At Rush, we understand the emotional period that follows the loss of a loved one. The Rush Office of Philanthropy provides compassionate assistance and helps you recognize a loved one in a lasting and meaningful way, while also making a difference in the lives of others. Please email Lisa Gerberding in the Office of Philanthropy or call (312) 563-3164 to establish tribute giving in memory of a loved one. We are happy to help you with the following:
Select an area of Rush you wish to support
You can choose to support the Medical Center’s greatest needs, patient care and research within a specific disease area, or an area of Rush University.
Share your wishes with others in an obituary
We will help you to craft language specific to 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.”
Request tribute giving forms for a memorial and/or funeral service
Rush will provide personalized memorial gift forms and return envelopes at no cost. If there is limited time prior to the service, you may also download and print our memorial donation form.
Provide additional ways for others to make memorial gifts
GIVE ONLINE: You may share the link to our secure online giving form, www.rush.edu/giveonline or request a personalized giving link to share via email and social networking sites.
GIVE BY MAIL: Donors can give via mail by downloading and completing our memorial donation form and mailing the completed form along with a check made payable to “Rush University Medical Center” to the following address:
Rush University Medical Center
Office of Philanthropy
1700 W. Van Buren St., Suite 250
Chicago, IL 60612
GIVE BY PHONE: Donors can make a gift by credit card over the phone by calling (312) 563-3164.
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. You may also wish to receive a weekly list of all the memorial donors and their addresses for your use in sending additional thank you notes.
For additional information, please see our tribute giving frequently asked questions or contact Lisa Gerberding in the Office of Philanthropy at (312) 563-3164.