"Transforming Children's Health":
$500 Million Campaign Advances Pediatric Medicine


Every day, doctors and nurses at Children's National Medical Center save the lives of children who once had very little hope for the future — from premature babies weighing just a few ounces to children suffering from rare diseases to catastrophically injured teenagers. But today pediatric medicine is defined by the ability not only to react and respond, but also to predict and prevent children's medical problems.

The "Transforming Children's Health" campaign, launched in 2005, has surpassed its goal of raising $500 million to support treatment today and cures of tomorrow. The generous support of the community — government officials, corporations, foundations. employees, board members, and other individuals — is fueling advances in pediatric medicine that will benefit children and families in our region, across the country, and around the world for generations to come. As of May 2011, the campaign has generated more than $506 million to support all areas of the hospital.

Highlights of the campaign include:

  • The Goldberg Challenge Diana and Stephen Goldberg, longtime supporters of Children's National, helped kick off the campaign by pledging $10 million — and offering to match another $15 million if board members donated or raised $15 million. The challenge generated a total of $55 million, which supported every area of the medical center.

  • Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation The campaign featured the hospital's largest gift ever — $150 million from the Government of Abu Dhabi, which is also the largest ever for pediatric surgery. The historic gift is funding surgeons and scientists working to make surgery more precise, less invasive, and pain-free for all children. Read more.

  • East Inpatient Tower The East Inpatient Tower, a state-of-the-art facility designed with the input of families, patients, and staff, was made possible through philanthropic support and congressional appropriations. The expansion includes a renovated surgery area, a pediatric intensive care unit; a cardiac intensive care unit; and inpatient units for cardiology, neurology, cancer, and bone marrow transplantation.

The campaign generated revenue in four main areas. Highlights in each area are listed below.

Programs and Research Endowment Capital and Facilities Unrestricted Support