How to Fundraise

Create your own personalized Fundraising Page. Personal fundraising proceeds benefit Advocate Children's Hospital.







Simple and Easy Fundraising Ideas


Email your fundraising letter to friends, family and coworkers and ask them to support your run. Your email message should include a direct link to your personalized Race to Wrigley presented by ATI Physical Therapy fundraising page. When friends donate to you online, they will receive an automated tax receipt for their donation. Once a donation clears, it will show up as a credit in your tally on your fundraising page. To increase the impact, ask friends to forward your appeal to additional 5 people who want to help make Chicago the healthiest place in the nation for kids.


Host a fundraising party at your home for friends, family, coworkers and neighbors. Watch a Cubs game together on TV and create a silent auction or raffle.


Take advantage of your corporate matching gifts programs. Many of your donors may also work for companies that have a matching gift program - and their donation could double if they simply fill out a form from their corporate Human Resources department. Cubs Charities is a 501(c)(3) federally recognized non-profit. Donations to the Race to Wrigley are eligible for most matching grant programs.


Encourage donors to make contributions to your Race to Wrigley “in honor of” or “in memory of” loved ones they know and want to honor.


Change your voicemail/answering message to announce your participation in the Race to Wrigley and explain how callers can join your team by donating to your fundraising page!


Add a tagline to your emails stating “I’m participating in the 2015 Race to Wrigley presented by ATI Physical Therapy. Please support Lurie Children’s by sponsoring my run at Also add a link to your own fundraising page.

Ask local businesses to donate items or gift certificates and hold a silent auction at your fundraising event or on a payday at work. Suggest a book of car wash certificates, pet grooming, a week of free coffee – the list is endless! Set minimum donation limits and allow people to bid up.


Throw a fundraising party at a local establishment. Charge your guests an entrance fee (donation). Ask the host venue, such as a local restaurant, ice cream parlor or teacher’s supply store, to support with a donation of 10% (or more!) of the night’s sales – don’t be too shy to ask.


Organize a potluck party and ask everyone to bring a dish to pass while socializing with friends and neighbors. The entrance fee to the party becomes your donation.


In lieu of gifts, ask your friends and family to make a donation. Delegate: Give 10 friends 5 donation forms and ask them to help you seek donations to help Lurie Children’s.


Ask your boss if you can host a “Dress Down Friday” or “Chicago Cubs Day.” Ask your employer for permission to allow employees who donate to Race to Wrigley to dress down or wear Cubs-themed apparel on an assigned day.


Ask your friends and neighbors to participate by donating items for sale. Make signs that indicate all proceeds are going to Cubs Charities and Lurie Children’s. Add home baked goods and/or lemonade stand, and provide a cash donation jar. Every dollar donated brings you closer to your goal!


Get friends and family to help you wash cars for a donation.


Ask your friends and family to put aside their spare change to be added to the super change jar. Every month or so, empty it out and let everyone know that “a little at a time” adds up! This is a great idea to put into action at work, too. Decorate the jar with inspirational quotes and photos from your training runs.