At 4:25 p.m., Wednesday, June 23, the NIU Foundation kicks off  Huskies United — a day of giving — when those who love our great university can show their Huskie pride and help move NIU forward.

Huskies United centers around four strategic initiatives:

  1. Student Emergency Fund.
  2. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  3. Student Scholarships and Experiences.
  4. Unrestricted Funding.

The foundation is grateful to have many in our NIU family standing behind them in this endeavor. In fact, alumnus Ray Banks, ’86, and his husband Dr. Eric Erickson, agreed to kick off Huskies United with a special challenge gift. If Huskies United totals 1,000 gifts, it will unlock the Banks-Erickson Challenge of $150,000 to support student scholarships.

In regard to his and Eric’s philanthropy, Ray recently shared the following:

“We want young people to discover themselves as we did, to find out what they are good at and what they love to do, and to apply it to good endeavors that are right, just and better.”

Huskies United is one more opportunity for us to assist those who need help, and contributions of all sizes make a difference. Visit the NIU Foundation’s Huskies United website to learn more about the many ways you can participate.