Linnea Phillip Ghilardi and Steve Armstrong

Donors Commit $1.5 Million to Support Journalism Students Now and in the Future
Gifts from alumna Linnea Phillip Ghilardi and Steve Armstrong recognize “the importance of great journalism to our ever-evolving democracy.” Read more »

women donors

Northwestern Commemorates 150 Years of Women
Fall 2019 marked 150 years since women could enroll as undergraduate students at Northwestern. To celebrate this milestone, we are highlighting several past and present members of the Henry and Emma Rogers Society who have made an impact on the University, the community, and the world. Read more »

Zdeněk P. Bažant

Faculty Gift Supports Future of Engineering
During his 50-year career at Northwestern University, Zdeněk Bažant has distinguished himself as a researcher, professor, and colleague at the McCormick School of Engineering. His work in the mechanics, safety, and durability of materials and structures has earned the highest national and international honors and impacted a wide range of industries, from construction to aircraft design. Read more »

Barbara and Daniel OKeefe

Faculty Couple Leave Legacy at School of Communication
Barbara and Daniel O’Keefe know firsthand the impact that donors have at Northwestern University. Barbara has served as professor of communication studies, Annenberg University Professor, and dean of the School of Communication for 20 years, and Daniel has held the role of Owen L. Coon Professor in the Department of Communication Studies for 15 years. Read more »

Mark and Janet Hassakis

Couple Opens Doors for Next Generation
Mark D. ’73 and Janet S. Hassakis fund a scholarship with blended gifts, including a bequest in their estate. Read more »

Alex Ortiz

Student Spotlight: Alex Ortiz ’19
When Alex Ortiz graduated from Northwestern this spring with a degree in mathematics, he became the first person in his family to earn a college degree. He was able to attend Northwestern with support from the Mark D. and Janet S. Hassakis Scholarship, which is awarded to promising students who have overcome obstacles on their path to college. Read more »

Jane and Steve Bahls

Commitment to Education Inspires Gift to Law School
Steve ’79 JD and Jane Bahls support current and future law students with a blended gift, including a bequest in their estate. Read more »

Richard Aleskow and Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow

Couple Celebrates Northwestern Connections—and Their Wedding Anniversary—With a Planned Gift
Richard N. Aleskow ’75 and Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow ’71 MA will support faculty at the School of Communication through a bequest in their estate. Read more »

Brad Kime

Kellogg Alumnus Supports Future Students With a Bequest
Brad Kime ’86 gives back to school that helped him launch career as an entrepreneur. Read more »

Christina Enroth-Cugell and David Cugell

Longtime Faculty Couple Supports Northwestern With a Bequest
An estate gift from David Cugell and Christina Enroth-Cugell will fund research in science and medicine. Read more »

Cuyler Dull

Student Spotlight: Cuyler Dull '20
McCormick School of Engineering student Cuyler Dull '20 is making the most of his time at Northwestern. In addition to studying mechanical engineering with a focus on design, he has participated in activities ranging from building a Formula-style racing car to playing on the club soccer and sailing teams. Read more »

Geoffery Engel

Alumnus Is Driven to Support Talented Surgeon Scientists
Whether his enrollment was fate or happenstance, Geoffery Engel'70,'72 MD,'79 GME credits Northwestern for a fulfilling career and comfortable life. "It's appropriate to turn around and give something back," he says. Read more »

Teresa Norton

Deep Commitment to Northwestern Inspires Giving
Teresa Norton '67 was the first in her family to attend college. Now retired after a successful career in The first in her family to attend college, Teresa Norton '67 credits Northwestern with providing the education and support she needed to become successful—both at the University and beyond. Now retired, she is grateful to be able to make an impact on future generations of students through her estate. Read more »

Michael Osajda

Marine Corps Veteran's Bequest Supports Northwestern Law
Michael Osajda '76 JD was first accepted to Northwestern Law in 1968, the same year a new government policy abolished draft deferments for most male graduate students. "We lost 25 people by Thanksgiving," he says of his 1L class. Read more »

Margot Dishner Kluender and Marc Kluender

Couple Gives Back to Help Future Generations of Students Realize Their Dreams
Alabama native Margot Dishner Kluender '71, '72 MS was encouraged to start thinking about college from a young age. Her mother had sacrificed a prestigious scholarship during the Great Depression, and was determined that Margot earn a university degree despite the family's modest circumstances. Read more »

Margot Dishner Kluender and Marc Kluender

Student Spotlight: Sam Arrants '20
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences junior Sam Arrants '20 grew up in rural Florida, attending high school in one of the state's poorest districts. Like many of his classmates, Arrants' Northwestern experience is made possible through financial aid. Read more »

Jan Achenbach

A Lifetime of Northwestern Experiences Inspires Engineering Support
In 1963, Jan Achenbach first moved to Evanston with his new wife, Marcia, after being hired as an assistant professor. More than 50 years later, Jan is an emeritus professor and one of the University's most celebrated faculty members and Marica remains a proud alumna. Read more »

Nina Stillman

Gift Builds Global Connections at Law School
When Nina G. Stillman ’73 JD first enrolled at Northwestern Law, she quickly noticed that most of her classmates had not traveled far for their legal education. “When I started law school in 1970, close to 90 percent of the students were from the Midwest, and a lot had never traveled,” she says. Read more »

Robin DeLamar Voight and her husband Vern

Gift Supports New Generation of Student-athletes
Robin DeLamar Voigt ’77 arrived at Northwestern in 1974—two years before the University began offering women athletics scholarships. A transfer student who had played volleyball for Academy of the Sacred Heart in her native Chicago, Robin began attending practices for Northwestern’s team as a way to connect with her new classmates... Read more »

Boris Meditch

Three-Generation Legacy Inspires Giving
When Boris Meditch '42 followed his older sister, the late Janet Meditch Rommel '38, to Northwestern University, he never imagined that they were beginning a three-generation Meditch legacy and enduring connection to the University. Read more »

Gary Chalus and Ruth

Psychology Graduate’s Northwestern Direction Led to Unexpected Career
Gary Chalus credits Northwestern with much of his success in market research, and has included the University in his estate plan as a way to say thanks. Read how his gift will impact future students. Read more »

Laurence Davis

A Piano Scholar Leaves a Musical Legacy
Northwestern University Professor Emeritus Laurence Davis, a professional solo and collaborative pianist, longtime Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music educator, and former associate conductor/principal accompanist for Lyric Opera of Chicago, left a lasting legacy at Northwestern when he passed away in April 2015. Read more »


A Career in Legal Publishing Inspires Support for the University Libraries
Eugene Pflughaupt '50 can trace many of the achievements of his life back to Northwestern, from his six-decade marriage to his late wife, Margery '50, to his successful career in sales.  Read more »


Creating a Northwestern Legacy
A generous bequest from the late Dessie M. Black '43 provides scholarships for Weinberg College students, continuing support for areas about which she was most passionate. Read more »

Roycealee J. Wood

Ensuring Access to Education Through Scholarships
As a supporter of Northwestern for over 40 years and platinum member of NU Loyal, Mrs. Roycealee J. Wood is helping improve the future through scholarships.  Read more »

Drew and Noni Senyei

Excellence for the Next Generation of Northwestern Students
Andrew “Drew” Senyei’s ability to blend his scientific background with his entrepreneurial aptitude was first evident as a young medical student at the Feinberg School of Medicine. Read more »

Warren and Karen Haug

Walking the Talk
Warren and Karen Haug have mentored and guided McCormick students for more than 15 years. Learn how the couple is now supporting future generations of students... Read more »

Christine and William Robb

College Sweethearts Honor Block Museum
Christine ’66 and William Robb III ’66 ensure future support for student-centered art programs through a gift of retirement plan assets. Read more »

Ted Spak

Ted Spak ’53, ’56 JD, ’02 GP Supports Alma Mater Through Bequest
Theodore “Ted” Spak’s connection with Northwestern dates back to 1950, when he enrolled in the College of Commerce. The Chicago native earned his undergraduate degree... Read more »

Jim Ward

A Solid Foundation for the Future
As managing editor of the Daily Northwestern during World War II, James “Jim” R. Ward ’42, ’47 MS published articles that currently stand as an invaluable archive... Read more »

Martha Symonds

Leading by Example: Investing in the Future of Education
Martha Symonds’s mother, a 1920s graduate of Northwestern, encouraged Martha to take advantage of the excellent educational opportunities at Northwestern’s School of Education. Read more »

Don Perkins

Lifelong Income, Life-Changing Opportunity
Northwestern University Life Trustee Don Perkins grew up in a single-parent household and attended a high school where only 10 percent of students went on to college. Read more »

Dori and Rollin Reiter

Giving Back, Receiving a Greater Return
Over the years, Dori and Rollin Reiter have contributed financial support to the areas within Northwestern that are most important to them. Read more »

Jack Frable (FSM59, GFSM60, 64) and Mary Ann Smith Frable (FSM59, GFSM64)

Perfect Timing for Charitable Gifts Through IRAs
The stars aligned when Jack Frable ’59 MD, ’60 GME, ’64 GME, ’97 P and Mary Ann Frable ’59 MD, ’64 GME met during their first year in medical school. Read more »

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Northwestern a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to Northwestern, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 633 Clark Street, Evanston, Illinois 60208, or its successor thereto, ______________ [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Northwestern or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate, or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property, or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Northwestern as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Northwestern as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Northwestern where you agree to make a gift to Northwestern and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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