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Donate to the Basic Needs and Persistence Fund

At a time when so many are experiencing hardship and challenges of their own, we are filled with gratitude as you ask us: Are the basic needs of all students being met? What can I do to support students now?

We appreciate your heart-felt and genuine concerns.

The rapid transition to online education to complete the semester – and the resulting move of most students from campus – was necessary as part of our broader moral responsibility to help preserve the health and safety of our campus and the larger community we serve.

Although the necessary and right thing to do, those decisions will result in additional hardship for many of our students. Many of our students, for example, may lose jobs on campus or in the community. Our Student and Academic Life team has identified critical gaps that create hardships for some of our students, including:

  • Access and affordability of basic needs, like food or housing, that lay the foundation for student success
  • Loss of part-time work in greater Lexington area as restaurants and service units close or reduce hours
  • Internet access and connectivity, so students can complete their coursework during these challenging times
  • Hardware, such as computers or tablets, that provide students with access to faculty and courses during this transition

The Basic Needs and Persistence Fund is the primary mechanism at UK to help students in their time of need. This fund provides services and support for students experiencing varying degrees of uncertainty around basic needs and/or financial distress, which may otherwise prevent them from continuing their education. The importance of this fund and the impact it can have only grows during times of crisis.

For more information on how you can support our students during this unprecedented challenge, please click the link below.


Donate to the COVID-19 UK Employee Response Fund

In May 2020, the University established the UK Employee COVID-19 Response Fund to provide financial support to individuals who are experiencing an unforeseen, temporary financial hardship. This fund is supported by voluntary charitable employee donations and contributions from individual donors and other entities that want to assist University of Kentucky employees during unexpected financial challenges.


Donate Blood

As the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues throughout Kentucky and the United States, Kentucky Blood Center is appealing to healthy individuals to donate blood to prevent shortages in the 70+ Kentucky hospitals it serves. An unprecedented number of mobile blood drives have been canceled over the coming weeks, leading to a loss of nearly 2,000 anticipated blood donations.

Nationally, more than 4,000 blood drives have canceled, leading to a loss of more than 130,000 donations.

Kentucky Blood Center continues normal operation at its six donor centers in Lexington, Louisville, Somerset and Pikeville and is holding mobile blood drives where possible throughout the state. While there is no documented risk to donors, the nonprofit continues to put donors’ health and well-being at the forefront of operations. Extra steps have been added to protect donors, staff, and the communities served, including frequently sanitizing surfaces and distancing donors during the blood donation process.

For the most current listing of blood drives, click here.

Expressions of Gratitude

The Expressions of Gratitude Program gives grateful patients and their loved ones a way to recognize a UK HealthCare caregiver while supporting UK HealthCare.

We encourage you to make a gift of any size. Your honored caregiver will receive a note about your gratitude. Honorees with gift(s) totaling $250 or more will also receive a lapel pin identifying them as an honoree. 

Your gift not only honors your caregiver, it also makes a difference at UK HealthCare. Philanthropy is vital to our mission to create a healthier Kentucky through treatment, research and education. Honor your caregiver now »

If you’d like to honor your caregiver with a note of thanks, you may do so by completing our patient story form.