Together at UCSF makes it easy for people who want to raise money for UCSF and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. We provide our volunteer fundraisers with web pages that they can customize for honor, memorial, event, or cause-related fundraising campaigns and toolkits to help make them successful.
Success relies on the fundraiser’s ability to canvass a sufficiently large group of potential contributors, often by marketing to a network of personal contacts and strategically using social media.
Campaigns hosted on Together.UCSF.edu must:
Support UCSF and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals’ programs and initiatives.
Comply with UCSF and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals’ missions.
Not be redirected to a third party, external charity, or other nonprofit. (UCSF and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals cannot act as a “pass-through” entity to provide funding to other charities.)
Campaigns should have specific goals and be driven by tangible accomplishments – for example, honoring a loved one or caregiver, supporting disease research, or funding a promising breakthrough. Campaigns without a specific goal are generally less successful and might not qualify for their own page.
The UCSF and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals personal fundraising committee has sole discretion to determine the eligibility of participating campaigns on the fundraising platform. The personal fundraising committee can discontinue an active fundraiser at any time if a campaign fails to comply with these guidelines.
- A description of what you are fundraising for and why people should contribute
- Multimedia to help tell your story, including high-resolution photos or a video
- A photo and description of who you are and why you are leading this fundraising campaign
- Commitment to use the platform to update and engage donors on fundraising progress
- Ongoing outreach to promote the project
- Personal thank-you messages after the campaign
All content on project pages must be approved by the UCSF Foundation or the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Foundation, which has the right to edit or request edits at any point in the campaign.
Yes! Together at UCSF provides you with the ability to create and customize fundraising pages, but it is your role to promote the campaign among your friends, family, and community of potential supporters.
You can promote the giving opportunity through social media, emails, phone calls, text messages, and events. In the case of memorial giving, you can also reference the donation site in memorial and tribute notices.
Project owners are encouraged to post thank-you notes on the online fundraising page and share online updates on the fundraising campaign.
Create a compelling statement about what you are fundraising for and the impact of the donations. Determine who you will ask to contribute and how you will communicate with them. If you are publishing a fundraising goal on your web page, set the dollar amount at one that is achievable by assessing who in your fundraising community is likely to give and how much. Donors like giving to campaigns that can meet their goals, and you can always exceed your fundraising goal and communicate the impact of what the additional giving is able to achieve. Also, consider enlisting people to help you fundraise and campaign among their contacts.
We recommend casting a wide net (online and in person) to market your personal fundraiser. Reach out to friends, family members, coworkers, classmates and former classmates, and others to promote your campaign.
As a personal fundraiser, you are solely responsible for identifying and reaching out to potential donors. UCSF and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals cannot provide contact data on patients, alumni, faculty members, or students.
We might request a list of potential donors before the project’s approval or launch date to determine HIPAA compliance, project eligibility, and goal capacity.
We issue official tax receipts to donors through the Together.UCSF.edu platform.
Most people choose the convenience of giving online. However, your fundraising page comes equipped with instructions for how someone can give with checks, securities, or donor-advised funds.
Yes, the suggested minimum is $25.
Most projects are hosted on the platform for one month. However, shorter campaigns tend to drive urgency and perform strongly.
If the project is not fully funded by its closing date, any money raised is allocated to the project. Project managers should notify their donors and let them know how their donations will be spent.