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Philanthropy fuels ASU’s promise: to define itself by those we include, rather than exclude, and find new and exciting ways to impact society at large.

ASU Foundation
4 min readFeb 17, 2021


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.

Campaign ASU 2020: Donors’ impact can be seen in lives changed

Dementia research. Coronavirus testing. Revitalizing communities. Giving more students access to education through scholarships. Supporters’ tremendous generosity to Campaign ASU 2020 enabled all of those accomplishments and many more. The campaign surpassed its fundraising goal and helped countless Sun Devils succeed.

See the impact Sun Devil supporters made.

Psychology scholarship honors alum who dedicated her life to removing barriers for underrepresented students

ASU psychology alumnus Noah Goldstein established a scholarship in honor of his wife, Jenessa Shapiro, who also graduated from ASU with her doctorate in psychology. Shapiro spent 10 teaching and researching stereotyping, discrimination and prejudices, and promoting women and minorities before she died of cancer in 2018. Shapiro was known for her dedication to mentoring and supporting underrepresented students and being a champion for advancing educational opportunities. The Jenessa Shapiro Undergraduate Research Scholarship was designed to continue that legacy.

Learn more about the scholarship in her honor.

Jet industry leader propels aviation students educational support

Alumnus Justin Firestone credits ASU for much of his success in the U.S. and Asian private jet industries. Now, he and his wife, Natalie, want to pay it forward to help others studying aviation. They established the Justin and Natalie Firestone Scholarship for Entrepreneurship in Aviation.

Learn how you can pay it forward.

World-renowned expert in insect social behavior and ecology awarded endowed chair

ASU alumnus Robert A. Johnson has a lifelong passion for ants and has traveled the world researching numerous species of ants. He wants to help others pursue ant research by establishing an endowed faculty chair.

Learn more about the inaugural chair recipient.

Exemplary law students benefit from scholarship support

Pravati Capital is lending support to the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law’s top students with a new endowed scholarship to the college’s Dean’s Circle, which provides opportunities for mentorship, networking, hiring and financial support. Hundreds of law students studying at ASU campuses in downtown Phoenix, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., benefit from endowed scholarships such as this one.

Learn more about the donation.

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ASU Foundation, one of Arizona’s oldest nonprofits, raises and invests private contributions to Arizona State University.