CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Faculty and staff members at the University of Virginia increased what they gave to help nonprofits across Virginia.

According to a release, they were able to donate through the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign beginning in October.

CVC is a statewide effort enabling state employees to make charitable donations through their employer.

During the 2021 campaign, UVA’s participation increased by 30 percent over the previous year, with about 74 percent of gifts made by UVA employees supporting local nonprofits and charities.

In total, UVA employees pledged more than $588,000. UVA’s campaign total came to more than $695,000, including donations from events and participation by UVA students.

Employees can continue to donate through September by using a credit card here.  

One example of a local nonprofit that has been helped by this campaign, especially during the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, is Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville.

“The longstanding impact of the CVC on Habitat should be described as a relationship, financial and personal,” said G. Kelly Eplee, the director of donor relations for Habitat. “We are thankful that donor generosity has steadily increased as a dependable funding source, undergirding the success of our affordable housing/homeownership program building 270-plus homes in our area. Thanks to the CVC and others, hard-working families can move out of substandard conditions to build and own their own homes.”

Along with Habitat, the top 10 local nonprofit recipients include the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, the Charlottesville Free Clinics, United Way of Greater Charlottesville, the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, the Haven, Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, Hospice of the Piedmont, Shelter for Help in Emergency, and People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry (PACEM).