Together We Are #CycloneStrong

More than 500 donors have contributed over $115,000 to help the campus community. Thank you for your continued support and generosity!

Your Generosity Makes the Difference!

July 24, 2020

Your generosity makes the difference and ISU students say it best-thank you! Click below to hear from some of the Cyclone Strong Grant recipients:

Making an Impact

June 11, 2020

Over 350 people have contributed more than $83,000 to the Cyclone Strong Fund and ISU Food Pantry Support Fund! Thanks to your generosity approximately 50 students have received critical financial assistance, and several have shared how your support has made a profound impact:


“Thank you for your generous gift from the Cyclone Strong Fund. Through your donation, I have been able to continue working toward my academic goals that I left my family and my country in order to follow. You truly make the difference for me, and I am extremely grateful! I hope God provides an opportunity to be a donor like you in the future.”


“I would like to thank all the dear and respected donors for providing me with this opportunity. The emergency funding has helped a lot by relieving me from some financial burden. In these tough times, support from ISU and donors has been really helpful. Thank you for your support.”


“I am honored to be one of the recipients of the Cyclone Strong award. Thank you for your generous support! This will help me go through this uncertain situation caused by COVID-19. I am a graduate student in Civil Engineering, and both my fiance and I are suffering from this pandemic. My fiance even lost his job one month ago! We were so worried about the future until I found there was emergency funding for ISU students. Your kindness helped me realize the value of a college education and humanity. With your help, I believe I can focus on my studies and continue to work hard. I will always be grateful for this financial aid. In the future, I might have even more of an ability to help less fortunate and under-represented social groups! Thank you for enabling this opportunity!”


A new food pantry was opened in late March in the Union Drive Community Center as food insecurity emerged as an issue for many members of the ISU community. Funds from Cyclone Strong and the ISU Food Pantry Support Fund helped to provide essential grocery items and relief to students in need. Thanks to your support and generosity:

  • The temporary food pantry serves approximately 150 people each day. Each person receives four full bags of grocery items, with close to 6,000 bags of groceries distributed to date. 
  • The food pantry has distributed:
    • Over 8,500 pounds of fresh produce.
    • Over 3,000 individual and packages of fresh baked goods such as loaves of bread, pitas and buns.
    • Over 400 bakery kits that include flour, sugar, salt, corn starch, baking soda and baking powder.

Thank you again for making an impact and supporting the ISU community now and always! We are so grateful for your continued support and for helping us remain #CycloneStrong.

Your Gift in Action

May 01, 2020

In response to COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Cyclone community have come together and contributed over $50,000 to the Cyclone Strong Fund so far.


$10,000 has been allocated to address food insecurity. Through a partnership between the Cyclone Strong Fund and the Division of Student Affairs, a new food pantry has been established on campus in the West Side Market in the Union Drive Community Center. $40,000 will be allocated to students as financial aid and will be distributed by the Office of Student Financial Aid.


As students, faculty and staff continue to face unexpected challenges, these funds will be critical in helping as many members of the ISU community as possible. Thank you for the impact you have made and your generosity!


Matching Challenge

April 24, 2020

The 2:1 matching challenge provided by the ISU Foundation Board of Directors has been achieved! We are so grateful to everyone who helped meet this matching challenge by making a gift or sharing the #CycloneStrong project. Thank you for your continued generosity and for supporting the ISU community!


You can continue to find updates about the Cyclone Strong Fund on the project page at and by following the ISU Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


Thank you again for your support and showing that when we come together we are #CycloneStrong!

#CycloneStrong T-shirts

April 20, 2020

The ISU Book Store & ISU Foundation are teaming up to sell #CycloneStrong t-shirts! Proceeds will be donated to the Cyclone Strong Fund to help ISU students, faculty and staff facing additional and unexpected challenges at this time. If you’re looking for more ways to support the campus community and show your Cyclone spirit, you can purchase t-shirts here:


Thank you to all who have made a gift and shared the Cyclone Strong project! We are grateful for your support and generosity.

Thank You

April 09, 2020

The #CycloneStrong project launched almost three weeks ago and since then more than 125 alumni and friends have made gifts totaling over $16,000 to help members of the campus community who are in need at this challenging time. As many are facing evolving and uncertain circumstances, we are grateful to know that our extended Cyclone family continues to come together to help fellow Cyclones.


To help amplify the impact of the Cyclone Strong Fund, please consider sharing this project on social media using the buttons at the top of the project page at You can also share our direct link:


We wish everyone health and safety at this time. Thank you again for all you do for Iowa State University!

Have questions or want to make your gift another way?

March 19, 2020

You can contribute by clicking on the “Make a Gift” button at the top of this page. If you have questions, or would like to discuss your gift with an ISU Foundation staff member, please email or call 515-294-8536. Checks can be made payable to ISU Foundation, noting Cyclone Strong Fund in the memo line, and mailed to:


ISU Foundation

PO Box 2230

Ames, IA 50010

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