Thunderbird began with a gift.

The School’s Founder and First President Lieutenant General Barton Kyle Yount obtained the airfield with the express purpose of developing a school focused exclusively on international trade and global relations. The airfield—which was valued at $407,000—was acquired at a 100% discount which raised eyebrows around the nation until congressmen on the House Surplus Property Committee deemed that not only did Thunderbird qualify for the nonprofit discount, but that its existence would actually contribute to the cause of world peace.

Donating to Thunderbird enables our school to provide the students of today – and tomorrow – with the unique educational experiences and tools they need to thrive in a world that’s ever more complex. Together, Thunderbird leadership, faculty, staff, alumni and friends will build upon the historic Thunderbird mystique to conquer a brilliant future for one of the world's great institutions.
We invite you to explore this site to learn more about how private support impacts Thunderbird and discover how you can make a difference. You will also be directed to resources from our philanthropic partner, the ASU Foundation. If you have any questions, please contact

Note: All gifts to Thunderbird are tax deductible. Funds will be deposited with the ASU Foundation, a separate non-profit organization that
exists to advance ASU as a New American University. We thank you for your generous support.