We can transform our world together. 
Starting right now.

About the Campaign

Join us as we celebrate Northeastern’s sesquicentennial anniversary with Transforming Lives: The Campaign for Northeastern Illinois University. 

About Transforming Lives

Northeastern has come a long way since 1867.

Every year since then, our Golden Eagle alumni have found success in virtually every discipline. They are business leaders, scientists, educators, physicians and political leaders, professional artists and musicians, scholars, community builders and innovators. Now, we embark upon a bold next step. And we cannot do it alone.

With your help, we will inspire Golden Eagles everywhere to share in this vision and to ensure that vital scholarship opportunities and critical resources exist for a strong future.

For our next 150 years.

Extraordinary Scholarship Support - $6 million

Scholarship support for deserving undergraduate and graduate students is vitally important to help them access an excellent education, regardless of need, and to keep debt low as they complete their degrees. Endowed scholarship support is of particular importance as it provides financial assistance in perpetuity.

Learn more about scholarships.

Initiative One Progress

41%

Exceptional Learning Environments - $4 million

Thoughtfully developed Northeastern facilities foster achievement, enhance well-being, aid growth, encourage community spirit and support transformation. Amenities and technology-rich improvements to our learning environments will support research, scholarship and campus life for students, faculty and staff.

Learn more about learning environment resources.

Initiative Two Progress

59%

Marching Toward Our Goal - Cash Received

$ 6252000
62%

Making an Impact

See and hear some of our greatest success stories!

Wanda Nguyen
Oscar Ramirez
Alicia Mendoza
Chaelecia Cooper
Max Cavines
Maureen Gillette and Kim Zinman

Wanda Nguyen

Biology student

Wanda has a brilliant smile, but she hasn’t always been quick show it. As a child, she was teased by her classmates for having crooked teeth. Now, after treatment, she is on the verge of earning her degree and pursuing a career as—what else?—an orthodontist.

See more of Wanda's story

Oscar Ramírez

Secondary Education student

Oscar never had a Latino teacher growing up, but that all changed when the son of Guatemalan immigrants enrolled at Northeastern. Now Oscar is closing in on his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and aspires to expand opportunities for Latino youth in culturally and linguistically responsive ways.

See more of Oscar's story

Alicia Mendoza

B.S. ’16 Marketing and current M.B.A. student

Alicia is a student leader and academic all-star whose hard work has paid off with critical scholarship money. Alicia has led or participated in at least a half-dozen student organizations, earning her bachelor’s degree in 2016. Now she is back in class to pursue her M.B.A.

See more of Alicia's Story

Chaelecia Cooper

B.A. ’05 Board of Governors and M.A. ’15 Inner City Studies

A single mother of four, Chaelecia struggled with the day-to-day responsibilities of work, school, life and motherhood. With the help of critical scholarship assistance, Chaelecia was able to relax, focus on her studies and earn a master’s degree. Chaelecia now is following her passion to support minority students.

See more of Chaelecia's story

Max Caviness

Political Science student

Max is about to earn a bachelor’s degree with the help of a Chuck Kane Scholarship, but his educational journey is far from over. Max grew up in the state’s capital city with a burning desire to make a difference. He plans to pursue a law degree before entering Illinois politics.

See more of Max's story

Maureen Gillette and Kim Zinman

Former Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education Dean Maureen Gillette and her sister, Kim Zinman, wanted to memorialize Kim’s husband after his passing from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In less than a year, they raised enough money to endow the Mark Zinman Scholarship for Special Education.

See more of Maureen's and Kim's story


Would you like to share how Northeastern transformed your life?

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“Today we measure the success of this challenge in dollars and cents. In time, we will measure it in the number of lives transformed.”

Daniel L. Goodwin, B.A. Elementary Education - Psychology

Our Campaign Co-Chairs

We are so proud of the Golden Eagle family that has come together in advocacy, philanthropy, and in support of who we are as a university, and in understanding of what makes Northeastern so special.


Sharon K. Hahs

Dr. Sharon Hahs served as President of Northeastern Illinois University from 2007 to 2016. Dr. Hahs has always been deeply committed to ensuring that students are well-prepared for leadership and service in a global society.

As president, Dr. Hahs was a leader of positive change. During her tenure, she bolstered the national profile of the University, earning distinctions like Newsweek's 6th best investment, U.S. News and World Report's Least Debt Upon Graduation, and top rankings for graduation of ethnically diverse students. She was a governing board member of HACU, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. She led an extensive strategic planning initiative that resulted in new degree programs and professional accreditations. During her tenure, Northeastern Illinois University dedicated four buildings and six centers. In September of 2014, Dr. Hahs and the University opened the multi-award-winning El Centro location, a focal point for the Latino community in the Chicago Avondale neighborhood, and in 2016, Northeastern opened its first residence hall, The Nest.

Salme Harju Steinberg

Salme Harju Steinberg served as President of Northeastern Illinois University from 1995 to 2007. Dr. Steinberg is a historian and higher education leader whose career path includes a wide range of experience and achievement in public and private higher education as scholar, faculty member, provost, and as university president.

Dr. Steinberg’s achievements as university president were in quality issues, student learning opportunities, technology trends, streamlining of administrative structures, effective faculty relations, strategic partnerships, leading and managing reporting and accountability requirements for state, federal, and private agencies and interacting successfully with local, state, and national officials and legislators. She is known for her commitment to diversity in the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students and integrating the fine arts and international education into the university experience.

As President Emerita she continues her work to support quality education opportunities for first-generation students. She serves on various non-profit boards that support the arts and education. She is also a member of the Northeastern Illinois University Foundation Board.

Daniel L. Goodwin

Daniel L. Goodwin is Chairman and CEO of The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, a national commercial real estate organization headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois. Inland is one of the largest real estate property management companies in the country and sponsors hundreds of millions of dollars of real estate securities’ funds and has developed thousands of apartments and hundreds of shopping centers throughout the country.

Mr. Goodwin founded New Directions Housing Corporation, a not-for-profit developer of affordable housing for low-income residents throughout Illinois.

Mr. Goodwin is a graduate of NEIU and served as Chairman of the NEIU Board of Trustees for ten years. Mr. Goodwin was also President of the Student Government and received an Honorary Doctorate and the President’s Meritorious Service Award. He is also the first person to have a Northeastern Illinois college named in his honor, the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education.

Daniel L. Goodwin has a challenge for you!

Northeastern is ready, it is worthy, and the time is now.
Let us work together to transform lives.

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