UA Foundation

José Luis Puerta ’09 ’16 playing guitar

Moments of Joy

The love Phyllis and Sanford “Sandy” Bolton had for the University of Arizona’s guitar program was nothing short of extraordinary — so much so that they ensured that guitar studies at UArizona would be supported during and long after their lifetimes. They set up an estate gift to endow the program through the Bolton Trust, and today, the couple’s enthusiasm for classical guitar is an integral chord that sets the tone for the program’s success.

Carol Barnes working with students

Brain Research for the Ages

Barnes and her collaborators have been so successful in advancing knowledge on normative aging that the foundation offered a $5 million matching gift less than 10 years after the brain institute was established at UArizona. The gift created an endowment that not only supports the recruitment of renowned researchers and expands participants for research studies but also covers research needs like buying supplies for genetic testing and analyzing blood samples.

Melisa Celaya

'There's Always a Way'

UAHA, 40 years old this fall, eases access to school for top-notch students and offers mentorship and community, working in cooperation with the Mexican American Studies Department and the Adalberto and Ana Guerrero Student Center.

Ayman Fanous, M.D., Chair, Department of Psychiatry

Exploring Heart-Brain Connections

In the health sciences, practical application saves lives. This is what the Flinn Foundation, a privately endowed Arizona grant-maker since 1965, understood in April when it promised an investment of $5.5 million in the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix (COM-P), to be disbursed over the next five years. The foundation’s gift will support translational research into three of the nation’s most pressing areas of concern: cardiovascular disease, neurosciences and mental health.

David Brady holds a gigapixel camera.

A Special Community Quest

“Having an endowed chair honors pioneers in the creation of our society and creates a narrative that helps people understand that real people are doing this work,” he says. “The College of Optical Sciences has a deep history with ties to astronomy and the James WebbSpace Telescope, for example. It is the human quest to understand our place in the universe at the most fundamental level — it speaks to a quest for excellence that is very exciting.”