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Your donations change lives. Forever.

Kids like Neli are living proof that your donations matter. She has lived through cancer, twice, and more recently had a heart transplant. Thanks to you, we’ve been with her every step of the way, providing not just life-saving care but vital support services that kept her family strong.

Your donations make possible all the wrap-around care that never shows up on a patient’s bill. That includes everything from interpreters and advocates to social workers, child life specialists and even Star Studio, our in-house TV station.

Because we’re a nonprofit, we rely on the support of our whole community to deliver highly specialized, deeply compassionate care. With your help, we can do so much.

Your donation, no matter the size, makes a big difference.

Your donation to Children’s Minnesota, no matter how small it may seem to you, makes a big difference to the kids we care for. As a nonprofit health system, we rely on the generosity of our community.

No child turned away

Every child we meet gets the best care, regardless of their ability to pay. Nearly half of our patients rely on Medicaid, which reimburses only 70 cents for every $1 of services. Donations cover the rest, which adds up to millions of dollars every year. Read more

Supportive care services

Your donations fund unique care programs that support healing and lead to better outcomes. These programs are not reimbursed by insurance and don’t show up on a patient’s bill. Read more

Clinical excellence

With your gift, we can continue to deliver world-class medical care and keep up with the latest innovations. You help us invest in cutting-edge technology, facilities and research, all of which have the power to change — and save lives. Read more

Why give to Children’s Minnesota?

What is Children’s Minnesota?

Children’s Minnesota is an independent, not-for-profit health care system. We’ve been serving the community since 1924. Along with our two free-standing hospitals (one in Minneapolis and one in St. Paul), we have nine primary and specialty clinics and six rehabilitation clinics.

We care for over 135,000 kids each year and are the seventh largest pediatric health system in the country. We’re the only health system in Minnesota to provide care exclusively to children, from birth through young adulthood.

Is Children’s Minnesota a nonprofit?

Yes. Children’s Minnesota is a not-for-profit, charitable organization with 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS. That means we reinvest any profits back into the organization so we can keep improving care for our patients.

What is Children’s Minnesota doing to advance health care?

Everything we can. Research is one of the most important areas of focus for us, and we’re constantly looking for innovations that are completely kid- and family-focused. From improving day-to-day quality of life for children and teens to adopting cutting-edge technologies, we will never stop looking for better ways to serve kids.

We’re proud of the recognition we receive for advancing health care. Children’s Minnesota and its staff are regularly awarded for excellence in care, quality, innovation and industry leadership. We are an award-winning health system, regularly ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top children’s hospital.

What makes Children’s Minnesota unique?

Caring for kids involves more than expert medical care.

Whether it’s a child life specialist at the bedside to calm nerves, music therapy to boost mobility or interpreter services for non-English-speaking families, child and family services helps ease the fears, anxiety and stress of being in the hospital. We provide a continuum of support, information, education, comfort and connection to help patients and families navigate and actively participate in their health care experiences.

This attention to detail, comfort and care is not found at every health care facility. It’s only available at Children’s Minnesota because of generous support from donors. These programs are not reimbursed by insurance and don’t show up on a patient’s bill.

Why does a hospital need my donation?

We never turn a child away. Ever. Thanks to donations, all patients and families have access to the best physicians, treatments and wrap-around services, regardless of their ability to pay for care.

Forty-seven percent of our patients rely on Medicaid, which reimburses only 70 cents for every $1 of service. Because of this, Children’s Minnesota makes up the difference. We need to underwrite nearly $90 million of unreimbursed care each year.

How are donations used?

At Children’s Minnesota, your donation is spent on the kids and families we serve. As an independent, nonprofit health care system, philanthropic support allows us to reinvest in our organization and continue to improve and reimagine health care. To find out more about how our funds were used in 2020, check out Children’s Minnesota’s Annual Report (opens in new tab).

When you give, you make these stories possible.

Neli, a teenage girl stands outside with her mom. Neli is smiling with her eyes closed while her mom kisses her on the forhead.


Neli Sánchez is 16 years old. She loves art, dancing and listening to BTS. She has been part of the Children’s Minnesota family for most of her life: from cancer at age 3, to an entirely different cancer not long after, to a heart transplant in 2021. Donations from people like you have helped her every step of the way, helping us provide interpreters for her Spanish-speaking family, care advocates, social workers, child life specialists and more. Neli’s mom, Ana, is grateful for all of it: “We came to Children’s and it’s like thousands of doors opened for me,” she says. “And the most beautiful thing for me was finding people in my own language that could explain…They’ve helped me so much.”