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Stewardship events thank donors for their commitment and educate them about future goals and objectives.

Stewardship events are vital to the communication stream between the University and our donors. These donor-centered events allow the University to demonstrate to donors how their investments have been responsibly managed, and serve as a platform for donors to hear upcoming University and Foundation goals and plans.

The Northeastern Illinois University Foundation ensures that the resources entrusted to it are carefully and responsibly managed. We adhere to the Donor’s Bill of Rights, as well as to all pertinent state and federal laws that govern non-profits and contributions. In addition to stewardship events, another expression of our stewardship is the annual financial review performed by an independent auditor. We also publish information about our investments in the annually produced President's Report; you can request a copy be mailed to you at or call (773) 442-4210. 

Annual Stewardship Events

In addition to the special, donor-centered events the University and the NEIU Foundation host that are linked to the benefits associated with the Giving Societies, we also host the following events on an annual basis:

Scholar/Donor Luncheon

Usually hosted in April, this event connects current scholarship recipients with the donors who funded both endowed and annual scholarships. Attendees learn about the life-changing effects of scholarships and interact with students, donors, and institutional leaders.

President’s Rooftop party event

This event is hosted by the President of the University and is a “thank you” to those donors who have supported the University’s mission and vision with their gracious contributions during the fiscal year. 

Faculty/Staff/retiree Donor Appreciation Barbeque 

Often occurring in August, this event celebrates the generosity of faculty, staff, and retirees who have donated to the University in a fiscal year.


Also hosted in August, this event is held to celebrate those who have memberships with the Alumni Association and contribute to the activities and scholarships that live in the Alumni Association. 

the Annual Meeting of the NEIU Foundation

Scheduled for October, this is an important opportunity for donors to learn more about the University and the Foundation. During this event, the Foundation provides a review of important accomplishments and shares important financial information. In addition, donors interact with others who are contributing to the University’s mission and have access to key, institutional leadership.

Special Fundraising Events

Chuck Kane Scholarship Golf Event

This event is Northeastern’s longest-running event, honoring the memory of beloved Northeastern Illinois University coach Chuck Kane. Each year more than 120 golfers hit the links to raise significant dollars for the Kane Scholarships. To date, the Kane Scholarships have supported nearly 150 students.

Golden Gala Alumni Awards Dinner

The Golden Gala Alumni Awards Dinner celebrates four Northeastern alums, and one future alum, making a great impact in their communities and in our world. This event raises significant dollars in support of The Leader Fund, Northeastern's unrestricted fund .

Mini-Kane Mini-Golf Outing

Our annual mini-golf tournament is held all over Northeastern's Main Campus plus additional holes at the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies and El Centro locations. The tournament raises funds and awareness for the annual Chuck Kane Scholarship Golf Event. All proceeds support NEIU Foundation student scholarships.

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