Campaign asks faculty, staff to chip in for students

This year, the annual Better Together NIU Faculty/Staff Giving Campaign will run Monday, March 20, through Friday, March 31. This two-week campaign is part of the NIU Foundation’s annual giving program and provides all faculty and staff the opportunity to make a gift to an area on campus that is important to them.

We recognize this is an unusual moment to be asking for donations given the difficult times that our state and university are facing. While the situation with the state budget has affected our faculty and staff, it has affected many of our students as well. At a time when nearly 84 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid, there has never been a greater time for us to come together and show our commitment to them! 

In recognition of that, we are asking that you consider renewing your commitment to the area(s) on campus you have generously supported in the past. If you have not made a previous gift, we are asking that you consider making a gift to the Huskie Food Pantry during the campaign period. 

Since the opening of the pantry, it has served more than 3,000 unique users. As the pantry continues its outreach efforts, research has shown this number may increase dramatically. Research estimates there could be as many as 7,000 NIU students, or 35 percent of the student population, experiencing food insecurity.

Over the course of a year, a donation of $5 per pay period would feed 50 students for a week, while $10 per pay period would fund the Huskie Food Pantry’s food costs for an entire week.

In the coming weeks, you will receive an email with more information about how to make your gift to the campaign. If you are a current or previous donor, you will also receive a packet of information via campus mail. If you have questions about the Better Together NIU Faculty/Staff Giving Campaign or the annual giving program, please email the annual giving team at northernfund@niu.edu.

Thank you for your continued support of NIU students.

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