FAST NC logoFAST NC is an effort led by a bipartisan group of current and former North Carolina education leaders to help the state’s public schools as students and educators struggle to return to normal following Hurricanes Florence and Dorian.

The steering committee for FAST NC is:

  • June Atkinson, former State Superintendent
  • Eric Davis, State Board of Education Chairman
  • Henry Johnson, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education and former Mississippi State Superintendent
  • Mark Johnson, State Superintendent
  • Phil Kirk, former State Board of Education Chairman
  • Mike Ward, former State Superintendent

FAST NC accepts donations through the existing NC Education Fund. FAST NC works with local superintendents, charter school directors, and statewide associations to identify needs and direct funding. The steering committee reviews locally approved funding requests submitted from educators and administrators in hurricane-impacted areas. The committee then recommends approval or disapproval to either the State Board of Education’s executive committee or to the board of Communities in Schools of North Carolina. FAST NC funds are available from both organizations.

Please note: The NC Education Fund is for individual donations. If you are a vendor or business, please contact to learn about how your organization can contribute funds.

To donate with a credit card, please click the link below.

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To donate by check, please complete the form below and mail the check, payable to NC Education Fund, to:

NC Education Fund
State Board of Education
6302 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699

Donation Form



Current and former education leaders announce the FAST NC initiative on Sept. 25 in Raleigh. Left to right: Eric Davis, Henry Johnson, Phil Kirk, June Atkinson, Mike Ward, Mark Johnson.FAST NC leaders assembled a coalition of allies in their efforts. Current partners of the FAST NC effort are listed below.

Partner Organizations

  • American Association of School Administrators – Executive Director Dan Domenech
  • BEST NC - Brenda Berg, CEO
  • Book Harvest NC – Executive Director Ginger Young
  • Charlotte Rotary – Executive Secretary Sandy Osborne
  • Communities in Schools of North Carolina
  • Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, North Carolina State Organization – President Connie Phifer Savell
  • East Carolina University College of Education – Dean Art Rouse
  • Eastern North Carolina District of the AME Zion Church - Bishop Kenneth Monroe; Presiding Elder Hanna Broome of the Dunn/Lillington District of the Central Conference
  • First Book - Chief Operating Officer Chandler Arnold
  • Hunt Institute - CEO Javaid Siddiqi
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals – Director Bob Farrace
  • National Association of State Boards of Education - CEO Robert Hull
  • NC Association of Public Charter Schools – Executive Director Rhonda Dillingham
  • NC MAST (North Carolina Math Alliance Supporting Teachers) - Executive Director Jennifer Curtis
  • North Carolina Association of Educators - President Mark Jewell
  • North Carolina Association of School Administrators - Executive Director Katherine Joyce; President Glenda Jones
  • North Carolina Business Committee for Education - Executive Director Caroline Sullivan
  • North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching Development Foundation - Board Chair Rich Schwartz
  • North Carolina Chamber of Commerce – President Gary Salamido
  • North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, C4C - Bishop Hope Morgan Ward
  • North Carolina Education Lottery – Executive Director Mark Michalko
  • North Carolina Foundation for Public School Children - Board Chair Elizabeth Cunningham; Executive Director Marca Hamm
  • North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities - President Hope Williams
  • North Carolina School Counselor Association - President Tim Hardin
  • North Carolina State University College of Education - Dean Mary Ann Danowitz
  • North Carolina Parent Teacher Association - Executive Director Catherine Peglow
  • North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association: Executive Director Shirley Prince
  • North Carolina School Boards Association - Executive Director Ed Dunlap
  • North Carolina School Superintendents Association - Executive Director Jack Hoke
  • Northeast Region Education Service Alliance - Director Dwayne Stallings
  • Northwest Region Education Service Alliance - Executive Director Don Martin
  • Participate – CEO Mark Otter
  • Personnel Administrators of North Carolina – Past President Glenda Jones
  • Professional Educators of North Carolina - Executive Director Bill Medlin
  • Public School Forum of NC - Board Chair Tom Williams; President Keith Poston
  • Sandhills Region Education Consortium - Executive Director Jim Simeon
  • Southeast Education Alliance - Executive Director Kathy Spencer
  • Temple Beth Or - Rabbi Lucy Dinner
  • Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, C4C - Bishop Paul Leland

Qualified Education Institution letter from the N.C. Secretary of State

Get Involved

Get Involved


FAST NC is seeking financial donations and new school supplies that we will deliver to schools in affected areas of North Carolina. Donations might include paper, pens, crayons, notebooks, tissues, etc. Please — no flammable items, liquids, or food. North Carolina is a state that comes together when times are tough. Thank you for helping.

For Teachers

When you receive supplies, please work with your principal or charter school administrator to get them to the central office nearest to your school.

Note that if your district already collected and shipped supplies, another supply drive may not be the best option in your district. Please consider pointing people to where they can give more through a financial donation.

For Schools Outside North Carolina

We are delighted and humbled by offers of help from around the nation! Schools that wish to host a fundraiser for North Carolina schools may submit a check of the proceeds to:

NC Education Fund
State Board of Education
6302 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699

For Associations, Organizations, Businesses, etc.

Funds raised to support FAST NC can be sent by check to:

NC Education Fund
State Board of Education
6302 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699

If you prefer to collect school supplies ship to:

NC Textbook Warehouse
3905 Reedy Creek Road
Raleigh, NC 27607

Organizations may also contact the superintendent of their local school district about delivering the school supplies to the local district’s warehouse. If supplies are delivered to a local district’s warehouse and packed properly for shipping, the NC Department of Public Instruction can ensure they make it to the NC Textbook Warehouse to be distributed to students and teachers in impacted North Carolina areas.

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Apply Now

Apply Now

FAST NC (Florence Aid to Students and Teachers, North Carolina)


Hurricanes Florence and Dorian caused massive destruction in North Carolina. Students, educators, and school staff members, like so many other members of the community, have suffered as a result of the storms. Helping these children and educators to recover from the storms and continue the processes of teaching and learning are critical steps in restoring their well-being and the well-being of their families and communities.

FAST NC Application Cycles

FAST NC receives and responds to applications for assistance in cycles. There is one last application round for Hurricane Florence and an application round for those impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Applications are due October 18, 2019.


The purpose of FAST NC is to provide funds and in-kind contributions to assist public school students and employees in recovering from the impact of Hurricanes Florence and Dorian. The focus of this support will be on the counties that have been declared federal disaster areas as a result of the damage from Hurricanes Florence and Dorian. Priority will be given to school materials, supplies, and resources that aid students in being prepared for instruction and aid teachers in the restoration of a high-quality learning environment. FAST NC funds are not intended to address needs that are covered by insurance, or county, state, or federal governments.


Entities eligible to receive FAST NC funds include North Carolina public school districts and North Carolina public charter schools who seek to aid students and employees impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Dorian. The actual applicants for these funds must be North Carolina public district, school and public charter school employees. Each application must be signed by the applicant's principal/school leader (if applicable) and LEA superintendent or public charter school board chair.


Application Form