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Student Emergency Assistance Fund Challenge

Raised toward our $100,000 Goal
773 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on September 08, at 11:59 PM CDT
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Thank you!

September 15, 2020

Thank you for rising to the challenge.

The collective generosity of the DePaul University community—alumni, parents, faculty, staff, friends and fellow students—has positioned the Student Emergency Assistance Fund (SEAF) as a lifeline to students in need this fall. 

More than doubling our hopes, together we raised $100,922 for SEAF. Inspired by your actions, the donor who originally pledged to match your gifts, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000 decided to continue matching when we surpassed $50,000.

With the match included, we raised over $200,000 for SEAF! These gifts will make a direct and immediate impact on students in crisis by assisting with housing, food, medical expenses, transportation and more. Perhaps even more importantly, they will provide comfort and security, letting our students know we have their backs.

Thank you again for your thoughtful support!

Challenge met - challenge extended!

September 02, 2020

We are so grateful for the outpouring of generosity shown by the entire DePaul community in coming together to help our students in need! Our anonymous donor is grateful, too. Though we have met (and exceeded!) the original $50,000 challenge, our donor is going to continue matching all gifts to SEAF through September 8! Don't miss this chance to double the impact of your gift, while making a world of difference for our students!

Make your gift today!

DePaul’s Fall Operating Plan

August 17, 2020


Last week, DePaul University updated its fall operating plans.


With a focus on providing students the best uninterrupted fall experience possible, coupled with the consistently worsening national and local public health outlook, DePaul has decided to further reduce on-campus presence in the fall. The vast majority of courses will be delivered online in the fall term and residence hall occupancy will be limited. At the same time, the campus will be a bit more open to students than it was in spring quarter.


The health, well-being and safety of the entire university community will guide efforts this fall. We are committed to providing students, whether on campus, online, or a combination of both, the same high-quality education that generations have come to expect from DePaul.


While this choice is grounded in what is safest from a public health perspective, we know this decision may cause even more financial pressures for our students, making the Student Emergency Assistance Fund even more critical for our community.


Learn more about DePaul’s fall operating plans at

Thank you for your gift to SEAF!

August 07, 2020

A BIG thank you to all of you for your generous support of the Student Emergency Assistance Fund! Because of you, we’ve raised close to $10,000 so far. With matching funds from an anonymous donor, we are almost 20% of the way to our $100,000 goal!


We cannot thank you enough for your kindness to our students, and for providing a safety net for them when they are in need.  Here’s what one student had to say about the impact SEAF made for them:


“…Thank you for helping my family and I during this difficult time. You have lifted a financial and emotional burden that has plagued us since the beginning of this pandemic. I will continue to work hard in school and at supporting Vincentian values throughout my life. I will forever be grateful that I can continue my education and I will never forget this generous gift. I will strive to pursue an education in law after undergrad to help those, similar in my position, and to be the change in the world that DePaul so strongly encourages. You have aided in that, so I thank you once again.”


Please consider sharing this campaign with your DePaul networks, and ask them to consider a gift to SEAF today. Together, we can ensure that students in crisis can count on DePaul to be there for them.



Choose a giving level


Round trip on the L

Help a student get to campus safely for classes that cannot be conducted remotely.



Cover the cost of a webcam so a student can communicate face to face with professors and classmates.


Keep the wi-fi running!

With some fall classes taking place remotely, students may need assistance paying for monthly internet at home.


Buy groceries

Help a student buy food for a month


Cover a month's rent

Help a student pay their housing costs for a month

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