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Campaign ASU 2020: Celebrating the impact of faculty and staff giving

January 15, 2021

A decade ago, Arizona State University launched Campaign ASU 2020, a universitywide fundraising campaign designed to unite ASU's growing body of supporters around the idea that, together, we can improve lives and influence society for the better. 

ASU faculty and staff were among the nearly 359,700 donors who fueled the campaign’s success. ASU Now has collected some of the most inspiring stories that highlight their generosity and impact on students and our communities.  

ASU Law faculty, staff, community raise over $2.5 million, provide employment opportunities for students during pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law faculty and staff quickly stepped up to give their students the support they needed. They were among a group of generous donors who helped provide ASU Law students with new opportunities.

Librarian's gift to advance archival research at ASU

It was Marilyn Wurzburger’s attention to detail that landed her a job as a cataloguer at the ASU Library, but it was her determination and the 4 o’clock hour that launched her career as a rare books librarian. Today her legacy is continued through a $1 million endowment gift.

Archivist to leave theater collection she built over the past 35 years

Katherine Krzys, a woman whose name has become nearly synonymous with the Child Drama Collection, has dedicated the last 35 years to curating the internationally acclaimed archive for theater for youth. Future generations will benefit from her generosity for years to come. 

Faculty gift supports creation of program that will teach how to connect classroom lessons and real-life issues

Regents Professor Emeritus Cordelia Candelaria wanted to bridge the past with the present by making ASU classroom concepts and theories applicable to real-life situations. With a generous donation made by Candelaria, the School of Transborder Studies was able to create a program doing just that.

ASU anatomy and physiology faculty turn book proceeds into student scholarships

In 2017, Jeff Kingsbury, J. P. Hyatt and Tonya Penkrot, in collaboration with then-lab manager Jennifer Legere, developed a new, less expensive lab manual to better serve students in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. With their royalties from the sale of the manual, they are providing life-changing student scholarships. 

Changing the world one student at a time

Three years ago, Dan and Wendy Peia Oakes decided the time was right to start donating to scholarship support for students in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. This year, they went a step further by endowing a scholarship to support students who want to dedicate their careers to the field of special education.