Founders Forum - cumulative lifetime giving



The Founders Forum is named in honor of Northern Illinois University’s founding figures.  Through their various gifts of money, land, strategic thinking and leadership, it was assured that a university would be established to provide excellent education programs and its home would be DeKalb, Illinois.

The impact of gifts from the Founders Forum members can be seen and felt throughout the NIU campus: in the dedication of new buildings, in the awarding of student scholarships, in the strengthening of our academic programs, and in the hiring of outstanding faculty. Truly, the impact of giving by members of this society has breadth, depth and significance. Members of the Founders Form continue the tradition of providing for a better future for Northern Illinois University.

The Founders Forum recognizes, thanks, and celebrates individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations whose cumulative generosity has made a significant impact on our university.