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Join Us for Huskies United: June 22-23
Let's Work Together for a Brighter Future

The NIU experience is about more than choosing a major. It’s about having new experiences, getting involved, and working for a better future.

Huskies United provides critical support for the campus departments, units, and centers that bring the college experience to life and help students of all majors emerge as thoughtful, engaged global citizens. In addition, donations from alumni and friends will:

  • Provide scholarships for students from all walks of life, including those who could not attend college without your support.
  • Support the Northern Fund, which provides flexible funding to support student success, bridge gaps, and allow us to seize emerging opportunities and plan with confidence, and,
  • Help NIU continue to build an inclusive campus environment where everyone respects the value and dignity of all of its members.

NIU is home to a new generation of Huskies working for a better future for us all, and Huskies United is your chance to join them.   

$30,000
The Calkins Huskies United Northern Fund Challenge
Dan ’87 and Diane Calkins want to see the NIU family come together for Huskies United. When 200 gifts are made to the Northern Fund during Huskies United, their gift of $30,000 will be unlocked into our Northern Fund totals.
200 / 200 Gifts
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2
Match
Anonymous Match for Project Finish Line
An anonymous donor has created a special match for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' Project Finish Line Scholarship. Every donation made to Project Finish Line will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000 to support completion scholarships in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
$7,730 MATCHED
Ended
$1,500
NIU Chief of Staff New Donor Challenge
NIU's Chief of Staff, Dr. Matt Streb, wants to inspire new donations to NIU. When 50 people make their first-ever gift to whatever area they choose during Huskies United, it will unlock his donation of $1,500 into our totals.
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
$1,500
Hutchinson Challenge for CHANCE
CHANCE Program Director, Adriane Hutchinson, has pledged $1,500 in support of student scholarships and general program support. When 20 gifts are made in support of the McKinley “Deacon” Davis CHANCE Program, it will unlock her gift $1,500.
20 / 20 Gifts
Completed
$1,500
Bollie Challenge for NNGO
NIU employee Janiece Bollie is encouraging gifts to NIU’s Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies Experiential Philanthropy Fund during Huskies United. When 30 gifts are made, it will unlock her gift of $1,500 into our totals.
30 / 30 Gifts
Completed
$500
Dr. Amy Jo Clemens New Neighbor Challenge
Dr. Amy Jo Clemens, director of the NIU Center for P-20 Engagement, wants to encourage new donors to support STEM programming for youth in DeKalb. When 15 donors make their first-ever gift to STEM Pathways for Neighborhood Youth, it unlocks a $500 gift!
15 / 15 Gifts
Completed
$3,000
Honors Directors Challenge
As a testament to their enduring commitment to the University Honors Program, former directors have joined the current director in putting together a Huskies United challenge gift. Nancy (and husband John) Castle, Christopher (and wife Nicole) Jones, and Carrie Massey (in honor of former director and husband Jim Massey) and current director Andrea Radasanu invite you to join them in support of the University Honors Program and its students. When 30 gifts are made to the University Honors Program, it will unlock their combined gift of $3,000.
30 / 30 Gifts
Completed
$200
Abreu Challenge for the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies
The director of NIU's Center for Latino and Latin American Studies (CLLAS), Dr. Christina Abreu, is encouraging friends to support the CLLAS during Huskies United. When 10 gifts of $20 or more are made, it will unlock her gift of $200.
10 / 10 Gifts
Completed
$750
College of Law Deans Challenge
The deans of the College of Law are encouraging gifts during Huskies United. When 50 gifts are made to any area within the College of Law, it will unlock their combined gift of $750 to the Student Emergency Fund. These funds provide assistance to currently enrolled College of Law students who need short-term support to help them continue their education.
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
$300
Henton’s Challenge for Prevention Education
Rose M. J. Henton, director of Prevention Education and Outreach, wants to encourage donors to support Prevention Education during Huskies United. This fund helps support graduate assistants and general program support. When 15 gifts are made to Prevention Education, it unlocks her $300 gift.
15 / 15 Gifts
Completed
$50,000
The Fahey Northern Fund Challenge
Generous NIU alumna Amy Fahey '84 believes in the power of Northern Fund giving and is challenging others who care about the future of NIU and the success of students to join her. When 400 gifts are made to the Northern Fund during Huskies United, her gift of $50,000 will be unlocked into our Northern Fund totals.
400 / 400 Gifts
Completed
$6,000
NIU Alumni Association Board Recent Graduate Challenge
The NIU Alumni Association Board of Directors is challenging recent NIU graduates (2013-2022) to donate during Huskies United. When 30 graduates from the classes of 2013-2022 donate during Huskies United, it will unlock their combined gift of $6,000 to the Northern Fund.
30 / 30 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
Dr. Vernese Edghill-Walden Challenge to Support Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Vernese Edghill-Walden, wants to inspire giving to the priorities of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ADEI). When 100 people make a gift of any size to ADEI, it will unlock a gift of $5,000.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$1,500
NNGO Director Challenge
The director of the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies, Dr. Alicia Schatteman, wants to encourage gifts to the Center during Huskies United. When 15 gifts are received for NNGO, it will unlock her gift of $1,500.
15 / 15 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
The Messersmith-O'Connell NNGO 50 Gift Challenge
Generous supporters of the NNGO program and NIU alumnae Kymber Messersmith ’88 (with a matching gift from her employer, KPMG) and Julie Ann O’Connell ’87 are eager to see 50 total gifts to the NNGO program during Huskies United. When 50 gifts are made, it will unlock their combined gift of $5,000.
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
$500
Dr. Rena Cotsones Communiversity Connections Challenge
Dr. Rena Cotsones, Chief Engagement Officer, wants to inspire donors to support STEM neighborhood outreach in DeKalb. The first $500 in gifts to STEM Pathways for Neighborhood Youth will unlock Dr. Cotsones's matching gift of $500.
$500 / $500 Raised
Completed
$500
Faculty Advocates for Undocumented Students
A group of NIU faculty have created a special challenge to support undocumented students. When 15 gifts are made to the Immediate Assistance Fund for Undocumented Students, it will unlock their gift of $500. This challenge gift has been created in honor of Sandy Lopez upon receiving her doctorate.
15 / 15 Gifts
Completed
2
Match
Anonymous Match for Embracing Diversity Scholarship
An anonymous donor to the College of Law wants to encourage gifts to the Embracing Diversity Scholarship Fund. Gifts will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $3,000, to the Embracing Diversity Scholarship Fund.
$2,445 MATCHED
Ended
$500
Hill-Murray Challenge for the College of Law
Friends of NIU's College of Law, Josh Hill and Melissa Murray, want to encourage gifts to the Dean's Strategic Priorities Fund. When 20 gifts are made to the Dean's Strategic Priorities Fund, it will unlock their gift of $500.
20 / 20 Gifts
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