Incredible generosity from individuals in our community have helped the Alberta Children's Hospital develop to the point where our Foundation has been invited to join a prestigious organization called the Woodmark Group.
Woodmark is made up of 26 of the most prominent children’s hospitals in Canada and the United States and is dedicated to shaping the future of pediatric healthcare.
It's through the Woodmark Group, that we are pleased to announce the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Children’s Circle of Care - an exclusive Woodmark program which honours leading philanthropists from across North America.
The Children’s Circle of Care was founded on the philosophy that we are infinitely stronger together than as individuals. The Circle’s mission is to advance philanthropy that supports patient care, teaching, research and advocacy through educating and recognizing leading benefactors of participating children’s hospitals.
Support from our Circle Members plays a critical role in making the Alberta Children’s Hospital national leaders in child healthcare. Our members have the unique opportunity to be part of an ever-growing network of philanthropists who, through their generous annual support, are transforming the face of pediatric health care. Their combined effort has an immeasurable impact on the children and families cared for at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and we are eternally grateful.
How to join the Children's Circle of Care
Children’s Circle of Care recognizes individuals and couples who support their children’s hospital with annual gifts of $10,000 or more.*
The same donor, within one calendar year, may reach this giving level through accumulated gifts.
Contributions may be made personally or directed through a family foundation or private corporation.
Gifts may be made in cash or appreciated assets readily converted to cash. Matching gifts are ineligible.
* Contributions made at or through events will be recognized at the total amount after deducting the value of goods and services received.
Benefits of joining the Children's Circle of Care
Recognition in the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation Report to the
Community and on the Children’s Circle of Care donor wall.
Exclusive invitations to special events ranging from rare
behind-the-scenes glimpses into the practice of medicine at our
hospital, opportunities to interact with world-renowned physicians and
researchers to speakers series with renowned philanthropists
Subscription to the Alberta Children’s Hospital publication Just 4 Kids.
The opportunity to be part of a North American network of leaders in philanthropy
Children's Circle of Care News
In 2015 Circle of Care members were invited to Washington D.C. to
attend a once in a lifetime forum that brought together more than 450
hospital executives, faculty, staff, and donors from the U.S. and
Canada. Attendees gathered over two days to commemorate 25 years of
collaboration among children’s hospitals that has advanced care,
treatment, and cures in pediatric medicine.
The forum was produced by
the Woodmark Group, which was established in 1995 so that hospital
development staff members could work collaboratively to secure increased
private support for children’s hospitals and lead the development of
philanthropy to improve the health of children everywhere. Since then,
the 26 Woodmark hospitals have raised billions of dollars for pediatric
care, research, teaching and advocacy.
Forum attendees were
treated to a special talk by First Lady Michelle Obama who noted the
importance of philanthropy in improving survival rates and transforming
Read the full press release (new window pdf) or click here to see the video from the forum featuring First Lady Michelle Obama
Over the past four years, Children’s Circle of Care members have contributed over $42 million to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation! Through the power of collective giving, Circle of Care
members help our experts to save and improve children’s lives by funding
Through donor-funded initiatives like
the Therapeutic Arts Program, our Child Life, Music and Art Therapists
work hard to ensure kids’ spirits remain strong, as they heal. With
therapeutic play and innovative programs, patients and their families at
the Alberta Children’s Hospital receive the hope, help and healing they
need when they need it most.
Our clinician-scientists have helped our
hospital become the first in Canada to provide an experimental and
potentially life-saving form of therapy to improve liver function in
babies suffering from a rare, incurable disorder. Our specialists are
providing liver cell transplants to infants suffering from Urea Cycle
Disorders and buying them precious time until a matching liver can be
found and transplanted.
Our Pediatric Intensive Care team is now
offering enhanced care that is giving our sickest children a chance at
life – Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS). ECLS uses heart-lung bypass
technology to keep children with little or no heart or lung function
alive until their vital organs have the chance to recover.