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ASU community to rally around causes on Sun Devil Giving Day

March 12, 2021

The Arizona State University community will come together March 18 for the annual Sun Devil Giving Day, a universitywide day of giving that has an extraordinary impact on causes at ASU. 

This is the eighth Sun Devil Giving Day after last year’s celebration was postponed due to the pandemic.

Supporters are invited to connect their passions with their giving and help advance their favorite causes: advancing student access, serving our community, protecting the planet, creating equity in higher education and conducting research for the public good.

“Sun Devil Giving Day is a great way to give to support students, faculty and programs or causes that you care about at ASU,” said alumnus Bill Kavan, '92, associate vice president of donor engagement and outreach. “It gives ASU the margin of excellence it needs to innovate and elevate the university experience for all students, faculty and staff.”

In 2019, more than 9,300 supporters gave a record-breaking $11.4 million on Sun Devil Giving Day to support ASU students, faculty, staff, programs and causes.

The impact of private support stretches far beyond the university. Undergraduate student Brian-Kalani Headen, who has greatly benefited from the generosity of ASU donors, is inspired to give back to his community. 

Donor support has allowed Headen to pursue biomedical engineering and focus on biomedical devices that help people who suffer brain or spinal cord injuries.

“What has been given me, I want to put back into the world,” Headen said. “My whole mission statement, you could say, is to use what they gave me so I can help others.”

This day of giving makes a difference all year long as Sun Devil Giving Day donors continue to positively impact and serve our communities. Their gifts to the Arizona Legal Center, housed in the ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, changed the lives of our community’s most at-risk and underserved populations by providing legal services to those in need. 

On the Polytechnic campus, students are tending to the Garden Commons to learn about sustainable food systems and sharing their produce with local food banks. It is through these innovative sustainability initiatives donors are making it possible for ASU to contribute to a better future for our planet.

There are many ways to participate in Sun Devil Giving Day:

  • Give to your passion; it’s here at ASU.

  • Join the discussion on social media by following ASU Foundation on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

  • Share a story using the hashtag #SunDevilGiving and encourage family and friends to do the same.

  • Students can cast a vote for their favorite cause and $1 will be donated to their passion area thanks to the generosity of Desert Financial Credit Union. In honor of Sun Devil Giving Day, it will give $1 per vote, up to $5,000, as part of their Random Acts of Kindness campaign.

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