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.
At the start of 2016, Northwestern has raised nearly $2.77 billion towards its $3.75 billion goal for We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern. Following the public launch of the Campaign in March 2014, fundraising in 2015 hit extraordinary new heights, including the announcement of an unprecedented four major gifts of at least $100 million from individual benefactors.
A $5 million gift from the Hospira Foundation to the Feinberg School of Medicine will establish the Hospira Foundation Professorship in Translational Cancer Biology at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.
Northwestern broke ground in November 2015 on the new Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center, which will provide the best support, training and developmental facilities for Northwestern student-athletes and host campus events such as convocation and Dance Marathon.
Northwestern broke ground in November 2015 on a new residence hall at 560 Lincoln St. to launch the first new construction in a housing master plan designed to improve the on-campus student living experience. As part of We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern, the University is working to enhance the campus community and the well-being of all students.
School of Law alumnus J.B. Pritzker and his wife, M.K. Pritzker, have made a $100 million gift that will significantly advance the mission and vision of Pritzker’s alma mate. The 156-year-old school has been named the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.
Longtime supporters of Northwestern athletics Mitchell and Valerie Slotnick have made a $5 million gift to Athletics and Recreation. In addition to helping to fund the new athletics and recreation complex, the gift will support sports performance, football, basketball, golf and the Wildcat Excellence Fund.
Alumni Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan have made a new $25 million gift commitment to advance research and teaching at their alma mater. A portion of the gift will be used to accelerate the creation of endowed professorships across the University.
Dennis H. Chookaszian, former chairman and CEO of CNA Insurance Companies and a Northwestern alumnus, and his wife, Karen, have made a $6.5 million gift commitment to his alma mater to establish the Chookaszian Family Program in Computer Science, the first of its kind at the University.
A $5 million commitment from alumna Jean Gimbel Lane to the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music will ensure the perpetuity of a prestigious piano award named in her honor.
Northwestern University dedicated the new home of the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music and the theatre and performance studies departments and administrative offices of the School of Communication for Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan, whose generosity has transformed Northwestern University.
The Daily Northwestern has received a substantial gift from Holly and John Madigan. The Madigan’s gift is in response to the paper’s ongoing fundraising effort, The Campaign for The Future of The Daily Northwestern. It includes a $250,000 challenge grant that will match, dollar for dollar, additional gifts to The Daily’s campaign.
Northwestern University School of Law has received a $5 million bequest from the Estate of Dawn Clark Netsch to endow the Walter and Dawn Clark Netsch Scholarship Fund, which will provide financial aid for law students who are interested in pursuing careers in public interest law. The gift also will fund loan repayment assistance to graduates working in the public interest law field.
Long-time benefactors Chris Combe, a Northwestern University Trustee, and Courtney Combe have made a $1 million gift to support global initiatives at Northwestern University School of Law.
Alumni Muneer Satter and Kristen Hertel have committed $10.5 million to the University to fund educational opportunities for deserving Northwestern scholars.
Henry Bullock, founder and chairman of Menlo Equities LLC, has committed to a $10 million planned gift that will create an endowed professorship in finance or marketing at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, his alma mater. In addition to this commitment, Bullock has made a $500,000 gift to Kellogg.
Trustee and alumnus Louis Simpson and his spouse Kimberly Querrey have made an additional $92 million gift to support biomedical research programs at the Feinberg School of Medicine.
A new $10 million gift from Ronald and JoAnne Willens to Northwestern University’s International Institute for Nanotechnology will establish an interdisciplinary research center that will use advances in nanotechnology to develop new cancer treatments. It will be one of the first centers of its kind in the country.
The Northwestern community gathered at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall Jan. 28, 2015, to celebrate alumna Roberta Buffett Elliott and her gift to Northwestern exceeding $100 million -- marking a transformative moment for global studies at the University.
Gordon and Carole Segal, co-founders of Crate & Barrel and longtime supporters of Northwestern, their alma mater, have committed approximately $10 million to the University through a planned gift. Northwestern will recognize the Segals’ generosity by naming the new visitors center in their honor.
Alumna Leslie Devereaux has made a substantial commitment that will benefit several areas, including University Library, undergraduate scholarships and the Department of Athletics and Recreation.
Northwestern University School of Law has announced a $150 million fundraising initiative called Motion to Lead: The Campaign for Northwestern Law. The campaign will focus on financial aid, curricular innovation, law-business-technology programs and social justice initiatives.
The Les Turner ALS Foundation has made a $10 million commitment to create the Les Turner ALS Research and Patient Center at Northwestern Medicine to accelerate research and advance patient care in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
The Bernard Osher Foundation announced that Northwestern University will be the new headquarters for the National Resource Center for Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes.
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.