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The Children’s Foundation and Children’s Hospital of Michigan name Executive Director of Development

DETROIT, July 8, 2021 – The Children’s Foundation, in partnership with Children’s Hospital of Michigan, announced today that AJ Quackenbush will serve as the Executive Director of Development, Hospital-Based Charitable Strategies.

Quackenbush brings a broad range of fundraising expertise, years of donor cultivation experience and a commitment to the health and wellness of children and families to this newly created role.

“We are delighted to be able to put a philanthropic position back at Children’s Hospital of Michigan after so many years,” stated Lawrence J. Burns, President & CEO of The Children’s Foundation. “This is an essential step in our collaborative child life, research, mental health and other philanthropic efforts.”

In this role, Quackenbush will work in conjunction with Children’s Hospital of Michigan and The Children’s Foundation to cultivate new donors passionate about supporting projects and programs at the hospital.

“The extension of our philanthropy arm at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, in partnership with The Children’s Foundation, will ensure needed funds are available for pediatric research and innovation, education, dedicated programs for children and emerging trends in pediatric health,” says Kathy Donovan, MSN, NE-BC, CEO of Children’s Hospital of Michigan, “I am confident that AJ will make a wonderful addition to our nationally recognized hospital. Together, our philanthropic efforts will positively impact the lives of children for years to come.”


About The Children’s Foundation:

The Children’s Foundation, an independent community foundation for children, is the largest funder dedicated solely to advancing the health and wellness of children in the state of Michigan and beyond. Through fundraising, grant-making and advocacy The Children’s Foundation enables researchers and community organizations to identify and implement innovations capable of advancing children’s health and wellness. Since 2011, the Foundation has distributed more than 68 million dollars in grant funding to more than 130 partners throughout the state. Current initiatives of The Children’s Foundation include Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, The Jamie Daniels Foundation and the Paul W. Smith Charities. Current areas of focus for the Foundation include mental health, nutritional wellness, abuse and neglect, oncology and cardiology research and injury prevention. Learn more at

About the Children’s Hospital of Michigan,

For over 130 years, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan has been dedicated to providing high quality care to children and adolescents in a caring, efficient and family-centered environment. With more than 40 pediatric medical and surgical specialty services, the hospital draws patients from nearly every Michigan County, 39 additional states, and 22 countries, annually and provides the highest level of pediatric specialty care available for children.  It is ranked as one of America’s best hospitals for children and sees more children than any hospital in the state.


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