The Development and Alumni Services Division oversees donor development, fundraising and alumni cultivation. The NSU Foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, wholly independent from the university, but existing solely to support the university. Its function is to acquire, manage and distribute financial resources supporting university scholarship, capital and endowed fund needs. The NSU Alumni Association is an interdependent organization operating in conjunction with the university but self-funded entirely through third-party revenue sources including membership dues, corporate support and event and merchandise receipts.
Development and Alumni Services, under the auspices of the NSU Foundation and the NSU Alumni Association, supports the D23 Plan in the following ways:
- Easing the financial burden of students through the acquisition and distribution of scholarship support, allowing students to focus more on academic excellence and career preparation and less on funding their college education
- Promoting student development, research and other real-world immersive learning opportunities through the acquisition of discretionary and in-kind support resources
- Acquiring capital funding resources for the construction and renovation of facilities that attract and retain students
- Recruiting and engaging alumni to participate in local recruiting efforts and general community-based awareness efforts through collaborations with the offices of Admissions and Recruitment and Communications and Marketing
- Developing programs and services and supporting other efforts, which provide meaningful interactions between students and alumni through collaborations with Career Services, colleges and faculty, and illustrating a pathway to successful career opportunities
Recent initiatives have included the establishment of the Lighting the Way Emergency Fund, established in 2014 by President Steve Turner to create an emergency fund for NSU students in need. This new funding source is designed to assist students (undergraduate and graduate) during times of crisis in order for them to maintain their enrollment.
Just three years into our $25.075 million Preserve our past. ENSUre Our Future campaign, NSU already has commitments totaling over $22.1 million. This includes the largest amount ever contributed to NSU, $4 million by Chief Bill John Baker and the Cherokee Nation, for the purpose of renovating Seminary Hall. The campaign total also includes the largest private donation in our history, from NSU alumnus Gregg Wadley and his wife, Dr. Betsy Brackett. The $2.5 million gift was honored with the official designation of the Gregg Wadley College of Science & Health Professions. This is the first named college in NSU history.
It is worthy of noting that, as of December 2017, the NSU Foundation’s financial assets were the highest in our history, as were the number and value of scholarships awarded.