So Many Ways To Give During Upcoming Huskies United Day of Giving 

By Tony Scott


As we approach our Huskies United Day of Giving, there are so many ways you can advocate for and support NIU students and programs, whether you volunteer your time or resources.

Your generosity fuels students who are working toward their dreams and goals and feeds innovative programs and research at NIU that change lives.

Huskies United kicks off at 4:25 p.m. on March 20, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on March 21, which makes for 1,895 minutes of championing NIU, a tribute to the year the university was founded.

As with every year during Huskies United, there will be challenges funded by generous donors to help stir excitement about giving to NIU, for donors of all types and all amounts every hour during the Day of Giving  These challenges will be online and in person on NIU’s DeKalb campus at the Holmes Student Center.

Some of the impactful challenges include:

Challenge Name When this number of gifts is made to any area... ...a gift will be unlocked totaling
Huskies United Participation Challenge 1,500 $150,000 to the Northern Fund
Huskies United Leadership Donor Challenge 50 gifts of $1,000+ $50,000 to the Northern Fund
Huskies United Plus 1 Challenge 2,415 $25,000 to the Northern Fund

The Northern Fund provides flexible, unrestricted support that allows us to seize emerging opportunities and plan with confidence as we continue to meet the demands of our rapidly changing environment.

This year, there are also new Flash Challenges for donors on the Huskies United website. For example, the first Huskies United donor will get $500 allocated to the area of their choice, and with the 1895 Challenge, the 1,895th donor will be recognized with $1,895 to be donated to an area of their choosing. 

For those who love swag, every donor who gives $50 or more will get an exclusive 1,000-piece NIU puzzle that’s as unique as our Huskie spirit! 

Come by the Organizations and Student Involvement Suite (OASIS) in the Holmes Student Center on March 20 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on March 21 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to join us at the Huskie Headquarters. Stop on by and get a chance to win cash for your favorite area of giving at NIU during the cash grab game! There will also be special appearances, photo and video booths and more!  

In addition to the opportunities for donating, you can volunteer to be a Huskies United Ambassador. Our ambassadors spread the word about Huskies United via their social media accounts, texting, emailing, and networking with others passionate about NIU to amplify their impact on NIU students and programs by helping unlock more than $350,000 in challenge gifts.

Whether you give gifts big or small, any amount makes an impact and as we have seen during past years of Huskies United, such as last year when donors raised more than $2.5 million, Huskies can accomplish a lot when we join together to support NIU students and programs.

For more information on Huskies United, please visit the website:
To sign up to become a Huskies United ambassador, please visit this website:
If you have questions about becoming an ambassador, please contact Liz McKee, M.S.Ed. ’14, at