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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a leader in pediatric medicine, research and education in large part because of its compassionate and generous donors. Philanthropists of all financial means help ensure the hospital can achieve its mission to create hope and build healthier futures.

With the dramatic scientific advances being made today and the sweeping changes to how health care is delivered, philanthropy has never been more important—or more powerful—than it is now. Children’s Hospital invites you to learn more about how you can make a difference in the lives of children and families here and across the globe.

Area of Greatest Need

From preemie diapers that fit in the palm of your hand to breakthroughs in leukemia research, the costs of medical care for children are immense, and the needs are urgent.

The Children's Fund

Providing the most advanced care for children requires specialized treatment. From using diapers that fit in the palm of your hand for babies in our Newborn and Infant Critical Care Unit to conducting high-tech research discovering new treatments for serious childhood illnesses such as leukemia and autism, the cost of this care is immense. The Children's Fund supports the areas of the most urgent need—and helps ensure that our renowned doctors, nurses and researchers can continue to perform miracles every day.

CONTACT: Kerry Jeter 323-361-1759 or

Family Support

Families often need more than medical care to deal with the stress of hospitalization and the gaps in knowledge to manage their child's illness or recovery from injury.

Child Life

The Child Life program recognizes that children process information differently than adults and have distinct needs for dealing with the stress that comes with illness, injury or hospitalization. Working closely with health care teams throughout the hospital, certified Child Life specialists enhance healing and reduce emotional strain for patients and their families through a variety of proven strategies, including preparation for medical procedures, therapeutic play and behavioral interventions.

CONTACT: Julie Halverson Godson, director of development, 323-361-1796 or

Education and Resources

Through the Patient and Family Education and Resources Program, the hospital promotes healthy communities by offering health education to patient families at the hospital, and families in the community at large. The program also embraces our diverse patient population by ensuring each family fully understands and is involved in their child’s health care, regardless of English proficiency or cultural beliefs.

CONTACT: Karen Wirick, associate vice president of development, 323-361-1711 or

Interfaith Center Campaign

The Spiritual Care Services program provides essential spiritual assessment, crisis intervention, care and counseling to patients and families of all cultures, faiths and traditions. It is an element of the hospital’s philosophy of interdisciplinary, family-centered care. The program currently makes more than 12,600 contacts with patients and families each year, which represents only about 30 percent of those who could potentially benefit from the program’s services.

In January 2016, the hospital opened the 2,400 square feet Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation Interfaith Center which has indoor and outdoor meditation and reflection space for people of all faith traditions. The Leavey Foundation Interfaith Center was built entirely with funding from our philanthropic supporters.

To increase the reach of the Spiritual Care Services program, the hospital seeks additional donations to the Leavey Foundation Interfaith Center Program Endowment. Growing the Endowment will provide the program with additional resources to significantly increase services to more patients and families. Please visit our campaign page to learn more. 

CONTACT: Melissa DoVale, associate senior vice president of development 323-361-1706 or

Search for Cures and Investments in Medical Expertise

Children's health outcomes are better when they are cared for by an institution at the leading edge of research. By investing in research, you're providing better care today...and tomorrow. And providing the best care means investing in ongoing support that will help us recruit and bring the best experts in the world to our hospital for L.A.'s kids.

Cancer and Blood Diseases

The Cancer and Blood Disease Institute goes beyond saving children’s lives—it helps ensure that they have bright futures unencumbered by side effects that can come from their diseases and treatments. At the forefront of care and research for over 50 years, the Institute is the largest pediatric hematology-oncology program and one of the top five best programs in the nation. Every day, its physician-scientists provide excellent care, teach future leaders in the field and pursue innovative treatments and cures.

CONTACT: Tricia Snyder, associate vice president of development, 323-361-1705 or

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

The Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism is battling the increasing rates of type 1 and 2 diabetes through laboratory research, multicenter clinical trials, collaborative care and education for patients and high-quality training for future leaders in the field. Consistently ranked among the best in the nation, the Center also provides expert multidisciplinary care to children with conditions like short stature, thyroid and puberty-related concerns and adrenal disorders.

CONTACT: Sarah Todd, senior associate director of development, 323-361-1787 or

Fetal and Neonatal Medicine

The Fetal and Neonatal Institute is among the nation’s most innovative models for care, offering lifesaving treatments that few other centers can provide. The Institute brings together over 25 pediatric medical, surgical and imaging divisions to provide comprehensive care for mothers and their babies, from pregnancy to delivery to postnatal life. The Institute’s research and training programs are leading the way in several promising areas, including fetal surgery and new diagnostic technologies.

CONTACT: Melissa DoVale, associate senior vice president of development, 323-361-1706 or


The Children's Orthopaedics Center offers the kind of specialized care that can help a wheelchair bound child walk freely, allow an injured athlete to compete again, straighten the spine of a teenager with scoliosis and provide a healthy, active future for a child with bone cancer. The Center is recognized as one of the nation’s top programs not only for its care, but also for its training and research.

CONTACT: Sonia Kaur, director of development, 323-361-1762 or


The Division of Neurosurgery is consistently ranked among the top programs in the nation. Because of its world-class care, about half of all pediatric neurosurgical operations in Los Angeles County are performed at Children’s Hospital. In addition to surgical care, the Division works to bring about a brighter future for children through its active research initiatives, which include efforts to give brain tumor survivors healthier, long-term outcomes and innovative studies into brain stimulation.

CONTACT: Rosalie DiCarlo, associate vice president of development, 323-361-6050 or

Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery

One of the nation’s largest and most respected centers, the Division of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery brings bright smiles to children’s faces and restores hope to their parents. Through innovative molecular biology research, the Division strives to create a world that no longer needs pediatric plastic and maxillofacial surgeons. Your support can help us get there.

CONTACT: Sonia Kaur, director of development, 323-361-1762 or

Heart Care

The Heart Institute is the largest and most comprehensive pediatric cardiovascular center in the western United States and is co-directed by one of the world’s foremost pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons, Vaughn A. Starnes, MD, and world-renowned cardiologist Paul F. Kantor, MBBCh, MSc, FRCPC. Children’s Hospital has been a leader in heart and lung care since the 1930s. Today, the Heart Institute sees over 11,000 clinic visits and performs 1,000 cardiothoracic surgeries a year, including the most complex pediatric cardiac conditions.

CONTACT: Rita Terterian, vice president of development, 323-361-7428 or

Liver and Intestinal Transplant

The Pediatric Liver and Intestinal Transplant Program is among the top programs in the U.S. and performs the highest volume of living donor transplants nationwide among pediatric facilities. Children’s Hospital has led the way in several clinical innovations, including the world’s first “bloodless” liver transplant, a liver transplant on one of the world’s smallest recipients and anonymous liver donation. And it continues to innovate transplantation with the aim of eliminating the need for potentially life-threatening immunosuppressive drugs.

CONTACT: Kerri Seibly, associate vice president of development, 323-361-1705 or


The Division of Urology is one of the busiest programs of its kind in the country. The physicians provide comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care to approximately 12,000 infants, children, adolescents and young adults with congenital and acquired pediatric urology disorders, at CHLA and at 15 satellite offices across Southern California. Every year, physicians in the Division perform approximately 2,500 surgical cases, including some of the most complex reconstructive surgeries of children.

CONTACT: Karen Wirick, associate vice president of development, 323-361-1711 or


The Vision Center's mission is to cure blindness globally. The only program in the nation with expertise in virtually every pediatric ophthalmologic subspecialty, the Center achieves this mission by providing the best care to children throughout our community and sharing its expertise throughout the world. The Vision Center is redefining the profession to meet the unique needs of children and has been a leader in research and the development of new technologies for decades.

CONTACT: Terence M. Green, associate senior vice president of development, 323-361-1736 or