Ways To Give

Ways To Give

Northwood University is growing. The recent additions of the Sloan Family Building for Aftermarket Study, the Swalwell Student Union, the Gaubert Student Activities Building and the Countess de Hoernle Student Activities Center are recent philanthropic acts allowing Northwood to better serve students. Each of Northwood's three campuses offer vivid reminders of the impact major gifts have on the University. Donations have included funds to provide new classroom buildings, residence halls, the graduate school, athletic fields, equipment purchases, improvements and curriculum development.

A Northwood education is made possible by individuals and businesses who understand the power of philanthropy. There are many opportunities to support Northwood University. Gifts to Northwood University qualify as charitable contributions to higher education.


Annual Giving | The Northwood Fund

Providing annual support to the Northwood Fund allows your gift to be used for critical projects not covered by student tuition alone. Dozens of programs are funded throughout the year with these gifts including academic scholarships, technology improvements, enhanced academic programming, faculty development, physical plant care and maintenance and other general expenses.

As a donor to the annual Northwood Fund, you are investing in the everyday lives of students. This fund is the cornerstone of financial support to maximize Northwood’s ability to promote a free-enterprise and global education.

Many employers will match your gift, increasing the value of every dollar you contribute.


Emergency Fund Scholarship

While economic conditions remain difficult, students are now facing difficult decisions regarding how to continue their college education. The goal of the Emergency Scholarship Fund is to provide assistance to students who desire to continue their collegiate career. To accomplish this vital task, we rely on alumni and friends for support.

No gift is too large or small and your contribution will provide an immediate impact on the lives and futures of our students. Once gifts are distributed, we will make sure you know who you helped and how your gift helped a young person succeed. Help us make a real difference in the future leaders of tomorrow. Learn more by contacting us or give online today!

Contact Information:  Warren Mault, Senior Advancement Director
Phone: 1.866.282.4182


Matching Gifts

Thousands of companies and foundations match their employees’ gifts to non-profit organizations and higher education institutions. Corporate matching gifts provide an important source of funds to Northwood. In most cases, Northwood receives a dollar-for-dollar match. Sometimes the match is double or triple the original donation. The amount of the match, payment schedule, employee eligibility requirements and access to forms are at the sole discretion of each employer.


How Can I Make a Matching Gift?

Employers consider matching gifts a benefit to their employees; therefore, your human resource department or personnel office is most likely the source for matching gift information and forms. Each employer has different requirements, so you will need to complete your company's specific matching gift form. Once the forms are completed, please call or e-mail the contact below or send the matching gift form to:

Northwood University | Advancement | 4000 Whiting Drive | Midland, MI 48640
Contact Information: Please call 989.837.4356 or email advancement@northwood.edu


Planned Giving

The generosity of those who support Northwood ensures the tradition of a unique free-enterprise education. Additionally, Northwood strongly believes that both the donor and the receiver should benefit from the gift. Gifts received through the following vehicles will help you benefit through tax and financial arrangements, sometimes immediately, while others may be a long-term giving plan. Since these gifts require legal documents and tax expertise, we recommend you work with an attorney and/or tax advisor to receive the maximum benefits possible.

Learn more about planned giving


Planned giving includes:

Current will | Living trust | Bequests | Gift annuities | Deferred gift annuities | Charitable remainder annuity trust | Charitable lead trust | Charitable gift annuity | Closely-held stock | Life insurance | Retained life estate | Retirement plan assets | Real estate | Memorials and tributes | Matching gift

Contact Information: 
Please call 989.837.4356
Or Learn more about planned giving


The 1959 Society

Northwood University has launched a new society of highly successful alumni and friends dedicated to student success, campus growth and promotion of “The Northwood Idea.” Our 1959 Society honors entrepreneurship and initiative building on the values of personal responsibility and leadership. Our society exists to share our dreams with future students while recognizing the family of alumni, parents and friends who provide Northwood University with a pledged commitment and sustained level of annual support. The 1959 Society will work as a community to fund Northwood University initiatives supporting entrepreneurship, leadership and the American Dream.

As the 1959 Society‚ members will:

  • Provide private scholarship assistance for deserving students.
  • Augment and support Northwood’s free enterprise initiatives.
  • Keep Northwood as a center of learning for free markets.
  • Assist Northwood in its education mission globally.
  • Support Northwood in our campaign to “Restore the American Dream.”

1959 members also receive unique benefits and enjoy many opportunities to attend distinguished events with their fellow peers and industry leaders. Learn more by visiting the 1959 Society Page.


Private Donor Scholarships

Throughout Northwood’s history, thousands of students who thought they would never attend college because of financial reasons have graduated. Because of scholarships, these graduates have become leaders and entrepreneurs, public servants and corporate executives.

Private donor scholarships are among the most important investments you can make for future leaders. These scholarships are a vote of confidence in Northwood’s educational philosophy and are proof of a commitment to assisting the financial needs of qualified and motivated students. Two types of scholarships exist:

Annual Scholarships

An annual scholarship is a commitment to fund a scholarship year after year. The minimum gift required to establish an annual scholarship is $500. The average annual scholarship is between $1,500 and $2,000. The donor has the opportunity to name these scholarships according to his or her wish.

Endowed Scholarships

To establish an endowed scholarship, a minimum of $20,000 is required. Larger gifts are suggested to generate a more substantial award. The corpus of an endowed scholarship may be added to at any time. For the past few years, we have awarded between five and six percent of the earnings. Thus, a gift of $20,000 generates a $1,000 - $1,200 annual scholarship. The donor may name the scholarship.


Please call 989.837.4356 for more information.