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Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund
2019 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 over 25 years the Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund (FSEF) has helped more than 1,000 employees with emergency assistance during financial crises. Due to your generosity, approximately $25,000 in grants was awarded to your fellow employees over the past year!

Your gifts DO make a difference! 
An unsafe home situation forced an employee to have to leave her home quickly and without any of her belongings. A grant from the emergency fund allowed her to purchase some basic personal items and find a safe place to stay so that she did not have to return to a dangerous environment.

Current staff, academic professionals, and faculty members who have held a 50%, benefits-eligible appointment and have completed a minimum of six months of service with the University of Illinois are eligible to apply for assistance if they are experiencing a temporary financial hardship due to an emergency situation.

After an emergency surgery, an employee didn’t have enough paid benefit time to cover the four week absence from work. Unable to pay rent for the month, an emergency fund grant came through to pay his landlord.

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. 

An employee’s house was destroyed in a fire. The family was safe, but they lost their home. An emergency fund grant provided assistance with a rent deposit for another home.

To keep pace with assistance requests, this year we have set a goal to increase donations by 8%. For as little as a $5 gift per month you can help ensure that a fellow co-worker in need will not be turned away.

Act now! You can make your gift by payroll deduction, online credit card payment, or personal check. Click on the link below for more information on the many ways to make your donation.

If you have questions or would like to receive additional information, contact Debbie McCall, FSEF Committee Chair, at 265-6420, or contact any of the committee members listed below.

Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund Committee:

Debbie McCall, Chair, College of Medicine,
Joe Bohn, College of ACES,
Marianne Downey, UI Laboratory High School,
Rebecca Nash, College of Fine and Applied Arts,
Nichole Hemming, Illinois Human Resources,
Shelley Campbell, Geis College of Business,
Shanitera Walker, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts,
David Kell, Chemistry,  
Karie Wolfson, ex officio, Faculty/Staff Assistance Services,