UW Combined Fund Drive

2021 Campaign: Giving for Good

Running October 6 – December 3, we are planning to host a mix of virtual and in-person events and activities to engage UW employees and get them excited about supporting their favorite (or new favorite!) nonprofits.

2021 Featured Nonprofit: Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI)

Our 2021 campaign featured nonprofit is LIHI: Low Income Housing Institute, focusing on their Tiny Houses program. LIHI’s new tiny house village, Rosie’s Village, is being constructed at 45th and Roosevelt in the University District. The village is scheduled to open October 2021.

LIHI is one of the largest providers of tiny house village shelters in the nation, ensuring that people’s experience in homelessness is as safe, dignified, and brief as possible.

Tiny houses offer tremendous benefits over tents – they are safe, weatherproof, and lockable – and the communities that we help build allow residents to reclaim their dignity and get on a path to housing in a supportive village environment.

Each tiny house has electricity, overhead light, and a heater. Each tiny house village has kitchen and restroom facilities, onsite showers and laundry, a counseling office, and a welcome hut where donations of food, clothing, and hygiene items can be dropped off.

Get involved with LIHI

Donate: Set up payroll deduction or make a one-time gift to LIHI (charity code 1478543) through the UWCFD.

In-kind donations of building materials, supplies or meals for a village, or hygiene products are welcome! Contact uwcfd@uw.edu for specific donation needs and how to donate them.

Volunteer: Volunteers for the tiny house project are needed in a variety of areas, including carpentry, painting, artwork, advocacy, etc.). Email tinyhouses@lihi.org for more info and to apply.

Campaign Coordinators

We can’t do this without you! Volunteer Campaign Coordinators are the key to a successful campaign, and we are  recruiting for our 2021 campaign! Planning to return for another year? Interested in volunteering for the first time? Let us know!

Check out our coordinator resources page for ideas and tips on running a successful campaign!

Save the date for our 2021 Coordinator Kickoff: Wednesday, October 6, 10 – 11 a.m. via zoom. Register here and let us know you’re coming – and where we can send your goody box! We’d love to have you join us.

Explore Coordinator Resources

Did you know? The 2020 UW Combined Fund Drive campaign raised a total of $2,040,474, including $163,475 for our featured charity, Northwest Harvest

Nonprofit Expo

We will once again hold our signature event, the Nonprofit Expo, virtually this year. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 12 from 11 am – 1 pm when you will have the opportunity to chat live with dozens of nonprofit representatives from organizations in the Combined Fund Drive.

First Week to Give

That’s right, we’ve got a $5 Starbucks card – courtesy of WSECU – for anyone who makes a new gift of $5 or more, increases an existing gift by $5 or more OR logs an hour of volunteer time during our first week to give, October 6 – 12. Do good, drink coffee. Win-Win.

Virtual Auction

We are delighted to host our first virtual auction this year! Bidding will be open from October 12 – 16. More info coming soon!

Holiday Wreath Fundraiser

We are once again partnering with Sherwood Forest Farms on a fundraiser to support LIHI’s Tiny Houses program! Check out our offerings.

For Nonprofit Organizations

Want to be part of the Combined Fund Drive? It’s easy – click here for more info. Want to make sure you get invites to on-campus events and updates on what we are doing? Email us at uwcfd@uw.edu and we’ll add you to our Speaker’s Bureau!


The UWCFD and the state CFD office recognize dedicated volunteers and teams each year with a variety of awards. Nominate your coordinator or yourself using a nomination form on this page.