Support The Cats


The purpose of the Wildcat Fund Parent Partners program is to enhance the communication and engagement between current and past parents of Wildcats student-athletes and Northwestern University. Additionally, the program seeks to financially support Northwestern Athletics & Recreation and its commitment to provide a world-class academic, athletic, and social experience.

Some dream about making the world a better place. Wildcats are out there doing it. Every day.

Through intellect and effort, Wildcats thrive, inspiring each other – in the classroom, in competition, and beyond. Driven by a pursuit of excellence, they move the world forward.

When your son or daughter became a Wildcat, so did YOU! With tuition covering only approximately 70% of our operating costs, we rely on a strong alumni base and dedicated families to help us deliver an exceptional educational and athletic experience for all student-athletes, including yours.

The decision as to the size of your gift is a personal one – the important part is that each parent participates in the Parent Partners program. Parents give everywhere from $100 to $1,000,000, and participation at every level is needed and appreciated. When you make a gift via Parent Partners, in combination with the gifts of your fellow parents, it will have a transformative impact on Northwestern Athletics!

We are thrilled with the success of the Wildcat Fund Parent Partners program since we launched in the fall of 2015. Thank you to the many student-athlete parents who have participated so far! For those of you still considering your involvement, we encourage you to explore the online content and learn more about how you can partner with the 'Cats!

Thank you for your support and
Go 'Cats!


The purpose of the Wildcat Fund Parent Partners program is to enhance the communication and engagement between current and past parents of Wildcat student-athletes and Northwestern University, and financially support Northwestern Athletics & Recreation and its commitment to provide a world-class academic, athletic, and social experience.

The best ways to get involved are to make your annual gift, engage with other parents about the Wildcat Fund Parent Partners, and consider whether becoming a parent ambassador is right for you.

The mission of the Parent Ambassador Circle is to foster communication and build relationships between parents of current and former NU student-athletes and the Northwestern Department of Athletics that lead to increased interest in financially supporting Northwestern Athletics. To learn more about what the program entails, please click here.

You can contact Christian Williams, Associate Director of Development or 847-467-1039. We look forward to hearing from you!

Yes! Contributions made through the Wildcat Fund Parent Partners program count for Wildcat Fund membership and make you eligible for all corresponding Wildcat Fund benefits.

Yes! Parent Partners contributions count toward Parents Fund membership as well. Your one gift supports two of Northwestern's most important initiatives!


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 facilities, Otto Graham Society or special projects, and can 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 Fred Smith at 847-467-5256.

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!


Parents Ambassador Circle Application

The Parents Ambassador Circle is comprised of dedicated parents helping to foster a sense of community and engagement among parents of Northwestern student-athletes. By sharing their time as spokespeople to enhance awareness and foster private philanthropic support, members enjoy developing a deeper connection with the university and directly contributing to the success of Northwestern Athletics. The Parents Ambassador Circle consists of families who lead by example with annual contributions of $2,500 or more and forge key relationships among other philanthropically-inclined student-athlete parents.
Members will have the opportunity to serve as a well-informed representative of the parent community. As an advocate for Northwestern and a resource for families within your child’s sport, you will play a vital role in enriching the experience for your son/daughter and his or her teammates. Additionally, we will welcome you to campus throughout the year for exclusive opportunities and the chance to deepen your relationship with the Wildcats community.

If you are interested in applying for the Parents Ambassador Circle, please complete the form below and a member of our staff will contact you directly about current opportunities