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UW’s workplace giving campaign raises $2 million

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Every year, the state of Washington’s Combined Fund Drive raises millions of dollars for local charities, and the University of Washington plays a major role in that effort.

Our annual workplace giving campaign, the Combined Fund Drive ended Dec. 10 and UW faculty and staff raised a record-breaking $2,044,404. I was lucky enough to serve as a campaign coordinator for the UW Alumni Association and University Advancement. This was an honor indeed, and I am proud of what we accomplished.

Peter Kelley, assistant editor of UW Today, caught up with Campaign Manager Kerri Everly and penned a nice story on this year’s wrap-up. Everly said the UW’s fundraising represents 36 percent of the total raised throughout the state. Northwest Harvest was the top charity to support for UW employees, while the UW Foundation and University Food Bank were also popular gifts. All told, there were more than 2,800 charities to choose from, and many rely on the Combined Fund Drive to support their annual budgets.

“It was a tough year this year but people are really still supporting their beloved charities,” Everly told UW Today. “That makes it even more special, that the UW community stepped up in that way.”

Read the full story here, and make quick work of this week’s Dawg Treats:

  • Nathaniel Greenberg, a doctoral candidate at the UW who is studying in Egypt, offers his views of the uprising from his Cairo neighborhood. A great read from The Common Language Project as published in the Seattle Times.
  • The UW is partnering with Intel and the U.S. military to help scientists experiment with designs for faster, more energy-efficient optoelectronic chips that compute using both electrical impulses and photons of light. Sounds impressive.
  • A study by the UW, University of British Columbia and University of Wisconsin looked at more than 1,600 college students and discovered that many depressed students are being missed. According to researchers, one out of every four students who visits a university health center has the signs of depression.
  • The Dream Project, founded at the UW to help low-income and first-generation students get to college, was awarded a $972,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • A private ridesharing network for the UW Seattle community, Zimrideuses Facebook integration to make it easy for students to find a friend or fellow classmate for ride sharing. The service requires a UW NetID to log in.
  • Sex expert and UW sociologist Pepper Schwartz discussed Hugh Hefner’s latest engagement in a recent column for CNN Opinion. He’s 84 and rich, she’s 24 and beautiful. Why not?
  • The UW reached a deal with Alaska Airlines to rename Hec Edmundson Pavilion to Alaska Airlines Arena. The deal is for $500,000 and lasts 10 years.
  • The Burke Museum hosted a members-only Behind the Scenes Night on Jan. 25 that attracted scores of youngsters, experts, parents and students.
  • Rajesh Rao, UW associate professor of computer science and engineering, will present at the 2011 TED Conference on March 4 in Long Beach, Calif. Rao will describe his research using computer models to understand the human brain.
  • Want to hear one of the biggest icebergs of the last decade crack up? Listen as a gigantic iceberg breaks on an underwater shoal, a five-hour event compressed into two minutes.

Photo by David Hogan.

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