CHOP Aims to Raise $7.5M for Autism Research

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November 9, 2012 — The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) Center for Autism Research is among The Children’s Miracle Network’s (CMN) “Ultimate Gift” beneficiaries for its social media-based holiday fundraising program, Give Miracles. In addition to its social media presence, ads announcing the campaign for CHOP will run in the Wall Street Journal on Nov. 10 and 24, and on Dec. 1 and 15.

With 1 in 88 American children affected, autism is one of the most common childhood disorders, yet it remains a mystery in many ways, leaving millions of families desperate for answers about what causes autism; what are the best treatments; and why autism prevalence continues to rise. Donors who support autism programs at CHOP through the Give Miracles campaign will help unlock the mysteries of this perplexing and complicated disorder and fuel some of the most needed medical breakthroughs of our generation.

Autism research at CHOP

Research at CHOP is revolutionizing the understanding of autism. CHOP’s multidisciplinary teams in psychology, neurosciences and genetics are spearheading the largest and most innovative autism studies ever conceived. CHOP’s autism experts are applying state-of-the-art research and clinical tools to discover autism’s causes and find new treatments, while providing comprehensive, coordinated, family-centered care and support to meet each child’s specific developmental and educational needs.

Donors to Center for Autism Research can follow gift from donation through final use

Give Miracles provides donors with tangible evidence of their gift, from the initial donation to its final use. It is the first Impact Giving™ program of its kind, as it enables donors to choose the hospital they want to support; the amount and type of gift; and those who donate will remain engaged with ongoing email updates on the gift’s impact for children with autism who are seen at CHOP and far beyond its walls.

“When people donate their hard-earned money, they want to know how it is used,” said John Lauck, CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “The Give Miracles program lets donors be involved in the philanthropic process. They can have a direct connection to the impact their dollars are making at the local hospitals and on the kids they are supporting.” features a social fundraising platform powered by technology powerhouse (, allowing a donor to create a customized fundraising page that calls on their Facebook and Twitter networks for donations. This crowdfunding feature allows multiple contributions — especially helpful for addressing large fundraising goals like CHOP’s Autism Center. These miracle-making gifts could also be purchased by single benefactors — such as corporations and foundations.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 nonprofit children’s hospitals across North America, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations support research and training, purchase equipment and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of our mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.