CHOP has transformed the lives of children worldwide by making extraordinary discoveries and setting the standard for scientific innovation — and our donors have been with us every step of the way.

Here is a glimpse of CHOP’s early philanthropic history:


The first formal fundraising effort occurs in the form of a speech by a famous orator that raises $394.84.


A donation of one doll is listed as “bought out of the pennies saved by a boy.”


The approximate cost of caring for a child per day is $1, which leads to the creation of an appeal called Dollar-a-Day that raises more than $500,000 in just 10 days.


From his cell in Holmesburg Prison, Al Capone donates $1,000 to the Hospital.