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FSU launches community relief effort to help students during COVID-19 crises

Posted at 12:35 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 12:38:43-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla — Florida State University officials have launched an emergency fundraising effort aimed to help students that are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The FSU Foundation unveiled two emergency funds on Thursday that are now accepting donations.

One fund will support the needs of those affiliated with FSU in Tallahassee, the other for those from FSU Panama City.

The University says all funds will go to FSU students and will cover a variety of needs from medical bills, rent, living expenses and technology to help distance learning.

The Foundation has also launched a webpage, where visitors can pick a fund and send their donation.

Oorganizers say the effort mirrors the one initiated by FSU in the wake of Hurricane Michael which allowed donors to contribute online and raised more than $150,000.

In an email to the university community, FSU President John Thrasher called for a similar response and said FSU needed to move quickly to help support those in need.

“These student emergency funds were created to quickly address a variety of our students’ needs — from food insecurity and medical bills to technology and housing assistance,” he said.

Officials also announced that proceeds raised from this year’s edition of FSU’s Great Give, which is postponed until April 7, will be used to support the student emergency funds.

The foundation says all funds will be distributed as needed and financial support is identified.

“Donations to these funds will have an immediate impact,” said Tom Jennings, vice president for University Advancement and president of the FSU Foundation. “Even though our student community is physically spread far and wide, we are dedicated to doing everything possible to ensure they can succeed in this time of crisis.”

President Thrasher also wants to remind people to visit the university food pantry to see which items are in greatest demand.

Gifts can be made online using credit card, debit card or PayPal at

To learn more about the FSU foundationclick here.