• What is canning?

    Canning is a great fundraising method where you stand outside in various local cities with other NUDM dancers and ask anyone passing by for donations, as you tell them about NUDM and our beneficiaries and people donate cash and coins!

  • Where is canning?

    Canning is offered every Saturday of winter quarter in various suburbs that have permitted NUDM to send dancers, as well a few other days throughout the quarter. Canning is also offered every single day in Winnetka and Evanston this quarter! In every city that offers canning, dancers must stand in public spaces, such as sidewalks and not inside private businesses. The full schedule can be found under the Winter 2019 Canning Calendar question above!

  • How do I get there?

    You can get a FREE ride to go canning on a scheduled canning day, just sign up at! You can also take the metra or other public transportation on any day to go canning in Winnetka!

  • What do I bring?

    Pick up a can and bib (yellow vest you have to wear while canning!) in Office E on the third floor of Norris during any weekday! You can also wear a costume or bright clothes as well to attract attention and bring a fun energy! Make sure to be dressed warm (bring gloves!) as you’ll be standing outside for 1-2 hours!

  • What do I do with the money?

    In order to turn in cash for NUDM, bring it to the Cashier’s Office (open 9am-4pm) on the first floor of Norris (to the left of Norbucks!), and give them your name in order for it to count towards your personal fundraising total. The finance committee will update the amount on your fundraising page within a week of when you turn it in.

  • When will the money show up on my page?

    After you turn in your money at the Cashier’s Office, it will take anywhere from one day to one week for the Finance committee to allocate it to your personal fundraising page.

  • Any more pro tips?
    • During red lights, walk/dance (safely!) in the street along the drivers’ sides of the cars
    • If one side of the intersection is getting a lot more traffic than others, rotate every 30 min with the other canners!
    • Approach EVERYONE and give them your elevator pitch! You never know if they’ll donate or not unless you ask
    • The more you show you want to be there, the more they will donate! Be energetic, enthusiastic, friendly, and fun. Enjoy yourself!
  • Helpful facts about Children’s Home & Aid?
    • Children’s Home & Aid provides counseling, mentoring programs, expression therapy, and more to foster youth and families across the state of Illinois to restore their health, hope and faith in the people around them.
    • $25 provides a Warm Welcome Kit to a new child who arrives at Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Child + Family Center from foster care
    • $50 provides adoptive or foster families the ability to get to the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Child + Family Center (gas, food, recreation) to spend time with their kids
    • $75 provides one session of therapeutic drumming or art therapy supplies for one week at the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Child + Family Center
    • $100 provides an entire living unit at Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Child + Family Center (9 foster kids) to spend the afternoon at the movies, bowling, or at a White Sox game (including their hot dogs, soda, and cracker jacks, for example
    • In 2018, 1,526 abused and neglected children were kept safe in foster homes, 193 children were placed in permanent families, 221 families received adoption support services, and 675 fragile children were strengthened through counseling





  • Should I bring my own food to NUDM?

    The Food Committee will provide all dancers with multiple delicious snacks each block, as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the 30 hours! You can definitely get by without bringing extra food, but many people still bring some all-time favorite snacks in their personal bag, to eat during block changes. Morale of the story- you will be well fed, but you can never have too much chocolate!

  • I have an allergy, will I be able to eat the snacks in the tent?

    We will have snacks catered to all different kinds of allergies, as well as allergy options for each meal! If you are worried about us meeting your particular allergy needs, please contact and we will happily accommodate you.


  • Can I raise money at NUDM events?

    Yes! At NUDM’s weekly trivia, your $5 entrance fee goes directly back to your fundraising total. So when you go to trivia, you’re really putting money toward your fundraising page! There’s also 50/50 raffles each week, where you can win half the pool of money from the raffle during trivia!

  • When do I have to have raised the $400?

    You have to have the entire $400 raised by Feb. 23rd in order to dance. The recommended half money deadline (when you should have raised $200) is Jan. 26th.

  • What does the money I raise go towards?

    All the money you fundraise each year goes directly to the NUDM final total, 90 percent of which goes to this year’s primary beneficiary, Cradles to Crayons, and 10 percent of which goes to the Evanston Community Foundation. The fee you paid during registration covers the cost of all 30-hour weekend operations, ensuring that all your fundraising goes directly to the beneficiaries.

  • Can I raise $400 without letter writing?

    Absolutely – tons of dancers do it every year! There are so many creative ways to easily reach your fundraising goal from Dough 4 DM bake sales to psych/Kellogg studies to hometown company sponsorships and matching grants. Here are some resources below:


    • Prospective Health Study for Freshman and Sophomores ($60): Information can be found here and you can sign up to participate here.
    • Kellogg: Sign-ups for studies through the Kellogg School of management can be found here
    • Psychology: Sign-ups for studies through the Psychology Department can be found here
  • What are some fundraising ideas I can use?


    • Canning. What is canning? Check out our Canning Guide for everything you need to know!
      • Pick up cans and bibs in the NUDM office (Office E) on the Norris 3rd Floor
      • Saturday, February 25 – Evanston, Park Ridge
      • All quarter – Winnetka
        • *To can in Winnetka you will have to fill out an individual permit, which are located in the NUDM Office (Office E in Norris).
    • Participate in Dough 4 DM: Bake cookies at a provided location on Sunday afternoons, help wrap them, and receive a portion of the profits as the cookies are sold through NUDM! Individual dancers get first priority to sign up! You can also buy cookies here.
    • Sign up for this Searle Research Study! Make $60 for filling out some quick questionnaires and giving blood sample.
    • Sign up for paid research studies through Kellogg! Make $8 in 20 minutes or less!
    • Sign up for paid research studies through the Auditory Neuroscience Lab:
    • Sign up for research studies through the Psychology department:
      • Or email professors: (,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    • Deliver people food from Norris (i.e. an on-foot, student-friendly Postmates) for a donation fee
    • Sell Krispy Kreme donuts, cupcakes, and other goodies in Tech, Kellogg, Norris, etc. (helps if it’s something new and exciting!)
    • Bake sale in strategic places (frat quad, the Deuce, etc.)
    • Make crafts for people’s rooms and sell to your friends
    • Help sorority ladies with big/little week! Offer your crafting skills, your singing skills, let them hang out with your golden retriever or something.
    • Feeling daring? Make a Facebook status promising to do certain tasks for a certain size donation. (And follow through by making a video–good laughs for everyone.) Examples:
      • $25 – Drink a gallon of milk in 5 minutes
      • $75 – Eat a ghost pepper
      • $100 – Dye my hair purple
    • For every dollar I raise, I will ____. Example:
      • For every dollar I raise, I will do one push-up.
      • For every dollar I raise, I will fit that many grapes in my mouth.
      • For every dollar I raise, I will spend one minute dancing outside of tech.
    • Tag your friends in a Facebook post asking them to donate just $1 to your page (I made $10 doing this (so at the very least I have 10 friends!!!!)
    • Email old high school teachers and college professors asking them to donate to your page
    • Ask local restaurants or stores for gift cards or other donations, you can auction them off to your friends and donate the profit!
    • Have a cute pet? Set up a petting booth, $3 to pet my dog!
    • Sell things you don’t use anymore on Free & For Sale
    • Sell old textbooks on the Textbook Exchange Facebook group
    • Sell clothes/accessories you don’t wear anymore on NU Closet Recycle, or to Crossroads in Evanston
    • Have a ton of tailgating gear or frockets? Sell your swag to younger members of your organization!
    • Know how to graphic design? Design geotags for student orgs, they can buy them off you cause you’re dope!!
    • Play a lot of video games? Organize a tournament with your friends. Have people buy in for $5/ Have half the proceeds go to the winner, and the other half go to NUDM!
    • Have a car? Offer to give friends rides to the airport, to Nevin’s, etc.
    • Put on a talent show in your dorm! Charge admission!
    • Put on an anti-talent show in your dorm! Charge admission!
    • Offer to do friends nails, makeup, or hair before formals/events!
    • Know how to sew? Fix people’s tears or missing buttons for a small fee!
    • Shovel neighbor’s driveways for a small donation
    • Offer to DJ someone’s party
    • Offer to clean-up after someone’s party
    • Put cans, or any cup with NUDM on it in your dorm, in your classes, at your Greek house, in your apartment, wherever! Ask people to donate any small change or bills they might have.
    • Offer to tutor someone in class if you’re an expert (good suggestions: EA, physics, linguistics, psych, genetics, etc.)
  • What is canning and when can I do it?

    Canning is a great fundraising method where you stand outside in various local cities with a group of friends and ask anyone passing by for donations, as you tell them about NUDM! Make sure to grab a can/bib from your group head or the NUDM office and pay attention to announcements for canning dates and places.


  • What is NUDM?

    Northwestern University Dance Marathon (NUDM) is one of the largest independent student-run philanthropies in the nation. Now in its 46th year, NUDM is a year-long effort that culminates in a 30-hour dance marathon.

  • Where is NUDM?

    In a huge tent on Norris lawn.

  • When is NUDM?

    NUDM is March 6th (7pm) – March 8th (1am).

  • How long is NUDM?

    NUDM is a 30 hour event. The 30 hours is split into 10, 3 hour blocks. Each block has a different theme where you can dress up, and there are a variety of speakers, games, and music genres played.

  • How many students participate in NUDM?

    Over 1000 Northwestern students participate in this campus tradition.

  • Is NUDM only the 30 hour event?

    No! We have events all year long, making it a year-long effort. The Special Events committee plans a variety of events throughout the year to build up the dancer community, such as weekly Trivia, Acapalooza, and NUDM Olympics. The Community Engagement committee leads the BUILD (Bridge, Uplift, Inspire, Learn, Dance) Program, which includes a variety of events where dancers can interact with the people that Children’s Home & Aid serves as well as various service opportunities involving both Children’s Home & Aid and ECF.” The Food committee plans a variety of food fundraisers throughout the year.

  • What do I do if I’m worried about raising the $400 minimum?

    This year, we are striving to make NUDM an inclusive experience for all Northwestern students, regardless of financial status. We have a number initiatives aimed to support fundraising and financial inclusion: (1) The NUDM Dancer Grant Program, in partnership with the SES One Form (2) Office Hours and Coffee Chats where you can voice your questions or concerns, (3) The Fundraising Mentorship Program, led by Dancer Accessibility & Engagement, (4) The opportunity to get “perks” through non-monetary service opportunities, (5) Fundraising support, ranging from our fundraising guide to canning days with provided transportation.

  • I have a medical concern or food allergy. Can I still dance?

    Yes! We will work with you to accommodate whatever medical concerns or food allergies you have. Please contact the NUDM advisor, Tracey Gibson-Jackson , and she will work with you to make dancing accessible. This is 100% confidential!

  • Do I get fed during the 30 hour event?

    Yes! You get free food all 30 hours and we can ensure you will never be hungry! You will get a snack twice each 3-hour block, and breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday.

  • What are some creative fundraising ideas?

    See our fundraising guide for lots of ideas!

  • How can I participate in service?

    We are constantly adding more service opportunities to NUDM! This year, dancers will be able to participate in the CIS of Chicago InspireU Mentorship Program.

    Also, we offer a quarterly NUDM Days of Engagement event where the NUDM community can volunteer at various nonprofit organizations in the Evanston area through our partnership with the ECF and in CPS schools through our partnership with CIS. Also, be on the lookout for a number of continuous service opportunities through ECF that you can participate in throughout the year.

  • What is canning?

    Canning is where Northwestern students stand on street corners and solicit donations in nearby towns. Almost every weekend, there are NUDM canning days where you can pick up a can and bib (a bright yellow vest), in the NUDM Office (office E), and we will drive you to a canning location. Check the Canning 101 tab for more information!

  • What is the NUDM Dancer Grant Program?

    The NUDM Dancer Grant Program is sponsored by the SES One Form. Anyone who qualifies for financial aid can apply to the NUDM Dancer Grant Program, to get a matching grant of up to $200 of the $400 minimum covered. This information is completely anonymous, and is only monitored by Northwestern faculty/staff and the financial aid office. Information about the program gets emailed to qualifying students by the NUDM advisor in early January.