“When I graduated from Northwood University in 2003, the campus that I left and the campus I came back to seven years later was dramatically different in a positive way,” said Justin Marshall who graduated in 2003 and has served as vice president of Advancement and Alumni Relations for three years. “The only way that happens is if alumni join together and make a decision to say ‘yes’ when asked to support their alma mater. I’ve seen firsthand what that means to this university.”
On March 22, 201 people said “yes” to the second annual Day of Giving. This one-day global online fundraising event is a chance for alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends to transform the lives of the young men and women who attend Northwood.
Day of Giving coordinates with Founder’s Day, a commemorative day to celebrate the University’s founders and philosophy. This year marks the 60th anniversary of Northwood’s founding, which will be celebrated throughout the year. Charitable gifts collected during Day of Giving support The Northwood fund. The fund benefits campus life, academic quality, faculty engagement, and areas of great need. Emergency scholarships, textbook support, Founders Garden, and experiential learning opportunities are all areas that have thrived with assistance from The Northwood Fund. Since last year, the number of donors more than tripled and giving increased by 325 percent. Brainstorming is already underway to encourage widespread participation throughout the alumni network.
“I’d love to see alumni who have never made a gift deciding that next year will be their first time to join in the fun of making a difference for a new generation of Northwood students,” Marshall said. “It’s a rewarding experience and an opportunity to invest in their degree and the growth of their alma mater.”