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Our Gift to Our Communities

December 17, 2020 GMT
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LA JOLLA, Calif., Dec. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Like many companies and organizations, Northcentral University likes to thank its employees with a gift at the end of the year.

“As a virtual university, our faculty and staff live everywhere, and we usually mail them a small token to thank them for their hard work during the year,” said Molly Gutterud, vice president of communications and advancement. Gutterud’s team oversees university communications and community relations.

But this year, that concept just didn’t feel right.

Northcentral focuses on serving those in the helping professions seeking graduate degrees – teachers, social workers, therapists, public administrators. Its 650 faculty and staff care deeply about their work but are also active in their communities as volunteers and activists.

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“As we thought about what would be meaningful to our faculty and staff, we thought about the power of paying our success this year forward – to let our people give back to their own communities in a way that was meaningful to them,” said Gutterud.

Her team came up with the idea to donate what the university would have spent on employee gifts to charities instead – specifically, any charity a faculty or staff member chose.

“We wanted them to be able to give back to their communities, which are so diverse, and know that we as a university support those efforts 100 percent,” said Gutterud.

Employees were invited to choose one of five pre-selected charities or write in their own choice. The result was 74 charities in 27 states and the District of Columbia. They include food banks, homeless shelters, animal welfare organizations, child welfare organizations, leading LGBTQ crisis intervention programs and veterans support programs. A full list of registered 501(c)3 nonprofits receiving gifts is below.

The amount of each gift was determined by the number of people who chose the charity. In total, the university committed $25,000 in charitable donations.

“It was incredibly gratifying to learn about all the good work going on in our communities, and to know that we’re making a difference,” said Gutterud.

About Northcentral University
Founded in 1996, Northcentral University is a regionally accredited, nonprofit, online and graduate-focused university serving professionals globally. NCU offers doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business, education and psychology, as well as doctoral and master’s degrees in marriage and family therapy, technology and health sciences.

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Northcentral University is a nonprofit affiliate of the private, nonprofit National University System. It is regionally accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). For more information, visit ncu.edu or call 866.776.0331.

Nonprofits Supported by Northcentral University this Holiday Season

Nonprofit Organization

City

State

Equal Justice Initiative

Montgomery

Alabama

Arizona Animal Welfare League

Phoenix

Arizona

Arizona Humane Society

Phoenix

Arizona

Free Arts for Abused Children

Phoenix

Arizona

Make-A-Wish America

Phoenix

Arizona

Medical Animals in Need (M.A.I.N.)

El Mirage

Arizona

St. Mary's Food Bank

Phoenix

Arizona

Stealing Hearts Rescue

Glendale

Arizona

Sunshine Acres Children's Home

Mesa

Arizona

Teach One To Lead One, Maricopa County

Phoenix

Arizona

Startup Junkie Foundation

Fayetteville

Arkansas

Black Lives Matter Support Fund at Tides Foundation

San Francisco

California

Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times

Los Angeles

California

Direct Relief

Santa Barbara

California

If Given A Chance

Napa

California

Labs and More of San Diego

San Diego

California

Prostate Cancer Foundation

Santa Monica

California

Swords to Plowshares

San Francisco

California

The Trevor Project

West Hollywood

California

YMCAsd

San Diego

California

Family Life Services

Colorado Springs

Colorado

The Action Center

Lakewood

Colorado

Connecticut River Museum

Essex

Connecticut

Global Lyme Alliance

Stamford

Connecticut

No Kid Hungry

Washington

DC

Special Olympics

Washington

DC

World Central Kitchen

Washington

DC

Palm Beach County Homeless Coalition

West Palm Beach

Florida

Florida Medical Clinic Foundation of Caring

Wesley Chapel

Florida

Wounded Warrior Project

Jacksonville

Florida

Fair Fight Initiative

Savannah

Georgia

Treasure Valley Family YMCA

Boise

Idaho

Elburn Countryside Food Pantry

Elburn

Illinois

Purple Plunge

Lake Zurich

Illinois

United Way - Effingham County

Effingham

Illinois

Fort Bend Women's Shelter

Fort Bend

Indiana

Joppa

Des Moines

Iowa

Connections Community Support Programs

Delaware

Maryland

350.org

Boston

Massachusetts

Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)

Wakefield

Massachusetts

Northeast Coonhound Rescue

Lexington

Massachusetts

Avenues for Youth

Minneapolis

Minnesota

North House Folk School

Grand Marais

Minnesota

Wild Bird Rehabilitation

Overland

Missouri

Lincoln-Lancaster County Child Advocacy Center

Lincoln

Nebraska

Together Inc (Omaha)

Omaha

Nebraska

SPUR - Special People United to Ride

Lincroft

New Jersey

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

New York

New York

ASPCA

New York

New York

DonorsChoose.org

New York

New York

Dress for Success

New York

New York

Food Bank of Central New York

Syracuse

New York

International Legal Foundation

New York

New York

Island Harvest Food Bank of Long Island

Bethpage

New York

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

New York

New York

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Rye Brook

New York

UNICEF

New York

New York

Robeson County Partnership for Children

Lumberton

North Carolina

Time Out Youth

Charlotte

North Carolina

Footpath Foundation

Cleveland

Ohio

Stella Maris Cleveland

Cleveland

Ohio

The Scratching Post

Cincinnati

Ohio

Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding (CATR)

Johns Island

South Carolina

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Memphis

Tennessee

Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee

Maryville

Tennessee

CLL Foundation

Houston

Texas

Manor Schoolhouse Foundation

Manor

Texas

Mobile Loaves & Fishes

Austin

Texas

River Bend Elementary PTO

College Station

Texas

Operation Underground Rescue (O.U.R.)

Cedar City

Utah

PETA

Norfolk

Virginia

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC)

Lac Du Flambeau

Wisconsin

Salvation Army Oshkosh Wisconsin

Oshkosh

Wisconsin

Physical Activity Alliance



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