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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.  The amount reflects the best-ever year in the history of the university. It is the second consecutive year that the ASU Foundation -- the highly-rated, separate, nonprofit organization that raises and invests private support on behalf of ASU – generated more than $200 million in new gifts and commitments. These contributions do not replace core funding from state appropriations and tuition, but rather augment and enrich the ASU experience. This year, more than 100,000 donors, including 23,000 alumni, made contributions ranging from a few dollars to a few million. The unprecedented level of giving indicates broad understanding of the impact of ASU and shows determination by donors to provide crucial privat...

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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. “Only 6% of the charities we evaluate have received at least 5 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that ASU Foundation outperforms most other charities in America,” wrote Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher. “This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets ASU Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.” The ASU Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization that raises and invests private contributions to benefit Arizona State University. It recent years, it has seen dramatic i...

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When Terri Lemon passed away from cancer after forty-one years of marriage, her husband Walt honored her memory by establishing the Theresa Jean Lemon Memorial Scholarship at ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation—an institution that provided purpose and direction in their early years together.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. What is your favorite spot on the ASU campus? My favorite place on the Tempe campus is the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 (ISTB 4). This is my favorite spot on campus because it has a replica of the Mars Curiosity rover, a Magic Planet digital globe screen, and the Marston Exploration Theater which features 3D planetarium shows. What scholarships have you received and what have they allowed you to accomplish? I have ...

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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.

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Through the support of engaged LDS investors, the university has established two scholarship programs, the Beus Family New American University Scholarship—generously funded by Leo and Annette Beus—and the Pioneer Heritage Scholarship—a pooled community scholarship fund.

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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.

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