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The Grant, Information, Facilitation, and Training (GIFT) Center supports University of Arizona faculty, staff, and development personnel with non-governmental charitable grantseeking activities. Our onsite and online resource center, guest speakers, and expert staff provide guidance on private grantseeking and campus development.

Here are a few examples of ways private foundations are supporting higher education.

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The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona

The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona awarded $13,000 to support BIO5’s BioLink program. BioLink will introduce undergraduate women as role models and mentors to young girls in local K-12 schools through a variety of outreach programs, including classroom science projects and activities at outreach events. BioLink introduces excitement, enthusiasm, and encouragement towards pursuing a college education in science for these young girls.

The Helios Education Foundation

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The Helios Education Foundation committed $2 million to the Arizona Assurance scholarship program at The University of Arizona. The jointly public-private funded financial aid program addresses a key priority of UA President Robert N. Shelton to increase state residents' access to higher education. The scholarship package enables students to earn undergraduate degrees in four years, debt-free. “Arizona Assurance is making the dream of a college education come true for hundreds of students who may have considered college beyond their financial reach," Dr. Shelton said. "We are honored that Helios Education Foundation shares our goal of increasing the number of Arizona students entering and completing college.”

The Bert W. Martin Foundation

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Arizona Public Media’s Native American Citizen Journalism Project received $40,000 from the Bert W. Martin Foundation to purchase high-definition camera equipment, providing young citizen journalists the opportunity to explore the varied landscapes of their daily lives in their home communities. The gift will equip Native American University of Arizona students with the means to capture their unique perspectives on issues important to them, ranging from elder care, reservation politics, and tribal culture to health issues and history. Not only will this project provide students with once-in-a-lifetime experience in video capture, story production, and editing—under the guidance of professional mentors—but it will also empower these citizen journalists to make creative use of the camera to capture their own personal artistic vision. Their stories will air on Arizona Public Media’s KUAT Channel 6 during April of 2009.

The BHHS Legacy Foundation

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For the second year in a row, the College of Nursing received a $37,500 scholarship grant from The BHHS Legacy Foundation to support the Doctoral Prepared Nurse Faculty Program. The Program is intended to address the national shortage of academically qualified nurse faculty. The funding will provide relief to outstanding doctoral students by offsetting the cost of tuition, fees, books, and research related expenses.

The Bay & Paul Foundations

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Photo Info/Credits:
Mogollon pendant, c. AD 1300 from Kanishba ruins, Fort Apache AZ. Turquoise and spondylus on shell center. Photo by Jannelle Weakly, courtesy Arizona State Museum.

The Arizona State Museum received $10,000 from the Bay and Paul Foundations to support conservation of a significant collection of Southwestern Native American jewelry. These artifacts are key features of the museum’s exhibition, Set in Stone: 2000 Years of the Gem and Mineral Trade in the Southwest. The funding will contribute to preserving these beautiful and important cultural artifacts for increased public access in the future.