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Impact Stories: One Gift Can Change Everything

Philanthropic investment can completely transform the heights students, faculty and researchers can reach. A gift can fulfill aspirations, empower talent and bring immense change to our university and our world. Explore our stories below to see the impact a single gift can create.


Natalie’s Wish

On her twelfth birthday, Natalie Stack made a wish—to make her disease go away forever. As an infant, she was diagnosed with cystinosis, a rare genetic defect which causes damage to the kidneys, liver and other organs.

Lou Dunst

Holocaust Survivor’s Message of Love Prevails through Memorial Gift

Holocaust survivor Lou Dunst could have lived life consumed by anger after his experiences during World War II. He had been left for dead in an Austrian concentration camp when U.S. troops broke through the gates with a military tank.

Graduate student research

Graduate Student Research Goes Big with a Boost

Dustin Richmond, a graduate student in computer science and engineering, builds complex computer hardware systems with the power to process large data sets, such as the data involved with DNA sequencing.

Alternative breaks students

An ‘Alternative’ Path to Giving Back

Several years ago, municipal law attorney Michael Estrada would never have guessed that he would be digging ditches in Appalachia with a group of 18 to 23 year olds, but sometimes life takes you where you least expect it.