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Right Now Needs Fund

A one-of-a-kind program launched in October 2018 with a $2M/two year investment from Amazon to address the immediate basic needs of students and families across all 106 Seattle Public Schools.

The Right Now Needs Fund is an Alliance for Education program that works at the individual school level and disburses the funds to all 106 Seattle Public Schools to support the immediate basic needs of Seattle students and their successes within and beyond the classroom. The fund ensures students fully participate in classroom activities by covering the costs of warm clothing, meals, technology access, and housing that are not included in individual school budgets, but necessary to help students thrive. Any student with unmet basic needs can make a request or be referred by any school community member and requests are approved by the school principal.

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The Right Now Needs Fund was able to positively imapct my family when my employer reduced my hours by 40 a month. It gave me hope that I hadn’t for awhile. I hope that by sharing my experience, it helps others know that the Right Now Needs Fund is here to help during tough situations

Right Now Needs Fund Recipient


Who will the Right Now Needs Fund benefit?

The Right Now Needs Fund is designed to directly benefit students,  particularly students whose learning is being impacted by poverty.

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

You access the Right Now Needs Fund by contacting your child’s principal. School principals have been trained on how to request disbursements.

Any school community member can recommend a disbursement of the fund, however school principals provide final authorization and make requests. Speak with your school principal if you, or someone you know could benefit from the Fund’s support.

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

For 25 years, the Alliance has offered support to school and community groups raising funds on their behalf. As a result, the Alliance team has the infrastructure and experience required to manage school-based resources. We manage over a hundred 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, please email to RightNowNeeds@alliance4ed.org

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