The Hospital’s Largest Giving Group Evolves

Published on in Children's View

Buerger CenterThe generosity of Founders Society members has made an indelible impact on the Hospital. CHOP recently opened several state-of-the-art facilities: the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care on the Raymond G. Perelman Campus; CHOP Care Network locations in South Philadelphia and King of Prussia; and the Roberts Center for Pediatric Research on the Schuylkill Avenue Campus.

“The Founders Society serves as the philanthropic backbone of the Hospital. The continued growth of both CHOP and this prestigious society will create healthy futures for children everywhere,” says Clark Hooper Baruch, Chair of the Founders Society and member of the Board of Trustees

Expansive and visionary

This physical growth is mirrored by expansions in other areas. More and more families are seeking out CHOP to care for their children. Over the last two fiscal years, for example, the number of outpatient visits increased by more than 100,000. Improved technologies help to better serve those patients. And doctors and researchers are continually making advances in treatments and cures — such as a revolutionary new way to image the once-mysterious lymphatic system, immunotherapies that engineer a patient’s own cells to fight cancer, and the harnessing of genetic information to create personalized treatments. Generous gifts have fueled these discoveries, and more innovations await.

The Founders Society is an annual recognition society reserved for some of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s most generous donors. In light of the expansion of CHOP’s facilities and the marked increase in patient volumes over the last several years, the entry-level gift for the Founders Society will change from $1,000 to $1,500 in a given fiscal year as of July 1, 2017.