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ASU Foundation Celebrates 50-Year Anniversary

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Author: Lois G. Russell

Release Date: Sep 06, 2017

The Alabama State University Foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary during a reception on Thursday, Aug. 31.


As Alabama State University celebrates its sesquicentennial, one of its partner organizations celebrates 50 years of providing vital support to the University.

The Alabama State College Foundation, now known as the Alabama State University Foundation, was incorporated on Dec. 27, 1967, during the administration of President Levi Watkins. In his book on the University’s history, Watkins stated that the mission of the Foundation was to “solicit, receive and administer contributions and other forms of voluntary support for the general welfare of Alabama State College.”

Foundation board chairwoman, Janet Sutton, said the reception was a night of celebration of the work and longevity of the organization.

“We want to make our mark and put a stamp in place that we are now a part of Alabama State University’s history; so you will not forget us, ever,” said Sutton. “Today, the Foundation manages over 50 programs for individual donors, group donors and organizations. All of the donations that come to the Foundation for the University are used exactly as the donors intend us to use them. No exceptions. “

Interim President Leon C. Wilson praised the Foundation for its work on behalf of the University.

“We are extremely grateful for the dedicated effort and sacrifices you have made on behalf of this University,” said Wilson. “We look forward to this partnership as it continues for the next 50 years and beyond.”

ASU’s National Alumni Association, one of the biggest supporters of the Foundation, received an award from the Foundation, and later presented a check for $10,000 in recognition of the organization’s 50th anniversary.

The evening also included a special presentation to Sutton for her “tireless efforts on behalf of the Foundation and Alabama State University.

About the ASU Foundation

The mission of the Alabama State University Foundation, Inc. (ASUF) is to perpetuate a viable organization that will support the educational needs and goals of Alabama State University, its faculty and students via responsible management of financial programs.

The Alabama State University Foundation was chartered under the law of the State of Alabama on December 27, 1967, as a non-profit, educational corporation to encourage, receive, and administer gifts for the exclusive benefit of Alabama State University, its students, and its staff. Such gifts may be cash, securities, leases, royalties, literary and artistic collections, and real or personal property. No matter its size or nature, each gift is fully appreciated and warmly remembered. The wishes of each donor will be scrupulously followed.

Contributions to the Foundation are exempt from federal income tax, free from State control, and do not displace tax funds.

For more information about the foundation, send an email to, visit or contact the Executive Director, Jennifer Anderson, at 334-229-4950.

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