The Cornerstone Society


In 1885, when George and Martha Wilson of Tempe donated farmland for the Arizona Territorial Normal School, they couldn't imagine what would grow as a result of their generosity. In 1887, when the cornerstone was laid to build Old Main on what would become the Tempe campus of ASU, no one envisioned the three campuses that would follow, or that ASU degree and research programs would circle the globe in location and renown. But they all began with a single gift, and a single cornerstone.

ASU's Cornerstone Society represents just that kind of generosity, that kind of vision; the commitment of alumni and friends that spans nearly 130 years, and has empowered Arizona State University to accomplish great things.

Become a Member

When you arrange an estate gift to ASU you become a member of a unique group of donors whose passion for our university cannot be constrained within a single generation. No matter how far ASU has come and how far it may reach, there is still, on the Tempe campus, the cornerstone of Old Main. The Cornerstone Society honors those supporters whose steadfastness and preparation makes the future of ASU possible. Supporters like you.


The ASU Foundation cherishes the special commitment of members of the Cornerstone Society, and honors them with privileges that recognize their unique status. These include invitations to member-only events, opportunities to connect with and benefit even more from ASU, and acknowledgement in the Cornerstone Society Honor Roll and other ASU donor publications.

How to Give

For information on how you, your family, and ASU can benefit from your estate gift, contact The Office of Estate and Gift Planning at 480-965-5338 or [email protected].