$30 million Horatio Alger-Denny Sanford Scholarship Program will assist students committed to pursuing higher education and giving back to their communities
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$30 million Horatio Alger-Denny Sanford Scholarship Program will assist students committed to pursuing higher education and giving back to their communities
12.8 percent ROI above averages for US public and private universities
Founder of Discount Tire impacted many across the university
ASU Enterprise Partners’ R. F. “Rick” Shangraw Jr. shares with global leaders how higher education will evolve in a world transformed by technology.
Fundraisers from the ASU Foundation welcomed in the month of November by volunteering at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Arizona
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.
Record amount of private support follows public launch of Campaign ASU 2020
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.
The Arizona State University Foundation for a New American University announced today that long-time fundraiser Gretchen Buhlig has been named chief executive officer of the organization, effective July 1.
Individuals, corporate and foundation partners donated more than $215 million in fiscal year 2016 to support Arizona State University’s educational programs, research and services that enhance student success and community engagement.
Thanks to the generosity of more than 100,000 individual, corporate, and foundation donors, Arizona State University received a record $207 million in new gifts and commitments during the recently completed 2015 fiscal year.
The sum represents a 41 percent increase over the $147 million received in 2013-14. The previous record amount was $178 million in 2008-09.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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, 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.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ first settlers in the Valley of the Sun arrived in 1877 in the area that would become Mesa. What began as a few families of settlers has grown to a population of nearly half a million in Arizona today.
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.
The Arizona State University Foundation, a private 501 (c)(3) organization whose purpose is to advance Arizona State University by raising and investing private contributions on behalf of ASU, was awarded its fourth consecutive four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.
Arts entrepreneur Elisa Gonzales has been interested in using art as a means of community-building from a young age. Her parents often took her to the theatre, and instilled in her a respect for art as an agent of social change.
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.
Sharon Osorno is ready to graduate from ASU Preparatory Academy on May 28. When she started four years ago, she wasn’t sure she would be prepared for the tough academic curriculum.
“I was worried about coming to school here,” Osorno said, “but I’m glad I did.”
Though their son was already a freshman in architecture at Arizona State University, Patricia and Jaime Fabian worried that their two daughters lacked the motivation to follow him to college.
That is, until they began participating in ASU’s American Dream Academy.
This spring, approximately 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students are set to earn their degrees.
They come from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of disciplines. They are looking to transform their communities, embrace innovation and tackle new challenges. Some of them are outstanding graduate award winners.
Here's a look at the class of 2015.
When Frank Smith got into trouble growing up, he was made to pay a peculiar penance.
“My stepdad would sit me in front of the TV and make me watch the news,” said Smith, now a junior at ASU.
The ASU Foundation for A New American University and Arizona State University President Michael Crow have announced a $1 million commitment from Arizona business owners Tom and Jan Lewis that will fund scholarships for high-potential student leaders in Barrett, the Honors College.
Wendy Hultsman says she has always wanted to create a scholarship at Arizona State University, where she has taught for 25 years.
Recently, she made that happen with a pledge of $50,000 through ASU’s New American University program, which enables faculty and staff to create scholarship endowments for students.
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.
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.
Ray Anderson, Arizona State vice president of university athletics, has announced the elevation of the ASU Men’s Ice Hockey program to NCAA Division I status.
ASU Foundation for A New American University topped $147 million in new gifts and commitments from nearly 100,000 donors in 2013-2014, one of many milestones reached during the organization’s 59th year of support for Arizona State University.
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.
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.”
Arizona State University’s athletic director and its head football coach announced today that they would commit a total of $1 million in personal funds to Sun Devil Athletics Momentum fundraising campaign for the reinvention of Sun Devil Stadium.
Arizona State University is ranked No. 2 in the nation among up-and-coming schools in the 2015 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges Rankings. The ranking looks at universities most often cited by college administrators asked to nominate schools that have made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty and student life.
Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute has made an economic impact of $1.5 billion in its first decade of operation, according to a study by the Seidman Research Institute at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business.
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.
Class includes nearly 10,700 academically distinguished Sun Devils from 50 states and 63 countries
Arizona State University is welcoming an academically strong and remarkably diverse freshman class that includes many students who have distinguished themselves both inside and outside the classroom.
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.
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.
Starting this fall, Arizona State University students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication will report live from across the state using cutting-edge technology, thanks to a new grant from Women & Philanthropy, a program of the ASU Foundation for A New American University.
Debra Williams, a communications and management professional who served as director of communications for Pennsylvania State University’s first billion-dollar fundraising campaign, has been appointed vice president of communications and marketing for the ASU Foundation for A New American University. She joins the foundation team immediately.
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.
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.
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.
A new direction in the Sun Devil Family Association’s Professor of the Year program will help provide seven additional scholarships, totaling $28,000, to deserving students.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Harry Papp knows what it means to serve. From wild animals to bottom lines, he has volunteered his time and expertise to advance such community treasures as the Phoenix Zoo, Community Health Charities of Arizona, The Desert Botanical Garden, The Phoenix Art Museum, Ballet Arizona and Arizona State University’s Institute of Human origins.
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.
M. Randall Levin, previously vice president of commercial development for SunCor Development Company, has been appointed senior vice president and managing director of assets at the ASU Foundation for A New American University. The addition to the leadership team was announced by R.F. “Rick” Shangraw Jr., chief executive officer of the ASU Foundation.
Among the many milestones realized by the ASU Foundation for A New American University during the 2012-2013 fiscal year was a goal-busting $136 million generated in new gifts and commitments that will serve to advance the university now and in the years to come.
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.
When 16-year-old Terra Gifft found out that Cathy Rigby’s Peter Pan Broadway was coming to ASU Gammage, she was bursting with excitement.
Gifft loves the performing arts and has a lifelong dream of sharing them with children across the world. Her high school does not have a strong performing arts program due to a lack of funding, and Gammage is her primary connection to the theater.
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.
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.