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About the Northwest Foundation

Established in 1971, the Northwest Foundation, Inc. operates independently of the state institution as a separate 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation governed by its own Board of Directors.


The Northwest Foundation, Inc. develops and stewards philanthropic resources for the benefit of Northwest Missouri State University and its students


The Northwest Foundation, Inc. will substantially grow philanthropic support and be a significant partner in the success of the university.


Dr. Robert P. FosterThe Northwest Missouri State College Educational Foundation Inc. was formed in April 1971 as a nonprofit organization with a general purpose "for the promotion of the welfare, goals and programs of Northwest" and a mission "to enhance the educational offerings and facilities of Northwest".

The Northwest Foundation Inc., as it is known today, started with $5,352 in contributions from Northwest alumni, friends, faculty and staff, and was formed under the presidency of Dr. Robert P. Foster. Its first executive officers included J. Norvel Sayler, president; B.J. Alcott, vice president; Paul Fields, treasurer; and Everett Brown, secretary. Each of the nine original directors agreed to contribute $1,000 to the Foundation. By the end of 1972, the board expanded to include 10 new members and eight ex-officio members, and more than $17,500 in contributions were recorded. The first gifts were used to support the University's library and a $500 scholarship. By 1973, the Foundation made its first sizeable purchase for the University involving an 80-acre tract of land to create an outdoor laboratory facility "to eventually be fronted by a sizeable water reservoir known as the Mozingo Watershed."

Since these early years, the Northwest Foundation has seen many changes, but it holds true to its goal to assist the University, its students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Letter from the President

Bob Burrell

In 1971, Northwest President Robert P. Foster created the Northwest Missouri State College Educational Foundation Inc. It consisted of nine members and started with a fund of $5,352. Today, the Northwest Foundation, Inc. is nearing completion of its Forever Green Campaign, which includes exceeding the fundraising goal of $45 million, building the Hughes Fieldhouse and the Agricultural Learning Center, and raising an additional $11 million in scholarship support. The Northwest Foundation has approximately $40 million of investments under its management, and we express our gratitude to those nine individuals who had the vision in 1972 to understand that external financial support would be critical for the long-term viability and success of Northwest. Northwest continues to thrive, in part, to their vision.

The Northwest Foundation consists of 36 dedicated volunteers from across the country, from California to New Jersey and from Texas to Minnesota. These volunteers drive the mission of the Northwest Foundation while also giving generously of their time, talent and treasure. I am continually amazed at how this diverse group comes together to give back to Northwest as well as encourage others to do the same. We share the same goal of ensuring current and future Bearcats have the same opportunity the University provided to each of us.

The Northwest Foundation is grateful for the generosity of our alumni and friends. Earning the trust and confidence of our donors is our highest priority. We recognize and appreciate the passion donors have for Northwest, and we manage the gifts received with equal passion and care as well as professionalism.

Finally, a word of gratitude for our professional team in the Office of University Advancement. We could not do our work without their daily endeavors on behalf of the Foundation and Northwest. I hope you have the opportunity to connect with this dedicated group of individuals. They are incredibly talented and share the Foundation’s commitment to strive for the betterment of Northwest.

Thank you for your support. Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat!

Bob Burrell ’70
President, Northwest Foundation, Inc.