Stay in the Circle: NULC Giving Overview
One year after the uncertain economy hampered philanthropic support for organizations nationwide, giving by members of the Northwestern University Leadership Circle (NULC) bounced back in a big way in Fiscal Year 2010.
A total of 8,671 alumni and friends made leadership gifts to the University, an increase of more than 11 percent over FY 09. In terms of funds received, NULC giving also increased by 11 percent (or more than $4 million) in 2010, reaching $38.9 million.
In addition to engaging donors through stewardship events, this exclusive newsletter, and special recognition in the Honor Roll of Donors, the NULC recruits alumni volunteers to raise philanthropic support for the University through a network of Regional Councils. These dedicated volunteers create local communities of support by connecting to current students and faculty as well as to a network of local alumni, parents, and friends. The councils hold business meetings twice a year and often organize and host group events.
Five of the six NULC Regional Councils saw an increase in giving in FY10, while all six saw a rise in participation. The Chicago region once again led the way in both categories, raising $20.3 million from 3,602 donors. Both figures represent a 12 percent increase over 2009.
The NULC Regional Councils are off to another great start this year. Boston, San Francisco, New York, Florida, Chicago, and our newest Council in Washington, DC, all held well-attended business meetings. Members heard campus updates from guests such as Football Coach Pat Fitzgerald, Provost Dan Linzer, Associate Provost for University enrollment Mike Mills, and Athletic Director Jim Phillips. The DC Council, co-chaired by Steve Quamme (Weinberg 83, Law 86), April McClain-Delaney, (Communication 86), and Mike Fasano, (Weinberg 70), already has 37 members. The NULC now counts 200 volunteers, encouraging more than 600 fellow alumni to support Northwestern.
NULC members continue to show their steadfast commitment to ensuring Northwestern remains a leader in education, athletics, research, and the student experience.
Note: The Northwestern University Leadership Circle tracks giving of $1,000 and above to any area of the University. Dollars are capped at $100,000 for reporting purposes to equalize year-over-year performance measures.