This fall, Duke employees have collectively raised more than half a million dollars for community nonprofits, schools and neighborhoods.
Doing Good in the Neighborhood, Duke’s employee giving campaign, holds a fundraising blitz every October. The campaign invites Duke employees to make a financial contribution that benefits important organizations and innovative programs in Durham, Orange, Wake and Johnston counties. Staff and faculty across the university and health system are invited to participate.
About 1,923 employees have participated in the campaign from July 1, 2017, the start of the campaign fiscal year, through Nov. 2, 2017. About $220,391 in employee donations has been collected so far.
Employees are expected to contribute a total of $540,758 toward Doing Good in the Neighborhood by the end of the campaign fiscal year (June 30, 2018). However, that number is expected to grow as employees continue to make new gifts toward the campaign.
“In just a short amount of time, Duke staff and faculty banded together to raise more than half a million dollars for the community, and contributions are still coming in,” said Phail Wynn Jr., Duke’s vice president for Durham and Community Affairs. “This is an incredible example of how our Duke family supports neighborhoods, youth and schools close to campus, in Durham and the greater Triangle.”
Throughout the campaign blitz, employees could choose to give to any of these six categories: Health, Neighborhoods, Schools, Youth Empowerment, United Way of the Greater Triangle, or the Community Care Fund, which is an annual, competitive Duke grant-making program for Triangle nonprofits.
Doing Good in the Neighborhood staff will continue to fundraise throughout the campaign fiscal year. The goal is to have a total of 3,000 Duke employees participate and raise a total of $800,000 by June 30, 2018.
Duke employees can still make a gift to the campaign to help Doing Good in the Neighborhood achieve its goals and provide more funding for local organizations.
“Doing Good in the Neighborhood brings Duke and the community together through funding, camaraderie and volunteerism,” said April Dudash, Doing Good in the Neighborhood campaign co-manager. “We thank our Duke colleagues, from the bottom of our hearts, for giving back in so many ways.”