UNITING YOUR COMMUNITY FOR A CAUSE
You give our patients and their families a deeper hope for a healthier future.
The impact you make is far more than dollars and cents. You give friends, family and other supporters a fun, life-giving cause to rally to. You give CHOC the resources to lead the region and the nation in successfully treating infants, children, adolescents, teens and young adults.
WHAT YOUR FUNDRAISING BENEFITS
Patient and family-centered care
Soothe & empower patients and their loved ones through the patient journey.
Give children access to advanced treatments and the latest cures as soon as possible.
Life-saving equipment and technology
Help our physicians stay ahead of the latest technological advancements.
Leadership, education and training
Support the recruitment and development of the best and brightest in children’s health.
CHARITY YOUR WAY
You influence your community more than you may know. Your talents, passions and pastimes can unite people and become the perfect fundraisers—here are proven ideas to get inspired!
- Host birthday or other celebrations, requesting donations instead of gifts
- Casual day at your workplace
- Dress-up day at school
- A golf tournament or other sport/activity
- Game night – anything from Monopoly to Mario Kart!
- Concert or music benefit performance
- Bake sale at school, office or neighborhood
- Casual competitions – gaming, dodgeball, lawn games & more!
- 5k Walk/Run, fitness challenge at a local gym, swimming, biking
- Holidays or themed annual events
- Eating hot wings, growing or shaving head, beard or mustache
- Karaoke night
- Local restaurant benefit
- Private home dinner party
- Scavenger hunts
- Recycling drive
- Bingo Night
- Movie theater night, with ticket sale proceeds donated
- Lemonade Stand
- Arts and crafts fair
- Pre-loved fashion sale or yard sale
Any other creative idea you have!
How To Get Started
Create Your Fundraiser
Honor a loved one, host a virtual event, organize a bake sale. Choosing a fundraising activity that’s personal to you will be fun AND rewarding!
Share Your Message
Spread the word with family, friends and colleagues. Sharing goals with your network will help you raise funds for a great cause.
Make A Difference
Each dollar raised through your fundraiser is maximized to give children in the community the best chance to thrive.
See how others are hosting fundraisers for CHOC
Caleb was diagnosed with a rare disease, and over the past 13 years, he has experienced the CHOC difference. He now has hope and started his own fundraiser to give back to the hospital.
Jasmine Sabbagh is an Orange County eighth grader who is a self-taught artist and young philanthropist. She is using her art to fundraise for CHOC—a kid helping other kids in need.
The Freeman Family is honoring their beloved late son, Kevin, by raising funds for research into medulloblastoma, the disease that he courageously fought. To date, $63,108 has been raised to support this important research and provide new promise for children and young adults with medulloblastoma.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
While you raise support for CHOC, we provide support for you! See answers to our most frequently asked questions below to learn the nuts and bolts of fundraising for CHOC.
The following guidelines are intended for all individuals, groups, organizations and corporations who host fundraisers to benefit CHOC. Please review and follow accordingly. All community fundraisers (including virtual fundraisers) must be promoted and operated in an ethical and professional manner. The CHOC Foundation reserves the right to deny any fundraiser that projects a negative image and/or has sponsorship(s) from companies performing commercial activities that conflict with CHOC’s mission, vision and values.
Fast Facts to Share About CHOC
To nurture, advance and protect the health and well-being of children.
Over 2 Million Children
CHOC is proud to serve the growing youth of our communities through our health system’s Orange and Mission Viejo campuses and primary care locations.
A Safety-Net Hospital
Each year, CHOC provides over one hundred million dollars in total community benefits such as increased access to pediatric healthcare resources and information, behavioral health services, disease and injury prevention interventions and community action—and nearly 90% of those resources help ensure all children receive the services they need, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.
CHOC is annually ranked among the best children’s hospitals in U.S. News & World Report, including recognition for: cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; neonatology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology and lung surgery; and urology.
Over $1.5 Million via CHOC Raise Up
From lemonade stands to holiday parties and tribute gifts, our community has united and created a positive impact for CHOC by collectively raising $1.5 million…and counting. Through CHOC Raise Up’s peer-to-peer fundraising program, you can add to that impact through your own personalized approach.
Is there a minimum fundraising requirement?
No. There is no minimum requirement to fundraise for CHOC Foundation. Set any fundraising goal that you are comfortable with, whether it’s $100 or $100,000. Every campaign makes a difference!
Do I get to choose where my funds go?
Yes! When you start a fundraiser, you will have the option of choosing where you want to direct your funds.
Are donations tax-deductible?
All monetary donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Who should I make my check out to?
Please make all checks payable to CHOC Foundation, and state “CHOC Raise Up” and the fundraiser’s name in the memo line. For example, please write “CHOC Raise Up – Jane Smith.”
What can I do if a check is written out to me personally?
If a donation check has been written out to you personally, you may endorse the back of the check and mail it to the CHOC Foundation. Please make sure to state “CHOC Raise Up” and the fundraiser’s name in the memo line. For example, please write “CHOC Raise Up – Jane Smith.”
Where should I mail donation checks?
Please mail all check donations to:
Attn: CHOC Raise Up
1201 W. La Veta Avenue
Orange, CA 92868
What is a Tax ID number and how can I find it?
A tax ID number identifies the CHOC Foundation as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Many donors will request this number to validate their donation as tax-deductible. The CHOC Foundation tax ID number is 95-6097416.
Can my employer donate matching gifts?
You can check whether your company offers matching gifts here by entering your employer’s name—if they offer matching gifts, then match amounts, employee eligibility and other information will be displayed.
Will you send a representative to my event and/or provide volunteers?
Although we cannot commit to attending every community fundraiser due to the high volume of events, we are thrilled to support your fundraiser in any way we can.
May I mail in a cash donation?
We recommend against using mail to send cash donations. Instead, you may drop off the cash at the CHOC Foundation along with your information, or you can deposit the cash into your checking account and send a personal check from your account.
PROMOTING YOUR FUNDRAISER
You can’t spell fundraising without “fun”! Follow these steps to build your successful fundraiser:
STEP 1: Start your fundraiser. Which type of fundraiser speaks to you? Do you have a milestone around the corner, or do you want to hold an event? Maybe you want to show appreciation to a CHOC care team or want to give meaning to a 5K. Pick something fun that you’ll enjoy!
STEP 2: Donate to your page. Pitching in to your own fundraiser builds momentum and shows others that you are invested in the cause that you are asking them to support.
STEP 3: Share on social media. Spread the word to your followers to extend your reach. People love to help make a positive impact, and sharing your story will raise awareness and make your cause stand out.
STEP 4: Contact family, friends and colleagues. Reach out to your inner circle. Don’t be afraid to ask. Family, friends and colleagues want to support you. Tell your story, share impact, and send news and updates through email, texts and other useful channels.
STEP 5: Acknowledge and thank your supporters. Let them know that you—and CHOC—value them! This can include a personal message to each donor, and/or a shout-out on social media, where others can see their generosity and your gratitude. Send a personal thank-you message to each of your donors or give them a shout-out on social media. Acknowledge that they are making a difference.
Most people share cause-related posts on social media, and they love to help make a positive impact. Here are some quick steps to get you on your way:
STEP 1: Share your message. Tell your story to help engage your audience and make your cause stand out.
STEP 2: Be short and sweet. Use numbers, quotes and fun facts that your friends and family can share with their network.
STEP 3: Mix it up. Don’t just share “ask ” posts — share updates, news about CHOC and other information like photos and videos to bring your campaign to life. An idea: try one “ask” for every four posts.
STEP 4: Give thanks. Show your appreciation by tagging people who have already given, and thank them for their generosity.
STEP 5: Tag or mention CHOC! Add #CHOCRaiseUp and @CHOCFoundation to your social media posts to be part of our larger CHOC fundraising community.