March 15 update — ASU friends: We have made the difficult decision to postpone Sun Devil Giving Day. In light of the many challenges this pandemic has placed on our university, our state and our country, we believe it best to not distract people from their highest personal and professional priorities right now. More information will be made available at a future date.
On March 19, the Sun Devil family will join together for the eighth annual Sun Devil Giving Day, a one-day celebration of generosity in which Arizona State University supporters give to their passions through the university.
Last year, more than 9,300 supporters gave a record-breaking $11.4 million to support ASU students, faculty, staff, programs and causes.
“Sun Devil Giving Day is a great way to give to any person, program or cause that you care about at ASU,” said Andrew Carey, associate vice president of donor outreach for the ASU Foundation. “It gives ASU the margin of excellence it needs to innovate and elevate the university experience for all students, faculty and staff.”
For example, donors to the ASU Family Scholarship enabled civil engineering student Messar Mustafa to pursue her goal of attaining an engineering degree.
“Becoming an engineer was one of my dreams as a kid, but with the cost of college and everything it can be a little overwhelming,” Mustafa said. “The scholarship has allowed me to achieve my dreams.”
The ASU Family Scholarship requires recipients to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and complete volunteer hours that they dedicate to ASU events. Mustafa says those hours greatly enhanced her college experience.
On Sun Devil Giving Day, supporters impact not only the lives of students, but also research and learning across the university.
In the Department of Psychology, Professor Clive Wynne leads the Canine Science Collaboratory, which seeks to improve the lives of millions of dogs who live in shelters.
Through Sun Devil Giving Day, donors have supported research that helps reduce the stress of the animals' lives and find them lasting homes.
Sun Devil Giving Day donors have increased access to the arts through their generosity to ASU Gammage. Their gifts to the Cultural Participation program have enabled people of all ages and economic backgrounds to experience community arts programs and world-class artists.
For many children, the Cultural Participation program is their first opportunity to experience the performing arts.
Video by ASU Enterprise Partners
There are many ways to participate in Sun Devil Giving Day:
• Share a story using the hashtag #SunDevilGiving and encourage family and friends to do the same.
• Students can vote for the cause they’re most passionate about between March 9-19 through My ASU.
• Anyone can make an online gift on March 19 at asufoundation.org to any area of ASU.
Everyone is invited to show support for the causes they are passionate about, including first-generation students, clean-water projects, the environment, arts and culture accessibility and cancer research.
Written by Shayla Cunico
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