Chaplain’s Discretionary Fund

Our students, faculty and staff rely on the Chaplain’s Discretionary Fund for emergency financial assistance for medical bills, textbooks, groceries, and rent or mortgage payments in times of great need.

Michael ’23, was facing eviction from his off-campus housing even though he was working three jobs. The Chaplain’s Fund helped him pay his rent so he could keep a roof over his head while attending Elon as a full-time undergraduate. Juliet ’24 couldn’t afford the required textbooks for her class, and the Chaplain’s Fund helped her make that purchase to fulfill her academic requirements.

The Chaplain’s Discretionary Fund may be used to assist:

  • Currently employed faculty/staff of Elon University
  • Currently enrolled students of Elon University
  • Currently employed staff of Elon Dining

The Chaplain’s Discretionary Fund provides one-time emergency assistance to Elon University faculty, staff, and students due to an unforeseen financial crisis. Assistance, based on the availability of resources, is to assist with circumstances such as medical emergency, death of a family member, food insecurity, fire or other natural disaster, to name a few examples. Other situations that are like these will be considered. The Chaplain’s Discretionary Fund excludes expenses related to cable service, mobile telephone service, tuition, domestic and study abroad, Greek life, and other optional services.

Student Food Insecurity

A service provided to students through the Chaplain’s Discretionary Fund is the distribution of meal vouchers (provided by Elon Dining) that may be used at Elon Dining Halls. These meal vouchers are given to students who identify themselves as food insecure and are obtained through Elon Dining and distributed at the discretion of the University Chaplain and their Administrative Assistant.

Donate to the Chaplain’s Fund

The Chaplain’s Fund is supported by contributions from members of the Elon University community. Use the button below to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Chaplain’s Discretionary Fund. Select Religious Life as the Fund Group and Chaplain’s Fund as the Designation. Donors may contribute “in honor” or “in memory” of an individual but may not designate funds to assist a specific individual.

Please email Jan Register to complete the necessary paperwork to request assistance through the Chaplain’s Discretionary Fund.