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Direct Memorial Gifts From Others to Rush

Asking others to give memorial gifts to Rush is a meaningful way to remember a loved one, while also making a difference in the lives of others. Gifts in lieu of flowers help to sustain our mission to provide excellent patient care, breakthrough research, transformative education and effective community outreach.

Please email Lisa Gerberding in the Office of Philanthropy or call (312) 563-3164 to direct gifts in memory of a loved one to Rush. 

The Office of Philanthropy will provide compassionate assistance with the following aspects of directing memorial gifts to Rush:

  • Select an area of Rush to support
    You can choose to direct gifts toward the Medical Center’s greatest needs, patient care, research within a specific disease area, student financial assistance or other areas of Rush.
  • Share your wishes with others in an obituary
    We will help you craft specific language for the area of Rush you wish to support. Many families choose to include language similar to the following at the conclusion of an obituary:

    “In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Rush University Medical Center for (AREA OF RUSH TO SUPPORT). Please send memorial gifts to Rush University Medical Center, 1700 W. Van Buren St., Suite 250, Chicago, IL 60612 or visit www.rush.edu/giveonline.”

  • Create a memorial giving link in your loved one’s name
    You may request a personalized giving link from the Office of Philanthropy to share in an obituary, an email or on social networking sites. You can also create your own personal fundraising page to share more information about your loved one or why you are supporting Rush.
  • Request personalized memorial giving envelopes 
    We will provide personalized envelopes at no cost. If there is limited time prior to the service, you may also download and print our memorial giving form.
  • Offer additional ways for people to give:
    Credit card gifts can be made by calling (312) 563-3164. Or, you can suggest downloading and printing our giving form for mailed payments, which can be sent to our address:

    Rush University Medical Center
    Office of Philanthropy
    1700 W. Van Buren St., Suite 250
    Chicago, IL 60612

  • Thank others for their support
    When you ask others to support Rush, the Office of Philanthropy will send a tax receipt to all donors acknowledging their gift. We can also provide you with a weekly list of all the memorial donors and their addresses for sending personal thank you notes.

Learn more about payment methods, confidentiality, tax receipts and other aspects of memorial and honor gifts to Rush in our FAQ section.

Questions, or looking for more information? Contact Lisa Gerberding, associate director of annual giving, at lisa_gerberding@rush.edu and (312) 563-3164.

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