UW raises more than $2.2 million through UW Combined Fund Drive

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The University of Washington community came together this fall to raise a record-breaking $2,282,731 for local and global nonprofits through the UW Combined Fund Drive.

UW faculty, staff and retirees pledged to nearly 1,800 nonprofits during the drive, which ran Oct. 13 to Dec. 2, 2016.

“I am extremely grateful for the generosity of our many donors,” said Kerri Everly, development officer and campaign manager for the UW Combined Fund Drive. “Our community has truly made a difference in the lives of so many in Washington and throughout the world.”

Each year, the UW Combined Fund Drive selects a featured charity and this year’s pick went to Holocaust Center for Humanity – an education organization that teaches lessons of tolerance, kindness and anti-bullying to schoolchildren and the community throughout the Puget Sound region. Pledges and special events, including a stair climb fundraiser at six locations across UW’s three campuses and two of our medical centers, raised more than $22,000 for Holocaust Center for Humanity.

“Thank you to our many volunteers across campus who planned events and fundraisers – including a magic show, spring roll lunch & learn, trivia night, online auction, chili feed and a restaurant takeover – to help raise awareness for the important work of the more than 5,000 nonprofits in this campaign,” said Everly.

The statewide fundraising campaign dates back to 1984, and the UW community has contributed a total of $43.9 million for nonprofits, UW scholarships and UW programs.

Visit the UW Combined Fund Drive year-round to search for volunteer opportunities as well as special events like the upcoming Earth Day Challenge in April.