1. What is the Futures on Course Campaign?
It is a fundraising effort to ensure the long term legacy of the Evans Scholars at Northwestern University. WGA/ESF is encouraging donors to make gifts which will be applied as needed.
2. Why is this campaign necessary today?
Over two years ago Northwestern University and city officials approached Evans Scholars, along with other fraternities and sororities, about bringing our physical plant into university compliance standards for all on-campus student facilities. These requirements include such things as: handicap accessibility, fire safety, alarm systems, elevator, etc. The renovation and expansion will create living space for eight additional Evans Scholars, as well as provide the women Evans Scholars the ability to live in the Scholarship House.
3. In light of today’s economic situation, is now the best time to embark on such an effort?
Due to the University standards, the compliance work must start no later than December 31, 2009. Also, despite the current economy, early indications are favorable as to our fundraising success.
4. Speaking of success, what is our goal?
In trying to move forward in the most efficient manner, the WGA/ESF recently engaged an outside consulting firm to help us with regards to the Northwestern Campaign. In light of this study and conversations with campaign leadership, it has been established to set a goal to raise $6 million in gifts. It is also our objective to increase the percentage of NU Alumni who support Evans Scholars, and reinvigorate our brand at Northwestern.
5. What is the timeline of this Campaign?
Construction is scheduled to begin June 30, 2009 and end during the summer of 2010. The Northwestern Evans Scholars will be able to move into the newly renovated/expanded Scholarship House by the 2010 fall quarter.
6. What types of gifts are being sought?
As in past campaigns, all cash gifts, gifts of securities, and written pledges payable over a period of up to five years are welcome. We are also recognizing and encouraging planned gifts from donors over age 65. Anyone who would like to discuss a possible planned gift should contact Jerry Dudek at 847-724-4600 ext. 3730 or email@example.com.
7. Will there be naming opportunities in the renovated Scholarship House?
Yes, the Foundation plans to formally honor those who provide a gift in excess of $10,000 with permanent recognition at the renovated Scholarship House. This display will discreetly honor those who have made significant contributions to ensure the legacy of Evans Scholars at Northwestern University.