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Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund Spring Fundraising Drive
The Emergency Fund Needs Your Help!


The Emergency Fund has been there for your fellow employees in their time of urgent need. With your help it will continue to be a resource for you and your colleagues when crises arise.

For the past 25 years the Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund (FSEF) has helped over 1000 employees with emergency assistance during financial crises. Due to your generosity, approximately $30,000 in grants was awarded to your fellow employees over the past year.

Employees are eligible to apply for assistance if they are experiencing a temporary financial hardship due to an emergency situation. This includes staff, academic professionals, and faculty members who have had a permanent, 50%+ position with the University of Illinois for the previous six months.

One hundred percent of your donation goes directly to the University of Illinois Foundation for the Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund, and is administered by Faculty/Staff Assistance Services (FSAS). Your gift, regardless of size, will provide much needed financial assistance to your fellow employees in times of crisis. Contributions can be made at any time of the year. Your gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law.

After an employee’s wife sustained an injury and subsequent surgery, the grant received from the FSEF assisted the family with paying their bills while she was out of work, allowing her to heal and the family to overcome this hurdle.

When an employee’s spouse lost her job due to lack of funding, the family fell behind on their bills. The emergency fund helped the employee restore electricity to his home during the period of unemployment.

The emergency fund provides more safety options to people in dangerous family situations and has assisted them in securing independent housing and seeking specialized assistance.

The Faculty and Staff Emergency fund has an annual goal to raise $50,000. For as little as $5.00 per month you can help, AND let your fellow employees know that they are not alone. Read further to find out how you can donate.



Employees Helping Employees
Please select one of the following methods of giving.

Rather than write a check or go online to submit a credit card payment annually, complete this payroll deduction form for an easy way to contribute on an ongoing basis with the option to discontinue at any time.

    1. Payroll Deduction:

  • A link to the payroll deduction form is included above for your convenience.
  • Complete the form, print, and mail to the address on the form.

Note: If you have previously made a payroll deduction contribution, you may want to increase/renew your pledge. You may opt to mark your pledge “until I request termination.”

    2. Credit card payments accepted online:

  • Click on
  • Go to the drop down menu under “Annual Funds.”
  • Select "Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund."
  • Fill in dollar amount you wish to pledge, click add, then click continue.
  • Complete personal information.
  • Click on “Process Gift” at the bottom of the page.

    3. Personal check:

For questions and to receive additional information, contact Debbie McCall, FSEF Committee Chair, at 265-6420 or FSAS at 244-5312.

Below is a list of FSEF Committee members who are also available for questions.

FSEF Emergency Fund Committee:

Debbie McCall, Chair, College of Medicine,
Joe Bohn, College of ACES,
Susan Conrad, Department of Journalism,
Marianne Downey, UI Laboratory High School,
Susan Fowler, Professor Emerita, Special Education,
Nichole Hemming, Staff Human Resources,
Shelley Campbell, Department of Finance,
Shanitera Walker, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts,
Karie Wolfson, ex officio, Faculty/Staff Assistance Services,