We did it.
Thanks to a community of alumni, parents and friends from around the world — 174,380 to be exact — We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern brought in an awe-inspiring $6.1 billion. Donors gave a total of 626,796 gifts of all sizes to areas across the University through the ambitious fundraising initiative, proving that every gift really does matter.
COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE
“We are extremely grateful to our community of generous and dedicated supporters who invested in Northwestern through the Campaign and helped the University achieve new heights,” says University Trustee Paula B. Pretlow ’77, ’78 MBA, “We Will” Campaign co-chair. “Our collective support will continue to propel our students, faculty and staff forward and shape the Northwestern University of tomorrow.”
The Campaign also was highlighted by a series of transformative gifts. In 2015 the University received its first gift of more than $100 million, from Roberta Buffett Elliott ’54, followed by landmark commitments from Louis A. Simpson ’58 and Kimberly K. Querrey, the Patrick G. ’59, ’09 H and Shirley W. Ryan ’61, ’19 H Family, and the Pritzker Foundation.
Students take research samples from the mummy that was featured in The Block Museum exhibition Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt. Credit: Essi Ronkko
Additionally, the University announced in September 2021 a $480 million gift from the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Family — the largest in Northwestern’s history. (See “Ryan Family Caps Off Campaign with Extraordinary Gift.")
“The ‘We Will’ Campaign has, without a doubt, elevated Northwestern’s standing among the world’s preeminent research universities,” says University Trustee T. Bondurant “Bon” French ’75, ’76 MBA, co-chair of the “We Will” Campaign. “Now is the time to continue our remarkable progress toward excellence, which we will do by leading the charge toward a more equitable and just society, expanding opportunities for our students to learn and thrive in a rapidly changing world and accelerating breakthrough research and innovations that serve society,” he adds.
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