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Community Fundraisers

You don’t need experience to host an event to support Brenner Children's — just the energy and enthusiasm to make it happen!

Each year, individuals, organizations, companies, schools and passionate community members raise money by holding fundraising events to benefit Brenner Children's. All events, large or small, play a significant role in raising awareness and much-needed support for our innovative medical research and world-class care. Your fundraiser, no matter how big or small, is making an impact in the lives of our patients.

To ensure the best possible outcome for your event, we have developed an event form (see link below) that will help keep your fundraiser aligned with our mission. It is vital that we approach donors in a consistent and coordinated fashion so that we can all help enrich patients' lives and care at Brenner Children’s. 

The event form must be submitted and reviewed by the Office of Philanthropy before you hold your event so please submit it as early as possible in the planning process. Please review our guidelines below before holding an event to benefit Brenner Children's.

Here are a few community fundraisers that were held in 2019 to support Brenner Children's:

  • 47 regional Great Clips locations donated a percentage of sales and all sales of Brenner Children’s cut-outs during the month of October and raised over $77,000 for Brenner.
  • 7-year-old Brooklyn Hutchin’s hosted a bake and lemonade sale in honor of her friend, Anslee, who was diagnosed with cancer and treated at Brenner Children’s. Brooklyn donated over $2,000. 
  • Dancers Edge hosted a Trunk-or-Treat and silent auction with all proceeds benefiting the Brenner Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

 Here are some ways you can make an impact:

Get social with your fundraising! Utilize our mobile crowdfunding platform or online peer to peer fundraising to challenge your friends, family and followers to raise money and awareness for Brenner Children's.

  • Dress-down day at your place of work for a donation
  • Yard sale, lemonade stand, bake sale or car wash
  • Donate a percentage of sales during a designated time period or number of customers
  • Compete in a local race - whether it is running, walking, or cycling, and ask friends and family to sponsor you
  • Mark birthdays, anniversaries and other milestones with a donation to Brenner Children’s

We are truly grateful for those who support Brenner Children's through fundraising events. 

Community Fundraiser Guidelines

    Your Must-Do List for an event benefiting Brenner Children's: 

    1. Complete our event information form at least 4-6 weeks in advance (including annual events). All events must be approved by our office and until approval is given, no public announcements or promotion may be made.
    2. Send all print, digital and online event materials to us for approval. Any materials that include the Brenner Children's name and/or logo must be approved by the Office of Philanthropy before they are produced. Materials include, but are not limited to, advertising, press releases, t-shirts, posters, flyers, apparel and accessories.
    3. Please do not list Brenner Children's as the sponsor or host of the event. Publicity should list the name of the event followed by “…benefiting Brenner Children's.” If the funds raised are designated to a particular area, list the area as the beneficiary, not the hospital’s name in general (e.g., “…benefiting the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Brenner Children's.”)
    4. Before soliciting any businesses for contributions or sponsorships, please send a list of businesses you wish to solicit to the Office of Philanthropy. We are fortunate that many local businesses support Brenner Children's. For you to be successful, we want to make sure we are not asking the same businesses repeatedly or “double-asking,” especially if we are holding a fundraiser during the same time period. We can supply a list of businesses that should not be contacted.
    5. All publicity must state the percentage or amount of proceeds given to Wake Forest Baptist unless the hospital receives 100 percent of the proceeds from the event.

    What our Office of Philanthropy can do and cannot do for your event: 


    We can provideWe cannot
    • A letter of authorization you may use to
      validate the authenticity of the event.
    • Approval for use of logos and logo files.
    • Promotion of the event on the Office of
      Philanthropy web pages.
    • We may be able to provide tax receipts
      to donors who make tax-deductible
      contributions payable to Brenner Children's.
    • Provide on-site staff, volunteer support, or
      guarantee a speaker at your event.
    • Extend our tax-exempt status to you.
    • Provide giveaways or prizes for silent
      auctions or promotions.
    • Provide funding or reimbursement for
      event expenses.
    • Solicit sponsorships for the event.
    • Provide mailing lists.
    • Provide insurance coverage.
    • Publicize your event to media or seek
      media coverage.

    Event Proceeds 

    For our institution’s accounting purposes, please present funds raised to the Office of Philanthropy within 30 days of the event.

    Event participants should write checks to the event organizer or group. After the event, the organizer should present one check (representing the net proceeds) made payable to Brenner Children's. Please include the Proceeds Transmittal Form with your check. If event participants’ checks are made payable to Brenner Children's, we ask the event organizer to include that information on the Proceeds Transmittal Form and provide this form when delivering the proceeds to the Office of Philanthropy.

    IRS guidelines prevent us from providing tax receipts for non-gift transactions such as ticket sales, purchases, raffle tickets, etc. We may be able to provide tax receipts for tax purposes to donors who make tax-deductible contributions (gifts) to Brenner Children's directly. If someone makes a payment that is partly a gift and partly in consideration for goods or services received, the value of the goods or services received is not tax-deductible.

    Please note goods and services received on proceeds transmittal form.

    Insurance, permits, expenses, cancellations, release of liability

    The event organizer is responsible for all expenses and must obtain any necessary permits, licenses and insurance. Wake Forest Baptist and all related entities cannot assume any type of liability for your event. If circumstances warrant (e.g., fraud, negative exposure, etc.), Brenner Children's may at any time, through members of its Advisory Group or senior administrators, direct you to cancel the event. You must agree to cancel the event if so directed and further agree to release Brenner Children's and its officers and employees from any and all liability in connection with any such action.

    Should Brenner Children's decline the event form or choose not to be affiliated with the event in question, reference to Brenner Children's in any form (i.e., use of name or logos, etc.) will not be permitted.

    Publicity and Media

    We are grateful when successful community fundraising events gain attention from media outlets, but we are limited in how much help we can provide.

    Wake Forest Baptist Office of Communications, Marketing and Media coordinates all contact with media on behalf of the institution. Only staff members who are authorized to work with the media are allowed to contact media representatives or to invite them to campus. (NOTE: Office of Philanthropy staff members are not authorized.)

    While we can respond to media requests for comments about your event, we are not able to coordinate media coverage, and the Medical Center campus is not available for interviews, press conferences or photo opportunities with the media.

    To help with publicity, we encourage you to use our press release template and to contact media about your event in advance and to announce your results.


    Check Presentations and Photos

    Office of Philanthropy staff can arrange for a check presentation and photographs (not involving media outlets). Please know that we are not able to include patients, and our ability to include physicians, nurses and clinical staff is limited.

    • Community Fundraisers
    • Cindy Caines

      Director, Constituency Engagement and Events


    • Additional Information

      Brenner Children's
      Office of Philanthropy
      PO Box 571021
      Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1021