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ISU Foundation Presents 2019 Emerging Philanthropist Award to David and Christine Slump

David and Christine Slump stand together outsideDavid and Christine Slump of Weston, Connecticut, have been awarded the 2019 Order of the Knoll Emerging Philanthropist Award. This award recognizes individuals or couples who have provided philanthropic support and creative leadership to the Iowa State University Foundation and Iowa State University through the advancement of philanthropy.

The Slumps’ belief in Iowa State and its people is evident through their widespread support. They’ve given generously of their time, expertise and funds to help fuel the dreams of students on the PrISUm Solar Car team – a student group focused on designing, racing and teaching the public about solar cars – and encouraged them to pursue new developments. Said one former team member, “Without people like David and Christine, students involved in incredible programs like PrISUm could not do the impossible. People like me are able to realize their full potential because of the Slumps.”

Additionally, the Slumps, who both graduated with bachelor’s degrees from Iowa State in 1991 – David in electrical engineering and Christine in elementary education – invested in the Marston Hall renovation project, and their support was recognized by naming an office on the fourth floor of the building in their honor. They’ve also contributed to the Student Innovation Center. David, who is president of the connected services division for HARMAN in Stamford, Connecticut, is a member of the Engineering College Industry Advisory Council, and he previously served on the Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Board.

David and Christine have two children: Kaitlyn, who is currently a senior at the University of Georgia, and Nate, a senior at Weston High School.

For the Slumps, “Philanthropy means giving back to those who helped us be in a position to do so. We both believe in a ‘1+1=3’ approach to philanthropy, meaning time plus money has more impact and fulfillment for both parties involved.”

The Iowa State University Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization committed to securing and managing gifts that benefit Iowa State University. The Forever True, For Iowa State campaign, with a historic goal to raise $1.5 billion, will help support Iowa State in becoming the premier land-grant university for the 21st century and beyond.


Elaine Watkins-Miller, Communications, Iowa State University Foundation , 515.294.1005,