Northwestern University Dance Marathon

Now in its 41st year, Northwestern University Dance Marathon (NUDM) is one of the largest student-run philanthropies in the nation. Since its founding in 1975, Northwestern students have raised more than $15 million for more than thirty different beneficiaries.

Our History

In 1975, Dance Marathon, the philanthropic child of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and the Associated Student Government, was born on the Northwestern University campus. It was called the "Dance to Give Them a Chance" marathon then, and it benefited the American Epilepsy Foundation and the National Association for Retarded Citizens. Fifteen couples made it through the fifty-two hour marathon, raising $9,100 at Blomquist Memorial Gymnasium. Today, Dance Marathon is one of the world's largest collegiate philanthropies!

Where We Are Now

This year, we are excited to join Starlight Children’s Foundation to ensure that every child experiences a happy childhood. Over the years, we have worked to support many fantastic organizations, and Starlight allows the NUDM community to reach many of them. Starlight heroes include children with critically and chronic illnesses such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, epilepsy, congenital heart disease and leukemia. With Starlight, we look to make a tangible change in the Midwest region by building new or renovated Starlight Sites, which are beautifully designed, inviting hospital environments created to support the healing of pediatric patients.

Starlight Children's Foundation®

Founded in 1982, Starlight Children’s Foundation® is a leading global charity that partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world. Collaborating with innovators in pediatric healthcare, entertainment and technology, Starlight provides a unique blend of family-centered programs and services from hospital to home.

About Starlight

Starlight partners with more than 1,750 healthcare facilities and pediatric hospitals in Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, serving millions of children every year. To learn more, visit, or follow Starlight on Facebook and Twitter.​

Evanston Community Foundation

The mission of the Evanston Community Foundation is to build, connect, and distribute resources and knowledge through local organizations for the common good, helping Evanston thrive now and forever as a vibrant, inclusive, and just community. The Foundation manages growing endowments, addresses Evanston’s changing needs through grantmaking and provides leadership on important community issues.