NORWICH RECORD | Spring 2021
To stay at the cutting edge and continue the university’s success, this initiative focuses on five priorities: unrestricted resources that enable NU to respond to unpredictable events like the pandemic, improving affordability through scholarships, technological updates, academic program enhancements, and increasing planned giving in order to create a reservoir of future support for the university. Some recent updates:
The Norwich Fund
The costs of COVID-19 testing for students, faculty, and staff is expected to exceed $1 million this fiscal year. The Norwich Fund aims to raise $9 million through Shoulder-to-Shoulder, providing flexible, crucial resources that enable the university to address unforeseeable events like the pandemic to keep the university safe and strong. The Norwich Fund supports other priorities, such as core daily operations and future innovation.
Established in 2008, the Emergency Scholarship Fund was created to provide immediate support to students from families experiencing financial distress caused by the economic crisis. Donald Richmond ’52 and his wife, Barbara, were generous lead donors to the fund and continued to provide annual gifts to the scholarship. The fund remains as vital a lifeline as ever, helping students financially impacted by the pandemic.
The Davis Educational Foundation awarded Norwich a $9,783 grant to support the purchase of synchronous learning technology for classrooms. The acquisition further enhances Norwich’s ability to accommodate remote, online, and hybrid course instruction during the pandemic.
A $20,000 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, will fund the development of a construction management plan to build Vermont’s first tiny house community. Working through NU’s Design+Build Collaborative, students and faculty have been creating the next generation of affordable tiny houses for low-income Vermonters.
Thanks to the generosity of five different alumni, Norwich has raised $2,018,035 in planned gifts for Shoulder-to-Shoulder. The donations encompass gifts from a will, retirement account beneficiary gift designations, and a charitable gift annuity.