Strada Education Network Donates $300,000 to Students Harmed by California Wildfires

Funding of fire recovery and relief services to assist students progressing in their studies
December 14, 2018

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Strada Education Network today announced a $300,000 commitment to support students and local organizations who have been harmed by the California wildfires.

Three organizations have been awarded $100,000 each: Butte Community College, California State University at Chico and the Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Relief Fund at the North Valley Foundation.

“The recent wildfires of California have been devastating to many, including thousands of students,” said William D. Hansen, president and CEO of Strada Education Network. “Strada remains committed to students who put education at the forefront of their lives. We know these funds won’t cover all of the expenses and damage done by the fires, but we hope it will help get some of the students the support they need to continue on their educational journey.”

The Butte Community College donation will go to the Butte College Camp Fire Relief Fund and the California State University at Chico donation will go to the Wildcats Rise Recovery Fund. Students at both institutions have been impacted by the fires, including the loss of some homes.

The Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Relief Fund at the North Valley Foundation fund supports in-school and after-school programs, youth sports and temporary housing for those impacted by the fires.

“Our commitment to our Completion With a Purpose mission extends to our corporate social responsibility to include the support of students during devastating circumstances like these,” said Carol D’Amico, executive vice president of mission advancement and philanthropy at Strada. “We know from our research and philanthropic partnerships that these kinds of challenges can easily derail a student from persisting and we want to help those affected by giving the support they need to get back on their feet and complete their education.”

About Strada Education Network

Strada Education Network℠ is a national nonprofit dedicated to improving lives by catalyzing more direct and promising pathways between education and employment. We engage partners across education, nonprofits, business and government to focus relentlessly on students’ success throughout all phases of their working lives. Together, we address critical college to career challenges through strategic philanthropy, research and insights, and mission-aligned affiliates — all focused on advancing the universal right to realized potential we call Completion With a Purpose®. Learn more at

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