The Founders' Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago was established in 1882 as the Board of Lady Managers. For 136 years, the Board has supported the hospital through its members’ active engagement and philanthropy, stewardship and fundraising, advocacy, hospital governance and volunteerism.
The Board is Lurie Children’s most enduring philanthropic partner, and in the last decade alone the Founders’ Board has raised critical funds totaling more than $25 million for a number of endowed chairs for Lurie Children's staff and faculty. Most recently, the Board completed a two-year, $4.5 fundraising commitment, which benefited the Division of Pediatric Surgery and the Division of Academic General Pediatrics.
Members of the Board hold positions on a variety of committees within the hospital’s Medical Center Board and Lurie Children’s Foundation Board. They also work closely with the hospital's Government and Community Relations team to help advance policy initiatives and actively communicate the hospital's position on children's healthcare issues.
Founders’ Board members raise funds through annual fundraising events, including the Pro Amateur Golf Championship, Dinner on the Bluff and Winter Wishes, as well as through direct mail appeals and outreach and retail activities. Founders’ Board members also volunteer their time and talents to provide support to our patients and their families.
The Board’s current fundraising focus is a three-year, $7.5 million pledge entitled “New Frontiers and Pediatric Medicine and Research.” This commitment will provide support to three key areas: transformational research, community-based healthcare delivery and the funding of an endowed chair in Medical Ethics.
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