Northwestern publicly launched the most ambitious fundraising campaign in its history last week, a multi-year effort that will raise $3.75 billion in support of the University’s strategic plan. The Campaign will fund initiatives across all of Northwestern’s schools, as well as Northwestern Medicine and a range of University units and programs.


We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern was announced on March 14, or “Purple Friday.” Northwestern students, faculty, staff, and alumni on campus and around the world wore purple to show their pride in the University.


Preview events for students, faculty, and staff were held on the Evanston and Chicago campuses that afternoon. An evening event welcomed University leaders and benefactors at a transformed Henry Crown Sports Pavilion.


“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 University President Morton Schapiro. “We will unite as a university community to build an even better Northwestern and to address society’s most critical challenges.”


Gifts will fund new and renovated facilities on the Evanston and Chicago campuses; endowed professorships; student scholarships and fellowships; laboratories and research support; new academic centers and institutes; curriculum expansion and academic program support; global initiatives; and other areas that will solidify Northwestern’s position among the world’s leading research universities.


“The Campaign is called ‘We Will’ because it reflects the strong confidence we have in Northwestern and all that we are poised to accomplish,” Schapiro said.


The University has already raised $1.52 billion toward the Campaign dollar goal, Schapiro said.


The Campaign has a second goal to broaden the University’s base of annual support among alumni, parents, and friends — as reflected by 140,995 donors making a gift during the Campaign. A total of 85,832 donors have made a gift during the early phase of the Campaign.


Northwestern Medicine and Northwestern University School of Law will publicly launch their own campaigns later this year. Northwestern Medicine’s public launch is scheduled for May 28, while the Law School’s is scheduled for September 18.


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