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Fred Hutch gets funding ‘Lyft’ from rideshare company

‘Round Up & Donate’ in-app feature lets passengers donate to cancer research
Hand holding smartphone displaying the Lyft "Round Up & Donate" in-app feature
Starting today, Lyft passengers can opt to "Round Up & Donate" for Fred Hutch. Fred Hutch file photo

Lyft, the fastest-growing U.S. rideshare company, today announced that Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center will be added to the list of nonprofits that benefit from an in-app feature that lets passengers round up their fare to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to their charity of choice.

Fred Hutch is the first Seattle-based partner in the program, called  “Round Up & Donate.” Since its May 2017 inception, Lyft passengers have donated more than $3 million to 12 different partner charities. Other nonprofit partners include World Wildlife Fund, Habitat for Humanity, Girls Who Code and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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“Lyft passengers in Seattle have been some of the most generous contributors to Round Up & Donate since the program started,” said Todd Kelsay, Lyft Pacific Northwest General Manager. “We’re excited that we can now offer them the option to direct their donations to an organization in our very own back yard.”

Want to participate? 

  • Download the Lyft app
  • Open the main menu by tapping the icon in the top left corner of your app
  • Tap ‘Donate’ in the menu (hint: look for the heart symbol)
  • Select Fred Hutch
  • Tap ‘Opt In’ and that’s it! 

Passengers only need to opt in once; Lyft will automatically round up their future fares to the nearest dollar and donate the difference.

“We are thrilled that Lyft made Fred Hutch a priority,” said Kelly O’Brien, Fred Hutch vice president of Philanthropy. “Lyft passengers can turn every ride into fuel for cancer research because every day we are working to cure cancer faster. I can’t wait for my next Lyft ride.”

— Based on a Lyft news release

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