UW Combined Fund Drive


  • Celebrate Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month

    September 22, 2021

    Hispanic Heritage Month - also widely referred to as Latina/o/x Heritage Month in recognition of the intersecting gender and ethnic identities of Latin American descendants – celebrates the history, diverse cultures, achievements, and contributions of Hispanic Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The UWCFD encourages community-based support,…

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  • Now More than Ever, Arts Organizations Need Our Support

    September 21, 2021

    Our communities need us…and the engagement, inspiration, and zest and zing that our arts nonprofit partners bring. As we move to the “New Abnormal,” many of these organizations are emerging from their COVID cocoons to revive in-person events, and could use our financial and moral support. The arts have certainly made a huge difference in…

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  • Supporting Sexual Assault Survivors

    September 20, 2021

    From left, U.S. gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols, and Aly Raisman are sworn in to testify during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. SAUL LOEB / AP On September 15, 2021, four women sat before congress and testified not only about the chronic sexual assault they endured but about…

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  • Celebrating Greenpeace Day, Every Day

    September 15, 2021

    Plastic Waste / G Images September 15 is Greenpeace Day! The day serves as an opportunity to recognize the impact of environmental activism and as a call to action for proactive response to environmental degradation. Pollution is an environmental issue we hear about more than ever, taking the form of fossil fuels, plastic waste, deforestation…

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  • Hurricane Ida: How to Help

    September 2, 2021

    Damage from Ida in New Orleans, August 31, 2021 / Chris Granger, The Times-Picayune The Gulf Coast is reeling in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. As the fifth strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland, Ida's gale force winds left thousands without a home, power, or clean water. At least 70 people have been killed…

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  • Suicide Prevention: Know the Warning Signs to Save Lives

    August 31, 2021

    If you are in crisis, or are concerned for someone else who is, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255 or text the Crisis Text Line at 741741. Help is available 24 hours a day. September 5-11 is National Suicide Prevention Week, and September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. For the many…

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  • Get Involved in Local Literacy Efforts

    August 26, 2021

    Seattle is one of the most literate cities in the nation, and yet tens of thousands of people in our region lack sufficient literacy for self-sufficiency. According to Literacy Source, a leading local non-profit providing basic education to low-income adults, 1 in 6 adults in Washington don’t have the basic educational skills needed to earn…

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  • Afghanistan Refugee Crisis: How to Help

    August 23, 2021

    After decades of conflict in the region, rapidly escalating violence in Afghanistan following the Taliban's takeover of Kabul has forced thousands of civilians to flee - or attempt to flee - for safety. The political instability, coupled with other humanitarian crises in the country including famine caused by drought, natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic,…

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  • Haiti Earthquake: How to Help

    August 17, 2021

    Johnathan Henniger / Americares On Saturday, August 14, Haiti was hit by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that has left nearly 1,300 people dead, and some 6,000 injured, with search and rescue operations still underway. Related: Afghanistan Refugee Crisis: How to Help Haiti’s civil protection agency estimates that some 27,000 homes have been destroyed and the destruction…

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  • Support Black-Owned Businesses

    August 13, 2021

    Photo: Central Cafe and Juice Bar / Seattle, WA While August is National Black Business Month, we recognize and support black-owned businesses in our community and country that make an impact on our daily lives year-round. Beyond just the retail component, this recognition gets at the systemic wealth discrepancies inherent in our economic structure.  According…

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  • Support Foster Youth this Back-to-School Season

    August 4, 2021

    Like all families, kids and families involved with the foster care system need support from their community to thrive. This back-to-school season is unique in that many youth are returning to in-person classes for the first time in months - although much is still uncertain about this year - adding additional stress for kids who…

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  • International Assistance Dog Week Spotlight: Summit Assistance Dogs

    July 30, 2021

    These are the dog days of summer, and what better time than now to shout out doggos? Milk-Bone brand founded National Dog Month in 2020 to recognize all the ways dogs make our lives better. Dogs are the most popular pets in the U.S. And though October is National Adopt a Dog month, anytime is…

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  • Getting Involved in Ecological Restoration

    July 28, 2021

    Singkham/Pexels Celebrated forest ecologist and UW Professor Emeritus Jerry Franklin once thought he’d been grabbed by Sasquatch while conducting research in Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southwest Washington. It turned out to be a mature Douglas fir shedding 1,000 pounds of its bark. Professor Franklin, a longtime steward of old growth forests and advocate for…

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  • Practicing Social Wellness

    July 20, 2021

    Social wellness means nurturing your body, your mind and your relationships. Social Wellness Month is celebrated every July to promote social support and increase national awareness surrounding the power of social interaction and its long-term benefits. While recognition month may be over, social wellness practices are valuable year-round. Social wellness can be defined in many…

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  • Getting out the Young Vote: Supporting Civic Youth Engagement

    July 20, 2021

    The 2020 U.S. election reported record voter turnout, up multiple percentage points across age, race and gender; particularly remarkable was young voter turnout. According to research by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University, more than 50% of Americans age 18-29 voted, an 11% increase from the 2016…

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