The Northwestern University Leadership Circle (NULC) is a vibrant community of engaged philanthropists who provide a significant base of support for Northwestern, its initiatives, and its students. Support the NULC.

Annual leadership gifts from NULC members provide vital momentum to We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern and set an example of generosity for the entire Northwestern community.

The Leadership Circle honors contributors who make cumulative gifts of $1,000 and above during the University’s fiscal year, which runs from September 1 through August 31. Matching gifts from companies and firms count toward membership.

Levels and Benefits

As partners in advancing Northwestern, all Leadership Circle members receive exclusive opportunities to engage with University leaders and fellow donors. They receive special communications about the ways their annual gifts fuel pioneering innovation by Northwestern faculty and prepare our students to succeed in a complex world.*

NULC members can choose from the following levels of giving:

Undergraduate Young Alumni

0–1 year out — $120/year (or $10/month)
2–4 years out — $240/year (or $20/month)
5–9 years out — $600/year (or $50/month)

Undergraduate alumni who graduated within the last nine years can take advantage of special giving rates to join the Leadership Circle, gaining access to a powerful network of Northwestern supporters. Young alumni receive benefits at the Member level.



  • Invitations to the NULC Insider Series, interactive calls with key University leaders who share the latest developments at Northwestern (in fall, winter, and spring). Speakers have included Provost Daniel Linzer, Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips, Vice President for International Relations Dévora Grynspan, and Vice President for Research Jay Walsh. 
  • Recognition in the honor roll of donors and stories about the impact of your philanthropy on students and faculty in the NULC annual report, mailed every fall
  • Interviews, campus news, and updates from President Morton Schapiro three times per year in the Leadership Circle’s members-only email newsletter


  • Special communications from President Schapiro and members of the Board of Trustees
  • Two one-day campus parking permits by request
  • Plus all Member benefits


  • Access to an NULC donor liaison who can answer questions about your giving and share news about strategic initiatives at Northwestern
  • Networking opportunities with other NULC members
  • Five one-day campus parking permits by request
  • Plus all Fellow benefits
Deans’ Circle


  • Special access to campus facilities and programming
  • Plus all Sustainer benefits
President’s Circle


  • Exclusive opportunities to meet with the president and deans
  • Membership in the President’s Book Club
  • Plus all Deans’ Circle benefits
Founders’ Circle


  • Personal VIP assistance with University matters
  • Plus all President’s Circle benefits

*Per IRS regulations, gifts from donor-advised funds or foundations may not be eligible for all NULC benefits. Please call the NULC office at 847-467-3730 for more information.

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