Frequently Asked Questions
The Congenital Heart Walk (CHW) is a free, family friendly walk event benefitting The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) and the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA).
The Congenital Heart Walk began in 2010 with just 8 walks. That year, just over 2,000 walkers collectively raised $219,000. Between now and then the walk has grown to reach more than 50,000 supporters annually in more than 30 cities and has raised more than $6 million in total.
Visit the website for the CHW in your area and click one of the following red button options on the home screen:
Start a Team – this option will prompt you to begin you
You will have the opportunity to name it, set a fundraising goal, register
yourself as a captain and then invite friends and family to register as part of that team.
Join a Team – this option allows walkers to search for a
team that has already
been created and then register to be a part of that team.
Register as an Individual – this option allows walkers to register individually, not as part of a team.
Yes, we want to know you’re walking with us and need every walker to sign a standard waiver through their official registration. If you do not have the ability to register online, you can register at the event. Registration is free.
Team captains are the heart of the CHW. As a team captain, you recruit your team of family, friends and coworkers, help them fundraise, keep them motivated and have fun for a great cause in the process.
Registration for individuals and teams is free. However, we do rely on the fundraising efforts of all walkers to help support our mission of supporting The Children’s Heart Foundation and the Adult Congenital Heart Association. Minimum fundraising amounts are suggestions but we strongly encourage every walker to make a personal donation upon registering.
No. Individual walkers who raise $100 or more will receive an event t-shirt on walk day. Totals for this fundraising prize include individual efforts only. Please note that team totals are not considered. To ensure you receive a t-shirt, please have donors give to your personal fundraising page.
Yes, the National Office offers prizes for walkers who fundraise $300 or more. Prize categories can be found here (coming soon!). These are made final 30 days after the event. Qualifying walkers will be contact with redemption instructions via email after that date. In addition, every walk gives away awards on walk day for various achievements. Stay tuned to your email for updates on this from your local committee.
When you register as part of a team, 2 things happen. The first is that a personal fundraising page is created for you. You should circulate the link to this page to your potential donors. The second is that you are added to your team page roster. Team pages have the ability to accept general team donations, not assigned to any individual walker. These funds are not included in any prize totals. If you are striving for a t-shirt or other prize, please focus on collecting donations to your personal page. All individual fundraising is counted towards the overall team total.
The best fundraising efforts start by sharing your personal story about why you're participating in the CHW. You can share your story on your personal fundraising page by logging in to your participant center. Once your page is updated, share it with friends, family, and coworkers via email, social media, and word of mouth.
The National Office will accept donations anytime. However, when it comes to prizes, 30 days post-event is the cut off.
In most cases, yes. If someone made a donation to the team page but meant to give it to a specific walker, this is an easy fix. Contact the National Office with all the necessary information and they would be happy to help.
Proceeds from every CHW are divided equally as unrestricted funds to The Children’s Heart Foundation and the Adult Congenital Heart Association. For more information on their good work, please visit their websites or click here for a one-page printable resource:
Receipts for online donations are automatically emailed to the email address provided by the donor. Donations of cash and check are processed manually and donors will receive a paper receipt in the mail within 30 days of their donation. If a donor is in need of a tax receipt, please have them contact the National Office.
The Congenital Heart Walk falls under the tax umbrella of the Adult Congenital Heart Association. Please use tax id# 04-3447959.
The Congenital Heart Walk. Checks made out to CHF or ACHA are also accepted
Checks can either be brought to the walk and turned in at the registration table or mailed to:
Congenital Heart Walk National Office
3300 Henry Ave, Suite 112
Philadelphia, PA 19129.
Please include which walk and walker the funds are assigned to.
Matching gifts from employers are a great way to increase your fundraising total! If your company offers such a program, the first step likely starts with you – the donor. Typically there is a form to fill out. Afterwards, the gift is verified by the National Office via online or paper request. Every company is different so if you have any questions, please reach out to the National Office. Remember, our tax id # is 04-3447959.
Most walks include a 1 mile and/or 5k route. Please consult your local walk website to confirm the route length.
Our events are rain or shine. The only exception being dangerous weather. Any weather related announcements will be posted on your local walk homepage and emailed to all registrants.
Although almost all of the CHW venues are in dog friendly public spaces, we discourage participants from bringing dogs. We ask that walkers use their best judgement as there will be a large crowd and many small children at the event.
Any additional questions can be emailed to the National Office or by calling 855-CHD-WALK (243-9255).