NAU launches $100 million fundraising campaign


Students Javeon Butler and Jenna Lyter collaborated with alum Greg Gearhart and electronic media and film associate professor Kurt Lancaster to create this video that showcases the “Only at NAU” experience as part of The Campaign for NAU.

Campaign logoLearn about ‘Only at NAU’

The Campaign for NAU formally was announced Friday, but signs of it—including a new logo—have been emerging around the university over the past several weeks.

A new website has launched to tell the NAU story through the eyes of remarkable students, faculty and staff.

coverAn eight-page tabloid appeared in Saturday’s Arizona Daily Sun, and copies are being distributed to all faculty and staff this week. Click on the image at right to review the tabloid online.

Visitors to campus will notice new banners, stationery and other focused efforts to rollout the campaign, including the compelling video above, created by NAU students who help tell their “Only at NAU” story.

Northern Arizona University officially launched a major comprehensive fundraising campaign on Friday, setting a goal of $100 million by July 2016.

At a formal gala for donors, university leadership and students, NAU announced the public phase of its “Only at NAU” campaign. Over the next three years, the campaign will raise funds to support student scholarships, faculty development, teaching and research.

A “quiet phase” of fundraising that began in 2009 already has secured about $54 million in gifts and pledges toward the overall campaign goal. Meeting the $100 million goal will require support from donors dedicated to NAU’s mission and to preserving the NAU experience for future generations.

“NAU is going to raise $100 million partly because of its demonstrated success, and partly because of the promise of so much more,” said Mason Gerety, vice president for University Advancement.

The Only at NAU campaign has identified priorities that build upon its strengths as a student-centered educational institution. These priorities include growing scholarships and programs that promote student success, investing in and supporting faculty excellence, strengthening research opportunities for both students and faculty, and enhancing the athletics program and supporting student-athletes.

Specifically, the overall objective for the campaign is to allocate $60 million for student success initiatives; $20 million for research excellence; $10 million for program support; and $10 million for athletics.

“NAU is committed to an environment of living and learning that simply cannot be found elsewhere,” said NAU President John Haeger. “Preserving that environment will require tremendous resources, which means that the success of this comprehensive fundraising campaign is critical to our future.”


Campaign for NAU leadership

John HaegerJohn Haeger
President, Northern Arizona University
The Campaign for NAU creates an unprecedented opportunity for us to fulfill our 114-year commitment to student success. Your actions can change the lives of an entire generation. Read more.
Mason GeretyMason Gerety
Vice President for University Advancement
One constant among NAU donors is the satisfaction that comes from knowing they are making a real difference at a place that changes lives. Read more.
Betsy MennellBetsy Mennell
Associate Vice President for University Advancement
It’s a testament to our faculty, staff, students and administrators that generous benefactors see NAU’s role in the future for young adults, and it’s a future they want to support. Read more.
 Hank PeckHank Peck
Campaign Chair
The NAU campus looks very different from when I attended 38 years ago. Yet NAU is still, in the heart, the same university I attended. Read more.