Saftig to lead major fundraising efforts at ASU Foundation

September 4, 2013

Daniel P. Saftig, a fundraising professional with a 30-year track record of success, will join the Arizona State University Foundation for A New American University on Sept. 1, foundation CEO R.F. “Rick” Shangraw, Jr. has announced. Saftig’s appointment coincides with the continued expansion of responsibilities for the foundation.

Saftig will serve the foundation as chief development officer. portrait of Daniel P. Saftig Download Full Image

“I’m beginning to focus more time and energy beyond traditional development as we pursue innovative approaches to generating resources in support of the university,” explained Shangraw. “We are excited to bring Dan and his years of fundraising experience and success in higher education to the ASU Foundation.

“Dan’s solid history with three top public universities and his reputation as a bridge builder, relationship builder and effective communicator make him a perfect fit to lead the foundation’s development efforts. Together, we’ll continue on our trajectory of building a new type of foundation – a New American University foundation.”

Saftig has held executive leadership positions at the Minnesota Medical Foundation at the University of Minnesota, Pennsylvania State University and most recently at the Iowa State University Foundation, where he served for nine years as president and CEO. During that time, Saftig led a team that secured more than $1 billion in new gifts and commitments and doubled the university’s endowment between 2003-2012.

He has served as a consultant to more than a dozen major universities, including the ASU Foundation over the past 12 months.

“I have been most impressed with what Rick Shangraw and the entire ASU Foundation team is establishing,” said Saftig, who will direct the foundation’s development, affinity and annual giving efforts, as well as oversee major university fundraising initiatives. “The foundation mirrors ASU’s reputation for being innovative, progressive and generally ‘on the move.’ I’ve always been very conscious to hook my wagon to winning institutions.”

Saftig’s focus on major university fundraising efforts is familiar territory. He introduced “Campaign Iowa State” upon his arrival in Ames, with a goal of generating $800 million, that was launched in 2007. The campaign raised $867 million in gifts and commitments, realizing more philanthropic support than in the previous 25 years, and raising 30 percent more than two previous campaigns combined.

“In addition to being the absolute best fundraising professional I know, Dan is a great leader,” said former Iowa State University President Gregory L. Geoffroy. “He took a fundraising foundation (at Iowa State) and transformed it into a high-performing organization with a superb team of professionals who loved working under his leadership.

“Dan has many strengths, and I would list ethics, integrity, leadership and teamwork as among his most outstanding.”

Saftig will work closely with ASU Foundation CEO Shangraw to seek ways to bring ASU’s culture, history and its vision of a New American University – one offering academic excellence, broad access to all qualified students and meaningful societal impact – to the forefront in attracting philanthropic investment.

“Dan is the right person at the right time to direct our efforts in accelerating the advancement of ASU,” said Shangraw. “His counsel over the past year has helped the foundation improve in many areas and I am looking forward to the positive impact he will have on all of us – the foundation, the university and the community.”

Saftig says he will be a willing listener first and foremost.

“ASU has such a positive impact on the greater Phoenix area and this state; there are so many potential partners of this university who are capable of moving mountains in support of ASU students, teaching, research and outreach,” said Saftig.

Steve Des Georges

ASU-led national algae testbed opens enrollment for fall workshop

September 4, 2013

Participants are invited to scale up their knowledge of algae growth and management Nov. 4-8 at the Algae Testbed Public-Private-Partnership (ATP3) fall workshop on Large-Scale Algal Cultivation, Harvesting and Downstream Processing. The weeklong workshop will take place at the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation, the leading ATP3 testbed site at the ASU Polytechnic campus. To sign up for the workshop, visit

The workshop will cover the practical applications of growing and managing microalgal cultures at production scale, including: Dr. Sommerfeld inspects red algae with bystander at the Polytechnic campus Download Full Image

• methods for handling cultures
• screening strains for desirable characteristics
• identifying and mitigating
• scaling up cultures for outdoor growth
• harvesting and processing technologies
• analysis of lipids, proteins and carbohydrates 

Related laboratory and field training will include numerous hands-on opportunities for participants to collect and perform routine sample measurements, monitor cultures for contaminants and evaluate the chemical composition of algal biomass.

This workshop is ideal for those interested in obtaining a broad overview of the management of microalgal cultures at scale, and for advanced students and trainees interested in the practical applications of microalgae. Participants are encouraged to ask questions, share information and network. Printed and electronic materials will be included and a certificate of completion will be provided at the conclusion of the workshop. Workshop enrollment is limited to 15 participants and will be filled on a first-come basis. Be sure to sign up at

ATP3 serves as a learning environment for the next generation of scientists, engineers and business leaders to help accelerate the research and development of algae-based technologies. The ATP3 open test bed and evaluation facilities are a hub for research and commercialization of algae-based biofuels and other biomass co-products.

ATP3 is a network of 12 agencies, which range from private industries to educational institutions and national labs, funded through a $15 million grant from the US Department of Energy. To learn more, visit