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NCAN Members Quickly Launch Fundraisers for Emergency Aid in Response to COVID-19

Monday, March 23, 2020  
Posted by: Elizabeth Morgan, Director of External Relations
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As colleges began closing dorms and asking students to return home whenever possible in response to the coronavirus pandemic, several NCAN members started online fundraising efforts to establish or bolster existing emergency aid programs for their students. A common theme: Small donation amounts can add up to incredibly meaningful support for students.

On March 13, KIPP Schools launched an emergency fund appeal with a goal of $100,000 to provide support to KIPP K12 school alumni who are grappling with financial challenges as a result of college closures. As of March 19, they had raised more than $130,000 to be put toward a range of students’ needs, from transportation assistance to technology to secure housing and food. On March 18, KIPP made 62 grants with an average amount of $224. Of those grants, 47% were for travel emergencies due to college closures and 29% were for food due to dining hall closure and loss of work.

Latino U College Access in White Plains, New York, sent an email appeal to donors on March 13 with the subject line, “Our Scholars Need Your Help.”  The message continued:

“We are committed to our Scholars, and their families, and preparing to support them by any means necessary during these challenging times. Not only are they wrestling with the financial implications of this move-out procedure, but our freshmen Scholars, who were just catching their strides on campus, are suddenly being pulled away and transitioning to online coursework. Some Scholars are concerned that they won’t have reliable internet access, while others have expressed that they don’t have a quiet space to study and focus at home. . . . In response to the unique needs of our first-gen, low-income students, we are launching the Scholar Support Fund. Funds raised will be used for emergency transportation, storage needs, and technology needs (for online courses) during times of uncertainty.”

College Visions in Providence, Rhode Island, allocated its sixth annual alumni GoFundMe fundraising campaign to emergency aid for college students affected by COVID 19 college shutdowns.

“Every year, funds from the College Visions Alumni Campaign supports our Emergency Grant Fund and this year is no different. During times like this the fund is needed more than ever because it eases the financial burdens that arise for low-income students and their families. Your gift will provide immediate support to students who need travel home, find new housing accommodations and purchase groceries.”

Donors are entered in a raffle to win a roundtrip Southwest Airlines ticket, a $100 Visa gift card, and a College Visions hoodie. As of March 19, the campaign had raised $2,040 of its goal of $3,000 by March 31.

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