The University of Georgia is offering choices this Giving Tuesday on Dec. 1.
In honor of Giving Tuesday, a national day of support for nonprofit organizations, UGA is spotlighting three funds that address timely issues for those seeking to give back to the university this holiday season. Those funds are featured online and detailed below.
UGA Student Emergency Fund
The UGA Student Emergency Fund is available to provide limited, one-time financial assistance to enrolled students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an emergency situation, such as an accident, illness, death of a family member, natural disaster or other unforeseen circumstance (like a global pandemic).
As the COVID-19 crisis drags on, the need for emergency support will grow. Private giving can bolster student emergency funds, helping vulnerable UGA students persevere while they continue to pursue their education.
UGA Black Alumni Scholarship
The UGA Black Alumni Scholarship Fund provides scholarship funds to a first-year student who exhibits dedication to racial equality through previous experience, initiative and creativity in improving race relations in the community. This scholarship is renewable for up to three years, provided the student maintains a cumulative 3.0 GPA.
Donors of $19.61 or more to the Black Alumni Scholarship Fund will automatically become a member of the 1961 Club. Commemorating the year in which Hamilton E. Holmes and Charlayne Hunter-Gault courageously integrated the University of Georgia, the 1961 Club continues its legacy today through its commitment to removing barriers and opening doors. Members of the 1961 Club will receive the quarterly Black Alumni e-newsletter and a window decal recognizing their proud support.
Vets for Pets and People
Run by UGA veterinary medicine students, Vets for Pets and People (VFPP) partners with Project Safe, an Athens-area domestic violence shelter. As women and children come into the shelter, they often cannot take their animals with them. VFPP offers a temporary loving foster home for the pet(s) with all veterinary and nutrition needs provided so the family may receive the care they need without worry for their pets. The average cost per pet is $300, but can run as high as $1,000, depending on the pet’s medical needs.
In addition to providing compassionate veterinary care, VFPP educates veterinary students/professionals and the public on the link between domestic violence and animal abuse.
Donors are also encouraged to support UGA causes of their own choosing.