Northwestern Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips announced in November Northwestern Athletics' launch of the Otto Graham Society, a new fundraising initiative intended to serve as the catalyst for leadership annual giving to Northwestern Athletics.

Philanthropic in nature, the Otto Graham Society is a multi-year fundraising program, structured to ensurethe continued growth of Northwestern Athletics by providing additional resources to deliver a world-class experience academically, socially and athletically for all Wildcats student-athletes. 

The new program is named in honor of the legendary multi-sport All-American Otto Graham, who starred in football, basketball and baseball at Northwestern between 1941 and 1944. The former Cleveland Browns star was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 1965.

"Otto Graham truly was one of the best student-athletes in Northwestern history, so it's fitting to honor him and his accomplishments in this way," says Phillips. "He left a mark on our University in a way that very few have, and the Otto Graham Society will allow individuals to make a similar impact on NU student-athletes for generations to come."

Each member of the Otto Graham Society pledges to contribute his or her support for a five-year period to Northwestern Athletics. Membership begins with an annual gift of $25,000 and offers a second tier of giving at $50,000 annually. Fifty percent of the contribution will be allocated to the Wildcat Excellence Fund, while the remaining 50 percent may be designated to the athletic area(s) of the donors' greatest interests. 

Learn more about the Otto Graham Society and other opportunities to support Northwestern Athletics.