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Employee Critical Support Fund

The Employee Critical Support Fund, previously called the Employee Hardship Fund, was established in 1994 to financially assist Vanderbilt faculty and staff who are experiencing a non-recurring sudden or emergency-related financial hardship due to an unforeseen or unavoidable event. The fund was renamed to better convey its purpose – to give employees peace of mind in a time of uncertainty and demonstrate the power and values of the Vanderbilt community. An award is intended to be a major step for the employee in the return to financial stability. The Employee Critical Support Fund program is not designed to address ongoing financial challenges and is not a loan that requires the funds to be reimbursed. The program is administered through the Office of Health & Wellness.



Vanderbilt faculty and staff can give through a payroll deduction by selecting Employee Critical Support Fund as the area you would like to assign your gift.


Individuals can also give through Vanderbilt Online Giving using a credit card. For a credit card donation, go to the online giving form, and select ‘Employee Critical Support Fund.’

Kroger Community Rewards

Kroger Community Rewards

The Kroger Community Rewards program is a simple way to contribute to the Employee Critical Support Fund through grocery purchases. After Kroger customers designate Vanderbilt’s Employee Critical Support Fund, Kroger directs contributions to it through its rewards program at no cost to the customer. Take the following steps to contribute through Kroger Community Rewards:

(1) Log into your account at

(2) Once you’re signed in, go to the top right corner and click your name. Select “My Account.”

(3) On the left-hand side, select “Preferences.”

(4) Select your home store.  Once the store is selected, scroll to the bottom of the page (left-hand side) and select Kroger Community Rewards located under the Community heading.

(5) Scroll to #2 and select the second option “search for your organization here”. Select “enroll” and type in the name of the organization or the organization number (Vanderbilt Employee Critical Support Fund or KR662). Hit the enroll button

If you are already enrolled in the program prior to November 2022, your giving contributions are directed to the current VUMC fund. Take the above steps to contribute to the new university fund.  

Eligibility criteria

  • Employee must hold a regular full-time position at Vanderbilt University (temporary, part-time or term positions are not eligible).
  • Employee must be employed at Vanderbilt for one full year to be eligible for the fund.
  • Employee on leave for family and/or medical reasons will be assessed on an individual basis.


The Office of Health and Wellness now manages the expanded Employee Critical Support Fund.

Applications for expenses will be reviewed and approved by Vanderbilt University Employee Critical Support Fund Committee. The committee may request further information before the application can be approved or denied. Individuals will be informed of a decision, along with follow-up instructions.

Apply here


If you have questions about the Employee Critical Support Fund, please email