Another fundraising milestone

Kellogg sets new giving record for third straight year

Another fundraising milestone

For the third year running, Kellogg smashed fundraising records. The school raised more than $44 million in gifts during fiscal year 2014, the first year of the capital campaign's public phase.

"We are very proud of the progress that we've made this year," Associate Dean of Development Eric Lundstedt said. "I think Kellogg alumni and friends are embodying the old adage about records existing to be broken. We see this year's increase as evidence of continued momentum in our recently launched Transforming Together campaign."

As of the end of the fiscal year, alumni and friends of the school donated more than $210 million toward the campaign goal of $350 million by 2017.

While a new goal for fiscal year 2015 has yet to be set, Lundstedt said he was confident alumni would rise to the challenge again.

"It will be an aggressive number, but one that reflects our alumni's belief that Kellogg is poised for ongoing growth," he said.

Progress made on new global hub

With construction on Kellogg's new 410,000-square-foot global hub beginning in this past April, more alumni have stepped forward to support the endeavor. So far, the school has raised $120 million toward its goal of $220 million, Campaign Director Julie Allen said.

Some of the latest gifts have included:

  • An in-kind gift from David Kohler '92 and the Kohler Co. to provide all fixtures for the new building, totaling $1.3 million
  • A $2 million gift from William Osborn '73, chairman of the board of trustees for Northwestern University, toward a named first-floor learning center
  • A $2 million gift from Rick Lenny '77
  • A $2.5 million gift from Jamie Star '89 and his wife Sara toward the new admissions office
  • A $2.5 million gift from the McCormick Foundation toward the Dean's Boardroom and Terrace
  • A $3 million gift from the Crown family toward the fifth-floor City View Board and Seminar Room and Terrace
  • A $3 million gift from Ann Drake '84 toward a named second-floor terrace

Nominations now open for Youn Impact Scholars Class of 2015

Kellogg is now accepting nominations for next year's class of Youn Impact Scholars, which recognizes graduating students and alumni who are launching new enterprises, influencing policy decisions and leveraging the private sector for positive social change.

Graduating students and alumni are eligible for nomination into the program, now in its second year. Last year, five students and four alumni were inducted, including Andrew Youn '06, the honor's namesake.

Recipients of the award — funded through a gift from Northwestern trustee Chris Combe and Courtney Combe — will meet biennially to share ideas, discuss challenges and collaborate on their work in social innovation.

"The most prestigious social impact award available to Kellogg students and alumni, Youn Impact Scholars is an opportunity to recognize those making an impact," said Elizabeth Coston, program director. "We look forward to growing this collaborative and supportive community of leaders."

To nominate a Class of 2015 student or alumni, go to and fill out the questionnaire. You must be a member of the Kellogg community (alumni, faculty, students or staff) to participate.

The nomination process runs through Nov. 30. The 2015 class will be announced next January.

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