when they travel.

Abbey Pellino returned from her first overseas trip with something more significant: the idea that she could make a difference in the world.

ASU Armstrong scholars reach out to refugees

It’s sprinkling rain when 20 or so Arizona State University students and alums start unloading boxes of unassembled furniture from a moving truck onto the parking lot of the Serrano Village Apartments.

Suddenly the parking lot fills with children, who seem to come from every direction.

They’re laughing and chattering in a half dozen languages — Arabic, Vietnamese, even Dzongkha, the national language of Bhutan. They all want to help assemble the furniture, which the ASU students are unboxing under the apartment carports.

ASU: Community Changemaker — A conversation with President Michael M. Crow

President Crow’s annual community conversation last week was an insightful look at why change is important and how ASU embrace innovation to create meaningful change to strengthen our community and our state. If you were unable to attend or view the webcast, or if you would like to see the presentation again, please visit the “ASU: Community Changemaker” link below. We also invite you to share this message with your friends and consider how you might work with us as a changemaker.

Deadline nears for 40 Chances Seed Grants Program

The deadline has been set for a new four-year program that will award 40 seed grants of $10,000 each, and engage young people in identifying innovative and impactful efforts to address hunger, conflict and poverty. The application due date for the first set of four Howard G. Buffett Foundation 40 Chances Seed Grant Program funding is March 1. Applications are available at 40chances.com/seedgrants.

ASU Foundation welcomes new transaction manager

Mollie Jackson has recently joined the ASU Foundation for A New American University as transaction manager of the Assets Department. Reporting directly to M. Randall Levin, senior vice president and managing director of assets, Jackson will manage the acquisition and disposition processes of all commercial and residential real estate assets, assist with leasing activities on current and future commercial projects, and oversee pre-development activities.  

Service changes lives

As Ariel Hernandez wheels a patient from the front desk of St. Joseph’s Hospital to her room, he pays special attention to her mood. Does she seem agitated? Calm? If she is receptive, he will gently ask how she is doing and if she will need anything once she gets settled in. A volunteer escort at the Phoenix hospital, Ariel is developing a bedside manner, which is a good thing for someone who aspires to be a primary care physician.

ASU Foundation and OKED partnership brings ASU research projects to life

More than half of all adolescents and teens have been bullied online through rumors, threats, hacked accounts, sexually suggestive content and other damaging behaviors. But well over half of these victims never tell their parents about the abuse.

BullyBlocker, a new tool being developed by Arizona State University faculty and students, analyzes Facebook data for signs of cyber-bullying and alerts parents that it may be occurring.

Cronkite alum keeps supporters in mind while landing position with NBC

It is never too late to seek support as a student.

Jarrod Nelson had only one more semester remaining at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication when he applied for the Arizona Broadcasters Association (ABA) scholarship. He was an out-of-state student taking classes during the day and working a full-time information technology job at night to pay off student loans.

Because of ABA’s assistance and Nelson's perseverance, he is achieving his dream of working in the news associates program at NBC.

Saftig to lead major fundraising efforts at ASU Foundation

Daniel P. Saftig, a fundraising professional with a 30-year track record of success, will join the Arizona State University Foundation for A New American University on Sept. 1, foundation CEO R.F. “Rick” Shangraw, Jr. has announced. Saftig’s appointment coincides with the continued expansion of responsibilities for the foundation.

Saftig will serve the foundation as chief development officer.

Out-of-state parents don’t have to feel out of the loop

Although Beth and Scott Keeve are from Illinois, their daughter E.B. had no interest in attending a college in the Midwest. As a water polo player, she was tired of playing at indoor pools. She was searching for sunshine and discovered the water polo team at ASU. Since the Keeves live far away, her mother Beth was thrilled to experience parent outreach when she attended her daughter’s student-athlete orientation. She approached the ASU Sun Devil Family Association table and immediately became a member.

‘Big player’ honored with Barrett ‘Play Big’ scholarship

Samantha Stachel was the Hannah Montana girl who lived a double life — the average school girl by day and a determined, powerful and peaceful warrior by night. She played big her whole life regardless of the circumstances.

Although Samantha battled Ewing’s Sarcoma, a malignant bone tumor, she lived her life to the fullest. Cancer was seen as just an inconvenience. Surgery one day … the next day at her brother’s soccer game. Chemotherapy in the morning … back at school by 11 a.m.

Crowdfunding pilot tailored to university programs

A pilot program that takes the phenomenon of crowdfunding and tailors it to the unique needs of the ASU community is up and running with four student-led projects.

A joint project between online fundraising company USEED and the ASU Foundation for A New American University, asu.useed.net is designed to equip students to raise the funds they need to gain real-world experience outside the classroom, such as serving abroad, starting a company or creating a technology or work of art.