Host an Event
Thank you for your interest in hosting an event to benefit the N.C. Children's Promise and North Carolina Children's Hospital! We are truly grateful for your support. Working with you, our goal is to ensure the best possible outcome for your event by approaching donors in a coordinated fashion to enrich patients' lives and enhance care at N.C. Children's Hospital.
Get started by reading our fundraising event guidelines, captioned below. Then complete our online application form.
Fundraising Event Guidelines
(Revised August 2008)
- Any individual, business, or organization that wishes to host an event benefiting the N.C. Children’s Promise (the Promise) and N.C. Children’s Hospital (the Children’s Hospital) must complete the following event application to be reviewed by the N.C. Children's Promise Development Office.
- Until the event has been approved, no public announcements can be made, and the event may not be promoted in any way.
- Applications must be submitted at least 6-8 weeks in advance of the proposed event date. Applicants must reapply annually for approval.
- Events must fit the mission and image of the Promise and Children’s Hospital.
- All event materials that include the N.C. Children’s Promise or N.C. Children’s Hospital name(s) and/or logo(s) must be reviewed and approved in advance by the Development Office. Materials include, but are not limited to, advertising, press releases, posters, flyers, and t-shirts.
- The Promise (or any entity of the Children's Hospital) is the beneficiary—not the sponsor or host—of any benefit events. Publicity should list the name of the event followed by “…benefiting the N.C. Children’s Promise.” If the gift is designated to a particular area (i.e., a division, program, etc.), the area must be listed as the beneficiary, not the hospital's name in general (e.g., "…benefiting Pediatric Oncology Division of N.C. Children's Hospital and the UNC Department of Pediatrics").
- The public must be informed how the Promise and the Children’s Hospital will benefit from the event. If the hospital will not receive 100 percent of the proceeds, an exact percentage or amount must be stated on all related publicity.
- The Promise and the Children's Hospital (including individual programs, divisions, etc.) must receive at least 50% of the proceeds from events benefiting our charity.
- If another organization will benefit from the event, the Promise must be notified when applying to host an event.
- Solicitation of businesses involving the direct or implied use of the N.C. Children’s Promise or N.C. Children’s Hospital name(s) and/or logo(s) mustbe approved in advance by the Development Office. Many businesses already support the Promise and Children’s Hospital and may not wish to make additional donations.
- If event expenses are greater than the money raised by the event, the event organizer is responsible for those expenses.
- Proceeds must be received by The Medical Foundation of NC, Inc,, our 501(c)3 body, within 30 days of the fundraising event or campaign.
- The event organizer must obtain any necessary permits, licenses, and insurance.
- The N.C. Children’s Promise, N.C. Children’s Hospital, and all related entities cannot assume any type of liability for your event.
- If circumstances warrant (e.g., fraud, negative exposure, etc.), the Promise and/or Children’s Hospital may at any time, through members of its Board of Visitors or senior administrators, direct you to cancel the event. You must agree to cancel the event if so directed and further agree to release the Promise and Children’s Hospital and its officers and employees from any and all liability in connection to any such action.
- Should the Promise or Children's Hospital decline the application or choose not to be affiliated with the third-party event in question, reference to the N.C. Children's Promise or N.C. Children's Hospital in any form (i.e., use of name or logos, etc.) will not be permitted. Failure to adhere to this stipulation will be cited as fraud.
What the N.C. Children’s Promise can do to support your event:
- Provide a letter of authorization to be used to validate the authenticity of the event.
- Provide and approve use of logos.
- Promote the event on the Promise Web site and other appropriate media. (Such decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. Promotion beyond Web site posting will be limited to events that plan to raise $10,000+. Promotional information must be received by the N.C. Children's Promise at least four (4) weeks or more prior to the event to post on the Promise Web site.)
- Provide a tax receipt to donors who make contributions payable to the “N.C. Children’s Promise” or “N.C. Children’s Hospital.” (Payment cannot be received by the Promise office in situations where goods or services are received; only straight donations can be received.)
What the N.C. Children’s Promise cannot do to support your event:
- Provide on-site staff or volunteer support at your event. Exceptions MAY be granted on a case-by-case basis (e.g., staff may attend events planning to raise $20,000+).
- Extend our tax exemption to you.
- Provide giveaways or prizes for silent auctions.
- Provide funding or reimbursement for event expenses.
- Solicit sponsorship revenue for the event.
- Provide hospital and/or donor mailing lists.
- Provide insurance coverage.
- If you have any questions or would like more information about organizing a fundraising event or activity in your area to benefit the N.C. Children’s Promise and N.C. Children’s Hospital, please contact us at 919.843.3948.