Inventing a bright future at ASU
Since its inception, ASU has been fortunate to receive financial support from its alumni. The university has grown and thrived because of the generosity of those we call friends of ASU—men and women across the country who recognize the impact ASU is having in academics and interdisciplinary research as a "New American University" in the community and around the globe.
Herb and Laura Roskind are two such friends of ASU, having both graduated from other institutions—Herb from Dartmouth and Laura from Connecticut College. Yet, classifying Herb and Laura as friends doesn't fully describe the commitment and investment of time and financial support they have made to so many areas of ASU. The Roskinds are much more than friends of faculty, administrators and students, they are more like family.
"I'm not sure if we embraced ASU or ASU embraced us," Laura shared. Years ago, the Roskinds had a plan for retirement, and this plan incorporated their love of learning. They wanted to retire in a city with a major university in order to take advantage of the educational opportunities a university offers.
The Roskinds first became involved with ASU by participating in the Presidential Engagement Programs (PEP). "We started taking courses in Shakespeare, government, history, and others," Herb said.
This in-depth look at the various disciplines led Herb and Laura to ASU's Institute for Human Origins, where they have served on the board for 10 years. "We've taken courses from Don Johanson [founding director of IHO] and Bill Kimbel [director of IHO]," Herb said.
Johanson has gotten to know the Roskinds well over the last decade. "Besides being refreshingly likeable and generous, Herb and Laura's deep commitment to ASU and the Institute of Human Origins is an outstanding example of how individuals can make meaningful contributions to organizations like ours," Johanson shared. "Their sage advice comes from a lifelong commitment to the importance of education and making our society better informed for making better decisions.
The Roskinds are members of the President's Club, serve on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Council, and Laura was recently named a trustee of ASU, heading the Committee on Faculty Success and Excellence.
Herb and Laura's generosity extends well beyond giving their time, leadership, and expertise. They have financially supported many endeavors at ASU with current and future gifts. One gift that will have a future impact is a charitable gift annuity.
"Our gift annuity was part of an endowment outreach for IHO, commemorating the Institute's 30th anniversary and part of a 20-year strategic plan," Laura said. "We wanted to make a commitment to education and research, and the gift annuity was a great way to do this. The entire board stepped up and made commitments."
"President (Michael) Crow said it best," Herb added. "'We have to invent the future.' Laura and I believe the future is invented by universities like ASU, which is creating an educated, creative population."
With Herb and Laura Roskind a part of the ASU family, the future indeed looks bright.
How Will You Support ASU?
Contact the Office of Estate and Gift Planning at 480-965-5338 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about charitable gift annuities or other ways you can plan a gift to support the future of ASU.