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     Children's Circle of Care     

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

red heart bulletChildren’s Circle of Care recognizes individuals and couples who support their children’s hospital with annual gifts of $10,000 or more.*

red heart bulletThe same donor, within one calendar year, may reach this giving level through accumulated gifts.

red heart bulletContributions may be made personally or directed through a family foundation or private corporation.

red heart bulletGifts 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

red heart bulletRecognition in the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation Report to the Community and on the Children’s Circle of Care donor wall.

red heart bulletExclusive 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

red heart bulletSubscription to the Alberta Children’s Hospital publication Just 4 Kids.

red heart bulletThe opportunity to be part of a North American network of leaders in philanthropy


 Children's Circle of Care News

First Lady Michelle Obama Highlights Advances in Children'sIn 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 pediatric care.

Read the full press release (new window pdf) or click here to see the video from the forum featuring First Lady Michelle Obama


Your Impact

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 initiatives like:

Meet Molly!Family-centred Programs
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.



What we fund - research imagingGround-breaking Research
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.



What we fund - transportLife-saving Equipment
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.


    There are always GREAT events going on in support of the Alberta Children's Hospital!                                                  

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