get active

create or join an athletic fundraiser.

Create an Athletic Fundraiser. get started

celebrate

celebrate great care or a special occasion.

Fundraise Around a Special Occasion. get started

get fancy

whether virtual or in-person, host an upscale fundraiser.

Host an event with Friends and Family get started

be creative

fundraise any way you want. Let your imagination run wild.

Let Your Imagination Run Wild. get started

our fundraising guidelines

It's important that fundraisers align with the mission and image of Boston Children's Hospital. Thank you for representing us so well.

promotion

Here are a few things to consider before you get started:

  • We must review everything with our name or logo on it prior to distribution.
  • Boston Children's may only be identified as your event's beneficiary. For example, your fundraiser can't be called Boston Children's Hospital Ride for the Kids; it should be Ride for the Kids benefiting Boston Children's Hospital.
  • If Boston Children's is one of several beneficiaries, the percentage or amount of proceeds that benefit the hospital must be clearly stated on all materials.
  • To avoid duplicate solicitations, we ask that you notify us before asking a business or company for a donation, cash or in-kind.
  • We love sharing fundraisers good news! Contact your staff partner to discuss Boston Children's sharing your event photos and success on Facebook. Please note, we do have guidelines and posts are at the discretion of our social media and marketing team. We also may include your event in the featured fundraiser section of our website.

planning

  • In light of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we are advising all fundraising coordinators to continue to safeguard the health and well-being of those connected to your third party fundraiser by abiding by local and state health guidelines. This includes but is not limited to efforts associated with social distancing, mask-wearing, hand hygiene as well as other measures deemed appropriate to help stop the spread of the virus.
  • You're responsible for covering event expenses and will not be reimbursed by Boston Children's. If you're paying for expenses, please deduct these from the funds raised prior to sending your donation check. Your expenses shouldn't exceed 30% of funds raised. We maintain an average fundraising ratio of 22% and strongly encourage the same standard.
  • No bank accounts in the name of “Boston Children's Hospital” can be set up to hold funds from a community fundraiser.
  • You're responsible for obtaining any required permits as well as a certificate of insurance for the event.
  • If you are a Boston Children’s Hospital employee hosting a fundraiser, please be aware that planning, promotion and execution should take place outside normal business hours. Soliciting during business hours, utilizing email distribution lists, or using other marketing or hospital resources is prohibited.

donations

  • All proceeds need to be made payable to Boston Children's Hospital and mailed to us within 30 days of completing your fundraiser. Please mail your donation in the envelopes we provided to: Fundraise Your Way Boston Children's Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215
  • To schedule a check presentation, you must notify your staff partner at Boston Children's Hospital Trust at least one week in advance and agree on a mutual date and time.
  • Boston Children's will issue IRS compliant charitable tax receipts to the full extent of the law if the gift is made payable to Boston Children's. Please do not promise any receipt to your donors as issuing an inappropriate receipt can put Boston Children's charitable tax status in jeopardy.
  • When advertising any items in a silent or live auction, you must display the fair market value. No items can be priceless because the donor will not be eligible for a tax receipt. Boston Children's will only issue IRS-compliant tax receipts if the donor pays beyond the fair market value and if payment is made payable directly to Boston Children's Hospital.