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Alumni answer the Mission: MacWade Challenge

Mike MacWade

North­eastern alumnus Mike MacWade urged his fellow Huskies this Spring to par­tic­i­pate in the Mis­sion: MacWade Chal­lenge—and alumni enthu­si­as­ti­cally answered the call in resounding numbers.

The challenge’s goal was for 3,500 alumni to make a gift toward any­thing they loved about their expe­ri­ence at North­eastern, and to do it by March 31. In return, McWade, a 1983 grad­uate and senior exec­u­tive at Putnam Invest­ments, promised to make a $100,000 gift to the university.

The goal was met and MacWade gave $100,000 to sup­port what he loved the most about his alma mater—the Col­lege of Arts, Media and Design. And he didn’t stop there. Ener­gized by the huge turnout of his fellow alumni he issued another chal­lenge: in return for sup­port from an addi­tional 500 alumni he would raise the amount of his own gift by an addi­tional $15,000. The April 5 dead­line was once again met with unex­pected turnout of pas­sionate Huskies and MacWade kept his promise.

All told, Mis­sion: MacWade brought in more than $400,000 from 4,785 alumni donors since the chal­lenge was launched.

“This gift is a fan­tastic example of  how col­lec­tive giving can move our uni­ver­sity for­ward. It was inspiring to see alumni empow­ering other alumni to give back to their alma mater through annual giving,” said Diane MacGillivray, senior vice pres­i­dent for uni­ver­sity advancement.

“The suc­cess of Mis­sion: MacWade illus­trates how much this uni­ver­sity means to every one of us. Mike put out the chal­lenge and thou­sands of his fellow Huskies answered the call, making a gift to sup­port what they love most about North­eastern,”  said Jack Moynihan, vice pres­i­dent for alumni rela­tions and The North­eastern Fund.

As part of the chal­lenge, alumni could offer their sup­port to the North­eastern Fund or to a spe­cific area of the uni­ver­sity most mean­ingful to them.

The North­eastern Fund is the engine that sup­ports the university’s momentum on many fronts. Annual gifts sup­port oper­a­tional and aca­d­emic resource needs that con­tinue to grow as the campus expands and evolves, and annual gifts also serve as impor­tant resources to sup­port teaching, research, and schol­ar­ship priorities.

“We all have a vested interest in this amazing uni­ver­sity, and because of your involve­ment today’s stu­dents, those who are fol­lowing in our foot­steps, will enjoy the same incred­ible oppor­tu­ni­ties we had at North­eastern,” MacWade said in thanking alumni for their support.

This story was originally posted by news@Northeastern.