The College has received a $25,000 award from the J.M. McDonald Foundation to support the Jesuit Student Emergency Fund. Le Moyne has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the Foundation with overall gifts of nearly $300,000.
A fundraising campaign was launched in March 22 in response to the coronavirus pandemic to support the College’s most vulnerable students during this crisis. This emergency fund provides a stipend on a case-by-case basis to help students with food insecurities, housing costs, technology to enable them to continue their studies, and provide supplemental income from lost jobs or increased medical costs.
The College received an outpouring of support from alumni, faculty and staff, parents and friends – a perfect example of St. Ignatius’ call that, “Love ought to manifest itself more by deeds than by words.” As of May 21 the fund has received 522 private donations with gifts totaling almost $145,000. To date, $98,000 in stipends have helped 268 students and we have also facilitated loaner computers and other technology. Most stipends are in the $250 to $500 range. A nine-member committee, representing a diversity of offices across campus, a faculty member from each school, and Don Kirby, superior of the Jesuit community, compassionately reviews the applications each week. In a testament to Le Moyne’s close-knit community, almost every student applicant has been personally known by a committee member. The College is also following up in cases where students may need additional support or where it can connect them to further resources. A Student Resource Guide with College, local, state and national resources has also been produced.