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Questions and Answers

Below you will find answers to many common questions about Thousands Strong 2021.

WHAT IS THE DAY OF GIVING?

The Day of Giving is a time for the NIU community to come together and show their Huskie pride by supporting NIU students, scholarships, and programs over a period of 28.5 hours.  It will begin at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, November 10 and conclude through midnight November 11.  

WHAT ARE GIVING DAYS?

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

WHY IS NIU DOING A DAY OF GIVING (DOG)?

To use online channels to highlight what’s great about NIU and to provide constituents an opportunity to show their Huskie Pride and transform the student experience through being an ambassador, inspiring others, and giving.

WHO SHOULD I CONTACT IF I RUN INTO AN ISSUE?

If you run into any issues or have any questions about the Day of Giving, contact the Northern Fund office at northernfund@niu.edu.

WHAT IF I DON’T SEE THE COLLEGE, DEPARTMENT, OR PROGRAM I WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO IN THE LIST OF PARTICIPATING GROUPS?

Please select “Other” and type in where you would like your gift to go to.

ARE GIFTS TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?

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

ARE INTERNATIONAL DONATIONS ACCEPTED?

Yes. We accept gifts made internationally via credit cards on the Day of Giving.

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 the NIU Day of Giving. Gifts can be mailed to the NIU Foundation P.O. Box 746 DeKalb, IL 60115-0746. On the Day of Giving, 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