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Dream Big, Because We Are!

Ten donors from the class of 2001 share why giving to the University of Arizona is an important alumni rite of passage.

Martin Jay Hernandez
Mariana Amaya

Seton P. Claggett

Alberto A. Ramirez


Heather H. Walsh
Joshua A. Walsh

Iftekhar Ahmed

Rebecca J. Robinson

Christine M. Thompson

Rene D. Monteverdeooooooooo

Joel I. Dembowski

Paul M. Volpe


OUR GOAL IN DEVELOPING THIS ANNUAL SERIES is to peer into the personalities and lives of young donors, and to learn what motivates them to give back. From the thousands of alumni who support the University of Arizona annually, we chose those represented here because they all graduated in 2001, are age 40 and under, and have the potential to positively influence the UA for years to come. Indeed, some already have made significant investments.

FOR MOST OF US, THE POSTCOLLEGE DECADE is formative. It’s when you might see more of the world, select a city to call home, start a family, launch a business, build a practice, and establish a circle of friends and colleagues. It’s also when many people develop a more strategic approach to giving back and begin to consider their influence as philanthropists.

GIVING TO ONE’S UNIVERSITY IS A TRADITION, and investing in the UA helps uphold the value of one’s degree. Universities with robust alumni support and growing endowments are positioned to be the clear thought-leaders of this century. At $550 million, the UA’s endowment — its permanent pool of funding that provides support for academics, research, athletics, campus infrastructure, and more — is still small when compared to its peer institutions. But it is growing daily.

THERE ARE COUNTLESS CAUSES and organizations that rely on private support, and the university is grateful to all young alumni who choose to invest their resources with us. We all start somewhere, but as one’s capacity to give increases, so will one’s influence on the UA of the future. Today, a major gift could be $1,000; tomorrow, it could be in the millions.

Profiles written by Stephanie Balzer and Lisa Lucas