Right Now Needs Fund
Founded in 2018, the Right Now Needs Fund is an Alliance for Education program that works at the individual school level to support the immediate basic needs of students and families in Seattle Public Schools.
When the basic needs of students are met, they are more likely to succeed within and beyond the classroom. Founded in 2018, the Right Now Needs Fund is an Alliance for Education program that works at the individual school level to support the immediate basic needs of Seattle students and families. The Fund covers the cost of warm clothing, meals, and housing for students at all Seattle Public Schools, addressing student needs that are not otherwise funded in a school budget. The Fund is designed to be efficient, flexible and impactful. Created in partnership with Amazon, the Right Now Needs Fund distributes more than $1M annually to address the basic needs of Seattle students and families.
The funds can be spent on addressing the immediate basic needs of students. Examples of appropriate expenditures include warm clothing, food and housing. Funds cannot be spent on existing school budget expenses.
The Right Now Needs Fund can be accessed by contacting your child’s principal, family support worker or school counselor to request a disbursement.
Any staff or school community member can refer a student to the school principal, family support worker or school counselor to fulfill a request.
The Alliance for Education is responsible for managing the Right Now Needs Fund. The Alliance disburse the funds and track its usage for schools in Seattle Public Schools working to increase educational justice and racial equity.
Since 1995, the Alliance has addressed big challenges facing Seattle students and schools as the only local education fund working with all Seattle Public Schools. The Alliance team has the infrastructure and experience required to oversee school-based resources district wide. The Alliance currently manages over 150 school and PTA accounts, process check requests, and deliver timely reports that provide accountability and expertise to each school we support.