Service is a defining piece of the Emory experience
The Emory community is committed to serving others. Bringing our mission to life, the concept of #GivingTuesday spotlights the many ways Emory’s initiatives exemplify creating, preserving, teaching, and applying knowledge in the service of humanity.
We do this through a wide variety of projects, programs, and initiatives:
- Emory nursing students provide life-changing health care to Georgia’s migrant farmworkers and their families each summer through the Farmworker Family Health Program.
- Emory Cares, a global day of service each November, offers more than 50 alumni-driven volunteer projects around the world.
- Offering pro bono legal services for veterans at the Volunteer Clinic for Veterans at Emory School of Law
- Investing in underserved communities with microloans through the undergraduate Emory Impact Investing Group at Goizueta Business School.
The need for support extends year-round.
You can make any day #GivingTuesday by supporting the causes that matter to you.
Let’s work together to make the world a better place.
As someone who cares deeply about improving the world, you know these efforts require support of all kinds—from volunteering time, energy, and expertise to offering financial gifts.
The collective power of brilliant minds, driven by generous hearts and strengthened by the power of your gift, creates an unstoppable wave. Together, let’s work to make the world a better place.
Can we count on you to strengthen Emory’s commitment to helping others?
Support service by making a gift to some of the worthy funds listed below:
• BBA Emory Impact Investing Group
By providing critical no-interest loans to microbusinesses in Metro Atlanta, the BBA Emory Impact Investing Group (EIIG) empowers entrepreneurs like Eden Fesshazion, an Eritrean-American lawyer who provides low-cost legal services to refugees in Clarkston. EIIG loans also helped Akissi Stokes secure a commercial kitchen space for her burgeoning mealworm bakery. By investing in talent from, by, and for historically underserved areas, the Emory Impact Investing Group helps unlock the full economic potential of these regions from within.
• Bobby Jones Ethics Fund
The Jones Program in Ethics (JPE) honors Bobby Jones’ legacy of integrity, character, and moral leadership by empowering Laney Graduate School students to explore and teach ethics in innovative ways. A recent example is The Puck Project--a summer performance program for homeless children in Atlanta funded by the JPE--teaches vulnerable students empathy and conflict resolution through Shakespeare.
• Civil Rights Cold Cases Project
As chronicled in the award-winning “Buried Truths” podcast, the Cold Cases Project shines the light of justice where there was none. In the process of uncovering secrets, solving mysteries, and finding the truth, students produce answers for families of victims who have long despaired they will never know. By presenting accounts of these findings through a public platform that reveals truths and closes gaps in history, the project brings reconciliation, closure, and peace for families of victims whose claim to justice has long been denied.
• Complex Humanitarian Emergencies
Graduate students from Rollins train to make a difference in real-world public health emergencies. During the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, for instance, 45 Student Outbreak and Response Team (SORT) volunteers helped the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention update maps with locations of villages, roads, and buildings so responders could better direct their efforts. Through generous donor support to Complex Humanitarian Emergencies Fund, our volunteers can make invaluable contributions to public health.
• Emory Public Interest Committee
Emory Law students dedicated to helping others can serve those in need while gaining valuable real-world experience. The Emory Public Interest Committee allows students to offer legal services through nonprofit organizations such as Atlanta Legal Aid, Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, Immigrant Defense Project, and Georgia Innocence Project.
• Lillian Carter Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility
Whether serving patients locally at the Center for Black Women’s Wellness, or embarking on service learning trips in the Caribbean and across Latin America, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing students embrace the school’s wide range of learning opportunities, its unique commitment to global health, and the impact it creates around the world.
• Michael C. Carlos Museum Bus Transportation Support
More than 15,000 greater Atlanta public school students each year explore and engage with the Carlos Museum’s collections of artwork from ancient Egypt, Nubia, the Near East, Greece, Rome, Asia, the Americas, and Africa thanks to the Carlos Museum Bus Fund, which provides students with the opportunity to experience magnificent works of art and the cultures that created them. Students become active participants in their own learning by examining art through a variety of lenses such as animals, belief and belonging, languages, and the scarcity and excess of water, as docent-led tours enhance students' natural sense of wonder.
• Partners in Health Fund
Emory Healthcare leads the way in using the most advanced, minimally invasive technologies to improve—and save—lives. Our expert surgeons set a world record, for example, after completing 2,000 heart valve procedures with robotic technology. Robotics allows surgeons to make tiny incisions and use small surgical tools with precision, speeding recovery time and improving outcomes. The Partners in Health Fund ensures that Emory surgeons can train doctors around the world to master this and other advanced technology and perform life-changing procedures with confidence.
• School of Medicine Alumni Scholarship Fund
Your gift to this fund will alleviate financial pressure on medical students, so they can focus on the rigorous medical training and their commitment to a healthier future. Nearly 43 percent of students at Emory University School of Medicine received a donor-funded, school-based scholarship.
Education. Engagement. Partnership. SHINE, together with our 12 community partners, builds and maintains a compassionate support network for refugees, immigrants, and new Americans in metro Atlanta by hosting educational events and engaging in sustained community programs. Through education, engagement, and partnership, SHINE both welcomes refugees, immigrants, and new Americans to their new home, and also strengthens Emory’s community of compassion and care. More than 2,500 members of the Emory community have already participated in SHINE. This year marks SHINE’s 15th anniversary.
• Theology Fund for Excellence
Candler’s Fund for Excellence supports MDiv students who minister at Arrendale State Prison, Georgia’s largest women’s prison. As part of Candler’s Contextual Education program, they provide pastoral care to incarcerated women, lead small groups, and assist the prison chaplain with worship. Contextual Education is the heart of the Candler curriculum, combining education with opportunities for ministry and leadership in prisons, churches, social service agencies, hospitals, and other settings. This unique program is a key reason Candler has been ranked among the “Seminaries that Change the World” for five consecutive years.
• Volunteer Emory Endowment
Emory students promote environmental sustainability by planting trees and pulling trash from rivers. They work to support domestic violence survivors at community aid centers. Students serve in homeless communities to provide basic needs like food, blankets and emotional support. They offer compassion for injured, abandoned, and abused animals. They work with faculty on semester long projects focused on what they are learning in the classroom. The Volunteer Emory Endowment supports these projects and others like them—forged from a vast network of Emory student led programs who engage with dozens of Atlanta-area community partners—allowing Emory students to engage with, support, and impact the greater Atlanta community and beyond.
• VolunteerOXF Alternative Break
During spring and fall breaks, Oxford students have worked on environmental preservation, volunteered at a food pantry, and assisted with a sustainability project led by prisoners. Alternative Break is an annual trip with the student-led Volunteer Oxford program that blends fun, team bonding, and community engagement, and is an opportunity for students to learn about social justice issues and demonstrate leadership by volunteering for community service agencies.
• Winship Director’s Fund
Winship Cancer Institute–Georgia’s first and only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center—is at the forefront of research and clinical advances that result in life-saving cancer therapies, benefitting countless patients. The Winship Director’s Fund allows us to advance innovative cancer research and attract and retain the best physician-scientists in the field, which leads to life-changing medical breakthroughs. Philanthropy drives this innovation at Winship and fuels our goal of lessening the burden of cancer.
• Woodruff Library Exhibits and Public Programming
Emory Libraries Exhibits and Public Programming is deepening Emory’s engagement with the Atlanta community by sharing specially designed traveling exhibits like “Speak What Must be Spoken,” an exploration of the history of activism in black art. Students from Atlanta Public Schools have access to unique and rare materials in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library that they otherwise would not experience. Guest speakers are invited to discuss and explain the content, further enhancing the project to broaden the perspectives of public school students.