Campaign ASU 2020, a once-in-a-decade fundraising campaign, was meant to unite Arizona State University supporters around the idea that, together, we can improve lives and influence society for the better. And you exceeded all expectations.
You joined more than 353,650 ASU supporters who gave during the campaign, and helped raise $2.3 billion for ASU students, educational initiatives and community partnerships. Because of you, ASU is living up to the promises of its charter.
Here are a few examples of campaign generosity in action:
It is hard to overstate how important you are to Arizona State University’s future. Here are just some of the many ways that your generosity changes the lives of students and the communities we serve.
While research continually shows us how distracting our smartphones are, Scott Schneider has found a way to use his own as a means to observe the world around us. Now he’s urging others to follow his lead and protect a planet on the brink.
Schneider, like the majority of the population, never leaves home in Long Island without his iPhone. But this Arizona State University alumnus is rarely buried in texts, emails or blitzes of social media notifications that can overtake our attention. He’s too busy collecting trash on his daily walks and turning them into art through photography.
I am optimistic about the future and confident that Arizona State University will lead the way in making higher education more relevant, flexible and accessible to learners of all ages.
A big reason for my optimism is the growing body of engaged supporters who commit financial resources to advance ASU’s mission. In the past decade, 353,650 alumni and ASU supporters around the world contributed to Campaign ASU 2020, a fundraising effort that raised more than $2.3 billion for ASU students, faculty, community programs and research. That’s an extraordinary accomplishment.
Because of generosity to ASU, student accessibility and excellence have never…
Here are three opportunities — free and open to the ASU community and the public — that have been made possible through philanthropic support.
Every public school teacher in Arizona can access free training and professional development through ASU Prep Digital’s Arizona Virtual Teacher Institute, designed to help the state’s K–12 teachers deliver quality instruction in online and blended learning environments.
Topics include best practices in online instruction, Web 2.0 tools, setting up a virtual instruction plan…
My father was in the military so we lived from Air Force base to Air Force base, both in and out of this country. Traveling around became part of my DNA.
One of the things my parents believed in was, wherever we were, we had to have an understanding of the community. For instance, we lived in Okinawa, so we went to harvest festivals, we went to various ceremonies, we knew and understood Noh theater. When we were stationed on Long Island, we saw Leonard Bernstein conduct when I was 5. …
The first time I stepped into a theater was when I was hired at ASU Gammage. I had just turned 21.
I was born and raised in the military. I lived in many different places before we came here in 1969. My father drove back and forth to Williams Air Force Base five days a week and he worked a part-time job in the neighborhood. My mom was a stay-at-home mom. Going to the theater was just something my family never did.
I started giving to Arizona State University when I was a single mother working three jobs and raising three children. It was 1997 and I had just started working at the newly opened Polytechnic campus — a small, friendly community where employees looked out for each other and for the well-being of students.
The founding provost of the campus, Charles Backus, modeled generosity and showed me that philanthropy begins with even the smallest of gifts. The first gift I ever gave, I signed up to donate $5 out of every paycheck through payroll deduction. …
I am a Georgia native, so I grew up in the Deep South. I am an only child who was raised primarily by my grandmother. My grandmother gave me what I have come to recognize as my first lessons in giving and caring.
My background involves the ways in which the church I grew up in — the Paradise African Methodist Episcopal Church — was also a teacher and a guide not just in the religious faith sense — it was also a social center. It’s where tutoring took place, it’s where education and political galvanizing took place. …
My father was a liberal Protestant minister and my mother sang in the church choir. I grew up in the small town of Alice, Texas. During the week, my brothers and I would ride bicycles to school, where my mom was a teacher. On Sundays we would ride bicycles to church, where my dad would preach a sermon.
The family, school and church were so mutually reinforcing that they seemed to be a single institution. My parents were seriously devoted to their communities and were the least narcissistic people you could ever meet. So I try to emulate them.