Mission and Vision


We believe philanthropy is a potent and vital force and represents a vast source for growth in support of NIU.


To develop, support and encourage a culture of giving throughout the NIU community that will allow it to flourish and accomplish NIU’s goal of becoming the most student-centered public research university in the Midwest


To energize and connect the private sector with the NIU community to secure and steward resources that support the future and growth of NIU


A passion for NIU and putting the interests of its students first are inherent in all we do. In fulfilling our mission, we value outcomes aligned with:

  • Helping donors discover the joy in making a difference through giving
  • Relationships based on trust, respect, courtesy and dignity
  • Integrity and ethical behavior in all we do
  • Collaboration to achieve goals – of NIU, its students, faculty/staff and donors
  • Innovation to address the needs and opportunities important to NIU and its donors
  • High level performance and a culture of continuous improvement