Why Giving Matters
Legacy gift boosts confidence, propels writing pursuits
Confidence, motivation, and the opportunity to study abroad. For Rafaella Safarian, a creative writing student at ASU, the true value of winning a Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Award extends far beyond prize money.
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.
The art of giving
Over the course of her professional career, Cornerstone Society member Carol Commins (M.Ed. '71) has worn two hats: educator and artist. In her estate plans, she has married the two to create a wonderful legacy for future ASU art students and the Arizona art community.
Giving with confidence
Confidence. Resourcefulness. Determination. For Tom Pulchinski (B.S.'74), these are qualities he learned from his parents, and they have served him well throughout his career and his life. "If you look at my parents and where they came from, it will tell you a lot about who I am," said Tom. "I owe my accomplishments to the values they instilled in me."
Understanding the power of philanthropy
Though she credits her understanding about the power of philanthropy to recent experience, in reality Linda Vollstedt has been giving for decades. Giving may not have always come in the form of financial support-though it often did. What Linda has given over the years, as a coach, educator, mentor and supporter, has had untold influence on the lives of hundreds of female student athletes at ASU. What she has done for the future will create a legacy for the female student athletes of tomorrow.
Focus on education
When Yvonne and Irwin Sheer, '81 Ph.D. met with their advisors earlier this year, they were asked if they had any charitable interests they would like to include as part of their estate plans. "ASU was at the top of our list," said Irwin. Added Yvonne, "Irwin's lifelong interest in physics was first developed at ASU. Though he had always excelled in math, his professors and fellow students ignited his passion for the field."
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