What’s your Children’s story?

Whether for ear tubes, an asthma attack, heart surgery or cancer treatment, chances are you know someone who’s been cared for at Children’s Minnesota. And it’s a story you’ll remember. When you make a donation to Children’s Minnesota, you honor their story — and you make every day brighter for the most amazing people on Earth.

What’s your Children’s story?

Whether for ear tubes, an asthma attack, heart surgery or cancer treatment, chances are you know someone who’s been cared for at Children’s Minnesota. And it’s a story you’ll remember. When you make a donation to Children’s Minnesota, you honor their story — and you make every day brighter for the most amazing people on Earth.

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When you give, you become part of stories like these.

Tovin

Cardiovascular

When the Kainz family adopted Tovin, a three-year-old boy from China, they knew he needed extra medical care. But they didn’t know how serious his situation was until they brought him home. At Children’s Minnesota, doctors found that his heart was struggling to pump under the weight of several defects. They went to work quickly, performing several surgeries to make his heart whole.

Kellan

Cardiovascular

Kellan Whitted was born with half a heart. More specifically, he was born with a condition known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome. At just a few months of age, he had the first of several surgeries, followed by complications, serious infections and lots of long nights for his family. Children’s, says his mom Willette, became their second home.

Mia

Cancer and blood disorders

Cancer changed Mia’s life. But it didn’t break her spirit. Diagnosed with a spinal tumor (Ewing’s sarcoma) at age 11, Mia spent 10 months at Children’s and endured 14 rounds of chemo. Through the hardest days of her life, she stayed positive, thanks to the support of her nursing team, music therapists, child life specialists and, best of all, visits from our therapy pets.

Aiden

Genomics

After a joyful, normal first year of life, Aiden’s health quickly worsened — and doctors couldn’t understand why. At Children’s Minnesota, they discovered he was suffering from an extremely rare genetic disorder for which there is no cure. On the hardest days of their lives, Aiden’s parents found comfort — and hope for the future.

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.

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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

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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

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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?

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 12 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 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 makes Children’s unique?

Caring for kids involves more than expert medical care. We also focus on their emotional well-being through child and family services. These teams provide direct support to patients and their families to improve the care experience — whether a family has come to Children’s for routine medical care or a life-threatening illness.

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 because of generous support from donors. These programs are not reimbursed by insurance and don’t show up on a patient’s bill.

What is Children’s 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 the most amazing people on earth.

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.

More specifically: for over a decade, Children’s has ranked among the nation’s top pediatric hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Reports annual America’s Best Children’s Hospitals survey. Children’s – St. Paul was recently named a Leapfrog Group Award Winner, one of only 12 pediatric hospitals in the U.S. and the only one in the Upper Midwest. This honor recognizes our ongoing dedication to safety and quality.

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 more than $84 million of unreimbursed care each year. Thanks to philanthropy, we can. In fact, Children’s was able to contribute an additional $2 million in free or discounted charity care services for patients whose families had no other source of payment for their medical bills.

How are donations used?

At Children’s, 100% of 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 2018, check out Children’s Annual Report.

How else can I help share Children’s stories?

Use some of our simple digital toolkit resources to download, copy and share with family, friends, employees and your community. Find social media and email tips here.