Support The Cats

Excellence Fund and Sport Specific Giving


The Wildcat Excellence Fund is an unrestricted annual fund which supports nearly 500 Northwestern student-athletes in 19 sports. Contributions to the Excellence Fund are allocated to areas such as academic services, sports performance, and sports medicine that provide support for all of our student-athletes. By giving to the Excellence Fund, you are making a difference for every Northwestern student-athlete to ensure that they have a world-class experience.

You also have the opportunity to direct your gift to one of our 19 varsity sports. Your contributions to a specific program provides coaches with the supplementary financial resources they need to pursue Big Ten and national championships.

Vice President’s Fund


Dedicated supporters of Wildcats Athletics are often interested in providing financial support to the Vice President’s Fund.

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 that help advance Northwestern Athletics.

Previous VP’s Fund uses include funding:

  • Academic support
  • Summer school aid
  • Equipment enhancement for sports medicine
  • Leadership development opportunities for student-athletes
  • The Athletics Facilities Master Plan
  • Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) travel
  • Unique equipment needs for sports
  • Equipment updates for sports performance
  • International travel costs for teams participating in pre-season tournaments

For more information, please contact Fred Smith at fredksmith@northwestern.edu.

Sport Specific Giving


You have the opportunity to designate your gift to any of our 19 varsity sport programs:

Men’s Sports:


Baseball
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Basketball
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Football
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Golf
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Soccer
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Swimming and Diving
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Tennis
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Wrestling
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Women's Sports:


Basketball
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Cross Country
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Fencing
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Field Hockey
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Golf
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Lacrosse
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Soccer
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Softball
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Swimming and Diving
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Tennis
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Volleyball
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