Ways to Give

Make a difference in the life of a patient today!

Everyone deserves healthcare. Champions for Health is dedicated to providing access to critically needed healthcare for uninsured, low-income residents of San Diego County who would otherwise face insurmountable barriers to care. But we can’t do this important work without your support.

Ways to donate and change lives

There are so many ways to help people in need, choose the way that works best for you.

Popular Ways to Give

Make a Donation

When you give to Champions for Health, your gift is multiplied. You’ll have the joy of knowing that every $1 you give is helping Champions for Health secure more than $10 in pro bono assistance through our Project Access San Diego program equaling a 1000% return on your donation.

When you donate, you contribute to the health and wellbeing of thousands of individuals in San Diego.

Become a Monthly Donor

You can help patients ineligible for public services every month of the year with ongoing gifts to Champions for Health. By joining our monthly giving program, you’re standing up for our vital mission to connect uninsured San Diegans with specialty healthcare and showing your consistent, ongoing support for people in need.

Just a few dollars a month helps Champions for Health’s unique medical service make crucial lifesaving interventions.

Give a Gift

Honor Someone Special

Recognize someone special while supporting Champions for Health’s work. Your gift is an affirmation of our shared commitment to providing healthcare to patients who are ineligible for public services so that people most in need might receive the gift of hope and life.

Individual Sponsorship

Help support one of our Project Access San Diego patients directly. Your support can provide annual medical costs to support a Project Access patient including medical interpretation, transportation to doctor visits, medications, medical equipment, and more.

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How Your
Donations Help

Champions for Health Project Access San Diego has provided care coordination to 6,500+ patients who are ineligible for public services or below the 250% Federal Poverty Level — as a result, providing more than $20 million in donated specialty healthcare services, such as gynecology, ophthalmology, cardiology, neurology, and general surgeries. Other program services include intensive care management, access to medications, laboratory and other diagnostics, transportation, and medical interpreting, resulting in 57 lifesaving interventions since 2008.

Fundraise for Healthcare

Donate Your Birthday or Special Occasion

Celebrate a special event — such as a birthday, wedding, or anniversary —while supporting Champions for Health’s work to help patients who are ineligible for public services.

In lieu of receiving gifts for personal life events, like a birthday, or wedding you can designate Champions for Health as a charity to support.

Start a Fundraiser

People fundraise in different ways and for different reasons.  Some organize an event like a softball game, bake sale, or car wash. Or maybe they want to celebrate a personal goal like running a marathon or losing weight.

Whichever way you decide to fundraise, feel confident that your friends, family, and community will support your effort — if you ask them to.

Workplace Giving and Matching Gifts

Workplace Giving

Many employers offer payroll deduction programs that may allow you to make gifts to Champions for Health. Your tax-deductible gifts will support Champion for Health’s work with the uninsured in San Diego. Workplace giving is easy, safe, and cost-efficient. Through payroll deduction, you can have your employer deduct a small amount of money from your paycheck each pay period to support Champions for Health.

  • San Diego County Medical Society Foundation dba Champions for Health
  • Tax ID number: 95-2568714
Matching Gifts

Double or triple your gift to Champion for Health. Many employers will match donations to charitable organizations like Champions for Health. Gifts made by current employees, employees’ spouses, and even retirees may be eligible for matching support.

Contact your employer’s human resources department to see if they have a matching gift program.

Investment Giving

Stocks and Securities

Stocks and securities can be transferred or given to Champions for Health. Gifts of stock may provide a double tax benefit: an income-tax deduction for the property’s full fair-market value and the stock’s appreciation may help you avoid capital gains taxes. Gifts of stock can also be made to Champions for Health, but they are not tax-deductible.

Plan Your Legacy

You can leave a legacy of hope and further your impact in the lives of thousands of people by including Champions for Health in your will, living trust, or other estate plan. You can arrange a gift of a specific amount, a percentage, or even all or part of the residuum of your estate.

No matter your age, there’s no better time than now to make provisions for patients who are ineligible for public services.

Donor Advised Funds

Consider a gift to Champions for Health through your donor-advised fund or family foundation.

  • San Diego County Medical Society Foundation dba Champions for Health
    Tax ID number: 95-2568714

You may also wish to name Champions for Health an organizational beneficiary of your donor-advised fund (Tax ID number: 95-2568714).

Charitible Donaitons from IRAs

Congress has made the direct charitable distribution of IRA funds a permanent provision, so many Champions for Health supporters are making this part of their annual giving plan. Individuals 70 ½ years or older may contribute up to $100,000 to qualified charities.

To take advantage of this provision, a check must be sent from the IRA directly to Champions for Health. You do not declare this withdrawal as income on your tax return, nor does it qualify for a charitable tax deduction. Thus this type of gift may be helpful to non-itemizers. A qualified charitable distribution, though, can satisfy part or all of the required minimum withdrawal from an IRA.

Philanthropy

Individual Philanthropy

By supporting Champions for Health as a major donor, together with other generous individual, corporate and foundation partners, you put these ambitious goals well within reach.

We invite you to join us in our shared mission to do whatever it takes to answer the health equity gap in San Diego. 

Foundations

Many foundations partner with Champions for Health to fulfill their individual missions and help us achieve positive outcomes for health equity.

Champions for Health welcomes unrestricted support, endowment gifts and funding for specific projects. We honor the unique preferences and philanthropic goals of each of our foundation partners.

Other Ways to Give

Donate a Vehicle

Champions for Health accepts donations of automobiles. This is a free, convenient service for converting that extra car, truck, or RV into a tax-deductible donation benefiting Champions for Health. You can donate online or call 855-500-7433 to make your donation.

Champions for Health has made arrangements with CARS to ensure your vehicle donation will be properly handled and that you receive a tax deduction. For more information about CARS and making a vehicle donation to benefit Champions for Health, please visit carseasy.org or call 855-500-7433.

Amazon Smile

Do you shop online?  Help uninsured San Diegans while you shop! Shop through AmazonSmile and select San Diego County Medical Society (dba Champions for Health) as your charity. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Champions for Health. It’s easy to get started.

Our Accountability

As a responsive and accountable organization, Champions for Health is committed to making financial and other organizational information publicly available on our website.

Champions for Health has operated as a separate 501(c)3 not-for-profit California corporation since 2005. Our Federal tax identification number is 95-2568714; contributions to our organization are fully deductible to the extent allowed by law. Our origins were as the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation, and prior to that, as AMPER, which was founded by the San Diego County Medical Society in 1968.

We operate on a fiscal year budget, October 1 – September 30. You can view our financial information here.

Our annual reports show activities for the calendar year. View our most recent annual reports here.

We strive to ensure the organization’s finances, operations and programs are absolutely ethical and transparent. We adhere to relevant regulations, conduct independent annual financial audits, submit timely reports to our stakeholders, and use clear accounting methods. If you have questions or would like additional information, please call us at 858.300.2780, or email Adama Dyoniziak, Executive Director.

Volunteer

Join volunteer specialty care physicians and other healthcare providers in leading the efforts towards changing lives.