A simple act of kindness can change a student's life.

This Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29, we call on our Creighton community to support the most urgent needs of our students through the Student Emergency and Student Retention Funds. You can make a gift to support both funds today!

Whatever our students need, when they need it most.

For Giving Tuesday, an international day of giving, Creighton is highlighting two funds critical to our students' success and well-being.

The Student Emergency Assistance Fund

This fund covers the crises in our students' lives. Gifts to this fund could, for example, help fix a broken laptop. They could support a student who can no longer work due to an injury. They could buy a plane ticket home for a student to care for a sick parent or attend the funeral of a loved one.

The Student Assistance Retention Fund

This fund supports our undergraduate students who would be likely to drop out or transfer without extra financial assistance for tuition, room, meals or other fees.

Your gift will support both of these funds through the Office of Family and Student Support! Small gifts add up fast in these funds. A donation of $10, $50 or $100 will make a difference for students who wish to continue their Creighton journey.

“These two funds are essential. In many cases, a few hundred dollars could be all it takes to keep a student at Creighton.

That means that your gift, whatever the size, could alter the course of someone’s life.

Thank you for your suport. Thank you for being the Creighton our students need."

— W. Wayne Young Jr., BA'93, PhD, Vice Provost for Student Success

Emergency fund recipients

When accident or tragedy strikes, the Creighton community is there for our students. Here are some of the ways our students have benefited from the Student Emergency Assistance Fund.


One student was distraught after her backpack was stolen (by a non-Creighton affiliate). This fund helped cover the replacement costs of her books, school supplies and other materials.


When an undergraduate student broke her back in an accident and was unable to work at her on-campus job, the emergency fund helped her pay her dues to remain in her sorority.


This fall, a student learned a student had died. Emergency funds were used to purchase him a round-trip plane ticket to avoid the financial burden in a time of profound grief.

Student retention by the numbers

Last academic year, the Student Assistance Retention Fund awarded $59,000 to students in need. This year so far, the fund has awarded an additional $35,750. When it comes to student retention, gifts of all sizes add up to something potentially life-changing for our students. 

These are some of the costs and fees your gift will help support.


Covers a student's orientation fee.


Pays for a monthly parking pass.


Pays for a month of meals.

“Without the help of these funds, I wouldn’t be at Creighton right now.

Words can’t express how grateful I am to still be here, to get this education, be a part of this community and to get an experience I know I’ll never forget.

To those who make gifts to this fund, I could never thank you enough."

— Ayden Chavez, Class of 2025

The Forward Blue fundraising campaign serves the needs of our students first. You can support our students in any number of ways — whatever Creighton causes live closest to your heart!

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Every gift made is a gift to our students and the University you love!

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On Giving Tuesday, donors can support scholarships, Athletics or individual schools and colleges. Whatever cause means the most to you! 

Just click "make a gift" and find your favorite area. If you don't see what you're looking for, please click "other," and, during checkout, designate the area you want to support. Thank you for your gift!