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Penn State Health Children’s Hospital Enrichment Fund

Gifts to the Enrichment Fund support the areas of greatest need at the Children’s Hospital and make it possible for our teams to provide the highest quality care for kids like Miles

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Research and Education

Basic science research is the foundation for all new discoveries, while clinical research (more than 40 active trials) directly involves patients. Gifts from individuals and organizations to a special endowment called the Pediatric Research Discovery and Education Fund are allocated on an annual basis to support research and education and improve the quality of care we provide for our pediatric patients.

Research at the Children's Hospital is also actively supported by numerous scientific funding agencies and philanthropies, including Children's Miracle Network and Four Diamonds.

Specific Care and Outreach Funds

Child Life

Two child life staff members playing virtual bingo with children online.As a non-reimbursable service, philanthropic support powers the Child Life Program, which helps kids feel like kids, not patients, when they are in the hospital. Our Child Life staff help patients, parents, caregivers, and siblings feel more at ease about surgeries, clinic appointments, and hospital stays through distraction and relaxation techniques, medical play, special events, music therapy, pet therapy and more. Child Life Specialists ensure that kids are meeting developmental and educational milestones while undergoing treatment. The program also makes resources such as laundry facilities, family lounges, playrooms, and the Ronald McDonald House available to families.

Learn more about how your gifts impact Child Life

Child Protective Services

Blue and silver pinwheels aligned in a field of grassAs the only facility in central Pennsylvania that integrates mental health and medical services for child abuse victims, the Center for the Protection of Children brings together a community of scholars and clinicians committed to detecting, treating, and preventing child abuse. Your gift will help us enhance clinical services, educate future healthcare professionals and facilitate new child abuse prevention initiatives.

Learn more about the Center for the Protection of Children and our other child protection services

Hummingbird Program

Young girl standing in front of children's hospital week sign smilingWhen it comes to caring for children with life-limiting conditions, we know the incredible value of having pediatricians who work in partnership with families’ wishes. Created and sustained by an endowment established by philanthropists Jeanne and Ed Arnold, this palliative care fund supports the unique physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of children like Malaya and her family.

Learn more about supporting our Hummingbird Program


Kelso Fund

Young pediatric patient sitting on hospital bed petting facility dog.The Kelso Fund takes its name from the dog - a Belgian Malinois - owned by the donor who established this endowment that provides comprehensive support for our facility dogs, including the cost of caring for them in their retirement. With this gift, the donor was able to combine his love of animals, especially dogs, with his desire to make a tangible difference in the lives of children. It’s a win-win.

Man’s best friends have long been recognized as great companions. Now their special talents are celebrated as a vital part of the healing care offered at the Children’s Hospital. Your gift to the Kelso Fund will help sustain this animal-assisted therapy and intervention.

Pediatric Research Discovery and Education Fund

Researcher in a laboratory looking through a microscope.Gifts to this endowed fund provide a steady stream of resources to support research and education that improves the quality of care we provide for our pediatric patients. Pediatric leadership evaluates project proposals and awards funds on an annual basis.

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PRO Wellness

People holding watermelon slicesSince 2003, the Penn State PRO (Prevention, Research, Outreach) Wellness Center has led statewide efforts to promote healthy eating and active living for children and their families. Your gifts help our team provide schools, communities and organizations with program development and implementation, assessment and evaluation, capacity building, technical assistance, collaborative partnerships and access to proven wellness interventions.

Learn more about Penn State PRO Wellness

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Penn State Health Children’s Hospital among the nation’s best hospitals for children in multiple specialties for the 11th consecutive year.

Through Our Children’s Charities

Children’s Miracle Network (CMN)

Young CMN child riding his bike indoorsChildren’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals® is an international non-profit organization that raises awareness and funds for more than 170 children’s hospitals to help kids get the care they need. Since it began locally in 1984, our generous CMN partners in the Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York regions have given more than $78 million to fund new ambulances, infant isolettes, Child Life services, the Hummingbird Program, medical camps for kids, 3D heart model printing, innovative research and so much more.

Visit CMN to learn more and to give

Four Diamonds

Researcher in a laboratory.Four Diamonds is a one-of-a-kind organization at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital that covers all of the costs of cancer care not paid for by insurance for every Four Diamonds child. It also supports more than 90 research professionals in the Four Diamonds Pediatric Cancer Research Center working to find safer treatments and cures for childhood cancer. Since its founding in 1972, Four Diamonds has raised over $200 million through THON™, Mini-THON®, Team FTK®, and countless other donors.

Visit Four Diamonds to learn more and to give

Partners for a Healthier Future

A new donor wall was installed in October, 2020 to recognize the individuals, corporations, foundations and community and student philanthropy groups that give annually at a leadership level and honor the founding donors of the endowed Pediatric Research Discovery and Education Fund.

Watch the virtual donor wall unveiling