Because of You, NAU Students Succeed

Betsy Mennell

The Northern Arizona University Foundation exists to ensure that students at NAU have every opportunity to thrive, succeed, and create positive change in our communities. I am pleased to report that the Foundation has never been in a stronger position to support this vital mission.

Private gifts, prudent investment strategies, an outstanding Board, and a dedicated team of advancement professionals have helped the Foundation to achieve unprecedented growth during the past decade. Because of you, the market value of the NAU Foundation endowment investment pool has more than doubled during the past 10 fiscal years, from $54 million in 2006 to $126 million in 2015.

This growth is critical in helping the university to positively impact the lives of students. For instance, donors have funded 259 new scholarships during the Campaign for NAU, which began in July 2009. This extraordinary generosity represents a 16% increase in total scholarships managed by the Foundation. It also means that we can help generations of NAU students to write new stories of success through access to direct financial assistance, faculty mentors, meaningful research opportunities, and more.

Much of this significant progress has been overseen by an outstanding Board of Directors. Their leadership and philanthropic support has been nothing short of transformative as we move to successfully close the final phase of the Campaign for NAU.

Thank you for your interest in the Northern Arizona University Foundation, and for your commitment to NAU.


Betsy Mennell, Ph.D.

Northern Arizona University Foundation, Inc.