In 2014, Norwich University harnessed its motto “I Will Try” and embarked on the Forging the Future campaign with an ambitious goal: to raise $100 million in five years. In true Norwich fashion, we went above and beyond, redefining what it means to try. By 2020, we completed the campaign having raised a record-setting $121,239,000. Through this remarkable total, over 8,400 donors sent a loud and clear message: At Norwich, we don’t just try, we strive for the absolute best. As you read this year’s report, I hope you take immense pride knowing your role in this inspiring community.
Looking to the future, it’s paramount that we sustain this momentum. As 2020 has taught us, the only constant in life is change. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, Norwich has excelled in an environment of uncertainty. When the pandemic reared its ugly head this past March, we were able to pivot to online learning for the remainder of the spring semester. More challenges will surely arise, but solidified by the Norwich family’s unrelenting spirit, we are prepared for anything that comes our way.
In order to stay at the cutting edge and continue our success, we will be announcing our next fundraising initiative in the coming months which will focus on five priorities: unrestricted resources that enable us to respond to unpredictable events like the pandemic, improving affordability through scholarships, technological upgrades, academic program enhancements, and increasing planned giving in order to create a reservoir of future support for the university. The following pages of this report flesh out these priorities.
This initiative represents how each and every one of us plays a key part in the university’s legacy. Whether you’re an alumnus, parent, student, faculty, staff, or friend, you contribute to a greater whole. Together, we can remain nimble during the most uncertain of times while preserving the hallmark Norwich experience.
Thank you once again for your investment, empowering us to constantly raise the bar for what it means to try. Because of steadfast partners like you, I’m confident Norwich will flourish for the next 200 years.
Alan DeForest ’75
Chair, Norwich University Board of Trustees