As we expand our operations domestically and abroad, we are committed to being a thoughtful and supportive citizen of our new communities. DaVita contributes to local and international organizations that are making a significant impact in people's lives. Through charitable contributions and volunteerism, we support nonprofit groups large and small that are dedicated to community development and sending forth ripples of citizen leadership. In particular, DaVita has donated millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations that are making strides in raising awareness of kidney disease.
We are passionate about helping people avoid dialysis. Through Tour DaVita, our Kidney Disease Awareness campaign and other programs, we aim to inform people at risk for kidney disease about early detection and ways to manage their health.
From revamping schools and community centers in low-income neighborhoods to providing holiday meals to those in need, we have held more than 950 community service projects over the past several years.
We believe the way we give is just as important as what we give. Through the DaVita Way of Giving, teammates at more than 1,100 DaVita clinics directly impacted their communities by selecting more than 760 local nonprofit organizations such as food banks, shelters and disaster relief organizations to receive $1.2 million through the 2013 campaign.
In 2013, DaVita also made cash contributions totaling more than $2 million to these and other kidney disease–awareness organizations: