A number of exciting changes will enhance giving to benefit both student-athletes and donors
Daniel Solow joined Northwestern University as its Director of the Wildcat Fund in February of 2013. Solow has day-to-day oversight of the athletics annual fundraising program and serves as the fundraising liaison to the football, men's basketball and men's and women's golf programs. Since joining the `Cats at the midpoint of the 2012-13 fundraising year, Solow helped the Wildcat Fund set an NU athletics annual fundraising record total that was part of $101 million committed to Northwestern Athletics. In an effort to build a healthier annual giving program, Solow led a rebranding of the Wildcat Fund that spanned six months of peer reviews, donor feedback and incorporation of all 19 sport programs and the Vice President's Fund into a new annual giving structure. As a part of this effort, he helped develop the Otto Graham Society, which has generated more than $4 million new in support for Northwestern student-athletes and recognizes one of the all-time great Wildcats.
Prior to coming to Evanston, Solow spent five years as the Assistant Director of Athletics for Development at Hofstra University, where he had oversight of the athletics fundraising efforts. After joining the Pride in 2008, annual donations, event revenue and former athlete giving each increased dramatically. During 2011-12 Solow was named "Fundraiser of the Month" three times, more than any other University fundraiser.
A Chicago native, Solow graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, Calif., in 2005 with a degree in politics. He was a two-time captain and four-year starter on the golf team and served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Solow earned his master's in sports management from Northern Illinois University in 2007. During his tenure in DeKalb, he was a Development Assistant in the department of athletics and also worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Sports Information Office. Following his time at NIU, Solow was the Sport Program Associate for Development at the University of Cincinnati.