Children's Circle of Care
- The Children's Circle of Care (CCC) was founded in 1995 by 19 prominent pediatric hospitals in North America. Created to honor individual philanthropists and encourage increased giving, the program recognizes the critical role private philanthropists play in assuring excellence in pediatric health care. Today, 24 children's hospitals participate in the program.
- The mission of the CCC is to advance philanthropy that supports patient care, teaching, research and advocacy through educating and recognizing leading benefactors of participating children's hospitals.
- The CCC welcomes individuals and couples who contribute gifts of $10,000 or more annually to 24 of the top pediatric medical centers in North America. Gifts may be made personally or directed through a qualifying family foundation or privately held corporation. They may be restricted to specific hospital programs or be unrestricted. Gifts may be made in cash or appreciated assets readily convertible to cash. Matching gifts are ineligible.
- In 1995, there were 566 CCC members in North America who collectively gave $33 million to 19 founding hospitals. In 2007, there were 6,132 CCC members who collectively gave nearly $450 million to the 24 hospitals. Since 1995, CCC members have contributed more than $2.6 billion to advance pediatric healthcare.
- Members of the CCC, through local and national events, are among the first to hear from premier physicians and scientists about the latest advancements in pediatric medicine, many of which occur at Children's Medical Center.
- Hosted by a different CCC member hospital each year, the North American Leadership Conference and Gala Dinner, supported by several generous sponsors, showcases the significant affect that personal giving makes in the advancement of medical research and patient care. The event also recognizes CCC members for their generosity and for helping to make life better for children.
- The health care needs of children are growing at a time when government support is shrinking dramatically and more families than ever are in need of support. Private philanthropy is critical to bridging the gap. Such support makes it possible for children's hospitals to have the resources to achieve and sustain state-of-the-art technologies and innovative medical care, a wide range of prevention efforts and sensitive support to children and families.
To learn more about the Children's Circle of Care or to make a gift of $10,000 or more to qualify for recognition in the CCC, please call the Children's Office of Development at 214-456-8360.