Student Wellness
Student Wellness

Fundraising CRC

Collegiate Recovery Fundraising Options

Collegiate Recovery Community is housed within Student Wellness.  To continue growing this essential community and network of support for students, we are fundraising to build upon our CRC foundation.  Here are some options to support Collegiate Recovery Community.

  1. Annual Fundraising Campaign – FundISU

The annual fundraising campaign is Oct 21 – November 15th, 2020!

Every year, Student Wellness will lead a fundraising campaign using the FundISU platform.  Money raised will go towards the following:

Fund ISU Link:

  1. SMART Recovery® weekly peer support groups on campus.
  2. Student social support programming through the recognized recovery student organization in CRC (Rootless).
  3. Student academic and wellness support services such as wellness coaching

2. Student Wellness Program Fund – ISU Foundation

Student Wellness has a fund established through the ISU Foundation to support various critical programs and services for students, which includes the Collegiate Recovery Community. 

ISU Foundation Student Wellness Program Fund Page:    

Email to learn more about how to get involved!

Why Collegiate Recovery is Essential

As an institution focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion, we strive to create environments that support diverse and inclusive communities such as students in recovery and seeking recovery.  

  • Supporting students in recovery is a critical social justice issue and an issue that directly affects retention, student success, and learning.  
    • In 2019, it was estimated the roughly 840,000 full-time college students were in recovery.
    • Marginalized student populations such as LGBTQIA+ students, students of color, and low-income students experience higher levels of substance use, gambling, and other issues due to discrimination as well as personal and structural barriers to accessing resources.
  • The college environment can be an abstinence or recovery hostile environment for students, which becomes an issue of educational access for students in recovery.
    • Sense of belonging can be low for students in recovery without a network of support and an environment that supports their recovery and/or sobriety.  
  • It is important for ISU students to be part of all aspects of college life for their academic and personal development (i.e. residential, academic, and co-curricular). Creating these support systems and substance free spaces as part of the Collegiate Recovery Community facilitates educational access and degree completion for those who need such spaces and systems of support.
    • In the U.S., 64% of students who leave college and no longer attend do so for behavioral health-related reasons.
  • Research has shown students in recovery attending colleges and universities with Collegiate Recovery Community programs
    • Have higher GPAs than the general student body,
    • Exceed retention rates of the general student body by 5%,
    • Exceed graduation rates of the general student body by 21%,
    • Have a return to use rate of about 5%.

Information Adapted from Northwestern University


1. Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. “2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables (PDF, 37.8 MB), External link ” Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Sept. 7, 2018.

2. Harris K., Baker A., and Thompson A. “Making an Opportunity on Your Campus: A Comprehensive Curriculum for Designing Collegiate Recovery Communities,” Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery at Texas Tech University, 2005.

3. Gruttadaro, D. and Crudo, D. “College Students Speak: A Survey Report on Mental Health (PDF, 701 KB), ” National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2012.

4. “CRPs/CRCs: Standards and Recommendations,  ” Association of Recovery in Higher Education, 2017.

5. “Transforming Youth Recovery: Annual Report 2016 (PDF, 1.6 MB),  ” Transforming Youth Recovery.

6. Jones, E. “Findings from the Transforming Youth Recovery’s 2017 Collegiate Recovery Census,  ” Transforming Youth Recovery, 2018.

7. Beeson, E., Whitney, J., & Peterson, H. “The Development of a Collegiate Recovery Program: Applying Social Cognitive Theory within a Social Ecological Framework,  ” American Journal of Health Education, 2017.