National Christian Foundation Accepting Applications for Historic Northfield Campus

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200 acres of pristine Ivy League campus is being given away, buildings included

Billings Hall at Northfield Campus

Ultimately, the campus is being given away as an act of generosity for the right recipient.

In the northern part of Massachusetts lies a hidden gem: a former prep school campus in Northfield. Composed of 40 historic buildings and 500,000 square feet, the Northfield Campus is rich in both heritage and potential. And the National Christian Foundation is preparing to give it away.

The breathtaking 200-acre campus boasts historic, architecturally rich buildings, including a chapel, gymnasium, art center, dormitories and more. All buildings are historic, classic and timeless in style and construction.

And yes, that’s right: it’s being given away.

The story begins with the Green family, founders of the Oklahoma-based arts and crafts store chain Hobby Lobby.

“Hobby Lobby has a huge desire to support ministries,” said Aimee Minnich, President / General Counsel at National Christian Foundation – Heartland. “They found the campus and discovered it was a great gem that they could use to help an organization do more good.”

The campus is one of a rich heritage, both educationally and spiritually. The 19th-century evangelist Dwight L. Moody established the Northfield Seminary for Young Ladies in 1879 and Mount Hermon School for Boys in 1881. Both schools aimed to educate young people who had limited access to education because of their financial status.

In 1971, Northfield and Mount Hermon united to become a single, coeducational school. The school consolidated to the Mount Hermon campus in September 2005, and the Northfield campus was sold in 2009 to Hobby Lobby.

“The Green family bought the campus with the intention of finding the right ministry to bless with this, to expand the ministry’s reach,” Minnich said.

At the end of 2012, Hobby Lobby transferred ownership of the campus to the National Christian Foundation. Today, the foundation is searching for the right recipient.

The campus has significant assets in both its location and heritage. The Northfield location centers the campus in the scenic Pioneer Valley, home to many of America’s top-tier colleges.

“The valley where the campus sits is home to many great universities,” Minnich said. “This campus is an extension of that.”

And the Northfield Campus’s natural, picturesque beauty can’t be denied, Minnich said.

“To step on the campus is to love it,” she said.

Campus features and facilities include:

  • Eight dormitories, accommodating 435 students and 38 faculty
  • Seven academic buildings with capacity for over 500 students
  • Administration building with 24 offices
  • The historic “Moody Auditorium” seating 2,200 and the home of Moody’s famous revivals
  • Meany Gymnasium with 75-foot swimming pool
  • Dolben Library with capacity for 40,000 volumes
  • Sage Chapel, seating 700 worshipers
  • Olivia Music Hall, poised for lectures and recitals
  • Bolger Arts Center, perfect for fine arts exhibitions

Positioned just north of the town of Northfield, the campus benefits from its connection to the community, Minnich said.

“The people of Northfield truly care about their community,” she said. “That’s evident in how they care for the streets, the schools and even their own homes. They care a great deal about the future of the campus.”

Ultimately, Minnich said, "the campus is being given away as an act of generosity for the right recipient."

Large Christian ministries, schools, seminaries and think tanks will most likely be the best potential recipients. However, NCF will also consider dividing up the space among several, smaller ministries.

“A good candidate has vision and the means to back up that vision,” Minnich said. The right candidate “understands how they’d put the campus to use to further their mission and vision.”

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For more information about the campus, a map and images of its historic facilities and how to apply to be a recipient: visit northfieldopportunity.org.

For media inquiries: please contact Aimee Minnich, President / General Counsel at National Christian Foundation – Heartland, at 913.310.0279 and aminnich(at)nationalchristian(dot)com.

About the National Christian Foundation: At the National Christian Foundation, we help generous Christians give more than they ever thought possible to the charities they love. Generosity is not a matter of amount of dollars given, but the heart behind the gift. Therefore, everyone can be a generous giver and NCF provides the tools to make that possible.

Since its launch, givers have used NCF to send more than $3.7 billion in grants to thousands of churches, ministries and non-profits. Over 200 charitable giving experts make up the NCF team around the country.

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