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Employee Emergency Assistance Fund General Information

What is the Stanford Employee Emergency Assistance Fund?

Stanford established the  Employee Emergency Assistance Fund  (EEAF) to assist university employees who are experiencing a short-term financial emergency or unanticipated expenses that cause financial hardship. The EEAF reimburses actual expenses for approved applicants so they can recover more quickly from unexpected financial difficulty. The program is administered by America’s Charities, an established nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity, which reviews application materials and distributes grants for Stanford.

What is the role of America’s Charities in this program?

Stanford has contracted with America’s Charities, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization based in Virginia, to administer and manage the EEAF, and to manage the donations to the fund. America’s Charities worked with Stanford to establish the parameters of the fund, including eligibility for awards, qualifying events and levels of financial assistance. Based on the program guidelines, America’s Charities independently receives and reviews all applications, is responsible for making grant decisions, and distributes the grant awards.


How long can I contribute to the EEAF?

You can donate to the fund anytime, via credit card and check.

Who can participate?

We encourage anyone who is interested in donating to the fund to do so. Your generosity, coupled with the university’s investment in this program, will provide meaningful support to employees and their families, quickly.

How to Give

How do I donate to the EEAF?

Select the “Give” tab from the top navigation bar or click the “Donate” button. You will see the Employee Emergency Assistance Fund featured. Follow the prompts to complete your donation to the fund.

Accepted Payment Methods

One-time Check Contribution: Please select check donation online. Please make your check payable to "America's Charities - Fiscal Agent" and enter "Stanford EEAF" on the memo line. Shortly thereafter, you will receive a confirmation email summarizing your contribution. Print a copy of the email and mail it along with your check to:
America's Charities
ATTN: Finance
14383 Newbrook Drive, Suite 300 PMB #706
Chantilly, VA 20151

One-time and Recurring Credit Card Donation: Your gift will be charged to your credit card and processed immediately (1-2 business days by your credit card provider). To cancel a pledge made via credit card, please contact the Helpdesk at or

Is my contribution tax deductible?

Yes, your credit card gifts and one-time check contributions are 100 percent tax deductible. Please consult with your tax advisor for tax advice.

How will my contribution be used in support of the EEAF?

Stanford’s funding covers the administrative costs associated with managing the EEAF, so your full contribution, less any fees your credit card charges for the transaction, will go to grant awards for Stanford employees.

How to Apply for Assistance

How do I receive financial assistance from the EEAF?

To apply for assistance from the Employee Emergency Assistance Fund, review the program’s criteria and eligibility information on Cardinal at Work

Is my request for financial assistance confidential?

Yes. America’s Charities has sole discretion to award grants based on the availability of funds, the extent of each applicant’s need, and the satisfactory completion of the application. Applications and associated materials are not shared with anyone at Stanford.

Who do I contact with questions?

For general questions related to the Stanford Employee Emergency Assistance Fund, please contact the America’s Charities Stanford Support Team via email at

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