Be a Fundraiser

Whether you’re raising money for a specific UCSF program, showing gratitude for a special doctor or caregiver, or bringing attention to a cause you believe in, organizing and hosting your own community fundraiser is a fun way to get involved.

Organize a Fundraising Event

From galas to backyard barbecues and everything in between, events are a fun way to gather your network together to benefit UCSF.

Ready to start planning your event?

Step 1: Get ideas and plan! Review our Community Fundraising Event Tool Kit for ideas and planning tools. Download timeline, budget, and sponsorship letter templates.

Step 2: Know the guidelines. Before you start an application, please be sure to review the UCSF Fundraising Event Guidelines.

Step 3: Submit your application!  Complete the online application, and allow up to 15 days for us to respond.

Step 4: Follow up. Contact us, and let’s work together to ensure you achieve your event goals.

Set Up a Fundraising Page

Running a race? Celebrating a birthday? Honoring or remembering a loved one? You can create your own fundraising page, and give to UCSF.

Ready to get started? Contact us.

Cause Marketing

Businesses and organizations can show support by donating funds or a portion of their proceeds to UCSF. If you have any questions or would like to get your organization involved, please contact us.

Community Fundraisers and Nonprofit Foundations Make Waves for UCSF Pediatric Cancer

“Our clinic would not exist without Swim Across America,” says Robert Goldsby, MD, director of the Survivors of Childhood Cancer program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco. Goldsby uses funds raised from Swim Across America (SAA) to support patient services and his team’s research on young cancer survivors, whose powerful treatments increase their risk for secondary cancers later in life. SAA proceeds also fund the work of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland pediatric oncologist Julie Saba, MD, PhD, who investigates novel, safe, and targeted therapies for children with cancer.

The first Swim Across America San Francisco event in 2006 brought out 60 swimmers and raised $65,000. By 2014, the event’s numbers had blossomed to 275 swimmers, and the funds raised increased to $450,000. In all, SAA has raised more than $2 million for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals.

“This is more than just a swim or a fundraiser,” says Susan Helmrich, SAA San Francisco co-director and three-time cancer survivor. “It empowers us to do things we didn’t know we were capable of doing.”

Swim Across America, one of several nonprofit foundations that raise money for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, sponsors a brisk swim every fall in San Francisco Bay. Photo by Karle Fried