Support our Work

We work very hard to support our students, secure research grants, and connect to the community. We are always grateful for any contribution to support deserving students, invest in faculty research, encourage our outreach activities, or fund fieldwork and internships.

Donation Opportunities

We have a number of initiatives and needs across the School of Geography, Development & Environment that we hope you might find deserving of support. Please note we recently renamed some of the foundation accounts to more directly reflect their purpose.  

SGDE Development Innovation Fund

Your donation will be used to provide general funds for overall unit development, strategic investments and outreach activities as identified by the Director of the School and the Development Committee (formerly the Ptolemy Development Fund and Geography Alumni Fund).

SGDE Undergraduate Student Research and Travel Fund

Your donation to will support undergraduate student research and professional travel (to conferences, field work etc) for all undergraduate programs (Urban and Regional Development, Geography, Environmental Studies) as selected by the SGDE undergraduate committee (formerly known as the Strabo student research fund).

SGDE Graduate Student Research and Travel Fund

Fund to support Masters and Ph.D. students in Geography for research and field trips to off-campus locations and graduate student attendance at conferences. Applications reviewed by the SGDE graduate committee.  

Donate to Graduate Student Research and Travel Fund

SGDE Faculty Research Fund

Your donation to this fund will support individual SGDE faculty with seed money to initiate and expand research projects with applications reviewed by the Director and the Development Committee (formerly the Von Humboldt Faculty Research Fund).

SGDE Technology Fund

Your donation to this fund will contribute to the purchase and upgrade of technology for teaching and research as identified by the Director and the SGDE Technology committee (formerly know as the Varenius Technology and Infrastructure Fund).

SGDE Colloquium and Event Fund

Your donation to this fund will support the School's Friday colloquium series and related events including the annual My Arizona lecture.

Master's in Development Practice

The Master's in Development Practice program brings together talented students and faculty who have dedicated themselves to addressing the challenges of global poverty and defining new approaches to enhancing well-being for the under-resourced and socially excluded. The Arizona MDP program emphasizes holistic, social justice-based approaches to pressing development challenges and prioritizes context-specific solutions. Your donation to this foundation fund will support an individual MDP student conducting their summer practicum.

Support the Master's in Development Practice

MS-GIST Program Fund

Funds to be used for program development, emergency or strategic purchases, and general use; support GIST student activities (travel, research, program events, extracurricular); and provide funds to purchase and upgrade technology related to GIST teaching and research infrastructure. The School offers a fully online BS-GIST, MS-GIST, and post graduate professional certificate in GIST as well as an in-person MS-GIST degree. These programs integrate GIScience, cutting-edge GISystems, and geospatial technology, with management skills for use in government, corporate, non-profit, and academic settings. Find out more about GIST 

Support the MS-GIST program fund

Cross-Cutting Initiatives and Special Projects 

Future Geographies

SGDE prepares students for a rapidly changing world in which technology, economic and political institutions and activism, and social relations are creating new opportunities and risks.  Our research offers insights into the future of land use, cities, economies, and food systems, and the roles of politics, government, business, and civil society in decisions that determine these futures. These insights provide a basis for informed citizens and successful entrepreneurs, resource managers, planners, and other decision makers. 

Environment and Social Justice

SGDE has a central interest and expertise in addressing the challenges of environmental and social justice in our community, country, and the world.  A geographic perspective focuses on understanding spatial patterns of social, economic and environmental inequality and on the connections, policies, institutions and behaviors that reinforce or reduce them.  Our particular skills and teaching expertise include the use of geographic information science and mapping; the integration of insights from social science, physical science, and the humanities; the use of multiple methods of research ranging from interviews to statistical analysis, computer models and satellite imagery; attention to differences within society including the experiences of women and diverse populations; and an ability to connect global processes and their local manifestations across a changing world. 

Specific Engagement and Research Projects 

Community and School Garden Program

The Community and School Garden Program hosted in the School of Geography, Development & Environment and is aimed at connecting Tucson educators with university students eager to participate in the school garden movement occurring throughout the country. The program matches university student interns with Tucson community organizations and schools to support the installation, development and maintenance of a garden program. 

Contact Us

For additional information, or to discuss your investment in the School of Geography, Development & Environment, please contact us.