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Frequently Asked Questions

Registration

How do I register to walk?

  • Visit our Registration Page.
  • Select how you will be walking.
  • Join as an individual, join a team, or create a team
  • Invite others to walk with you or donate to your fundraising page!

Can I register on the day of the event?
Yes, but we strongly recommend you pre-register to make sure you have all the information you need. This also gives you time to fundraise for the Walk. If you register the day of the event, the cost is $25 for adults (18 and older) and $5 for kids (17 and younger).

My whole family is walking. Does everyone need to register?
Yes. For planning purposes, we require that all walkers register. Register your whole family at once by choosing ‘Register Another Walker’ before you complete your registration. All registered walkers will be mailed a Walk for Children’s t-shirt.

Can I register multiple people in one transaction?
Yes. The option to register additional individuals will appear prior to finishing your registration. Please note, that additional registrants will be linked to your fundraising page and will not receive their own additional pages. Should each individual want his or her separate page, they will need to register separately and provide unique email addresses.

Can I switch teams after I've registered?
Yes. Please email your request to walkforchildrens@chp.edu and mark the subject line "Switch Team." Don't forget to include your full name, current team, and team you would like to switch to.

Do I have to be on a team in order to participate in Walk for Children’s?
No. You can register to walk as an individual. Visit walkforchildrens.com and click on 'Register' and follow the prompts.

Do I have to walk in person?
No. This year we are introducing Walk Your Way. If you do not want to walk in person with us, you can walk, stroll, roll, climb, run, jump, skip or choose however you want to participate. Just sign up and select ‘virtual walker’ during registration. Log on the morning of Walk for our virtual program and post event celebration.

If I participate in the virtual walk, what day do I walk?
You’ll join us in walking on Saturday, June 5. We’ll walk together after the morning program – whether in person or virtually.

Can I walk before the event?
Yes. Get your family and coworkers together and get your steps in. Take photos and video and post on social media leading up to Walk using #WalkforChildrens. Then, join us on Saturday, June 5, to walk the last few miles together.

I'm having trouble with my account and/or registration. Who do I call?
For any questions or concerns, please contact us at walkforchildrens@chp.edu or call 412-692-3900.

T-Shirts

Do I need to fundraise a certain amount to receive a t-shirt?
No. All registered Walkers will receive a t-shirt.

How do I get my t-shirt?
T-shirt’s will be mailed to all participants this year – regardless if you are walking virtually or in person with us. Shirts will be sent to the address entered during registration. Walkers must register before Sunday, May 23, to receive their shirt before the event. Anyone that registers after that date, will receive their shirt after the event. *Shirts will not be available at the in-person Walk this year.

Can I pick up shirts for others on my team?
No. We will not be offering t-shirt pick up this year. All shirts will be mailed.

Do I have to wear the Walk for Children’s t-shirt at the Walk?
No, it’s not required. Some walkers choose to create their own unique shirts.

Are kids’ sizes available?
Yes. We will have 6-9 months, 12-18 months, 2T – 5T, and youth sizes.

Fundraising

Is there a minimum fundraising amount?
No, we do not have a minimum fundraising amount for teams or individuals. The cost of registration guarantees your ability to participate. However, we strongly encourage all participants to work towards their personal fundraising goals. Check out our fundraising tools for more help.

Will I be charged if I don’t hit my fundraising goal?
No, but we encourage creativity to fulfill and even exceed your fundraising goal!

If I don’t want to participate in the Walk, can I still donate?
Yes. Thank you so much for your generosity! You can direct your donations to an individual or team here.

Are donations and registration fees tax-deductible?
Yes. Your registration fee and all additional donations are tax deductible. Gifts to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 organization. Our tax identification number is 25-1865744.

What are matching gifts?
A matching gift program is an opportunity offered by some employers to assist their employees in philanthropic efforts, where employers match a percentage of their employees fundraising. Please contact your Human Resources Department to see if your company has a matching gift program, or visit our matching gifts page to find out more.

What is my Participant Center and how do I use it?
You will use your Participant Center to access your fundraising page. Within your Participant Center, you can share your story, update your fundraising goal, track donations, send emails, and post comments leading up to Walk.

How do I use my personal fundraising page?
A personal fundraising page is automatically created for you when you register for Walk for Children's. Through your Participant Center, you can customize your personal fundraising page. You can share your page with friends and family through social media and email. We encourage you to personalize your page for greater impact.

How do I make a donation?
Supporters may donate to you by making a gift online to your personal fundraising page. Gifts are automatically tracked through the page. You’ll receive notifications when gifts are made so you can personally thank your supporters. The Foundation will also acknowledge your supporters' gifts via a tax receipt. Gifts can also be made through cash and check. These gifts will need to be mailed to the address below or brought to Walk and dropped off at the donation center. A form or note with the walker or team who should receive credit must be attached to each gift.

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation
PO Box 535240
Pittsburgh, PA 15253

Who should checks be made payable to?
All checks should be made payable to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation and turned in with a deposit slip.

Do I need a gift deposit slip for each gift?
Yes. For each donation you receive offline (such as cash or checks), you will need to attach a deposit slip when you turn it in. Attaching the form will let us properly credit your fundraising goal and also make sure that your supporters are acknowledged properly. Online gifts through your personal fundraising page do not need a donation form, as they are tracked automatically.

Where do I get a donation form?
You can download our donation form to print here.

Can I mail in several gifts and deposit slips in one envelope?
Yes. Just be sure to attach a completed deposit slip to each gift.

Can I drop off gifts?
Due to COVID-19 concerns we do not have the ability at this time to schedule gift drop offs. Please mail in gifts to the address below:

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation
PO Box 535240
Pittsburgh, PA 15253

My supporter needs a tax receipt letter. How do I get one?
Donors must provide their first and last name with a full address to receive a tax receipt. For cash and checks, be sure the deposit slip includes the donor's full name and address, and we will mail them a letter when their gift has been processed. A tax receipt is automatically generated for supporters when they give online through your personal fundraising page.

Teams

How do I create a team?
Thanks for being a Team Captain! Now, just follow these few simple steps:

How do I join a team?
When you register, select the option to join a team. Search for your team's name. If your team is related to a company, you can also search by company name.

Do I have to be on a team in order to participate in the walk?
No. You can register to walk as an individual.

Do all teammates have to fundraise?
Each team member is encouraged to set and reach a personal fundraising goal. Check out some helpful fundraising tips to get started.

Can a team receive a gift?
No. You can donate to an individual or make a general donation to the Walk. Teams generally set a team fundraising goal in addition to the individual goals set by each team member. Funds raised by each team member will count toward the team fundraising goal.

I'm already registered to walk as an individual, but I want to start my own team or join a team. Is it too late?
Not at all! Please email walkforchildrens@chp.edu or call 412-692-3900, and we will make the change for you.

Event Information

Where will Walk be located?
Walk for Children’s 2021 presented by UPMC and UPMC Health Plan is our first ever hybrid Walk event. That means you can walk at home or join us at one of our two physically distanced Walk locations in the North and South.

How long is the Walk?
Stay tuned for final details on the Walk route.

Will there be strollers or wheelchairs available?
No. If you require a stroller or wheelchair, please bring it with you to the event.

Can I ride my bike or rollerblade on the route?
No. For safety reasons, bikes, rollerblades, skateboards, hoverboards, and anything alike are not permitted on the in-person walk routes. However, if you are participating in the virtual event, you are more than happy to use them at home.

Is the Walk handicap accessible?
Yes. The Walk route is handicap accessible. If you or someone on your team requires any special accommodations, please contact us at 412-692-3900 or walkforchildrens@chp.edu.

Can I bring my pet?
No. Pets are not permitted at the in-person Walk events. The only exception to this rule is for registered service dogs. However, if you chose to participate virtually your dog can come along too!

Will food be available?
No. There will not be any food available at this year’s Walk. We encourage you to pack water and snacks.

Will there be beverage stations at the Walk?
No. We encourage you to bring your own water bottle and fully hydrate before arriving at the event.

Will there be bathrooms available?
Yes. Portable restrooms and handwashing stations will be available.

Can I smoke at Walk for Children’s?
No. Smoking is prohibited at the event.

Can I wear a costume to the Walk?
Yes. Please remember that Walk for Children’s is a family friendly event.

Are there activities before and after the Walk?
This year our focus is on safely celebrating our brave patients, their families, and fundraisers like you. In order to do that, we will not have the festival like atmosphere like you’ve seen in years past. We hope to include more activities again next year.

Will there be security personnel and aid stations at the Walk?
Yes. Walker safety is of the utmost importance to us. EMS/police will be on site.

What happens if it rains?
Bring your rain gear because we’ll be walking rain or shine! In case of severe weather conditions, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on all pre-event information. We will also send email updates and text messages in case of delay or cancellation. If you are not receiving our emails, please click here.

My event question isn't listed here. Who can I contact for information?
For more information about the event, you can email walkforchildrens@chp.edu or call 412-692-3900.