Frequently Asked Questions: In-Kind Gift Donations

I would like to make an in-kind (not money) donation to the hospital. Whom should I contact?

The most helpful impact is through a monetary donation to the University of Iowa Center for Advancement, marked for the UI Hospitals & Clinics Caring Fund or the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital Fund.

However, patients and families benefit from in-kind gifts as well. If you wish to donate new items, please choose from the items we need or call 1-319-467-8087 for detailed information on how to donate.

Are there items that patients need more than others?

We accept items year-round for patients of all ages. In order to protect their health and safety, donated items must follow certain rules. View our gifting rules and wish list items for patients of all ages as well as a list of local charities that accept donations that we cannot.

When and where may items be dropped off?

In-kind donations for patients of all ages (newborn to adult) are accepted from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays. During these times, a Concierge Services staff member or volunteer will be available to greet donors. Donations delivered at other times may not be able to be acknowledged in this fashion.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions donations may only be accepted outside the UI Hospitals & Clinics Main Entrance or the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital entrance.

Please call Concierge Services at 1-319-356-1900 or 1-319-678-5500 to schedule a donation drop-off.

What is the in-kind donation form? Do I need to fill this out?

The in-kind donation form should be filled out and included with all in-kind donations. For items shipped directly from a retailer or business, please include donor information for us to acknowledge your gift.

Can I personally deliver my donation to a patient area?

Due to privacy regulations and infection control policies, a UI Health Care Guest Services staff member will make sure that items go where they are needed most.

Can I bring food for the patients?

Many of our patients have restricted diets and food allergies, so we are unable to accept food donations for patients.

More questions?

Please visit our donations page or call our automated gift line at 1-319-467-8087 for detailed information on how to donate.

For additional questions please call Sheri Austin at 1-319-356-1900 or Dan Mears at 1-319-688-5500, Concierge Services.