UW News

January 21, 2014

A new record: UW Combined Fund Drive raises $2.18 million

UW Human Resources Marketing & Communications

The 2013 University of Washington Combined Fund Drive, part of the state’s workplace giving campaign, raised $2,181,617 making it the most successful campaign in the program’s 29-year history.

The campaign ran Oct. 16 to Dec. 6, 2013. During that time, UW faculty, staff and retirees pledged $63,789 more than the previous year to 1,788 charitable nonprofit groups. Employees contributed through ongoing payroll deduction or one-time gifts.

“The UW community continues to demonstrate its philanthropic spirit by supporting hundreds of local, national and international organizations and helping to make the world a better place,” said Kerri Everly, campaign manager for the UW Combined Fund Drive. “I am proud to be part of such a generous and caring community.”

Some highlights from the 2013 campaign are:

  • A campuswide coin drive raised $5,215 for the Northwest Burn Foundation, which serves burn injury survivors through a partnership with Harborview Medical Center.
  • Another $3,063 went to the Northwest Burn Foundation from the campaign’s annual silent auction. Additional fundraisers brought the total to $10,432.
  • A holiday food drive raised 12,000 pounds of food for the U-District Food Bank.
  • Leaders in UW Medicine’s human resources department launched a “Pie Your Boss” contest that earned $4,000 to benefit agencies involved in typhoon relief efforts, including Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross.

Since the campaign began in 1984, the UW community has raised more than $37 million to support thousands of causes. The drive has received the state’s highest university participation award, as well as other national and local awards, for its outstanding campaign.