Current Fundraising Priorities


Our Current Fundraising Priorities

Your support is crucial to our success. We depend on the generosity of members and friends for the essential support needed to care for collections, create new knowledge, and share resources with the world in many and varied ways. Perhaps one of our current fundraising priorities will inspire you to invest in us even more.

Priority #1: The Clara Lee Tanner Endowed Professorship

This fund ensures a faculty position shared by the Arizona State Museum and the UA School of Anthropology (SoA). Headquartered at ASM with a research lab, the incumbent curator teaches through SoA, using ASM’s collections, and conducts research and publishes on the material culture of the Indigenous peoples of the U.S. Southwest and northwest Mexico. To date, the principal stands at about $1.8M in cash and pledges. The goal is $3M. Annual payouts cover salary and, if possible, some operational expenses. Both will be increasing in the coming years. In order to keep pace, this fund needs significant support. Donate now.

Priority #2: Archaeological Curation and Research Facility

A high priority is an off-campus curation facility in Tucson. Collecting for more than a century, ASM is quickly running out of space to curate and facilitate research on archaeological collections recovered from state, county, and municipal lands in Arizona. Nothing more can be done on campus without sacrificing space currently devoted to exhibitions and public programs and, thus, harming ASM's ability to share collections with the public. As of Fall 2022, the University has committed to a bond sale in fiscal year 2025 to cover the cost of construction. Once built, about $500,000 to $1M will be needed to outfit the building with compactor shelving, computers, and office furniture.

Priority #3: Endowment Fund for the Computerized Collections Information System (CCIS)

Curators and database managers have been working for years to migrate the content that will be available worldwide via an interactive website—information on some three million items. Once launched, it will cost about $20,000 a year for user licenses, web hosting fees, security, maintenance, and to continually add data. Contributions to the CCIS endowment fund will endure forever in the principal and help us maintain this important public service in perpetuity.  Learn more. Donate now.

To explore these and other giving opportunities, contact:

Darlene F. Lizarraga
Office of Development
Arizona State Museum