What is a tribute gift, and what is the difference between an honor gift and a memorial gift?
A tribute gift is a gift made in recognition of a person or an event. At Rush we use the term tribute gift to refer to both honor and memorial gifts. Memorial gifts are made in remembrance of someone who has passed away. All other types of tribute gifts, such as gifts made in celebration of special events or as expressions of gratitude for Rush caregivers, are referred to as honor gifts.
Whom should checks be made out to?
Checks must be made payable to “Rush University Medical Center” and sent to Rush University Medical Center, Office of Philanthropy, 1700 W. Van Buren St., Suite 250, Chicago, IL 60612. Be sure to also submit a completed tribute giving form along with your check.
Can I collect gifts from others and then send one large gift to Rush? (NOT RECOMMENDED)
If you send one combined gift, Rush will legally be able to provide only one tax receipt to just one legal donor. By asking others to give directly to Rush University Medical Center, we will provide all donors with charitable giving receipts for their tax purposes. We will notify you when gifts are made.
I want others to make tribute gifts to Rush. What information should I provide to the Office of Philanthropy at Rush?
To ensure that gifts are processed quickly and allocated appropriately and that timely gift receipts, acknowledgments and notifications can be sent, you should provide the following basic information to Rush's Office of Philanthropy:
- Notification Recipient — Whom should be notified when gifts are made?
- Tribute Name — In whose honor or memory are gifts being made?
- Gift Allocation — Which area of Rush/which physician should gifts support?
- Giving Materials — Would you like Rush to create personalized giving envelopes or a custom online giving link? How many envelopes will you need? Where would you like them sent?
How will I know if someone has made a gift in memory of my loved one or in honor of my fundraising efforts?
When you contact the Office of Philanthropy, you can select a notification recipient. Each week that gifts are received, Rush will send a notification letter by your preferred method (postal mail or email).
What information will notification letters provide?
Notification letters will provide the names and addresses of all individuals who make tribute gifts. To protect the privacy of our donors, we do not provide individual gift amounts. Upon request we will provide the total amount given by all donors.
Why should I make a tribute gift or ask others to support Rush?
Philanthropic gifts support Rush’s research, education, and clinical and community program efforts. When you give, you are helping to develop innovative treatments and deliver high-quality health care to patients in Chicago, across the Midwest and around the world. You can make an even bigger impact by requesting that others join you in making tribute gifts to Rush.