Please help the North American Foundation for the University of Leeds support students facing financial hardship amid the Covid-19 crisis 


The Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented challenge to our way of life. From the simple inconvenience of having to queue outside the supermarket, to the major upheaval of separated families, unfamiliar working practices – and worries about financial security and employment – the crisis is affecting all of us. Which is to say nothing of people’s very real fears of serious illness. 

The University has done a great deal to mitigate the impacts of Covid-19 on their students, but know that many of them may face significant financial hardship in the coming months.  

The University has already provided many bursaries to help students address their particular needs. But faced with growing demand, and the prospect of continued disruption to our lives over the coming months, NAFUL needs your help. 

This Giving Tuesday, please give today and help the North American Foundation for the University of Leeds Support students during the Covid-19 crisis

Your support of NAFUL will help to provide funds to the 2020 Student Support Fund,helping students to overcome the immediate barriers thrown up as a consequence of the pandemic, and succeed in their studies. You will help NAFUL to:  

  • Help to cover urgent and immediate financial needs which have arisen through the crisis;  
  • Enable students to study from home while isolated from peer groups, support networks and University facilities;  
  • Support the most vulnerable among our student body, such as care leavers, single parents, those estranged from their families and those facing homelessness.  

Though the long-term impacts of the pandemic are difficult to predict, the University anticipates that as we move through the year, other specific needs may arise. You will also help NAFUL to enable the University to meet these particular needs including;   

  • Support for estranged students and care leavers in their final year, where they already face a reduced student loan alongside the possibility of temporary unemployment after graduation;
  • Assistance to those unable to gain short-term employment while studying, particularly those with no family support or home to fall back on;  
  • Transport and accommodation costs to attend graduation ceremonies which have now been postponed into the next academic year.   

How will I be helping NAFUL to support students?  

Open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students,  your gift to NAFUL will provide funds to the 2020 Student Support Fund. This fund will provide grants to help students overcome their individual challenges.   

 Your gift – however large or small – will help NAFUL to tackle the immediate needs of students facing a crisis in their lives. For example… 

  • $30 will provide a student with the essential stationery for their work;  
  • $50 could allow a student to buy a textbook crucial to their studies;  
  • $55 will purchase three months’ WiFi giving students access to online resources;  
  • $100 will cover the essential living costs of a student for a week; 
  • $145 will typically cover one week’s accommodation;  
  • $750 will fund the purchase of a laptop computer.  

Thanks to the generous support of a Leeds alumnus, who has offered to match all gifts* to the fund for a limited period, your support will have double the impact.   

This means that your gift to NAFUL – however large or small – will go twice as far. Along with donations from fellow alumni and other University supporters, it will help us to ensure that more of our deserving students are helped to meet the extraordinary challenges of Covid-19.   

Thank you for your support  

*To ensure that we are able to match fund as many gifts as possible, match funding will be applied to gifts up to $4,000. If you are considering making a gift of this amount or more, please contact Amy Upton, Development Officer, on or (+44)113 343 0601/ (+44)7702 946342. 

What is the North American Foundation for the University of Leeds?  

  • The North American Foundation for the University of Leeds (NAFUL) was incorporated in 1989 in the State of Delaware to give individual US tax payers the opportunity to support the University of Leeds tax effectively.  
  • NAFUL aims to create a spirit of fraternity among former students of the University, raise funds in the pursuit of furthering education and to generally promote the University of Leeds in the United States.  
  • The North American Foundation for the University of Leeds is a Non-Profit Organization, recognized under the  Internal Revenue Service Code as a 501(c)(3) Public Charity; EIN: 521654821.  
  • You can be confident that by supporting NAFUL you are donating to a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization.  
  • As a US tax payer you can make tax deductible donations to the full extent allowable by law.  

Keep in touch with the University of Leeds   

Please follow the progress of this fundraising on the Leeds alumni Facebook page, onTwitter and on Leeds Alumni Online. You can also connect with the University of Leeds, through ourLinkedin page