Ride Closer to Free

Ride Closer to Free is the primary fundraising and awareness event for the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven. 100% of the money raised goes to the hospital.


Previous software was out of development and close to sunsetting. Staff, participants and donors were frustrated with mounting software problems and the event wasn't growing.


DonorDrive was recommended by an event partner based on ease of use for all and for more effective fundraising.

How they fundraise:

All ride fundraising is through event participant pages in DonorDrive.

What they rely on DonorDrive for:

  • Easier fundraising
  • Simple event management 
  • Growing ride participation and donations


  • Easy transition from previous software.
  • Increased participants by 43% in first year on DonorDrive.
  • Doubled donations and raised $1,100,000 in first year on DonorDrive

Switching to DonorDrive has really helped in growing. It's been tremendous on the participant end, but also easy to work within the system. The auto responders, tracking system and email communications have been great and the site is gorgeous.

­ Ride Closer to Free