Frequently Asked Questions


What is the registration fee?

It’s free to register as a participant for the Meaningful Miles Challenge! Registration makes you eligible for exclusive perks and you’ll receive access to our personalized fundraising portal as well as important updates.

What if I already registered as a Children’s Champion before July 24, 2020? Do I need to register again?

You do not need to re-register! Simply update your personal Children’s Champions page to reflect the Meaningful Miles Challenge. If you would like to change your participant type from 13 to 26 challenges, please email


Why is fundraising a crucial part of the Meaningful Miles Challenge?

Now, more than ever, the dollars you raise are critical. So many of us are experiencing challenges like we have never faced in our lifetime and, as you can imagine, Nationwide Children’s Hospital is no exception. Childhood diseases and behavioral health needs do not take a day off because of COVID-19 and we can’t either. Although the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon is canceled, Children’s Champions are incredible advocates for Nationwide Children’s Hospital and we still need your support.

What is the fundraising minimum?

As a Children’s Champion, there is no minimum fundraising requirement because every gift matters. We do offer incentives based on the amount raised by each individual to motivate you along the way. Check out the fundraising perks and deadlines here.

What online fundraising tools are available to the Meaningful Miles Challenge participants?

Each participant can create a personal fundraising page on our website. We have provided a free fundraising digital toolkit to help you share your personal story to inspire others to give on your behalf. Email templates to send out to encourage donations are available in your fundraising participant center.

How can my supporters make a donation?

  • Send them the link to your personal or team fundraising page
  • They can search for your name or team name
If they prefer to write a check, it can be made out to Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation. A donation form must be included with each check, so the donor receives credit for their gift. The downloadable donation form is available on your personal fundraising page. Donation forms with contributions may be mailed to: 
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation
Attn: Children’s Champions 
PO Box 16810
Columbus, OH 43216-6810

Are donations made on my behalf tax deductible?

Yes, all donations in which goods or services are not received are 100% tax deductible. Registration fees for the event are not tax deductible.

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation serves to further the mission of Nationwide Children’s Hospital while meeting donor philanthropic goals. Nationwide Children’s Hospital is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN: 31-1036370)

Will Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation acknowledge my contributors?

The Foundation will send a gift receipt and acknowledgement letter to anyone who donates on behalf of a Children’s Champion.

How can I find out if my company offers a matching gift?

First, check to see if your company has a matching gift program for health organizations. The website, can be helpful in determining which companies match donations. Complete a matching gift form (available from your company’s Human Resources department) and send it in with your donation..

How can I check my personal fundraising totals or that of my team?

You track your fundraising efforts via the participant center. This tool allows you to log on and review your pledges any time of the day. When a donation is made online, it is processed automatically and added toward your fundraising goal. Donations made by check or money order will be processed and counted toward your total within 10 business days after it is received by Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation.

What is the deadline to turn in pledges?

We will continue to accept donations for the Meaningful Miles Challenge through the end of the year, but in order to receive specific perks based off of your personal fundraising totals, donations must be turned in by October 9, 2020.

When will I receive my fundraising incentives?

Fundraising incentives will be assembled and mailed out October 14 and sent to your registered address.

What can Nationwide Children’s provide to help me with my fundraising and/or event?

  • Consultation on fundraisers and events
  • Approved use of our hospital name and logo, when appropriate
  • Fundraising Digital Toolkit, including: social media graphics, hospital facts, FAQs, fundraising tips, helpful templates and more
  • Your own personalized fundraising page
  • Resources for fundraiser organizers to educate their donors on the impact of their gift
  • Tax ID or Employee Identification Number (EIN) for donation purposes
  • Celebratory check presentations, when feasible

What are items Nationwide Children’s cannot provide?

  • Our sales tax exemption number
  • Raffle license
  • Insurance or liability coverage
  • Mailing list of donors and/or vendors
  • Nationwide Children’s stationery
  • Funding or reimbursement of your expenses
  • Celebrities, professional athletes or team mascots for your fundraiser
  • Publicity (newspaper, radio, television, etc.)
  • Guaranteed attendance of physicians or hospital staff
  • Guaranteed staff participation at your committee or planning meetings
  • Guaranteed volunteer support at your fundraiser
  • Guaranteed interactions with patients at the hospital or attendance at events
  • Solicit businesses or vendors for support


What is the Meaningful Miles Challenge?

The Meaningful Miles Challenge is a fundraising and engagement program for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. All participants are encouraged to commit to 13 or 26 Meaningful Miles challenges while fundraising to make a positive impact in their community. We also encourage participants to incorporate running or walking into these activities. Learn more here.

What is a Children’s Champion?

An individual who chooses to fundraise for Nationwide Children’s Hospital, usually participating in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon.

What is a Patient Champion?

An individual who has been treated at Nationwide Children’s and is selected to represent all patients at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon. Each year, there are 24 individual Patient Champions assigned to a mile along the course, one Angel Mile to honor those who are no longer with us, and one Encore Mile celebrating all the patients who have lined the course since 2012. Although the race is canceled this year, we will still have 2020 Patient Champions. They will also be invited back to participate in the 2021 race.

Is anything taking place on October 18, 2020?

The Patient Champion Parade details to be determined and shared at a later date pending COVID-19 rules and regulations.

Who can I contact for more information?

Please contact Morgen Spon, Director of Community Partnerships, via email at or phone 614-355-5419.