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FAQ'S

About Your Columbia Campaign:

Learn more about Your Columbia Campaign.

What is the Your Columbia Campaign?
Your Columbia is your opportunity to be a part of the unparalleled research, education, and clinical care that takes place every day at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Columbia University Irving Medical Center. It’s a potent and impactful way to honor someone you love, remember someone you lost, or thank a medical professional for their compassion and care.

How do I get started? 
To create your own fundraiser, simply choose the type of fundraiser you like (e.g., in honor of or in memory of). Then, decide if you would like to fundraise through email and social only, or if you would like to host a virtual event, or ask for donations in lieu of gifts for a birthday or anniversary. After you make your selections, click here to set up your fundraising page. Customize it with your personal story, set your fundraising goal, and then invite people to support your cause. You can easily share your page via e-mail, or social media.

Fundraising and Donations:

What happens if I do not hit my fundraising goal?
We know you will work hard to meet your fundraising goal. However, if you do not, Columbia will still be very grateful for whatever you raise. While we encourage you to do everything you can to reach your goal, you will not be penalized if you do not reach the goal you set.

What if someone wants to donate via checks? 
Credit card donations via the secure Your Columbia website are preferred. However, checks may be sent to Lindsay Wilson, CUIMC, Office of Development, 516 West 168th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10032. We will update your online fundraising page accordingly. If someone donates cash, it is advisable that you convert the cash to a check and send it to the address above.

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What is a matching gift, and how do I find out if my company has this program? 
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. Not sure if your company matches? Visit this link.

If your company offers a matching gift program, please complete your company's specific form (online or paper) and e-mail it to [email protected]. Be sure to include your name and Your Columbia Campaign.

If I get something donated to my fundraiser, can they receive an in-kind receipt? 
The Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Columbia University Irving Medical Center can only provide donation receipts for contributions made directly to Columbia. Donors contributing directly to a campaign will receive a thank you note from Columbia. 

Fundraising Activities:

What does a fundraising activity mean? 

Are there any prohibited fundraising activities?
The Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Columbia University Irving Medical Center and its entities must always be represented positively, and all events should reflect the mission of the organization.

Will the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Columbia University Irving Medical Center help me plan my fundraiser?
The Peer to Peer Fundraiser is responsible for planning, staffing, and promoting the event. Support from the medical center staff is limited due to our full calendar of internal fundraising events.

Does Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Columbia University Irving Medical Center cover expenses?
The Peer to Peer Fundraiser is responsible for all event/activity expenses. Columbia will not be responsible for any expenses or debts incurred. Expenses will not be reimbursed.

If I am participating in an endurance event on my own, does Columbia register me for the race and buy my entry? 
You can register for any race of your choice and then create your online fundraising page with us to promote your run to support the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

The Peer to Peer Fundraiser is primarily responsible for the execution of their events. Support from the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Columbia University Irving Medical Center is limited due to our full calendar of internal fundraising events, but please feel free to e-mail us at [email protected] with any questions we can help answer or resources we can help provide to help make your event the best it can be.