Support The Cats

Optimize your philanthropy to Northwestern Athletics by structuring the size and complexity of your gifts each year. The chart below illustrates a giving strategy popular among the families of our Wildcats student-athletes.





  • Your first gift via Parent Partners is designated directly to the sport(s) your student competes in.

  • Consider an increased gift directly to your student’s sport as well as an unrestricted gift to the Wildcat Excellence Fund*

  • Continue your annual support of Northwestern Athletics and assist with special projects according to your student’s experience and interests

  • YOUR INSPIRATIONAL GIFT - In accordance with your individual financial capacity, make a transformational gift to Northwestern Athletics to celebrate your student’s experience as a Wildcat student-athlete and impact the present and future success of all our programs^

  • Consider ongoing annual support via gifts designated to the sport of greatest affinity and/or the Wildcat Excellence Fund

  • Consider planned gift opportunities via retirement earnings, life insurance, living trust, real estate, etc. to leave a meaningful legacy here at Northwestern

*The Wildcat Excellence Fund supports initiatives in academic support, sports performance, and sports medicine

^Inspirational gifts are typically designated toward the new Lakefront Athletics & Recreation Complex, Otto Graham Society or special projects, and come with a commitment of $100K or more to be paid over one to five years


Where to Give


Making a gift to your student’s program will provide his/her coach with supplemental resources to enhance the overall experience for every student-athlete on the team.
By giving to the Wildcat Excellence Fund, you are supporting every Northwestern student-athlete and ensuring that areas such as academic services, sports performance, and sports medicine have the resources they need to thrive.
For donors looking to make an annual impact at a leadership giving level, the Otto Graham Society is one of our most exciting initiatives and offers the opportunity to invest in both the Wildcat Excellence Fund and sport specific efforts through a five-year commitment. Learn more about the program here.
Accommodating all varsity programs, this world-class facility will aid in recruiting top talent, preparing teams for success, and improving the overall student-athlete experience. Donors who are interested in supporting this high-priority project can contact Chris McFarlane at 847-467-4856.
Gifts to the Vice President’s Fund may be utilized at the discretion of the Vice President for Athletics and Recreation for unforeseen and one-time expenditures such as the Athletics Facilities Master Plan, unique equipment needs for sports, and summer school aid that help advance Northwestern Athletics.


Want to get more involved?
Consider joining our Parents Ambassador Circle!

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