COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

How you can help in this uncertain time

A national emergency declaration in response to a pandemic virus is new to all of us, and as a fundraising organization, we want to be sensitive to the unique situation of every single student, every alumnus, every friend of the University of Nebraska.

With economic uncertainty a reality for many, we ask for financial support with prudence. At the same time, some in our university family have reached out to ask how they can help, and some student support organizations have reached out to seek assistance. We’ve highlighted some funds below that allow you to help our students, patients and communities during COVID-19.

Whether you’re able to give at this time or not, we extend our wishes for your health and safety.

The University of Nebraska Foundation (EIN: 47-0379839) is exempt from federal income tax under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. For more information, please contact us at info@nufoundation.org or by phone at 402-502-0300 or 800-432-3216.

Global Center for Health Security Response Fund

The Global Center for Health Security at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is home to the national Training, Simulation and Quarantine Center, which features the nation’s only federal quarantine unit and internationally acclaimed Nebraska Biocontainment Unit team.

Gifts to this fund support the work of the Global Center for Health Security in providing rapid response capabilities, including training, education, research and clinical expertise for evolving infectious diseases.

This fund will also support the research expertise of this group of leading experts. The work is laser-focused in fields that include drug discovery and public health on work such as tests to diagnose COVID19, treatment and vaccine possibilities.

Nebraska Medicine Patient and Family Experience Fund

Gifts to the Nebraska Medicine Patient and Family Experience Fund provide assistance to hundreds of Nebraska Medicine patients and their families each year. By helping with basic needs such as emergency housing, meals, hygiene essentials, gas cards and transportation, this fund allows patients and their families to focus on physical recovery rather than the emotional and financial strain that accompany a hospital stay.

University of Nebraska Emergency Assistance Fund

The University of Nebraska Emergency Assistance Fund was created to help support students and employees on all four campuses who are now facing sudden financial hardship due to crisis situations such as last year’s flooding, personal hardship and now the current cancellation of on-campus classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Education takes a backseat for students who are food insecure or unable to pay housing and other expenses. Many don’t know the status of their employment, and many will return home for the rest of the semester. For some students, this is a life-altering crisis.

Please, if you’re able, consider a gift to the University of Nebraska Emergency Assistance fund to help at-risk students in our university family.

How you can Help your campus

UNK Big Blue Cupboard

UNK’s Big Blue Cupboard serves UNK students and employees suffering from food insecurity in a non-judgmental, dignified, welcoming, on-campus environment.


UNK Student Crisis Scholarship Fund

In 2013 Chancellor Doug Kristensen created the UNK Crisis Scholarship Fund. Your gift to the Crisis Scholarship Fund will help students facing a significant hardship reach their goal to graduate.


UNL Food Pantry Fund

The Husker Pantry provides basic food items and other things like toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, shampoo and toilet paper to UNL students at no cost.


UNL Student Hardship Fund

The UNL Student Hardship Fund supports University of Nebraska–Lincoln students facing sudden hardship due to a crisis such as food insecurity, natural disaster, financial emergency, home displacement or the current COVID-19 pandemic.


UNMC Student Scholarship Fund

A gift to this fund supports students by providing scholarships recognizing academic excellence and financial need. The scholarships are awarded through UNMC’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.


UNMC Disaster and Relief Fund

The UNMC Disaster and Relief Fund supports students at UNMC who are now facing sudden financial hardship, such as crisis situations resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Infectious Diseases Research Fund

The Division of Infectious Diseases participates in innovative clinical research in order to prevent, diagnose, and treat infections. Areas include antimicrobial resistance, epidemiology and bio preparedness; including leading the efforts with COVID-19.


UNO Student Hardship Fund

The UNO Student Hardship Fund supports students at UNO who are now facing sudden financial hardship due to crisis situations such as the current cancellation of on-campus classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


UNO Fund – Area of Greatest Need

A gift to this unrestricted fund enables the UNO chancellor to assist when special opportunities arise or provide immediate support to areas where students and faculty may need it most.


Maverick Food Pantry Excellence Fund

UNO’s Maverick Food Pantry aims to contribute to UNO’s culture of caring by providing food and personal hygiene products to those in immediate need and connecting them with additional resources in the greater Omaha area for long-term support.


About the Foundation

Our mission is to grow relationships and resources that enable the University of Nebraska to change lives and save lives.

The University of Nebraska Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization created in 1936 by community leaders who wanted to create excellence at the university not possible through state funding alone. We manage more than 11,000 donor funds, an endowment ranked in the top 25 among public universities and keep our cost of fundraising below that of our peers.

Our vision is to be recognized as the trusted partner of those wishing to support the University of Nebraska and its affiliates.

The University of Nebraska Foundation (EIN: 47-0379839) is exempt from federal income tax under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.

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