The Children’s hospitals in St. Paul and Minneapolis were started, in large part, because of the efforts of two groups of women from those communities. These associations still raise money and awareness for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota today.
Since 1958, women with a passion for helping children have volunteered countless hours and energy through The Children’s Association – Minneapolis. Today, the Association consists of more than 200 members and eight chapters.
In 2014, The Association raised $397,875 which brings the total amount raised since the Association’s inception in 1958, to over $11.9 million. The Association supports several aspects of the Minneapolis hospital including the Great Clips Family Resource Center, Star Studio, general pediatric clinic, pain and palliative care, the Great Clips Sibling Play Area, music therapy, child life and the non-clinical family needs fund.
Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) has been supporting Children’s since its inception in 1933. They are in their 84th year. CHA is a stand-alone 501c3 led by a board comprised of 28 Board members and 6 affiliates. There are 375 active members in 11 guilds spread throughout the Twin Cities.
In 2016 CHA’s total contribution to the hospital was over $985,572 including $100,000 of a $500,000 Pledge to St. Paul’s Healing Garden call the CHA Storyland Garden. CHA also made a $25,000 payment on the $125,000 Pledge to the NICU Multiples Neighborhood. In its 84 year history CHA has contributed over $21 million, making it the largest cumulative donor to Children’s.