FAQs

The Children’s Foundation is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of children by raising and granting philanthropic resources. The Children’s Foundation is recognized as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization by the Internal Revenue Service and is and governed by a volunteer board of directors composed of community leaders, financial experts and committed philanthropists.

Financial Information
The Children’s Foundation (The Foundation) was established in 2003 as Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. Through funding and advocacy dedicated to three core pillars – Community Benefit, Pediatric Research and Medical Education – The Foundation Foundation enables researchers and community organizations to identify and implement innovations capable of advancing children’s health. Since 2011, The Foundation has awarded more than $39.6 million in grant funding. Our current areas of focus include mental health, nutritional wellness, abuse and neglect, pediatric research, youth development, and injury prevention.

If you would like to view a copy of our 990, please email us at staff@YourChildrensFoundation.org.

The Children’s Foundation is located at 3011 West Grand Boulevard, Suite 218.

Please call (313) 964-6994 for any questions you may have.

The Federal Tax ID number for Children’s Foundation is: 32-0087353

Yes. The Children’s Foundation is recognized as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization by the Internal Revenue Service. Whether you give online, by phone, or by mail, we will send a gift acknowledgment letter to the address you provide. This acknowledgment of your gift conforms to Internal Revenue Service requirements for tax purposes.

Philanthropic contributions that were raised and designated for Children’s Hospital of Michigan have been transferred to The Children’s Foundation. In 2011, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette gave his consent for The Children’s Foundation to receive the approximately $90M in restricted charitable gifts and endowments that had been donated to Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation since inception. The Children’s Foundation is committed to effectively administering and stewarding these charitable gifts consistent with donor intent and the needs of children in our community.

The Children’s Foundation (formerly Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation) was created by administrators and trustees of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan (CHM) in 2003 to support CHM as its primary philanthropic partner.

In 2011, the Detroit Medical Center was sold to Vanguard Health and became a for-profit entity (which was subsequently sold to Tenet Heath, an investor-owned corporation). This sale established Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation as an independent public foundation, beginning with a financial base representing 120 years of philanthropy toward Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

Today, The Foundation grants funds to programs benefiting children’s health at CHM and beyond.

The relationship between The Foundation and CHM remains extremely close and several CHM leaders play active roles as advisors to The Foundation and members of its Board of Trustees. Funds provided to CHM by The Foundation each year support numerous programs at the hospital and its academic partner for research and education.

The relationship between The Foundation and CHM is indeed different than prior to the sale of the DMC, but it is a strong and dedicated partnership now and into the future.

The Foundation is dedicated to the support and safekeeping of children’s health and wellness in the broadest sense, including both hospitalized children and through efforts to prevent them from needing initial medical care.

To The Foundation, the change in legal status represents an opportunity to broaden its impact. The challenges kids face today are more complex and pervasive than ever, and The Foundation is in a unique position to facilitate community-wide responses to address these needs.

The Foundation believes it can help lead significant progress in six priority health need areas: mental health, injury prevention, abuse and neglect, nutritional wellness, youth development, and pediatric research. These focus areas represent major health issues for children, and build on the partnership with CHM. The focus on these six areas also require The Foundation to join additional community partners, in order to achieve optimal impact.

This model is one-of-kind in the country. But it’s necessary to created meaningful impact in the community. As The Foundation raises additional funds in conjunction with a robust grant making function, it also believes that giving donors a broad menu of opportunities to impact the health and wellness of children is the ideal strategy to ensure the legacy of charitable giving to The Foundation continues for years to come.

Yes! The Children’s Foundation is committed to continuing to raise funds to support charitable programs at CHM that benefit children and families. Gifts can be designated to support programs for child health advocacy and outreach, pediatric medical research, and pediatric medical education.

The Foundation is happy to honor the wishes of generous donors who desire to support CHM. Donors may make gifts to a specific program area or research effort by indicating their area of interest when their gift is made.

This community values CHM and so does the Foundation. As the largest recipient of Foundation grants, it will continue to support programs that advance its mission and the wishes of donors by working closely with CHM and their research partners. If The Foundation is successful in making an even greater impact on serious health and wellness challenges of children in Michigan today, it will have grown from a legacy of support from CHM and a continued, dedicated partnership in advancing a mutual commitment to kids and their families.

Fundraising events have long been an important source of support for The Children’s Foundation. Whether you are a local school, youth group, business, block club, fraternal organization, union local or religious group – The Foundation can help with planning, logistics, and follow-up. Check out the Events section of our website for ideas to get started today or contact Katie Couture, Events Manager at kcouture@YourChildrensFoundation.org to discuss your plans.

Please see our events calendar for a list of upcoming events.
There are many ways for you to make a charitable contribution to support the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. They include gifts of cash/checks, credit-card gifts, gifts of appreciated securities, real-estate gifts, estate gifts and tribute gifts. For more information call (313) 964-6994.

If you’d like to make a significant impact on a specific area of children’s health or in research on children’s diseases, please consider planning a major gift. We can help you explore how your generosity and interests can make an immeasurable difference for children. The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation provides donors with many opportunities for public recognition and naming opportunities.

If you are interested in making a major gift to Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, please contact:

George Westerman, Director – Individual and Estate Giving: (313) 745-9344

For information on making a bequest, please see information on making a planned gift.
Yes, you can make an online gift today. Simply click here.

Your gift transaction is safe and secure. You can also download a donation form and mail your gift or make a gift by phone by calling (313) 964-6994.

Corporations can take a lead role in advancing the mission of The Foundation. Your support will illustrate your company’s commitment to giving back and show that you care about the health and well-being of children in your community. Your company can help support children through corporate philanthropy and corporate sponsorships of fundraising events. For more information, please contact Katie Couture, Events Manager: kcouture@YourChildrensFoundation.org (313) 261-9878