We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern surpassed a significant milestone in early March — more than 100,000 donors have made one or more gifts to Northwestern during the Campaign. By reaching the 100,000 donor mark, Northwestern has made crucial progress toward its goal of receiving donations from 141,000 people during the Campaign.


Sharon Coleman photo by Steve Stern (2).jpgThe 100,000th gift was made by Sharon Coleman ’80 (left), a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications who lives in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Sharon was inspired to give to Northwestern when she received an email from her 35th Reunion co-chairs challenging 300 donors to make a gift by March 2.


Sharon said she made her gift because “the request was simple, doable and had an imminent deadline. The challenge was an excellent way to show that all alumni are needed and matter, not just the large donors.”


Sharon’s gift speaks to the power of Northwestern volunteers and the impact they can have by encouraging their peers to support the school.


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The 100,001st gift was made by Samantha Yi (left), a senior in the School of Education and Social Policy. Samantha said she contributed to her senior class gift to help Northwestern keep building its community. She directed half of her gift to SESP and half to the Northwestern chapter of Supplies for Dreams, a student-run nonprofit that she calls “a testament to the audacity and ferocious passion of the undergraduates at Northwestern.”


Adam Karr ’93, the “We Will” Campaign’s co-chair for participation, said Samantha’s gift “is a great example of how we are working with students even before they graduate to understand the importance of their commitment to Northwestern. Stories like these are proof that, by broadening our base of support to record numbers, we will build a culture of giving that ensures the University’s excellence well into the future.”

The participation of the entire Northwestern community is key to the success of the “We Will” Campaign, said Kevin Wesley, associate vice president of Northwestern's Office of Alumni Relations and Development.


Each and every gift is helping advance the University and making it possible for current and future Northwestern students and faculty to excel and discover, to imagine and pioneer, to lead and transform,” Wesley said. “The entire Northwestern community is encouraged to become involved with the ‘We Will’ Campaign in order to continue the momentum we have generated so far. We still have important work ahead of us and many ambitious targets to meet.”


For more information about the “We Will” Campaign, and to make your gift, please visit wewill.northwestern.edu