NU Cares

A fund for faculty and staff in crisis

For faculty and staff, Northwestern isn't just a workplace, it's a community. And in times of crisis, a community offers support. NU Cares is a fund at Northwestern that allows faculty and staff an opportunity to help a colleague in need.

Faculty and staff have often expressed interest in helping fellow employees who may be experiencing financial hardship due to a medical or catastrophic event. After discussions with Human Resources and other University groups, including the Faculty Senate, the Northwestern University Staff Advisory Council established NU Cares in 2010. NU Cares provides an opportunity for staff and faculty to help one another during a time of need.

Employees may donate to the NU Cares fund by cash, check, or payroll deduction. All contributions are used to assist fellow employees. Imagine! If each of the 8,000 faculty and staff at Northwestern were to donate $1 per paycheck, the result would be a thriving fund able to assist employees in times of crisis.

All health benefits-eligible employees in good standing are eligible to apply, whether or not they donate to the fund. Applications are strictly confidential and are reviewed by a committee of staff and faculty. The fund is administered by the Office of Work/Life Resources within the Office of Human Resources. Assistance granted is not a loan and is not required to be repaid.

Many questions about the fund can be view on our frequently asked questions page.  Several of our award recipients have been gracious enough to provide us with an explanation of how NU Cares was able to impact their life.