Rhode Island Hospital

Ways to Give

Every day we treat hundreds of patients who rely on Rhode Island Hospital for the very best care available. And every day, we rely on support from caring people like you to help ensure our vital work continues. Philanthropy is the cornerstone of everything we do. Every gift, no matter the size, makes an important difference and is an investment in the future of compassionate care, research, and medical education in southeastern New England. Please join us!

The Rhode Island Hospital Fund for Excellence

All unrestricted gifts to the Rhode Island Hospital Foundation support the Fund for Excellence. This fund provides the financial resources and flexibility to support areas of greatest need, including patient care services, educational programs and innovative research projects.

Donate Online

Consider making an online gift using our online donation form. All transactions are safe and secure.

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Give by Mail or Phone

Please send your check donation to the following address, along with a note detailing the type of gift:

Rhode Island Hospital Foundation
Development Office
PO Box H
Providence, RI 02901

You may also call the development office at 401-444-6500 to speak with a development officer about making a gift.

Donate Securities

If a Broker Holds Your Securities

Please give them this information:

Rhode Island Hospital Foundation's brokerage account is with State Street Bank & Trust Co., Boston.  Brokers who have questions may contact Victoria Aguiar, our account representative, at 617-664-9869.  When sending securities, please reference the following information:

  • The Lifespan account number is LM1E
  • The DTC code (direct deposit number) is 997
  • The Agent Bank number is 26022
  • Specify the donation is for Rhode Island Hospital "In care of Lifespan Corporation"
  • Specify any details associated with the gift (restriction to a specific area or fund, a specific fund name or number, is it associated with an event, is it for a payment on an existing pledge)

If you are donating securities, kindly inform the Development Office to make sure your gift is properly received, credited and receipted. Please contact Juliann Sousa, Chief Business Management Officer, Development, at 401-444-6500; by fax at 401-444-8235; or by emailing all of the following: Juliann Sousa at jsousa@lifespan.org, Erin Aldcroft at ealdcroft@lifespan.org, Arminda Goncalves at agoncalves8@lifespan.org and Pam Morin at pmorin@lifespan.org.

If You Hold the Securities

Send the unendorsed securities by registered mail to:

Rhode Island Hospital Foundation
PO Box H
Providence, RI  02901-9979

In a separate envelope to the same address, send a letter stating your desire to donate the securities (giving the company name and number of shares of each) to the foundation along with a stock power form and a Third Party Release form.

The above instructions are required by most fund managers as well as our broker, but please check with your manager as they may have additional requirements to enact the transfer of your charitable donations of shares.

Memorial/Honor Gifts

To honor a loved one, families may specify that memorial contributions be made to Rhode Island Hospital. Find out more: contact the Rhode Island Hospital development office at 401-444-6500.

John Peterson Memorial Fund
Drawing of John Peterson by Melissa J. Weaver, LMHC, ATR-BC, art therapist

Supporting the healing arts

The John Peterson Memorial Fund has been established to pay tribute to a numbers man with an enormous heart. Proceeds benefit the Healing Arts programs at Bradley and Rhode Island Hospitals. We hope you will honor his memory with your generous support at either affiliate.

Drawing of John Peterson by Melissa J. Weaver, LMHC, ATR-BC, art therapist

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Host a Fundraiser

Community Fundraisers

Community fundraisers are any project or activity that a community member, group, or company wants to organize to raise funds for Rhode Island Hospital. Community fundraisers are often also called third-party events or cause related marketing. ANYTHING counts as a community fundraiser and we welcome fundraisers of all shapes and sizes – yard sales, lemonade stands, fun runs, musical events, sports exhibitions, etc.

Please fill out the online form to tell us more about you and your fundraising idea. We ask that you contact us 90 days in advance of your event date for proper time to review your information.

Fundraising FAQs

APPROVAL

How do I get approval?

Click here and fill out the online form. Answer a few questions, and we’ll be in touch within a week.

Are there restrictions on fundraisers?

Your fundraiser should align with the mission and image of Rhode Island Hospital. Events or activities will not be aligned with any alcohol, pharmaceutical, gambling, or tobacco organizations. If we have concerns about your event or potential sponsors, we can discuss this with you after you complete our online form.

When and where can I host a fundraiser?

You can host a fundraiser at any time of the year and anywhere in RI or the surrounding area.

What can I name my fundraiser?

Rhode Island Hospital should be identified as the beneficiary of your fundraiser. A potential event name could be: "Walk for Kids benefiting Rhode Island Hospital," but NOT “Rhode Island Hospital Walk for Kids.”

Can I designate where my fundraising money goes in the hospital?

Yes. There is a list of the common areas that community fundraisers support. If you have another area of interest, we can discuss that option as well.

PLANNING

How do I plan a fundraiser?

Organization and support of others to help with the many tasks for your fundraiser are key elements. We suggest you set up a budget and fundraising goal. We can help with some guidance and support along the way.

Can someone from Rhode Island Hospital attend and/or speak at my fundraiser or committee meetings?

Although we wish we could be at all events, our staff is only able to attend events on a case-by-case basis. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee physicians, staff, or volunteers at your fundraiser.

Are there any guidelines around sponsorship and in-kind donations?

To avoid duplicate solicitations, we ask that you notify us before asking a business or company for a donation, cash or in-kind.

Can I have a raffle at my event?

Yes, but to legally conduct any gambling activity or “game of chance” in Rhode Island, you must follow all rules and complete all forms as outlined by the Charitable Gaming Unit of the Rhode Island State Police. For more information, visit the Charitable Gaming Unit website.

What about an auction?

Yes, you can host a silent or live auction. As a reminder, when advertising any items in a silent or live auction, you must display the fair market value. A donor will not be eligible for a tax receipt for any auction items considered “priceless.” Rhode Island Hospital will only issue IRS-compliant tax receipts if the donor pays beyond the fair market value and if payment is made directly to Rhode Island Hospital.

Does Rhode Island Hospital provide event insurance?

No, the organizers are responsible for obtaining any and all permits or insurance.

WHAT WE CAN DO

Once we receive information on your fundraiser, Rhode Island Hospital staff can:

  • Offer event planning expertise and advice.
  • Acknowledge direct contributions to Rhode Island Hospital. Donors must write a check directly to Rhode Island Hospital to receive this acknowledgment. Note: These contributions will be added to the event donation total, but cannot be withdrawn for event expenses.
  • Assist in the designation of the event proceeds.
  • Provide a letter of support to validate the authenticity of the event and its organizers.
  • Provide limited existing materials for your event such as brochures and newsletters.
  • Rhode Island Hospital can promote the event, when appropriate and based on fundraising goals as outlined in the fundraising agreement.

PROMOTION

Will you help promote my fundraiser?

We can guide you and provide ideas on promotion to you. We cannot manage your fundraiser, or provide current donor/sponsor lists.

Can I use Rhode Island Hospital’s name and logo?

Community fundraisers committed to raising a minimum of $5,000 can use the “benefiting Rhode Island Hospital” logo. Whenever you use our logo or name, your final piece (flyer, etc.) needs to be approved by the development staff. For those fundraisers raising less than $5,000, you may list “Benefiting Rhode Island Hospital” in type in all materials.

Can you post my event on the Rhode Island Hospital social media pages?

For your event to be posted on our social media pages, the revenue goal must be at least $5,000.

Can I post about my fundraiser on social media?

Yes, it’s a great way to promote your fundraiser and spread the word!

FINANCE

Do I need to create a 501c3 (non-profit) organization to host a fundraiser for Rhode Island Hospital?

No. Just contact the development office at 401-444-6511 or twoodbine@lifespan.org and let us know your plans.

Should Rhode Island Hospital issue tax receipts to my donors?

Yes. Rhode Island Hospital will issue IRS-compliant tax receipts to the full extent of the law, but only if the donation is made payable directly to the hospital.

Can I pay myself back for expenses I’ve incurred?

You’re responsible for covering all expenses for your fundraiser and will not be reimbursed by Rhode Island Hospital. If you are paying for expenses, please deduct these from the funds raised prior to sending your donation check. Your expenses shouldn’t exceed 40% of funds raised.

Where do I send proceeds?

All proceeds need to be made payable to Rhode Island Hospital and mailed to us within 45 days of completing your fundraiser.

Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Development Office
Attn: TPE/Community Fundraisers
P.O. Box H
Providence, RI 02901

For more information please contact Teri Woodbine 401-444-6511 or twoodbine@lifespan.org.

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Planned Giving

Planned giving is a way of making a charitable gift where some thought and some assistance are needed to complete the donation. The assistance can come from an attorney, stockbroker, tax advisor, insurance agent, or gift planning officer. The thoughtfulness comes from what you want your gift to accomplish for patient care, clinical education, and medical research.