UW Combined Fund Drive

October 27, 2020

Democracy In Action: How to Get Involved

It’s election season and many conversations are happening on the topic of civic engagement. Democracy in Action (DiA) looks different for everyone; it can be voting, reading the news, volunteering with a community center, and advocating for community goals. One way to support the community and the many efforts to pursue DiA is by donating to support civic engagement, community service, or human right protections.

What does Democracy in Action look like for our partner charities? Here at the UW, the Law School and Evans School for Public Policy and Governance educate the next generation of lawyers and public servants to be global leaders solving our collective community’s problems. This year’s featured charity, Northwest Harvest, practices Democracy in Action by advocating for policy measures to ensure food access as a basic human right.

UWCFD partner organizations offer UW employees the ability to engage and enact change through donations and education. Advocacy is a core element to many of our non-profit partners and your donation allows them to advocate for a cause that you believe in. Whether through your donations or your vote, you can make a difference in our community.

Want to Learn More?

Attend a Lunch & Learn! Our Lunch & Learns are an opportunity to hear directly from non-profit leaders participating in making change in our world. With a diverse array of subject matters, find a topic that interests you, or you want to learn more about.

Scheduled speakers here, and sign up to attend!

Election stress? Support yourself by registering for the 2020 Election Support Series

Daily Reminders to Practice Resilience. Participants will receive an e-mail every work day between Monday, October 26 and Friday, November 13 that includes a concrete, 5-15 minute action steps to support resilience, compassion for others and self-care. Register here

14 Day Election Stress Mediation October 26 – November 6. Find relaxation and a space to destress this election season through mediation.  Join Catherine Bachy and Jeff Leinaweaver from daily at noon for 15 minutes from October 26 – November 6. This meditation session will have you calm, focused, and empowered for the rest of the day. Register here

Support Civic Action by giving or volunteering

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation – Charity Code: 0486265
The nation’s foremost defender of civil liberties. Defends constitutional rights. Upholds free speech, religious liberty, equality, privacy, due process. Protects minorities, women, immigrants, the poor.

Campaign For Equal Justice – Charity Code: 0456923
Charitably supports free civil legal aid for low-income and vulnerable Washingtonians facing urgent legal problems that threaten basic human needs like housing, health and safety. Counties Served: All Counties

Earthjustice – Charity Code: 0314964
This charity is a part of EarthShare Washington. Protects people, wildlife and natural resources by providing free legal representation to citizen groups to enforce our environmental laws.

Equal Justice Initiative  – Charity Code: 148207
The Equal Justice Initiative is a non-profit law organization working to improve justice and fairness in America for the poor, disadvantaged and incarcerated.

Freedom Foundation – Charity Code: 0487653
We work to advance individual liberty, free enterprise and responsible government. Our efforts focus on public policy research alternatives in: state budget and tax policies, health care and education reform and citizenship and governance issues.

League of Education Voters Foundation – Charity Code: 1480090
The LEV Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization that provides strategic, accurate, and timely information to citizens, educators, policymakers, and the media highlights research-driven educational practices that prepare all students to reach their full potential and advocates for reforms and revenue to implement the research-based practices in Washington. Donations are tax-deductible. Our Vision Our vision is that every student in Washington state has access to an excellent public education.

Legal Momentum – Charity Code: 1478395
Legal Momentum advances the rights of women and girls through the power of law and innovative public policy. Our work addresses womens fundamental needs: freedom from violence, equal pay and equal work, and access to comprehensive health care.

NAACP Foundation – Charity Code: 0326044
Protecting and advancing civil rights by eliminating disparities in: education, criminal justice, economic opportunity, health care, housing, environmental justice, legal redress and emergency relief.

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund – Charity Code: 0316271
Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.

re:Power – Charity Code: 1479275
Provides training programs in leadership, organizing, non-partisan voter engagement, citizen activism, and issue advocacy for individuals, organizations, and diverse communities.

Southern Poverty Law Center – Charity Code: 0316284
Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward making the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity a reality.