Right Now Needs Fund

An innovative new fund created in partnership with Amazon, the Right Now Needs Fund gives school communities enhanced capacity to meet the urgent and basic needs of students in Seattle Public Schools, with a goal of reducing the most basic barriers to student learning. Each school in Seattle Public Schools will have access to funds to enhance capacity to remove basic barriers to student learning. The Right Now Needs Fund will provide support in the 2018 – 2019 and 2019 – 2020 school years.

The Right Now Needs Fund is stewarded by the Alliance for Education. The fund is designed to directly benefit students, and does not support currently budgeted items for schools.


Who will the Right Now Needs Fund benefit?

The Right Now Needs Fund is designed to directly benefit students, and particularly any student impacted by poverty in such a way that it is inhibiting their learning.

What can the funds be spent on?

The funds can be spent on addressing the basic needs of students. Examples of appropriate expenditures include warm clothing, adequate food, or necessary school supplies. Funds cannot be spent on existing school budget expenses.

When will the Right Now Needs funds become available?

School communities can access the Right Now Needs Fund now! School principals have been informed about how to request disbursements, and the Alliance staff will be working with school communities to raise awareness about this resource. Funds will be available for the 2018 – 2019 school year, as well as the 2019 – 2020 school year.

I know about needs in my school community that could be addressed by this fund. How do I request a disbursement?

Any school community member can recommend a disbursement of the fund. School principals provide final authorization and make requests. Speak with your school principal. They have the information necessary to request a disbursement of the fund.

What is the Alliance’s role?

The Alliance is responsible for managing the Right Now Needs Fund, disbursing and tracking the fund’s usage for schools in the Seattle Public School district. The Alliance for Education works closely with the district as a partner and supporter, and shares the district’s commitment to closing opportunity gaps.

Why the Alliance?

For over 20 years, the Alliance has offered support to school and community groups raising funds on behalf of schools, and as a result, the Alliance team has the infrastructure and experience required to manage school-based resources. We manage multiple school accounts, sustain customer relationships, process check requests, and deliver timely reports, providing accountability and expertise to each school we support.

Continue to visit this page for updates on the Right Now Needs Fund, including how to donate to the fund, and more.

If you have additional questions, call Petaki Cobell at (206) 205-0337, or email RightNowNeeds@alliance4ed.org

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