20 years of philanthropy – the Children’s Circle of Care
Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” That is the belief held by members of the Children’s Circle of Care, a program that brings together leading benefactors to 26 of the most esteemed children’s hospitals in Canada and the US. Through their annual contributions of $10,000 or more to their local children’s hospital, Children’s Circle of Care members – individuals, privately held corporations and family foundations – have a tremendous impact on child health in BC and in North America.
BC Children’s Hospital is one of the founding members of Children’s Circle of Care and one of only three Canadian member hospitals. When the circle began in 1995, BC Children’s had 43 members. By 2014, membership had grown to an impressive 304. In the last year alone, members contributed more than $17 million to BC Children’s Hospital. Children’s Circle of Care members support a range of initiatives and activities, such as childhood disease research, the purchase of specialized medical equipment, the construction of the new Teck Acute Care Centre and more, ensuring BC’s children continue to have access to the best possible health care.
In June, Children’s Circle of Care donors were invited to the Woodmark Children’s Forum in Washington, DC, at which first lady Michelle Obama was the keynote speaker. “I have a real passion for the work that you all do.” said Mrs. Obama. “I’ve seen the impact you have in the faces of kids who are beating cancers like leukemia and who are living longer than ever before with illnesses like cystic fibrosis. We all know these advances are made possible by the research that you all fund.”
Coincidentally, when Washington last hosted the conference in 1995, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was the first lady at the time, was also the guest of honour. The calibre of individuals who decide to lend their support to the circle is testament to the tremendous importance of what members do, and reflects the value we place on contributions from our members in British Columbia.
BC Children’s Hospital Foundation is grateful to each and every donor for their generous contributions. Together they help to elevate the care our children and families receive every day at the hospital.
To learn more about the Children’s Circle of Care, please visit www.bcchf.ca/ccc or call 604-875-2545.
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