Questions and Answers

Below you will find answers to many common questions about Huskies United 2021.

Why is NIU doing Huskies United?

Beginning at 4:25 p.m. on June 23 and running for 1,895 minutes, Huskies United will focus on moving NIU forward by raising support for the university’s strategic funding priorities including emergency student funds, diversity, equity and inclusion, scholarships, and unrestricted support. Donor support advances these priorities and enables NIU to be an agent for change and an engine for social mobility.

What are Giving Days?

Typically, Giving Days are a twenty-four hour “digital pep rallies” designed to increase donor participation. Giving Days help to capture donor affinity and ignite pride by inspiring constituents to share what they love about NIU!

Why should someone give on this particular day?

While any day is a great day to give back to students, this online giving day is special. Several generous donors have offered up matching and challenge funds for gifts made during this 1,895-minute period, meaning the impact of your gift will be magnified!

Is there a minimum amount someone can donate?

No, gifts of every size will help keep NIU moving forward together.

What are the ways that I can make my donation?

Gift can be made via the Huskies United website at dog.niu.edu. Gifts can also be made over the phone by calling 877-GIV-2-NIU. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept gifts in person at this time.

How can I get involved?

By sharing our social media posts, not only will your friends be able to hear about Huskies United, but they might donate as well! Make sure you use #HuskiesUnited when you share your stories about NIU, so we can see them as well!

Who should I contact if I run into an issue?

If you run into any issues or have any questions about the Huskies United, contact the Northern Fund office at 815-753-2115 or northernfund@niu.edu.

Are gifts tax-deductible?

Absolutely! Upon successful completion of your gift, you will receive an email with a receipt for your tax purposes.

What if I don't see the program, scholarship, or department to which I would like to donate to in the list of participating groups?

Please select “Other” in the "Area of Giving" dropdown, and then select "Other" in the "Fund Designation." Then you can write in your designation in the box that appears.

Are international donations accepted?

Yes. We accept gifts made internationally via credit cards during Huskies United.

I  have a question. What should I do?

You may contact the Northern Fund office at 815-753-2215 or northernfund@niu.edu if you have any questions. 

What if I don't see the program, scholarship, or department to which I would like to donate in the list of participating groups?

Please select “Other” in the "Area of Giving" dropdown, and then select "Other" in the "Fund Designation." Then you can write in your designation in the box that appears.

Are gifts tax-deductible?

Absolutely! Upon successful completion of your gift, you will receive an email with a receipt for your tax purposes. 

Can someone give through the mail? How about phone? In person?

Yes! Gifts can be made in advance through the mail. Please be sure make the check payable to the NIU Foundation and to include a note on the memo line of the check that this gift is part of Huskies United 2021. Gifts can be mailed to the NIU Foundation P.O. Box 746 DeKalb, IL 60115-0746. During Huskies United, gifts can also be made over the phone by calling 877-GIV-2-NIU.

My employer will match any gift I make.  Who should I contact about this?

That's great news! Many companies will match employee giving which can double - or even triple - the impact of your gift. For more information about submitting employer matching gift forms please reach out to matchinggifts@niu.edu.

Still have questions?

Contact us at northernfund@niu.edu