Creating an awesome work environment Giving back to the communities in which we live and work By Susie McCormick May 29, 2024

Nelnet Responds to Tornado Aftermath

Learn How You Can Contribute to Nelnet’s Tornado Relief Efforts

At least 129 tornadoes touched down across states in the Central part of the country between April 25 and 28, 2024, with some of the worst damage coming from 19 tornadoes in Nebraska and Iowa during the afternoon and evening of April 26. There were several injuries and one fatality, with hundreds (if not thousands) of homes destroyed by the strongest tornadoes in eastern Nebraska or western Iowa in nearly 10 years.

Responding to a Need in the Community

Nelnet’s executive team was immediately concerned for the safety and livelihood of families and businesses of many close to home, as much of the devastation took place in Lincoln, Omaha, and the surrounding areas.

In response, The Nelnet Foundation donated $10,000 to Rapid Response |America’s Disaster Relief Teams. This faith-based organization provides support on the ground to those in need after a disaster, bringing hope—and helping to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those who are hurting.

How You Can Help

Nelnet’s core value of giving back in the communities where we live and work is always there, but it really kicks in when a disaster occurs. If you want to help support those who may have lost their home or business, or may be dealing with injuries from the storms, Nelnet can make it easier.

In addition to Rapid Response, many other organizations are actively engaged in helping with local disaster relief efforts in and around Nelnet’s corporate and Omaha office locations:

Nelnet supports associates who volunteer their time. They can talk with their supervisor about opportunities and how to coordinate with their work schedule. Nelnet associates can also donate to the Nelnet Associate Caring Fund, which was established in April 2023 and is funded by the Nelnet Foundation. This program was set up to provide financial support to associates who go through unforeseen events such as illness, death, or natural disasters that cause financial hardship.

For Nelnet Associates Who Need Help

If you’re a Nelnet associate who needs financial assistance as a result of the tornadoes, learn more about the Nelnet Associate Caring Fund, including how to apply, on the Nelnet Service Portal. This program is administered anonymously through The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Natural disasters such as tornadoes can be terrifying for people who experience them. They can also trigger past traumatic experiences. For Nelnet associates who need mental health and counseling resources, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We’re Thinking of You

To all those who are rebuilding or suffering losses from the recent tornadoes, our thoughts are with you. As part of your community, we’re here to provide strength and support.


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Susie McCormick

Senior Corporate Communications Writer