UW Combined Fund Drive

Coordinator Training and Resources

Do good, have fun, repeat.

Last fall, the UW community came together – though we were physically apart – and raised almost $2 million for thousands of nonprofits through our workplace giving campaign.

A key element of that success was the work of creative and committed campaign coordinators who promote the drive within their departments.

Coordinator Training 

During the campaign, you can help by:

  • Sharing information about events and nonprofits
  • Making a gift
  • Inviting a speaker to share the work their nonprofit is doing
  • Hosting a fundraiser or event

Couldn’t make it to a training? No worries! Check out our brief UWCFD Coordinator Training – Overview

Coordinator Connections are held once a month during the campaign for coordinators to share ideas, brainstorm new ones, and get to know each other. Missed the last one? You can watch it on YouTube!

Additional Resources

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Tool kit

Your digital campaign

If your department holds a fundraiser, complete the fundraiser form and attach a money order or cashier’s check payable to the CFD (no cash). Send the form and money order/cashier’s check to UWCFD, Box 359200.

Impact statements

Animals and the environment

  • $5 per month helps Washington Trails Association keep great hiking info free and easy to find, so you can get outside all year long (Washington Trails Association)
  • $12 per month can host a rural renewables workshop to help a small community switch to small-scale sustainable energy (EarthShare Washington)
  • $25 provides crucial fluids for neglected or abandoned animals (Pasado’s Safe Haven)
  • $25 can help provide a bed to a pet in need (Pawsitive Alliance)
  • $50 can support a spay or two cat neuter surgeries (Pawsitive Alliance)
  • $100 can support 20 microchips and ID tags to reunite lost pets with their caretakers. (Pawsitive Alliance)

Arts, culture and humanities

  • $10 donation will provide 10 sets of rhythm sticks for use in group music therapy sessions for marginalized children (Snohomish County Music Project)
  • $10 a month supports an essential community service, from distance learning and educational resources for families, to trusted information from PBS NewsHour and the inspiring drama of MASTERPIECE (KCTS9)
  • $25 a month creates a scholarship for an outstanding drama student (UW School of Drama)
  • $25 covers lunch for two youth during a team-building snowboarding outing (the Service Board)

Children, youth and family services

  • $10 per month can support art and craft materials for classrooms to help creative and imaginative play (ChildHaven)
  • $10 a month pays for two therapy sessions with a special educator (Wonderland Kids)
  • $20 provides 10 packages of diaper cream for healthy bottoms (WestSide Baby)
  • $150 provides each homeless child we celebrate with a full birthday experience, from gifts, to goody bags, juice, games, and of course – birthday cake (Birthday Dreams)

Disaster relief and emergency services

  • $6 provides 1 large 14-litre bucket that can be used to haul water or other relief supplies (American Red Cross)
  • $12.50 a month can ship 100 pounds of critical medicine and medical supplies for disaster survivors (Americares)

Education and literacy

  • $5 per pay period educates 10 Seattle Police Officers per year about bias and Holocaust history through our “Law Enforcement and Society” workshops (Holocaust Center for Humanity)
  • $10 a month can cover a student’s annual discounted bus pass (Northwest Education Access (formerly Seattle Education Access))
  • $20 provides a newly released participant with a gift card to Goodwill, Safeway, or Walgreens in order to obtain clothing, food, or hygiene supplies (Un-loop)
  • $25.00 gives one month of basic internet access for a student parent on track to graduate (Goodwin Connections)
  • $25 funds project materials for students learning through project-based learning cycles (Technology Access Foundation)
  • $50 purchases parts for students to build and create in robotics club (Technology Access Foundation)
  • $100 covers three hours of specialized tutoring from a Student Support Specialist (Technology Access Foundation)
  • $360 or $30 a month covers a year of STEMbyTAF Education for one student at one of our partner schools (Technology Access Foundation)
  • $500 purchases replacement and updated MakerSpace lab equipment like 3D printers or laser cutters (Technology Access Foundation)
  • $1000 provides 50 students with transportation to a college or STEM industry site tour (Technology Access Foundation)

Health and medical research

  • $10 saves children from potentially fatal asthma attacks by educating one teacher (American Lung Association)
  • $12.50 a month will pay for an uninsured patient to get a mammogram (Susan G Komen Puget Sound)
  • $25 covers one clinic visit co-pay. Marrow transplant patients must visit the transplant clinic daily or weekly during their 3 to 6 months of outpatient recovery (Be The Match)
  • $500 supports the training of one midwife to improve her skills in safely delivering babies during complicated cases of childbirth. (Amref Health Africa)

Housing and homelessness

  • $2 a month stocks two new residents’ pantries with food (Plymouth Housing)
  • $17 a month provides about 4 meals to homeless youth (ROOTS Young Adult Shelter)
  • $15.00 dollars would raise enough money for a sleeping bag to someone who is experiencing homelessness (Facing Homelessness)
  • $150 provides each homeless child we celebrate with a full birthday experience, from gifts, to goody bags, juice, games, and of course – birthday cake (Birthday Dreams)

Human services

  • $8.33 per month provides 4 hours of advanced training for one dog (Summit Assistance Dogs)
  • $24 per month ($6 per week) provides four sets of adjustable handle reins for riders with disabilities (Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center)
  • $25 helps a newly-arrived refugee studying English pay for basic Adult Education Classes (Neighborhood House)
  • $10 supplies one day of meals for a low income adult with disabilities (Full Life Care)
  • $25 provides transportation to and from a client home to receive health and social services (Full Life Care)
  • $2,500: help expand behavioral health care for Plymouth residents (Plymouth Housing)
  • $500: cover six months of utilities for a Plymouth resident (Plymouth Housing)
  • $250: provide a twin bed for a new resident moving into their apartment (Plymouth Housing)
  • $10 a month or $120 a year covers the subscription for the online video software needed to provide virtual classes (Ventures)
  • $16 a month for one year puts an entrepreneur through 4 weeks of Business Basics Course. It costs $400 to provide our 8-week signature course to one entrepreneur (Ventures)
  • $25 a month provide 30 minutes of business coaching (Ventures)

Food and food distribution

  • $10 means we can provide 3-4 days of food to a student (UW Food Pantry)
  • $10 per month provides 720 pounds of nutritious food including rice and beans, fruits, vegetables, rolled oats, meat, and pasta (Northwest Harvest)
  • $20 feeds a child for a month by redirecting good food from manufacturers, farmers, grocery stores, and restaurants that might otherwise go to waste (Food Lifeline)

International relief and development

  • $6 allows us to plant an indigenous tree on safely cleared land (PeaceTrees Vietnam)
  • $5 a month will provide a BioSand Water Filter for a poor family in sub-Saharan Africa or Asia, ensuring clean water for the family for 30 years (Friendly Water for the World)
  • $32 brings 1 hour of world language lessons to low-income U.S. students, as they claim their global citizenship (OneWorld Now)

Senior centers and services

  • $10 provides companionship and one ride to a medical, dental, or essential appointment to keep a senior living independently for as long as possible (Ballard Senior Center)
  • $10 per month support the Greenwood Senior Center’s dementia friendly programs for those living with a diagnosed memory loss and their caregiver. Programming includes twice a month sing-a-long, The Gathering Place enrichment program and dementia friendly meditation (Greenwood Senior Center)

Award nomination forms

Each spring, the Sno-King and UWCFD advisory committees selected awardees in each of six categories. These awards recognize outstanding volunteerism on behalf of the Combined Fund Drive. Consider nominating yourself or a fellow campaigner in one or more of these categories for the 2022 campaign:

Outstanding Team Award

This award is presented annually to a group of CFD volunteers that demonstrate exemplary teamwork while promoting and educating employees about the benefits of giving through the CFD.

Dean Speer Award

The Sno-King Combined Fund Drive Dean Speer Award for Excellence is presented annually to one CFD volunteer who displays the attributes of enthusiasm, professionalism, positivity, outstanding service, and commitment to the UWCFD. Each department/unit may nominate their best and brightest volunteer.

Spirit of Service Award

The Spirit of Service Award is presented annually to veteran CFD coordinators who have gone the extra mile during the Combined Fund Drive campaign. Each agency may nominate their best and brightest coordinators who have helped make the CFD campaign a success. You may also use this form to nominate co-coordinators.

Rookie of the Year Award

The Rookie of the Year Award is presented annually to new CFD coordinators who have gone the extra mile during the Combined Fund Drive campaign. Each agency may nominate their best and brightest coordinators; those who have helped make the CFD campaign a success.

Exemplary Leadership Award

The Exemplary Leadership Award is presented annually to the director, manager or supervisor who provides outstanding support of the Combined Fund Drive and the efforts of campaign leaders and/or coordinators within their agency.

Innovative Event Award

The Innovative Event Award is presented annually to campaign volunteers who demonstrate exemplary outreach and innovation in planning and executing CFD campaign events.

Campaign assistant information

Campaign assistants (CA) are here for you and your campaign. Your CA will help you make your workplace giving campaign personal to your office. We’re here to help you run a fun, engaging and successful workplace giving campaign.

Campaign assistants support multiple accounts made up of various schools and departments throughout the University’s three campuses and three medical centers.

Your campaign assistant is here to help you develop and implement campaign plans that are going to work the best for your department. They’ll help you create material and opportunities to get your co-workers engaged in making a different.

CAs are your go-to resource for event planning, public speaking, team building, charity speakers and gathering materials to aid and assist you in your role as a coordinator – especially as we move the campaign online!