"Meet the Challenge" and Support Our Students

Dean Jennifer L. Rosato

On December 4th, 2009, Dean Jennifer Rosato issued the following announcement:

"I have the honor and great pride of announcing a generous gift to the College of Law, which will assist the law school in achieving its ambitious aspirations. This gift is an anonymous matching gift of $25,000 that is intended to encourage more donors as well as more significant donations. This gift could not have come at a better time.

We are very excited about the direction in which the College of Law is moving. We are working to ensure that we offer an excellent program for our students, to ensure that they become effective, creative, and ethical lawyers. This year in particular we are looking at ways to improve the experiential learning opportunities that we offer our students throughout the curriculum. We are also excited about engaging with the rest of the University on joint programs and other initiatives in areas such as environmental and health law. We look forward to identifying and building areas of distinction to enhance our reputation regionally and nationally.

All of these efforts need funding to start and sustain them. This anonymous matching gift will be a significant way to jump start those efforts, as the gift and the matching funds that are raised will be part of the dean’s discretionary fund, which allows me to determine priorities and allocate the funds where they are most needed.

The match will be in effect from now until December 31, 2010 (although I sincerely hope we reach our goal before that time!). There are two ways that contributions from donors will be matched as part of this challenge. First, donations from any new donors will be matched dollar-for-dollar. New donors include anyone who has not made an unrestricted donation since January 1, 2008.

Donors who have given an unrestricted gift to the College of Law since January 1, 2008 may still participate in the program by making a second donation in a larger amount than their first gift. Any increase from additional donations from post-January 1, 2008 donors will be matched as to the amount of the increase. For example, if you gave $200 in 2008 or 2009 (before this announcement) and choose to donate $500 between December 4, 2009 and December 31, 2010, $300 will count towards the match.

I hope that if you have never given to the College of Law, you are able to give this year. And if you have given regularly, you will consider giving a bit more this year. You may make your gift by one of three methods (on-line, telephone or U.S. mail). Instructions for all three methods can be found at http://www.niu.edu/giving/truenorth/make_a_gift.asp.

Your gift to the College of Law, especially now, is your way to support the College’s future. And in my view that future is very bright!"