Supporting Our Students, Our Researchers, and Our Community

Several funds will help meet the pressing needs of the Yale and New Haven communities as they address the COVID-19 health crisis.

In the face of the COVID-19 global health crisis, Yale is committed to supporting our students, researchers, and neighbors in New Haven. The university has created several funds to help meet the most pressing needs of our community and our nation during this challenging time. Alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends can help by contributing to these efforts. Gifts of all sizes are welcome, and your generosity will be put to use immediately. 

The President’s Emergency Fund for Students was created to support students across Yale College, the Graduate School, and the professional schools who face unexpected challenges during the health crisis. In circumstances that require dislocation from campus or other urgent measures to secure student health and safety, this emergency resource provides funding to immediately address the needs of those affected. Students receive support for costs such as transportation home, alternate living and dining accommodations, technological tools and equipment for remote learning, and other expenses as they arise.

The Yale COVID-19 Research Resource Fund is a rapid-response fund to help Yale’s researchers and practitioners address the pandemic. Yale is taking swift and bold action to understand COVID-19, mitigate its impacts, and safeguard the community. We have mobilized to treat and gain understanding of COVID-19, translate interventions, and guide policy and planning—working across disciplinary boundaries and around the globe. These funds will be applied strategically and opportunistically to meet front-line needs, including those for personal and protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare providers on the frontlines. We are fighting COVID-19 by leveraging scientific insights and translating findings into actionable plans to save lives now and in the future.

The Yale Community for New Haven Fund is an effort to raise $5 million to provide direct assistance to our neighbors in crisis and our city in need. Through this fund, members of the Yale community may contribute flexible resources to address critical needs such as delivery of healthcare, local business assistance, community educational needs, and support for area nonprofit organizations focused on such pressing issues as the well-being of children and families, homelessness, and food insecurity. The university has contributed $1 million to launch the fund and will match every dollar given by faculty members, students, and staff members up to the $5 million goal.

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