BY MARSHA GREEN
Every year, the Doing Good in the Neighborhood campaign makes it easy for Duke University and Duke University Health System employees to make a difference in Durham through community-based philanthropy. The 2010-2011 campaign kicked off on September 2; visit doinggood.duke.edu to learn more and to give online!
When the call came last year to help support the Durham community through Duke’s employee giving campaign, Kathy Wright didn’t hesitate to contribute. It’s a way for her to connect with the city she’s called home for more than 20 years.
“When I was a Duke student in the 80s, I volunteered in the community, and I served as a Cub Scout leader for five years after college,” said Wright, special events coordinator for the Nasher Museum of Art. “Now, even though I don’t have time to volunteer, I still want to support these services.”
In the difficult economy of 2009, Wright and other Duke faculty and staff contributed a total of $543,319 to the Doing Good in the Neighborhoodcampaign, about 10 percent more than in 2008.
The 2010-2011 campaign kicked off September 2 and runs through November. Led by the Office of Durham and Regional Affairs, the campaign allows participants to donate to local organizations through Duke Community Giving or United Way of the Greater Triangle.
The Duke Community Giving options assist local agencies supported by the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership and Duke University Health System. Duke Community Giving donors can direct their money to one of five general areas: Schools, Youth, Neighborhoods, Health, and the Community Care Grant Fund, which provides competitive, one-time grants for non-profits throughout Durham. Every dollar of your Duke Community Giving donation goes directly to local organizations.
United Way of the Greater Triangle donors can give to any nonprofit of their choice, or to a general fund that works to meet the most pressing needs in Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties.
Phail Wynn Jr., Duke’s Vice President for Durham and Regional Affairs, said the giving campaign engages employees and provides an easy way to make a difference in Durham through community-based philanthropy.
“We hope this community giving opportunity not only strengthens the existing bonds between Duke and Durham, but creates new passion for and participation in the university’s community engagement efforts,” Wynn said.
Last year, Wright participated in the Doing Good in the Neighborhood campaign by checking boxes on both her United Way and Duke Community Giving pledge forms, for programs that support youth. She intends to do the same this year.
“I’ve always been drawn to helping the children of the community,” she said. “With my previous employers, I donated through United Way. Now I can easily give through both United Way and through Duke’s programs. It just feels like the right thing to do.”