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Are you interested in organizing a fundraiser to benefit a program at OHSU or Doernbecher Children’s Hospital? Events can be a fun, creative and effective way to raise awareness of and provide valuable financial contributions to OHSU and its mission. Read what some of our generous donors have done to generate buzz and promote the causes they are passionate about.

Avi Gupta

Avi Gupta

Inspired by his hero, Alex Trebec, Avi donated more than $10,000 of his Teen Jeopardy! winnings to pancreatic cancer research at the Knight Cancer Institute.

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Community groups

From fun-runs to lake diving to popcorn sales, these community groups and local businesses have found fun ways to rally support.

Elle Fischer

Through lemonade stands in Silverton, Ore. and sales of mistletoe, Elle has raised more than $12,000 for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

Need fundraising ideas? Here are just a few.

Lemonade stand, bake sale, talent show, garage sale, car wash, used book sale, board game tournament, running events, cycling event, bowling, golf tournament, book club, dinner party, in-lieu birthday gifts, auction, fashion show, mustache-growing contest, concert or performance, matching gifts.

Let’s get started

Thank you for thinking of OHSU. Fundraising possibilities are endless! Give some thought to the project or event’s size and goals. You want your event to be fun to plan and organize—and fun for your audience. Once you finalize your idea, follow these steps.

  1. Review our fundraising guidelines below.
  2. Submit your proposal for approval in DocuSign.
  3. Once approved, spread the word! Send a direct message to your friends on social media. Email family and friends. Reach out to local businesses, neighbors and community groups to ask for their help in promoting.
  4. Follow our recommendations for handling donations and refer to our frequently asked questions.

Fundraising guidelines


Other ways to show your support

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Community Programs

In addition to fundraisers, there are many more ways to support OHSU. Learn how you can get involved.

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Extra Life

Play games with your friends, and raise money for OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

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Shop for OHSU, Doernbecher and the Knight Cancer Institute

When you use Amazon Smile or the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program, OHSU receives a small donation. Learn more.

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Host a toy drive

Doernbecher’s Child Life Program makes the experience more comfortable for young patients at Doernbecher. Read about the toys, books, crafts and other items needed and donate an item from the wish list. (See the list)

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Donate your vehicle

OHSU is partnered with the Volunteers of America Vehicle Donation Program, allowing a donor to donate a vehicle to Volunteers of America (VOA) and have a portion of the proceeds benefit OHSU. Read about donating your vehicle through the Charity Connections program, or call 503-235-8655.