Happy Thanksgiving! How nice it is to have a holiday whose entire purpose is to express gratitude! What can you do with that nice feeling? First, allow yourself to stay with that good feeling for a bit. Next, move that feeling outwards to action. Be kind to those you love and those in your community. Think for a moment about others who are in need. Certainly the full expression of gratitude is giving back, isn’t it?

Campaign News and Events

Holocaust Center For Humanity

Each year the Combined Fund Drive partners with a local charity to highlight their mission and bring extra donations to their well-run organization. This year, it is the Holocause Center for Humanit. Their mission is to inspire teaching and learning for humanity in the schools and communities of this region through the study of the Holocaust. Founded in 1989, the Center fulfills its mission through its popular “Teaching Trunks” program which provides teachers in the Pacific Northwest with the materials and curriculum necessary to teach lessons of tolerance and citizenship.

One of the Center’s “Teaching Trunks”

The Holocaust Center for Humanity has also expanded on its commitment to keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive through its new museum in downtown Seattle. Here, the students of Washington state can view the artifacts and stories of Holocaust survivors who went on to settle in the local area.

“Our opening exhibit explores the best and worst of human behavior through local Holocaust survivors’ stories,” says Dee Simon, the Center’s Executive Director. “Learning about the Holocaust empowers students to speak up for one another, and against injustice and hatred.”

Although Holocaust education is recommended in Washington State, it is not mandated and there is no funding to teach it. Addressing complicated contemporary themes, from bullying at school to hate crimes and genocide, the Holocaust Center has been reaching students, teachers, and community groups since 1989 through direct outreach, educational materials, curriculum, and access to Holocaust survivors and legacy speakers (descendants of survivors), who tell their stories to 20,000 people each year.

A docent presenting in the museum

The UW Combined Fund Drive is proud to partner with the Holocaust Center for Humanity, and bring its message of tolerance to the University of Washington as our 2016 featured charity.

For more information on the Holocaust Center, visit their website here.


Charity Highlight: Education and Literacy

  • $25 pays for test preparation materials to help a student place into college-level classes (Seattle Education Access)
  • $50 covers the cost of one new Facilitator Training to prepare domestic and international students
  • $100 provides students with special needs the opportunity to interact with their mainstream peers while refining fine motor skills and cognitive functions by providing educational software for the classroom (Northshore Schools Foundation)
  • $150 sends a FIUTS student to a local classroom to share their culture with K-12 students in Seattle, promoting cross-cultural understanding (Foundation for International Understanding Through Students)

Bonus: Do you feel like you don’t have enough of your own to give to others?

Here is an interesting article on charitable giving when you are just starting your career: How to Give Away Money When it Feels Like You Don’t Have Any

It isn’t always about MONEY, either! Another way to give is with your time or expertise, rather than your dollars. An excellent way to find a volunteer opportunity is to visit For more local hands-on, go to United Way of King County’s volunteer site.

  1. Volunteering connects you to others
  2. Volunteering is good for your mind and body
  3. Volunteering can advance your career
  4. Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life

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