(Make sure to check out the Gift Impact infographic at the end of this story.)
This month, Duke University and Duke University Health System employees are invited to make a gift to Duke’s Doing Good in the Neighborhood employee giving campaign, which benefits local schools, nonprofits and neighborhoods.
Duke has set the goal to raise $800,000 and have 3,000 staff and faculty participate during the 2017-18 campaign year, which ends June 30, 2018.
Throughout the month of October, any employee who makes a gift will automatically be entered into prize drawings, and employees can also read impact stories about how Doing Good in the Neighborhood funding has been used in the past year.
Triangle organizations need funding to start as well as sustain their important programs. Duke employee gifts have provided hot meals to homebound seniors, farmland for Burma refugees and books for Durham Public Schools students, just to name a few ways Doing Good in the Neighborhood has made an impact.
Employees can choose to contribute to six giving categories: Community Care Fund (a competitive grant-making program), Health, Neighborhoods, Schools, United Way of the Greater Triangle, and Youth Empowerment.
Over the past eight months, April Dudash, campaign manager for Duke’s annual Doing Good in the Neighborhood employee giving campaign, has visited classrooms, nonprofit offices, community gardens and recreation centers to hear nonprofits’ dreams of expanding projects and trying out new ideas, as well as listening to their stories of financial need.
“These Triangle nonprofits, schools and neighborhoods share an unwavering passion to make their community a better place,” Dudash said. “Our Duke community is part of a bigger community, and we need to do our part to support our neighbors.”
There are nearly 42,000 Duke employees across Duke University and Duke University Health System, but only 5 percent of the total employee population make a contribution to Doing Good in the Neighborhood. The 2016-17 campaign raised a total of $549,873, which was distributed to 56 organizations, 12 neighborhoods and nine schools in four North Carolina counties.
“This October, let’s unite as a Duke family to help our neighbors,” Dudash said. “Five dollars could make the difference of providing one child with a new book or a family with a pack of clean diapers for their baby. Any amount helps, please give what you can, and the support of every Duke employee matters.”
Visit doinggood.duke.edu to learn more.