The Emory University Hardship Fund is a designed to assist staff and faculty members who are experiencing a temporary financial hardship due to a catastrophic event. The Fund shall be funded by voluntary charitable donations provided by Emory University's faculty and staff as well as any entity wanting to assist Emory community members facing unexpected financial challenges.
The program is funded entirely by voluntary donations from Emory University's faculty and staff as well as any entity wanting to assist Emory community members facing unexpected financial challenges. The program does not receive annual funding from the University.
1) Faculty, staff and other entities can pay by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, or American Express) or request to be billed by making an online gift at the Campaign Emory site.
2) Faculty and staff can make a payroll deduction by contributing through the My Emory module in PeopleSoft Employee self-service.
One hundred percent. All donated funds go directly to help colleagues in need as part of the Emory University Hardship Fund. No donated money is used to administer the program.
To be eligible to receive assistance from the Fund, an individual must be experiencing a hardship that, for reasons beyond their control, is causing him/her to experience significant difficulty in meeting basic living necessities and meets the following requirement:
1) Regular faculty or staff member of Emory University;
2) Work at least 20 hours per workweek;
3) Have a minimum of one year of service; and,
4) Must not have any active disciplinary actions against him/her that resulted from violating the Emory Standard of Conduct policy within the past twelve (12) months.
Note: In the event an employee is unable to apply, an immediate family member of an eligible employee may apply on the employee's behalf.
Post Docs and Residents are not eligible to apply for assistance from the Fund.
A hardship is extreme misfortune of the employee or immediate family member that, for reasons beyond their control, experience significant difficulty in meeting basic living necessities as a result of an emergency hardship. Examples of such events include the following:
1) Death in the family resulting in a significant loss of income
2) Unusual uninsured medical expenses caused by severe illness or accident
3) Uninsured losses caused by fire, crime, flood or other disasters
4) Unusual uninsured expenses for the care of a sick family member
5) Job loss of family household member due to no fault of their own
NOTE: Financial assistance is based on demonstrated need, short-term nature of the financial hardship and available funding.
We have reached our initial goal of 15,000 in donations and our now accepting applications. The Emory University Hardship Fund is entirely self-funded through donations made by the faculty and staff of Emory University. For the most recent account balance, please see the Emory University Hardship Fund balance on the program's home page.
Note: The maximum award amount is $2,000 (or 10% of the available account balance) per employee per twelve month period. Final approval is subject to extent of need and the availability of funds.
All applications are confidential. Information provided by applicants will be treated as confidential and shared only with individuals directly involved in award administration, processing and tax reporting. Award applications will be reviewed anonymously and Fund Review Committee members will not be given the individual name associated with any award application.
In order to preserve anonymity, any identifying information on your application will be omitted prior to review by the Fund Review committee. If your application is incomplete or needs additional information, you will be contacted by a WorkLife Resource Center representative.
At this time the Fund does not offer a leave donation component. Currently the costs associated with leave are funded by departmental budgets and to offer a leave donation program the university would have to create a centralized leave donation pool. This would require the university to budget extra funding, which at this point in time is not feasible because of the economic stresses Emory is experiencing. However, we recognize that this would be a valuable program for faculty and staff who have a medical hardship and will revisit the idea again.
Credit scores are not a determining factor in awarding funds.
Yes, donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.
No, an award from the Hardship Fund is a grant, not a loan. Recipients are not required to pay back monetary awards.
Emory graduate students are not eligible to recieve awards from the Emory Hardship Fund. Emory graduate students are eligible to recieve awards from the Graduate Student Emergency Loan. For more information on the Graduate Student Emergency Loan please review the financial section of the Graduate Student Handbook.
Yes, Emory Healthcare has an Employee Hardship Fund. To learn more about the Emory Healthcare Employee Hardship Fund please contact the Emory Healthcare Human Resources Department at 404-686-7100.