Fundraise for 100 Neediest Cases

You can now fundraise for your adopted family or for the overall 100 Neediest Cases program to help the thousands of local families in need. 100% of the proceeds you raise goes directly to helping local people through the program. To start a fundraising page, follow our step-by-step instructions and fill out the form below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I set up an online fundraiser?
Starting a fundraising page is easy and quick. Follow our step-by-step instructions. Please contact 314-421-6060 if you have any questions.

What is the difference between fundraising for a case and adopting a case?
When you adopt a case through the 100 Neediest Cases program, you are responsible for purchasing at least one new gift per person in the family, gift-wrapping each item and delivering the gifts to a local agency to deliver to your adopted family. Our new fundraising page allows you to encourage friends and family to participate in your efforts. Only monetary donations are accepted through the fundraising portal. If you’d like to raise additional funds for your adopted family, please be sure to include the 14-digit case ID number given to you by United Way when you set up your online fundraising page. This will indicate that all of the money raised through your fundraising page goes directly to your adopted family. Please note that you will not receive the money to purchase items for the family.

If I adopted a family, do I have to start a fundraising page too?
No. The fundraising page is just another opportunity for people to get involved and help others through the 100 Neediest Cases program. If you’ve adopted a family and do not wish to fundraise, you certainly are not required to create a page.

If I start a fundraising page, how do I get the money to purchase the gifts?
You will not receive any of the monetary donations raised through your page. The online fundraising function allows your friends and family to make monetary donations to your adopted family. This is in addition to the gifts that you are still responsible for purchasing for your adopted family.

Can I or those who donate to my adopted family dictate what the money raised is used for?
No. The online fundraising option is for monetary donations that will go directly to your adopted family. Oftentimes, families use this money for basic needs, like food, rent or utility payments.

How do I get the 14-digit case number for the family I want to adopt?
If you wish to adopt a specific case through the 100 Neediest Cases program, please contact 314-421-6060 to speak with a volunteer and receive your 14-digit case number. Please note, if you do not enter the accurate case ID number when setting up your fundraising page, any funds raised will benefit the overall 100 Neediest Cases program.

Do I have to adopt a family in order to fundraise?
No! You can start a general fundraising campaign for the 100 Neediest Cases program that will benefit thousands of families in need during the holidays. These donations ensure all families in the program, including those who are not adopted, receive some monetary gift.

Every dollar raised for the 100 Neediest Cases program goes to help people. All administrative and fundraising costs are absorbed by United Way of Greater St. Louis, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and more than 60 area social service agencies.