COVID-19: Emergency Relief Fund
Thank You for Unlocking $50,000!
Westmont Has Received Additional Matching Gifts Pledges.
Dear friends of the college have pledged new matching gift funds: $25,000 to increase the total number of alumni giving in support of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, and $20,000 to multiply the impact of Westmont faculty and staff support. These welcome matching gifts make it easier for our community to stand together by multiplying the impact of each and every gift.
The rapid spread of COVID-19 prompted Westmont to send students home and pivot the college to online instruction. To provide for the health, safety and wellbeing of students, Westmont has incurred significant unplanned expenses. We appreciate the calls we've received and requests from many of you asking how our community can help in the midst of the disruption and uncertainty of COVID-19.
President Gayle D. Beebe responded to these wonderful offers to help.
Westmont is committed to addressing significant new financial needs while continuing in its mission to cultivate thoughtful scholars, grateful servants and faithful leaders.
To make this possible, Westmont has established the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.
We are deeply thankful for the many supporters who helped to unlock the first $50,000 match to the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. It makes a huge difference! There is still work to be done.
A donor has pledged $25,000 to match gifts from alumni. Faculty and staff help unlock an additional $20,000 through their participation. Your gift will help Westmont meet this unprecedented challenge.
As part of our commitment to provide for the wellbeing of everyone on campus, Westmont has incurred many unplanned expenses. These are a few of the emerging expenses:
- Westmont students were fanned out around the world on academic and service projects. The urgent circumstances involved returning students from overseas programs—quickly.
- A small number of students, such as international students, were most safe remaining on campus. To ensure the wellbeing of students on campus, Westmont maintains dining hall services, security and medical, including counseling and a physician, among other campus resources.
- In addition to maintaining these on-campus resources, students currently off campus may receive room and board refunds from Westmont.
- To ensure that students who depend on Work Study funds to pay expenses, even their tuition, continue to receive funds, the college continues to pay each student for a set number of hours per week.
- To continue education through the semester, Westmont built an online college in three days.
- Shifting 1,200 students and their professors to online education increased the need to protect Westmont against a significant rise in malicious activity. The cost for essential data protection is a meaningful unplanned expense for the college.
- As students and families face unanticipated financial issues it may pose serious challenges for their success as students. Westmont will seek to raise scholarship resources that support the access and affordability of its education.
Your gift of any amount to the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund will make a difference.