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 2,500 community service projects over the past several years.
One of the most impactful ways we contribute to our communities on a local level is through DaVita Way of Giving. Each year, teams across the country are invited to work together to select a nonprofit organization to support in their community. In 2015, nearly 80 percent of all eligible clinical facilities chose more than 1,235 unique local nonprofits and community organizations to receive a contribution. The program has donated a total of $6.8 million to thousands of nonprofits since it began in 2011.