Frequently Asked Questions

Do all participants need to register for Walk L.A.?
Yes. Every person who participates (including children of all ages) must be registered to walk. 

Can families register together?
Yes. Families can register together and use a single fundraising page for the family.

How much does it cost to register for Walk L.A.?
Registration fees help cover event costs and ensure we can maximize support for CHLA.  

Individual walkers: $35

Children (under 12 years): $15

Virtual walkers: $25 (What's this?)

Is the registration fee tax-deductible?
The registration fee is the cost involved with your participation in the event and is not considered a donation to CHLA per IRS regulations. Participation in Walk L.A. is considered a benefit that you are receiving in exchange for the fee. Any amount over and above the registration fee will be considered a tax deductible donation to CHLA.

Can I choose a specific part of the hospital to support through my fundraising page?
Yes. To designate your fundraising, choose the name of the division, department or program from the “Designations” drop-down menu provided during the online registration process. Please note that registration fees are not subject to designation. 

If I join a team, may I support an area special to me, even if it is different from the team captain’s chosen area?
No. All members of the team support the fundraising cause and goal set by the team captain.  Any interested participant can start their own team and designate support from the drop-down menu provided.

Do participants have to choose an area of the hospital to support?
No. Participants don’t have to choose an area of support.  If no designation is selected,  funds will go to the Helping Hands Fund at CHLA, which ensures that CHLA is able to provide critical, lifesaving care to every child the hospital treats. 

Who can I contact if I have troubles with the registration process?
Contact the walk team at walk@chla.usc.edu

Is there a fundraising minimum? What’s a good fundraising goal?
While there is no fundraising minimum, we strongly encourage all walkers to set a fundraising goal of at least $250. 

If I can't attend the event, can I still fundraise?
Yes. You can register as a Virtual Walker, receive an official Walk L.A. T-shirt and qualify for prizes. Learn more about becoming a Virtual Walker.

How do I create a fundraising page?
A personal fundraising page is created automatically for you when you register to walk, whether you register as an individual, team member, team captain, or virtual walker. Visit your Participant Center to customize your fundraising page with a unique name or URL, tell your story, set a fundraising goal, upload videos and photos, send emails and updates to friends and family and collect donations online.

Can donations be made by check? 
Yes. All checks should be made payable to Children's Hospital Los Angeles and can be mailed to 4650 Sunset Boulevard, MS #29, Los Angeles, CA 90027. You may also turn in checks at registration on the morning of the event.

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 you provide the supporter's:

  • Supporter’s full name (First Name and Last Name)
  • Supporter’s address

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.

How are teams created?
You can create a team by selecting that option on the registration process.  You need to choose a team captain who will manage the fundraising page, recruit team members, set up a fundraising goal and designate the area of the hospital the team will support, and also communicate with team members and encourage them to reach the set fundraising goal.

How do I join a team?
As you complete the registration process, select the “Join a Team” option. Search for the team you are interested in joining and click to join.  

Do participants have to be on a team in order to participate in the walk?
No. Participants can register to walk as individuals.

Are all participants and teammates encouraged to fundraise?
Yes. Walk L.A. is a community fundraising event and all participants, including team members, are encouraged to fundraise in support of CHLA. Check out some helpful fundraising tips to get started.

At what time is the walk and wellness family festival?
The festival opens at 8:30 a.m.
The walk begins at 9:30 a.m.
The festival closes at 1:00 p.m.

What is the distance of the walk?
Our walk is a flat 4-kilometer loop around the golf course in the Crystal Springs area at Griffith Park. 

Is the walk course handicap-accessible?
Yes. The event was designed to accommodate participants with disabilities. Participants will be able to do the walk in their wheelchairs, strollers and at the pace that best works for them.

Can I bring my pet to the walk?
Due to event insurance coverage, we are not permitting walkers to bring their pets to this event. This is fairly typical for events of this nature, especially with very small children who may attend.

What happens if it rains?
Walk L.A. will take place rain or shine. 

My employer will match my donation to the walk. What do I need to do?
If your company has a matching gift program, please request a matching gift form from your Human Resources or Personnel department. Bring the matching gift form and donation to the walk.

For your reference, CHLA’s Tax ID Number is: 95-1690977

If you have questions about matching gifts, please email us at walk@chla.usc.edu.

Who can I contact if I have questions about my fundraising page?
Contact the walk team at walk@chla.usc.edu

Will I be able to park at the event?
Parking is limited so we encourage participants to carpool whenever possible. Once the parking lot located directly next to the event site is full, participants will be asked to park in the overflow lot located near the Griffith Park Carousel. Volunteers will be there to guide you, but please note that the overflow lot is .5 miles from the Walk L.A. site location. There will be a designated participant drop off area close to the site for those taking Lyft/Uber or if you want to drop off friends and family before parking your car.

Will food be provided at Walk L.A.?
Fruit and water will be provided for all walkers. Additionally, food trucks will be on site for you to purchase from. There is a picnic area available so participants can bring their own picnic if they’d like.

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