UW Combined Fund Drive

January 11, 2022

UWCFD Raises Nearly $2 Million to Support Nonprofits

This past fall, faculty, staff and retirees came together to contribute $1,958,811 to hundreds of organizations through the UW Combined Fund Drive’s Giving for Good 2021 campaign. 

“I am so impressed by the creativity our employee volunteers bring to the campaign. It inspires such incredible generosity on the part of UW employees and retirees,” said Jolyn Mason, campaign manager for the UW Combined Fund Drive. “It is so exciting to see the UW community come together to make the world a better place.”

The UW Combined Fund Drive collaborates with a featured nonprofit each year. This year’s featured organization was the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), focusing on their Tiny House Village program. Tiny Houses provide a safe, dignified transition out of homelessness for individuals and families through caring case management and support.

A tiny house village in Seattle / Aaron Long, LIHI

“We were pleased to partner with LIHI this year and help address the rising tide of homelessness in our region,” said Mason. “I am so heartened by the UW community’s generosity. Together, you contributed more than $47,000 to LIHI – enough to build 11 additional tiny houses.”

The UWCFD is part of a statewide fundraising campaign that dates to 1984. Since then, the UW community has contributed more than $56 million to local and international nonprofits, including dozens of UW funds supporting students, faculty and staff.

“The Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact UW employees and students, and we are proud to highlight programs that provide assistance, such as the UW Food Pantry,” said Mason. During the 2021 campaign, employee food drives supported the UW Pantry with donations of more than 500 pounds of food and hundreds of dollars.

“We are delighted to continue our partnership with The Whole U to assist in fundraising for the UW Employee Emergency Fund and food pantries on all three campuses, demonstrating the UW community’s commitment to helping one another during times of need,” continued Mason.

If you missed this year’s drive or still want to show your support, you can give year-round through payroll deduction. Visit the UW Combined Fund Drive website to learn more about the many ways you can contribute to our community.