UW Combined Fund Drive

February 3, 2021

For the love of human kind

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and stores are stocking up on symbols of love. Whether you prefer gifts of chocolate and flowers, letters filled with admiration, or acts of love and kindness, each person gives and receives love differently.

Regardless of preference, the goal is to show affection. We all want to live intentional and passionate lives. We want to be thoughtful with the way we love.

This Valentine’s Day, creatively show love to your partners, family, friends, and community. Write out-of-state friends a letter (like hand written ones – old school). Surprise an older family member by running their errands. Host a virtual couples Pictionary game night.

And, of course, show love to your community by supporting local businesses and charities. With over 5,000 nonprofits to give to through the UW Combined Fund Drive, which have causes that resonate with you? Maybe consider donating what you would have spent on a Valentine’s Day gift in honor of your loved one!

Philanthropy is built on the Greek roots “philo-“, love, and “anthropo-“, mankind.[1] Each year UW employees participate in a great act of love by contributing to the Combined Fund Drive. The workplace giving program is a collective show of love for humankind and the world we live in. Together, we connect our passions with giving to make our world a little better and more loving.

Previously Featured Charities We Continue to Love

Northwest Harvest (Charity Code: 0316358)
The mission of Northwest Harvest is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger.

Be The Match Foundation (Charity Code: 0456651)
Be The Match assists patients and funds research and donor recruitment efforts of the National Marrow Donor Program for patients with leukemia and other potentially-fatal blood diseases.

Special Olympics Washington (Charity Code: 0315427)
Special Olympics Washington provides sports training and competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities, while also helping create a feeling of inclusion and acceptance for all.

Facing Homelessness (Charity Code: 1481773)
Facing Homelessness is building a new awareness about our relationship to homelessness and to each other through visual storytelling, art advocacy, and community engagement.

Summit Assistance Dogs (Charity Code: 0315210)
Summit Assistance Dogs is a nonprofit organization, located in Anacortes, Washington, that provides mobility, hearing, and therapy dogs for people with disabilities.

EarthShare Washington (Charity Code: 0316709)
Funds more than 60 leading organizations that provide for livable communities and a healthy planet. Together, we are ensuring a cleaner, greener future.

Contributed by UWCFD student intern Noam Soker

[1] https://www.etymonline.com/word/philanthropy