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Each year, the Detroit Red Wings donate thousands of autographed items to local non-profit organizations to assist with their fundraising efforts. Since the fall of 2005, the Wings have helped charities raise over $1.79 million for their respective causes with donated autographed memorabilia.

Due to the large number of requests the Community Relations department receives each week, we ask that organizations meet the requirements below and follow the correct procedures to maximize the support that the Red Wings can provide to our community.

We try to fulfill as many requests as possible in a timely fashion, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee that every donation request will be met even if your organization meets our requirements.

The Detroit Red Wings no longer accept donation requests via mail, email, fax or telephone. All donation requests must now be submitted online.

Requirements:

  • Non-profit organization that has 501(c)(3) IRS designation.
  • Organization located in the state of Michigan, Windsor, or Toledo.
  • Item must be used to raise money in an auction or raffle.
  • Request must be received at least six (6) weeks prior to event.

Non-eligible Candidates:

  • Organizations located outside the state of Michigan, Windsor, or Toledo city limits.
  • Political organizations, campaigns or candidates seeking public office.
  • Requests for items to be used as a giveaway item, prize, or volunteer recognition gift.
  • Organizations that have already received a donated item within the current calendar year.
  • For-profit organizations, employee outings, all-night post-graduation or post-prom parties, or family reunions
  • Individual participation fundraisers (walk-a-thons, Team-in-Training, Relay for Life, etc.)
  • Second Party fundraising initiatives
  • Individual Benefits or Fundraisers
  • Recreational activities (camps, scout troops, sports leagues, field trips, graduation nights, etc.)

If your organization meets the requirements listed above, please submit your using online donation request form below. In order to submit a valid request, please attach the following paperwork as a single Word or PDF document:

  • Request letter on organizational letterhead and/or an event flier
  • Copy of your organization's 501(c)(3) form and tax-exempt identification number

Item Pickup
If the event location is within sixty (60) minutes of Joe Louis Arena, a representative from the organization will be required to pick up the item at Joe Louis Arena on a designated pick up date. No exceptions will be made.

All decisions made by the department are final.

Please read the Donations FAQ section below before contacting the Community Relations Hotline at 313.471.7524 or donations@hockeytown.com with inquiries.

Due to the number of requests received, we do not accept phone calls regarding the status of a particular request.

We will respond to every request we receive whether or not a donation is approved. All decisions made by the department are final.

If you receive an in-kind donation, we ask that you fill out the enclosed donation response form and send it back to us by fax or mail. If you have misplaced your copy, you can fill out the Charitable Donation Response Form online. 

 

Online Donation Response Form

Due to the high volume of requests we receive and the popularity of our team, we are unable to provide tickets or suites as donation items.

Due to the overwhelming amount of requests received each month and a limited inventory, the Wings must limit requests to in-state organizations and those located in neighboring Windsor, ON, and Toledo, OH.

The Red Wings are unable to make monetary donations, purchase program ads, buy tables at banquets, sponsor a hole at a golf outing, etc. Each month the Community Relations department is besieged with requests for monetary donations and, unfortunately, must turn them down as our resources simply do not allow us to grant such requests. Although we cannot provide you with a monetary donation, please keep the Detroit Red Wings in mind should your organization ever need an auction or raffle item for a future fundraising event.

Since the Wings receive thousands of requests each year, it is impossible for the Community Relations department to respond individually to confirm receipt of each request. The Wings will send something in the mail at least one week prior to your event with either an autographed item or a letter explaining why your request was denied. Please be patient!

The Detroit Red Wings do not accept outside items to be autographed. Any unsolicited items will be returned to the sender unsigned. We do not accept responsibility for any items mailed to us.

The Wings are unable to donate autographed memorabilia to for-profit company programs and initiatives, including employee appreciation events, employee incentives, holiday parties, etc.

Unfortunately, due to the number of requests we receive, we require and need a four-week time frame to fulfill all donation requests. Any requests submitted without the necessary six weeks notice will be denied. We appreciate your understanding and hope you will consider involving the Red Wings in your future fundraising activities.

In order to fulfill as many requests as possible, the Community Relations department must limit one item donation per organization per calendar year. You are welcome to submit a donation request for an event at the start of the next calendar year. Due to this policy, we suggest that you determine which event you would prefer an autographed item from the Wings before submitting your request.