Effort provides important money amid coronavirus pandemic

Norwich University’s Shoulder-to-Shoulder fundraising initiative has raised $7.5 million, reaching one quarter of the $28 million the university hopes to raise by May 2023.

Shoulder-to-Shoulder, announced Oct. 3 during the virtual Homecoming celebration, was designed to focus on maintaining a strong Norwich Fund to support every student, faculty member and program on campus. Tuition, endowment earnings and other revenue do not cover the full cost of a Norwich education and the Norwich Fund fills the gap.

The Norwich Fund is particularly relevant now because it helps the university respond to unforeseeable events like the coronavirus pandemic. Since the fall semester’s start, Norwich has bought and administered more than 17,000 COVID-19 tests and costs of testing are expected to exceed $1.5 million in fiscal year 2021, which spans from June 1, 2020, to May 31, 2021.

Besides keeping the university safe and open for teaching and learning, Shoulder-to-Shoulder helps Norwich stay academically competitive. In a brochure, Norwich said Shoulder-to-Shoulder gifts will support scholarships ($10 million), the Norwich Fund ($9 million), planned giving ($7 million), technology endowment ($1 million), and academic enhancement ($1 million).

Besides keeping the university safe and open for teaching and learning, Shoulder-to-Shoulder helps Norwich stay academically competitive.

In a recent giving statement to the Norwich community, the Development Office said, “Through these priorities, we strive to help keep top students at Norwich despite financial hardship and empower the university to address urgent needs as they arise, such as providing COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff. As we continue to raise essential funds for Shoulder-to-Shoulder, your partnership is appreciated beyond words.”

In October, Norwich Vice President of Development Liz Kennedy said Shoulder-to-Shoulder will help the university keep attracting top-flight students who will become savvy future leaders. And, in an October video, Norwich University President Dr. Mark Anarumo said Shoulder-to-Shoulder will show the Norwich community’s cohesion.

“Although we are physically separated in these unprecedented times, we must remain united in mission and in service to the next generation,” he said. “Our nation and world need Norwich graduates, and together, we make that possible.” 

Shoulder-to-Shoulder follows the five-year Forging the Future campaign, which ended Dec. 31, 2019, raised $121 million and earned an Educational Fundraising Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. About 8,422 donors contributed to Forging the Future, which smashed its $100 million goal and enhanced Norwich’s academic program. Campaign money helped renovate and add buildings all over campus, supported scholarships and boosted the university’s endowment. 

To make a gift to Norwich, please visit: https://alumni.norwich.edu/givenow

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