Marshall Basis to open 2021 grant requests on Jan. 26 – Arizona Day by day Star


Grants start at $25,000 and multi-year requests are welcome.

Among the nonprofits funded last year are Casa de los Niños, Make Way for Books, Literacy Connects, Youth On Their Own, Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF), Job Path, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, and a youth sexual health and suicide prevention education program through Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation.

Ultimately, McCollum credits Marshall’s entrepreneurial spirit for making the philanthropy possible.

A Boston native, Marshall came to Tucson in 1898 for health reasons. In 1900, at the age of 32, she became the University of Arizona’s first woman professor; by the next year, she was head of the Department of Ancient and Modern Languages.

Marshall utilized her salary to buy land and develop commercial and residential properties around the university, which McCollum described as a visionary investments.

“She believed in connections between downtown and the university, which was remote at the time. She advocated for an underpass to connect the community downtown to the university. Another fun fact is that she purchased railway stock for the first street car that went from downtown to the university … she was such a forward-thinking person,” said McCollum.

Marshall’s insight resulted in assets that include more than 160,000 square feet of retail and office space as well as ground leases under university-area apartments, hotels and other buildings. They also include several university-neighborhood office buildings that have been renovated with historic consideration. The foundation gifts 5% of its net worth every year.



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