Support HEPNet

How you can support HEPNet

The Higher Education Protection Network (HEPNet) is an educational association serving colleges, universities, and other youth-serving organizations. Its mission is to seek to advance the interactions of higher education institutions with children and youth. We serve as a coordinated voice promoting good practices for protecting vulnerable populations and providing programming and resources appropriate to their needs. HEPNet represents more than 250 individual members at 150+ institutions of higher education and youth-serving organizations with members ranging from small schools and community colleges to the largest US institutions.  Collectively, our members serve over 6.5 million youth annually.

Support from individuals and corporations is vital to our mission to protect children participating in higher education programming.  You help us take on this necessary and noble charge, and this work is never-ending.  We truly appreciate the generosity of others in helping to oversee our mission and work.

The Higher Education Protection Network is a charitable not-for-profit organization under sec. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We greatly appreciate your donations, which are tax-deductible.



Truly, no donation is too small to contribute to HEPNet's mission.  You can contribute by credit card online and know that your money is going to a great cause, AND is tax-deductible! If you would like to pay by another method, please contact us.

Looking for an easy way to support and strengthen HEPNet? Participate in Thrivent Choice®, Thrivent’s charitable outreach program. Thrivent Choice provides an online giving platform where you can make personal donations. And Thrivent pays the processing fees, so 100% of your donation goes to help make an impact.


sponsor.jpg As the nation’s only organization linking together professionals across various departments in higher education, as well as other supporters interested in protecting youth and other vulnerable populations, we have a unique target audience. Members often seek vendors that offer training solutions, registration systems, background checks, insurance coverages, and outsourcing methods for other youth protection responsibilities.  We offer conference sponsorship opportunities as well as year-round.


We would like to thank year-round sponsors Praesidium and United Educators for their support of HEPNet. Check out what they can do for you, below.

Praesidium is the leading innovator of scientifically-based solutions designed to transform the way organizations approach the prevention of sexual abuse. Praesidium’s expertise, consulting, and solutions help to foster safer environments for children, vulnerable adults, staff, volunteers, and all parties involved. For over 30 years, Praesidium has trained more than one million people online and hundreds of thousands in person. As the largest and most comprehensive sexual abuse risk management firm globally, Praesidium knows how sexual abuse happens and, more importantly, how to prevent it.


Empower your faculty, staff, and students to tackle education’s unique challenges in today’s rapidly changing world. The accessible and interactive online training from United Educators is created specifically for colleges and universities covering topics such as protecting minors, Title IX, and student mental health. Learn more about our training solutions.


Affiliate Membership 


While most HEPNet members are within higher education, we have many members from outside of higher education that support our mission and can benefit from membership.  Affiliate members also receive discounted member pricing on our annual conference.