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Making Minds Matter at UPMC Western Behavioral Health

Donate to Making Minds Matter at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital

The Making Minds Matter fund at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital and UPMC Western Behavioral Health began in 2019.

A donor who wanted to support patient experiences and staff education made a generous gift. Since then, the fund has taken hold.

Making Minds Matter now has many campaigns to raise funds in support of patients and staff.

How to Donate

About your donation

As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital gratefully accepts donations from families, friends, and community partners. Your gifts support successful outcomes for our patients and staff when and where they're most needed.

All gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Call the Pennsylvania Department of State at 1-800-732-0999 for official registration and financial information. Registration does not imply endorsement.

15th Annual Celebrating Champions Dinner and Auction

The generosity of dedicated sponsors and individual donors propelled the 15th Annual Celebrating Champions Dinner and Auction to set a record. With more than 570 tickets sold and hundreds more participating in the silent auction and raffles, the event raised more than $201,000 for the support of two outstanding charitable causes: UPMC Senior Communities Benevolent Care Fund and the UPMC Western Behavioral Health Making Minds Matter Fund.

Thank you for your participation, whatever form it took. Your investment will help sustain the finest health care programs in the region, ensuring that they are available to all individuals, including you, your family, friends, and employees.

The bar has been set high for future events, and you can be sure planning is already underway for 2024. Mark your calendars for October 17, 2024, at The Westin Pittsburgh.

To learn more about Celebrating Champions, contact Debbie Panei, director of development, UPMC Senior Services, at 412-864-3524 or


Proceeds from Celebrating Champions will be shared between the UPMC Senior Communities Benevolent Care program, in support of senior residents who have outlived their financial resources, and the Making Minds Matter Fund at UPMC Western Behavioral Health, which provides for enhanced patient and family experiences for those navigating mental health challenges.

Since 2009, the event has raised more than $2.9 million to further charitable care.

Support a Making Minds Matter at UPMC Western Behavioral Health Campaign

Making Minds Matter fundraising campaigns provide many ways to direct your support. Choose the one that best fits your interests.

Groceries, Gas, or Cash! 2023-24

Now in its fourth year, the 2023 “Groceries, Gas, or Cash!" raffle will kick off in July. The drawing will be on Monday, January 22, 2024 at 2 p.m.

The raffle will sell a total of 900 tickets at $100 each. The prize options include a choice of $17,000 in Giant Eagle Gift Cards or $14,000 in cash.

Campaign partners Giant Eagle and WPXI are promoting the campaign jointly in western Pennsylvania.

Learn more about Groceries, Gas, or Cash!

2023 Holidays from the Heart gift campaign

"Holidays from the Heart" will provide gifts for all inpatients at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital and our residential centers. The gift campaign includes children and seniors.

  • Gift Drive Donations — January through December 2023.
  • Gifts Presentation and Performance — Friday, December 15, 2023, at 2 p.m.

Marianne Cornetti, the world-renowned opera singer, is the campaign chair. There's also a growing committee of eager supporters.

Our supporters have allowed us to make the holidays brighter for more than 400 patients in both the hospital and community residential settings.

Learn more about Holidays from the Heart

The Lorraine Williams Peer Scholarship 2023

This scholarship is in memory of a cherished Comprehensive Recovery Services (CRS) staff person at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, Lorraine Williams.

"The Lorraine Williams Peer Scholarship" supports CRS patients with mental health needs who are going to school or pursuing vocational training. This training can be either to get a job or advance their career.

As Lorraine modeled herself, recipients also serve as role models for others with mental health needs.

  • Nominate a CRS Patient — January through August 2023.
  • Scholarship Selection and Presentation — September through November 2023.
Learn more about the Lorraine Williams Scholarship

Music Mends Minds 2023

"Music Mends Minds" offers people with mental health challenges the chance to audition and become part of a musical ensemble of peers. We've modeled the program after other successful national programs that use music as therapy.

  • Rehearsals — January through December 2023.
  • Main Performance — During the 40th Annual Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference in November 2023.
  • Friends and Family Performances — 2023.
Learn more about Music Mends Minds

Other Ways to Give

  • A cash gift is the most common form of giving. We can accept cash, check, or credit card. Cash donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
  • A recurring cash gift is an easy way to spread out your gift. You decide your monthly donation amount, and we'll automatically charge your credit card each month afterward.
  • A commemorative gift shows someone how much you care. It's a thoughtful way to memorialize or honor a loved one or friend. You'll also provide help and hope to those we serve.
  • Gifts-in-kind (non-cash) donations are another way to give. Donating a product or service is tax-deductible based on its fair market value.

Planned giving and bequests

Using life planning documents to support a cause is a very effective way to leave a legacy. It often allows for larger gifts.

A bequest through your will can reduce your taxable estate by either:

  • A 100% deduction for the amount of a cash gift.
  • The fair market value of appreciated assets.

Life insurance

Naming UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital as a life insurance beneficiary will give you a charitable income tax deduction. You can add us to your current paid life insurance policy or buy a new one.

We suggest you consult your tax or financial advisor for advice about your plan.

United Way Gifts

UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is a United Way agency.

To donate, please use the following code:

253 - Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC.

Your Book/Code number is 18208819: This is the number you should give to donors to identify your organization in our system.

Visit the United Way website to learn more about directing gifts.

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Employer gift matching

Some employers offer matching gifts, meaning they'll match some or all of what you donate.

Talk to your HR department if your company doesn't offer this benefit. Ask how to encourage them to start a matching gift program.

Raise funds

If you have the time and enthusiasm, plan and organize a drive to gather donations at your:

  • Child's school.
  • Work.
  • Neighborhood.

Donate the proceeds to your favorite Making Minds Matter campaign or other cause.

No donation is too small.

Donate to research and training

In tandem with the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Psychiatry, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital:

  • Conducts and applies state-of-the-art behavioral health research.
  • Trains new doctors.
  • Provides clinical services in an academic setting.

To learn more about supporting research and training, contact or call 412-246-6614.

Making Minds Matter Magazine

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, one in every five Americans experiences mental illness.

We hope the Making Minds Matter at UPMC Western Behavioral Health magazine will help reduce stigma and expand community engagement.

Read our latest issue.