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ASU Rolls Out Public Campaign To Raise $1.5 Billion

Beth Giudicessi/ASU
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ASU is asking for philanthropic donations totaling $1.5 billion by 2020.

Arizona State University today announced a public campaign to raise $1.5 billion in private donations.

University officials say this is the third and largest public campaign in the school’s history. The campaign has actually been going on since 2011, raising $1 billion of the goal.  

Now, ASU is asking for $500 million from private, philanthropic donations.

ASU foundation CEO Rick Shangraw says the campaign is not a replacement for state funds, though fewer public funds have changed the university funding model.

“We’ve tried to maintain a lower cost of tuition and as state has decreased. Then we are seeing philanthropy playing and private support playing a much larger role in terms of the overall budget for universities,” he said. "It allows us to add those extras that shape excellent, meaningful university and research experiences.”

The money would go, in part, to expanding Cronkite News year-round, more facilities for student athletes, and a classroom building near the Phoenix Art Museum.

Of the $1.5 billion, part is slated also to renovating libraries, generating scholarships and building sports facilities.

Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.