Special Feature: Campaign for Northwestern
Northwestern University has announced a $3.75 billion fundraising initiative called “We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern.” It is the largest campaign in the University's history. “This monumental campaign seeks to amplify Northwestern’s local and global impact -- in everything from breakthrough research discoveries to innovations in creative expression to preparing the global leaders of tomorrow,” said President Morton Schapiro.
A transformational gift from Dr. Earl and Mrs. Lovie Beard will endow the Earl and Lovie Beard Scholarship Fund at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
William Rockwell “Rocky” Wirtz and his wife, Marilyn, are supporting the School of Communication by creating an endowment that will fund innovative student and faculty projects in the Theatre and Interpretation Center -- and rename the center.
Northwestern has received gifts totaling $4 million to establish an endowment for a new named professorship at the School of Law in honor of Newton N. Minow, an alumnus, life trustee and professor emeritus.
In recognition of a multi-million dollar gift from San Francisco businessman Bernard Osher, Northwestern Integrative Medicine will now be named the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern University. The gift will help the center advance medical education, collaborate on research initiatives and create innovative clinical models of care, including supportive care related to cancer and heart treatment.
Northwestern will receive a $40 million unrestricted gift from alumni Mark and Kimbra Walter. The University intends to use the gift to fund initiatives including athletics and recreation and scholarships for the School of Law.
The Querrey Simpson Charitable Foundation has made an additional $15 million gift to Northwestern in support of the University’s innovative, interdisciplinary research efforts applying nanotechnology to regenerative medicine. In recognition of the new gift, the Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine will be renamed the Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine.
Northwestern has received a gift of $15 million from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to fund multiple initiatives, including scholarships, an immersion journalism program focused on social justice and advancing the field of surgery to assist those seriously wounded in combat.
The Shaw family has made a gift of $7.5 million to the Program in Plant Biology and Conservation, a collaboration between Northwestern and the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Northwestern receives an $8.6 million gift from the estate of alumna Marie A. Quinlan to benefit the preservation department of University Library. It will help protect fragile and distinctive research assets, including books, archival materials, textiles, art, audio, film and digital collections.
Trustee Neil Bluhm and the Bluhm Family Charitable Foundation have made a $25 million gift to support the School of Law and to provide additional funding for other areas of the University, including Northwestern Medicine, the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Bienen School of Music and the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University.
Alumni Herbert and Anne Gullquist have made a $5.25 million commitment to Northwestern. The gift will provide critical support to the economics department in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.
A $16 million gift from alumnus and trustee Christopher Combe and his wife, Courtney Combe, will strongly boost the momentum of Northwestern athletics and help secure sustained leadership of the department. The gift also will be used to enhance the Kellogg School of Management’s focus on social entrepreneurship and sustainable solutions to global problems.
The Jay Pritzker Foundation has made a $1 million gift to the School of Law to establish the Jay A. Pritzker Fellowship Program.
Cari Sacks and Michael Sacks, CEO of Grosvenor Capital Management, vice chairman of World Business Chicago and a Northwestern trustee, have made a $5 million gift to Northwestern. $3.6 million of of the gift is dedicated to endowing scholarships for Chicago Public Schools graduates to attend Northwestern.
James R. Russell left a bequest of $17 million to the Kellogg School of Management in memory of Helen D. Russell and James R. Russell. The gift will fund the creation of the Russell Fellows Program, a new degree program to be offered at Kellogg and a chaired professorship in the finance department.
Two couples who long have been active supporters of Northwestern have given a total of $10 million to endow two new professorships in the fields of industrial engineering and computer science at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Alumnus J. Landis Martin and his wife, Sharon, have given the School of Law $10 million to help implement innovative strategies for improving legal education and enhancing the student experience.
Richard and Roxelyn Pepper have pledged $5 million to Northwestern, their alma mater, as a challenge to raise the remaining funds needed to renovate the University’s baseball stadium.
The Block Museum of Art is one of three institutions receiving an extraordinary gift of vintage photographs by Edward Steichen from collectors Richard and Jackie Hollander. The Hollanders have donated 49 silver gelatin prints by Steichen, universally regarded as one of the most important photographers of the 20th century.
The Robert W. Galvin Foundation has made a $6 million gift in honor of alumna Mary B. Galvin, in support of the Bienen School of Music. In recognition, Northwestern will name the recital hall in the new Music and Communication Building the Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall.
J. Landis and Sharon Martin have committed $15 million to support Northwestern's campaign for athletics and recreation. In recognition of the gift, Northwestern will name the soccer and lacrosse stadium at the University’s new lakeside athletics complex for the Martins.
On the eve of Northwestern's Gator Bowl win in 2013, Northwestern announced an unprecedented series of gifts — more than $55 million — in support of the campaign for athletics and recreation. In honor of the lead gift from Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan, the University will name the fieldhouse in the new multi-use athletics and recreational complex the Ryan Fieldhouse. The new facility will be located next to Lake Michigan at the north end of the Evanston campus.
Renee and Lester Crown are giving Northwestern a generous gift to expand undergraduate teaching on modern Israel and support activities related to the understanding of the culture, politics and society of a small country that plays a significant role in the world. As part of this expansion, a new academic position, the Crown Chair in Israel Studies, will be funded through the generous gift.
The Rajawali Foundation has given Northwestern a renewable $2 million gift to create a new Equality Development and Globalization Studies Program, enhancing the University’s role in research on developing countries.
The School of Law has received a $5 million gift from the Kirkland & Ellis Foundation and 31 of the law firm’s senior partners who are law school alumni. The gift, in part, will establish the Kirkland & Ellis Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships for the JD-MBA program.
The Feinberg School of Medicine has received a $10 million gift from the Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Foundation to endow and name the Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Graduate Training Program in Life Sciences.
Ronald and JoAnne Willens have made a significant gift to Northwestern, enabling it to advance its leadership position in the field of nanotechnology. In recognition of the unrestricted gift, the top three floors of an addition to the northern side of the Technological Institute have been named the Willens Engineering Life Sciences Wing.
A group of Northwestern undergraduates are able to do intensive research guided by leading faculty members in the history department in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences thanks to a significant gift from Nicholas D. Chabraja (WCAS64, L67) and contributions from other alumni. The Nicholas D. Chabraja Center for Historical Studies represents “an innovative way of thinking about history,” said center director T.H. Breen.