WILDCATS DO BIG THINGS TOGETHER
When Wildcats come together for a common goal, big things happen. The University of Arizona holds so many powerful examples of collective impact. Take the enormous success of Giving Day 2022: On a single day, 2,788 Wildcats rallied together to raise $3,800,834 for the university. Gifts were made to 247 funds across campus for colleges and causes, and every single dollar mattered toward reaching this incredible goal.
Arizona alumni, donors and friends inspire each other with their support and vision, and in this year’s report, you’ll see how philanthropy brings people together. You’ll learn how matching gifts motivate and inspire donors to build on each other’s generosity and push philanthropic visions to new heights. You’ll learn how shared resources and support from multiple sources can bolster the student experience in myriad ways. You’ll also see how giving powers collaborative research, where brilliant minds tackle big questions.
We do much more together than we ever could alone. We challenge each other, we push the envelope of what we thought was possible, and we rally to support what matters to us. We’re better together. We build more together. We’re Wildcats together.
“Wildcats make a difference together. This year, I am proud to share that the University of Arizona Foundation was in a unique position to help the university on two fronts. One, we offered a $250,000 match for gifts supporting the Lute Olsen Endowment as part of Giving Day. And two, at the president’s request, we purchased a space in Scottsdale that will allow the university to build out a corporate presence in the Valley, similar to the incredible space in Washington, D.C. It’s an honor to help move the university and its priorities forward.”
President and CEO, The University of Arizona Foundation
“The University of Arizona is part of the story of my life and the life I shared with my late husband, Craig. Serving the university as members of the Foundation Board of Trustees was a priority for both of us, and I am honored to continue in that role at this important time for the university. Dr. Robbins led the university through a global pandemic and a time when many have questioned the value of higher education. Together, we have answered that question with life-saving research, community-building arts and athletics experiences, life-changing career preparation, and more. I’ve never been prouder to call myself a Wildcat.”
Chair, The University of Arizona Foundation Board of Trustees
“I could not be more excited to share with you all the incredible things on the horizon for the University of Arizona. In the year to come, I hope to engage with as many of you as possible about our aspirations to expand human potential, explore new horizons and enrich life for all. That means building on our expertise in personalized medicine, peering into the history of our universe, tangibly investing in the success of our student body and our state, and so much more. Thank you for your support, and for being part of the university’s story."
ROBERT C. ROBBINS, M.D.
President, The University of Arizona
WONDER UNITES US
The power of possibility is alive in every corner of the University of Arizona campus: In an adviser’s office, a flash of inspiration becomes the roadmap for a career. In a lab, insights from a patient’s blood test result in a custom therapy. In a makerspace, a labored-over design becomes a functioning prototype. In a concert hall, repetition from rehearsal after rehearsal ignites into audience-stirring emotion.
Philanthropy is there for it all, running like a current through the heart of the university to the places it is most needed. Scholarships for that student embarking on a new path. Funding for that faculty research lab. Investment to build those essential facilities for making and creating.
At the core of every achievement is a moment of discovery, a what-if moment, a moment of wonder. Philanthropy works when the wonderer unites us on a common journey — and our collective power brings the journey to a meaningful destination.
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