Why give to ASU

Private support is not a replacement for a university’s other sources of revenue. Rather, it provides enrichment opportunities for students to transform their college learning experiences from good to great.

An example is a donor who provides a student the opportunity to present research findings at an academic conference: Such opportunities equip students with professional skills that enable them to succeed in highly competitive fields.

Our donors care deeply about their communities, near and far. They have discovered they can make a difference in people’s lives by supporting causes through work being done at ASU. For example, donors have helped faculty and staff bring solar-powered digital libraries to schools in remote locales, supported research into dementia treatments, funded community arts programming, and even enabled student-engineers to send experiments into space as part of a rocket payload. There are many ways you, too, can make a difference at ASU.

Private support from donors like you can also help fix the deepening inequality in higher education. More than 40 percent of students who start at a four-year-college never get a degree. Whether a student graduates or drops out can be largely attributed to family income. Donors who support student success impact their lives.

You can make a gift to the university for immediate use. Some people plan to leave ASU a gift through their estate. Still others give to the ASU Endowment, in which principle is invested and the interest earned is disbursed to the university annually. These endowed gifts exist in perpetuity, ensuring the long-term success of the university.

Measuring success through philanthropy is crucial for you to know the impact of your gift, and for the institution to know that we can continue the work we set out to do.

Some things are easy to measure, like scholarship dollars. Other things, like fundamentally transforming society or creating new pathways to higher education, are bigger, harder and bolder — but that is what we are most excited about. Those are the kinds of challenges ASU takes on. Those are the kinds of challenges our donors are most interested in. Here, we work together as partners on how we will measure that impact and what success looks like.

You can stay informed of the impact of giving to ASU through our publication, Impact, our newsletter, Giving Update at ASU, and on the ASU Foundation social media sites.

While large gifts are important to the growth of ASU, gifts of any size make an impact. In one year alone, more than 101,500 donors gave $413 million to ASU. About 92 percent of gifts are $100 or less. Donors support every college and school at ASU. There are many causes to which an ASU donor can contribute.

Most of ASU's donors are not alumni. They are supporters who believe in ASU’s mission and impact. The foundation’s guiding principle is that financial support is best advanced by aligning the aspirations of our donors with the university’s mission. We build long-term relationships by understanding what you would like to accomplish with your philanthropy, and helping you fulfill your goals through ASU initiatives.

The foundation is a private, nonprofit organization that raises and invests private contributions to Arizona State University. It is one of Arizona’s oldest nonprofits. Learn more about the specific mission and work of the foundation.

Giving site usage

Yes, you will be given the option to list your spouse or partner during the checkout process. In the payment section, you will see an optional box to add your spouse or partner’s name to the gift.

You may create recurring, automatic gifts for one or multiple funds. To create a recurring donation, select the “recurring” option button prior to adding that specific donation to your gift basket. Please note that if you select a recurring gift option, you will be required to create an account.

To make a one-time gift on the website using your credit card, please select the “one -time gift” checkbox on the specific donation page before you add it to your gift basket.

Yes, you may make an anonymous gift. Please note, you will need to provide your personal information in order for us to provide a receipt for your gift. However, your gift will be acknowledged as anonymous.

On the checkout page, under “Your Gift Basket,” you will see a checkbox with the option to make your gift anonymous.

Yes, you may make a gift as a tribute to someone special during the checkout process. Under the “Your Gift Basket” section on the checkout page, use the "Tribute Type" dropdown to select either “Tribute” or “In Memory.” You will be asked to enter details about the type of gift and the name of the person you are recognizing.

For gifts made in honor of someone, you will be asked to enter address information to notify them of your gift.

Yes, with matching gifts, it is possible to double or even triple your gift! Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match most charitable contributions made by their employees. Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and spouses, or award money to Arizona State University for volunteer hours. During the checkout process, you will have the opportunity to search for your company in our matching gift database.

For assistance, contact the Gift Processing Department at giftprocessing-q@asu.edu or call 480-727-9664.

Donor privacy and security is of paramount concern to us at Arizona State University.

  • We have a team of dedicated security professionals who work on our systems every day to make sure they’re safe and protected from intrusion.
  • We have encryption programs that allow us to store information in a way that is difficult to access.
  • When we transmit data, we primarily do so internally and always in a secure way.
  • We have a precise record retention policy so that we only maintain those records that are necessary.
  • Finally, we maintain a careful system to adhere to the wishes of our donors as to if they want their information public or not.

More information about Donor Privacy is available here.

To change or edit your recurring payment, please navigate to the “My Account” section of the website. Once on the account homepage, you will see an option on the right side to view recurring donations. When you click “View,” you will be directed to a page where you can edit this payment information.

If you would like to speak to someone from our donor relations team instead, please call 480-965-6468 or email gp-q@asu.edu.

Yes, you can change the donation date. To edit your recurring gift date, please navigate to the “My Account” section of the website. Once on the account homepage, you will see an option on the right side to view recurring donations. When you click “View,” you will be directed to a page where you can edit this payment information.

If you would like to speak to someone from our donor relations team instead, please call 480-965-6468 or email gp-q@asu.edu.

We accept all major credit cards, PayPal and Apple Pay as online payments.

To give an immediate gift using a different method of payment, like a check or money order, please see: Ways to Give.

To view your online giving history, please navigate to “My Account” in the top right corner of the new website. In your account, you will be able to view online gifts you have made through the new website when logged into your account. However, you will not see information for gifts made prior to September 2019. If you need further assistance please contact Donor Relations at 480-965-2735.

TA gift allocation code allows you to redeem funds with a specific monetary value. This code is found on a gift certificate (if you received one). During the checkout process, you may enter the code on the checkout page in the “Gift Allocation Code” section. If you do not have a gift certificate, please leave the field blank during checkout.

You may enter the gift code during the checkout process in the “Gift Allocation Code” section.

To find your tax receipt for an online transaction, please navigate to “My Account” in the top right corner of the website. Click the person icon in the top right corner. In your account, you will be able to view your tax receipts.

If you do not have an account with us, you may enter your order number to look up the receipt. If you need further assistance please contact Donor Relations at 480-965-2735.

To change your password, navigate to the “My Account” login section. Once there, click “forgot password.” An email will be sent to your inbox, guiding you through the process of resetting your password. If you do not see a password reset email, verify that your email address was entered correctly, or check your spam or junk folders.

Navigate to the account sign-in page. Then, click the “forgot password” link. A message will pop up asking for your email address. Shortly after, an email will be sent to your account that offers a URL that guides you to reset your password.

Our new giving site is hosted on a new platform and requires a new account. You may reuse your existing username and password credentials if you would like, but you will need to create a new account.

Other types of gifts

Yes, you can make an immediate and impactful contribution to support ASU programs and initiatives with a cash gift. To give through the mail, send a check or money order made payable to the ASU Foundation to:
ASU Foundation
Attention: Cash Receipting
P.O. Box 2260
Tempe, Arizona 85280-2260

Yes, as an employee of Arizona State University or ASU Enterprise Partners, you can support ASU through regular gifts that are automatically deducted from your paycheck. Your generous investment helps further the university’s mission, impact and future innovation. Learn more.

Thank you for your interest in corporate and foundation gifts. To learn more about making a gift of this kind, please contact Shaun Brenton at our Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, shaun.brenton@asu.edu or 480-965-1475.

An endowment gift is one of the most powerful ways you can support the future of ASU. An endowment is a gift of assets that is strategically converted by the ASU Foundation Endowment Fund into long-term investments to provide sustainable, long-term financial support. When you establish an endowment for the university, the investment provides sustainable financial support, helping us thrive for years to come. Learn more.

ASU Foundation information

The ASU Foundation is committed to financial transparency and accountability. To that end, information regarding our tax exempt status, our articles of incorporation, audited financial statements, and our IRS Form 990s are always available for public review here. If you have specific questions about your gift, please call (480) 965-6468 or email us at gp-q@asu.edu.

For general information or to be directed to a specific department contact, please call or email us using one of the following methods:
Email: information@asufoundation.org
Phone: 480-965-3759
Fax: 480-727-9656
Please fax credit card information to 480-727-7368.

More detailed contact information is available here.

Depending on the type of gift, there are many different deadlines. To learn more about the timing of specific gifts, please see our year-end deadline page.

Once you have created an account on the website, you can update your personal information in the “My Account” section. If you would like to speak to someone from our donor relations team instead, please call 480-965-6468 or email gp-q@asu.edu.

To opt out of our email communications at any time, please send an email to asuf.web@asu.edu with a request to be removed.

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