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Sept. 22, 2015
The Northwest Foundation, the fundraising arm of Northwest Missouri State University, secured $5.7 million in donor funding during the 2015 fiscal year, exceeding its goal for the year by more than $1.5 million.
Scholarship support remains a central mission of the Foundation, which awarded a record $741,000 in scholarships to 1,159 students during FY15. That is an increase of 110 scholarship awards and nearly $100,000 more than the previous record.
“We celebrate the contributions of so many donors who support Northwest and our students through their financial gifts so those students may share their gratitude and begin to think about how they might support a future generation of Bearcats,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “This kind of private support Northwest students receive from donors is increasingly important as funding from the state and other sources decreases.”
Last year, Northwest’s Adopt-a-Bearcat scholarship program, supported through donors, awarded scholarships worth a total of more than $43,000 to more than 180 students. The Adopt-a-Bearcat Scholarship program meets a critical need for scholarship dollars, and donor contributions are matched in $250 increments for a minimum of a $500 scholarship. In return, donors may elect to name their scholarship, which goes to a deserving student who might otherwise not be able to afford the opportunity of a Northwest education.
In April, Northwest students celebrated alumni and friends who contribute generously to the University in support of scholarships, campus facilities and the value of a college degree during “Thank a Donor Day” activities on the campus. The day’s activities were designed to educate Northwest students about the importance of private giving by alumni, family and friends. The day also drew attention to the impact that alumni support has throughout the University and actively engaged the student body in the stewardship of alumni donors.
In addition to scholarship support, recent upgrades and amenities throughout campus – including the video board at Bearcat Stadium and new furnishings in the B.D. Owens Library and academic classrooms – were fully funded through donor gifts.
“We’re elated by the support shown to Northwest, its scholarships and programs during the last fiscal year,” Vice President of University Advancement Mike Johnson said. “The continued success of our giving programs is due to the tremendous support of thousands of alumni and friends as well as Northwest’s dedicated faculty and staff.”
The Foundation noted 100 percent of its board membership donated to Northwest during the fiscal year, as did the entire membership of the University’s Board of Regents, Alumni Association Board of Directors and Northwest Leadership Team.
“I’m really proud of our Foundation Board and how they’ve all stepped up,” said Mark Doll, president of the Northwest Foundation and a 1980 alumnus of the University. “They’ve all made major commitments. We have an unbelievable Board right now of people from all over the country who are participating and reaching out to others. They are telling others about all of the great things happening at Northwest and letting everybody tell their story about why they’re ‘Forever Green.’”
The Foundation also experienced the highest level of major gifts ever for the fiscal year that ended June 30. Major gifts are those made above and beyond annual gifts and typically fulfill a pledge made over several years. They help support project-specific initiatives such as buildings and program support, but also include endowed scholarships.
Furthermore, the Foundation achieved an impressive 25 percent increase in 1905 Society memberships during FY15. The 1905 Society is the premier giving society for annual gifts, recognizing supporters who make an annual unrestricted gift of $1,000 or more. It has experienced an increase of 67 percent since its inception in FY13.
The Northwest Foundation, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation, is responsible for receiving, investing, stewarding and disbursing private support on behalf of the donors of Northwest Missouri State University for the benefit of the University, its students, faculty, staff and alumni. The Northwest Foundation, governed by a 31-member volunteer board of directors, is staffed by members of Northwest's Office of University Advancement.
For more information about the Northwest Foundation or to make a gift to support Northwest, contact the Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or visit www.nwmissouri.edu/GiveOnline.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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