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ASU Foundation named a 'Top Company to Work For in Arizona'

ASU Foundation
June 30, 2014

The ASU Foundation for A New American University has been recognized as a 2014 CareerBuilder Top Company to Work for in Arizona. It was the only foundation named to the list of 75 Top Companies.

Companies earning consideration were evaluated and selected by CareerBuilder and Republic Media (The Arizona Republic,, 12 News, La Voz) based on a combination of overall satisfaction scores from an employee engagement survey and evaluation from an employer questionnaire covering topics related to HR programs, benefits and workplace culture.

“People spend of a lot of time at work,” said foundation CEO R.F. “Rick” Shangraw Jr. “We want to create a place where our people are not only developing professionally, but also find personal fulfillment. That is what we are trying to create here at the foundation. We are creating a place to grow, a place to have fun and a place where our employees can make a difference in this world.”

Since joining the foundation in 2011, Shangraw has placed an emphasis on building a culture of opportunity and innovation within a team of more than 150 employees. Under his direction, employee retention at the foundation has increased, and along with it, private support for ASU. Shangraw has enhanced the foundation’s professional development programs, introduced a robust employee-recognition program, provided team members with ethics training opportunities and created a clear career-development path to all positions within the 59-year-old nonprofit organization.

“At the ASU Foundation, we serve, innovate, engage and care.” Shangraw said. “This recognition reflects those goals. I am proud to be a part the foundation team, and I’m proud to serve ASU.”

About the ASU Foundation: Incorporated in 1955, the ASU Foundation for A New American University is a premier-rated Charity Navigator 4-Star nonprofit. The foundation ensures the success of ASU as a New American University by partnering the university and the community as a force for positive change. The foundation’s revolutionary model of donor relations identifies each investor’s passion, then facilitates a sustainable affiliation between the investor and the ASU college or institute that shares that passion. Focused on service, engagement and innovation values, the ASU Foundation accesses the momentum and intellectual power of a New American University to enable investors to solve problems and change their world. Learn more about the foundation at


Steve Des Georges,
senior director, editorial services
ASU Foundation for A New American University