The Northern Fund



Annual giving makes a difference


Giving to the Northern Fund is one of the most effective and direct ways you can contribute to the success of NIU and our students. The Northern Fund encourages alumni, parents and friends to renew and strengthen their ties to Northern Illinois University by making gifts on an annual basis.


The Northern Fund seeks support through our direct mail program, online giving, and from our Huskie Telefund. Click here to learn more about our always-growing Huskie Telefund.


Our supportive base of alumni, parents and friends helps our seven colleges grow and flourish by providing state-of-the-art technology, hands-on laboratories, high-quality faculty, and enriching opportunities for our students both inside the classroom and out in the community.


Every gift, no matter the size, is critical to the success of NIU, and helps provide opportunities and experiences that students would not otherwise be able to access.


Our Impact

Gifts through the Northern Fund...


Help College of Education students participate in hands-on teaching experiences daily through dedicated observation classrooms and student teaching opportunities.


Allow College of Business students to collaborate in experiential learning projects that include working with companies such as Wal-Mart, McDonald’s and Caterpillar.


Aid College of Liberal Arts & Sciences students so they can attend conferences, study abroad experiences and internships without the burden of cost.


Assist College of Law students during their clinical courses, externships, and while working alongside experienced attorneys at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic in Rockford.


Support students in the College of Health and Human Sciences who contribute to the annual STEM fest and a Rural Health Careers Camp designed to engage youth in potential careers in the health and human sciences.


Contribute resources that give College of Visual and Performing Arts students the opportunities to learn from experts in the Avalon String Quartet, which is in residence at NIU, at the Moscow Art Theater during a study abroad semester, and from collaborations with The Organic Theater Company in Chicago.


Offer College of Engineering  students valuable involvement in high-impact research initiatives through partnerships with over 200 industries in such fields as homeland security, sustainability, energy, the environment, and nano technology.


"Providing for their future where yours began."

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