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The NMU Foundation

The mission of the Northern Michigan University Foundation is to cultivate and promote the private philanthropic support of NMU’s mission through a comprehensive advancement effort.

Kayley Porta completed an internship at the Milwaukee Crime Lab. She couldn’t have done it without gifts to The Northern Fund. 

Opportunity Graphic

Read more about Kayley's internship here.

Photo of Coach Ostrowsky and Keith Nelsen

Former Wildcat QB Endows Scholarship

NMU Graduate and former Wildcat quarterback, Keith Nelsen ‘86 (pictured on the right), recently established an endowed football scholarship. The Nelson Football Scholarship will provide financial support for a student playing on the NMU Football team (active roster) who is also a graduate of a Wisconsin high school. Read more about Nelsen's generous gift here. 

The College of Business recently celebrated a generous gift from the estate of Dr. John and Aili Imarisio. Aili (Leppanen) Imarisio graduated from NMU in 1941 with a BS in secondary education. <a href="http://nmu.giftplans.org/index.php?cID=239">read more</a>For the last 30 years Cam and Sandy Howes have been an important part of the Marquette and NMU community. <a href="http://nmu.giftplans.org/index.php?cID=252">read more</a>Shirley and John Berry have committed $5 million to the NMU Foundation to establish the Berry Scholarship—the largest gift in the university’s history. <a href="http://nmu.giftplans.org/index.php?cID=235">read more</a>Don and Beth LeHeup have established a charitable gift annuity to support research at the NMU Brain Tumor Center; they call the gift a "win-win" because it provides them retirement income and it can be set up with just $10,000. <a href="http://nmu.giftplans.org/index.php?cID=238">read more</a>Waino Wahtera, ’40 BS, was a great lover of music, so he put a bequest in his will to fund the beautiful new performance pavilion featuring state-of-the-art lighting, heat, and wind curtains. <a href="http://nmu.giftplans.org/index.php?cID=237">read more</a>



Our students appreciate what giving does for NMU. And because of you they don't need to experience what a university would be like without it.

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