Hosting a Community Fundraiser

Your step-by-step guide to organizing a successful event

IU Health knows we cannot achieve our vision of a healthier Indiana alone. We rely on community partnerships and collaborations to achieve our vision. 

Our impact is greater when patients, families and inspired humans come together, and we are here to help you showcase your healthcare passion through grassroots fundraising.

How to Host a Fundraising Event

Step 1: Define Your Event

Will this be a fashion show, golf tournament, luncheon or plant sale? The first step is to decide what sort of event will attract the most people in your network and target audiences. You may also want to consider the uniqueness of your event, so you are not competing for attention with similar events. Finally, your event should be health-forward.

Step 2: Know Your Responsibilities

Expectations of you, the fundraiser

  • Gain approval for the fundraiser from IU Health Foundation before promoting the event
  • Plan, promote and execute the event, including securing any necessary permits or approvals
  • Engage sponsors and/or volunteers, as appropriate
  • Manage budget, expenses, sponsorship, volunteer recruitment, contributions and donation of net proceeds to IU Health Foundation
  • Act in ways that are compassionate, ethical, collaborative and health-forward
  • Comply with IU Health Foundation brand guidelines.

Expectations of us, IU Health Foundation

  • Generate a webpage with information about the event, including an online giving form, which IU Health Foundation can share on social media channels
  • Provide consultation on event logistics and share best practices from experience in conducting successful fundraisers
  • Inform relevant clinical team members and caregivers, as appropriate
  • Attend and/or speak at the event, pending availability.
  • IU Health will not:
    • Cover any expenses involved in hosting the event
    • Host or staff the fundraiser
    • Share marketing lists, contact information or donor prospects.

Step 3: Submit Your Idea

Submitting your idea involves filling out the IU Health Community Fundraiser Registration Form (PDF).


Provide as many details as possible about your event, including its uniqueness, promotion strategies, volunteer recruitment and budget management.


Once submitted, our Foundation team will review the proposal. Someone from our team will contact you within three business days to discuss feedback and next steps.


Your initiative in organizing a fundraiser is greatly appreciated.

Fill Out The Form (PDF)