Northeastern to launch $1 billion comprehensive campaign

North­eastern is under­taking a his­toric, $1 bil­lion cam­paign that will shape the future of teaching, learning, and dis­covery at the uni­ver­sity by sup­porting stu­dents, fac­ulty, and inno­va­tion in edu­ca­tion and research. The cam­paign will also strengthen Northeastern’s part­ner­ships with gov­ern­ment and industry.

Empower: The Cam­paign for North­eastern Uni­ver­sity aims to raise $500 mil­lion in phil­an­thropic sup­port and $500 mil­lion through industry and gov­ern­ment part­ner­ships by 2017. The cam­paign will cap­i­talize on Northeastern’s surging momentum in areas ranging from research to global lead­er­ship in expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tion. The number of global co-​​ops has increased 235 per­cent since 2006-​​07, the university’s annual research funding has increased 115 per­cent since 2006, and 90 per­cent of grad­u­ates from 2006 to 2011 were employed full time or enrolled in grad­uate school within nine months after grad­u­a­tion. These are among the many fac­tors con­tributing to the increase in quan­tity and quality of stu­dents the uni­ver­sity attracts, as appli­ca­tions for the fall 2013 freshman class exceeded prior bench­marks in terms of total appli­cants, geo­graphic diver­sity, and quality.

“This his­toric cam­paign is about people empow­ering people,” Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun said. “Since 1898, we have cham­pi­oned inno­va­tion, entre­pre­neur­ship, ser­vice, and the inte­gra­tion of study and real-​​world experience—a tra­di­tion rooted in our co-​​op pro­gram. Today these values are reflected in our global experiential-​​education oppor­tu­ni­ties and use-​​inspired research. Northeastern’s momentum has been extra­or­di­nary, and the best is yet to come.”

The Empower cam­paign will sup­port pro­grams and ini­tia­tives university-​​wide. These include new co-​​op and research oppor­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents, who will be pre­pared to lead emerging, inter­dis­ci­pli­nary fields and industries—from nanomed­i­cine, per­sonal health infor­matics, and net­work sci­ence to green archi­tec­ture and the dig­ital arts. Invest­ments will also equip fac­ulty with the tools and guid­ance to col­lab­o­rate across dis­ci­plines and forge part­ner­ships world­wide, while also con­fronting soci­etal imperatives—among these, health, secu­rity, and sustainability—to develop fresh solu­tions to global challenges.

The cam­paign focuses on three strategic goals:

The cam­paign will engage the entire North­eastern com­mu­nity, including alumni, par­ents, cor­po­rate part­ners, fac­ulty, staff, and students.

A series of major gifts have already set the stage for suc­cess. Alumni Richard D’Amore and Alan McKim made a joint $60-​​million gift to the busi­ness school, now known as the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness. And alumnus George J. Kostas invested $12 mil­lion in his alma mater to estab­lish the George J. Kostas Research Insti­tute for Home­land Secu­rity.

Empower cam­paign sup­porters are exerting tremen­dous impact across the uni­ver­sity. Sup­porters have cre­ated a new center for engi­neering entre­pre­neur­ship edu­ca­tion; a co-​​op schol­ar­ship that funds lab­o­ra­tory research on campus by stu­dents who aspire to med­ical school and careers as physician-​​scientists; a fund to sup­port senior engi­neering cap­stone projects; a fund that sup­ports the School of Law’s Ini­tia­tive on Expe­ri­en­tial Edu­ca­tion in Law; the Nasella Family Endow­ment Fund in sup­port of finan­cial aid; and an endow­ment to fund a pro­fes­sional coaching posi­tion for the Sailing Club.