Each fall, the UW Combined Fund Drive – our workplace giving program for faculty, staff and retirees – spotlights a nonprofit organization doing amazing work to make our communities healthier and more resilient.
The 2022 featured nonprofit is Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). MSF is an independent and neutral organization offering medical humanitarian assistance around the world.
Guided by medical ethics and principles of impartiality, they serve victims of war, disease and natural disasters without regard to race, nationality, gender, religion, or political affiliation.
MSF provides critical medical care in nearly 70 countries.
“UW employees have done such a great job supporting our local community the last two years and the UWCFD is so excited to share the work of Doctors Without Borders,” said UWCFD campaign manager Jolyn Mason. “MSF has such a positive impact in the global community and we know UW employees will love learning more about them.”
Some humanitarian crises gain international attention while others happen under the radar. One example of the former is the 2010 Haiti earthquake– a magnitude 7.0 temblor that killed more than 100,000 people, displaced more than a million and destroyed much of the country’s already fragile health system.
MSF, who already maintained a long-term presence in Haiti, mobilized one of their largest ever emergency responses, treating more than 350,000 people in the aftermath of the quake. Read about MSF’s continued involvement in Haiti, 10 years after the quake.
Nobel Peace prize winners
In 1999, MSF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “in recognition of the organization’s pioneering humanitarian work on several continents.”
Founded in France in 1971 by thirteen doctors and journalists in response to famine in Nigeria, MSF has grown into a worldwide organization with 45,000 staff working in more than 70 countries each year.
MSF may be best known for their quick responses to acute crises, like the Haiti earthquake, but many of their resources are spent on long-term work in numerous countries. This involves vaccination programs, addressing disease outbreaks like ebola and malaria, assisting people living in conflict zones, and providing for the basic needs of those displaced from their homes.
Past UWCFD featured nonprofits include Low Income Housing Institute, Northwest Harvest, Summit Assistance Dogs and Be The Match. Each organization has enjoyed increased visibility as a result of being featured, as well as a boost in one-time and annual donations from UW employees.
Learn more about MSF
Learn about how, why, and where MSF teams respond to different diseases around the world, and the challenges they face in providing treatment in areas such as maternal health, malnutrition, and antibiotic resistance.
- Maritza, a doctor from Venezuela, shares her experience working with MSF to improve access to health care for women and their babies Venezuela’s Sucre State.
- Photo story: Fighting a major nutritional emergency in northwest Nigeria
- MSF teams in Mexico’s northern border cities witness overwhelming needs of migrants
The UWCFD looks forward to educating our UW community about MSF’s far-reaching impact in the places where help is most needed.
- Attend an event: We’ll be updating our calendar with MSF events open to the UW community as we hear of them.
- Volunteer: Join the national volunteer pool, and be contacted about opportunities, by completing this online form.
- Donate: Consider making a one-time gift or setting up monthly payroll deduction through the UWCFD to MSF (charity code 0315935).
- Fundraise: UWCFD will partner with a variety of UW departments and units this fall hosting events to fundraise for MSF. Check our calendar for updates or contact us to find out what’s coming up!
The 2022 UWCFD workplace giving campaign kicks off October 5! Between Oct. 5 – 12, get a $5 Starbucks card (courtesy of WSECU) for any new UWCFD donation through payroll deduction of $5 or more, OR for an increase of $5 to any current donation, OR by logging one hour of volunteer time to a UWCFD nonprofit.