Donor Recognition

Recognizing our donors at every level

Your philanthropic support for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia makes you part of a special community of donors who share your dedication to pediatric health, world-class treatments and innovative medical research.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia appreciates the inspiring generosity and loyalty of its donors with exclusive recognition societies at every giving level. Your Giving Society membership includes exclusive invitations to special luncheons, receptions and events, along with named or anonymous acknowledgment in the annual giving report and on the Donor Wall in the Hospital.

Founders Society

The Founders Society is an annual recognition society reserved for some of CHOP's most generous donors — those who have given $1,500 or more in a fiscal year, from July 1 to June 30. The philanthropic backbone of the Hospital, the Founders Society offers various benefits to donors at different giving levels.

All members are listed on the interactive Donor Wall at the Hospital's Main Campus and in our annual Philanthropy Report. They also receive special communications from the CEO and a yearly subscription to Children's View magazine.

Donors who give $10,000 or more per fiscal year are also welcomed into the Children's Circle of Care, and naming opportunities are available for contributions of $25,000 or more.

Patron ($1,000-$2,499)

  • Listing on Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Donor Recognition Wall
  • Listing among major donors within the Hospital's Philanthropy Report
  • Annual subscription to Children's View
  • Personal invitation to the annual Founders Society Reception

Benefactor ($2,500-$4,999)

  • All Patron privileges, plus:
  • Special invitation to CHOP's Advances in Pediatric Medicine Lecture Series

Partner ($5,000-$9,999)

  • All Benefactor privileges, plus:
  • Invitation to "A Tour of Hope" through the CHOP Main Campus

Children's Circle of Care

In 1995, CHOP co-founded the Children's Circle of Care with other prominent institutions to honor leading benefactors and encourage the spirit of philanthropy that drives advancements in pediatric care, education, research and advocacy. The Circle of Care is now one of the most prestigious recognition societies in North America. Its growing membership includes individuals, families and private corporations that have donated more than $10,000 in a calendar year to one of 25 affiliated children's hospitals in the United States and Canada.

Circle of Care members are recognized on the interactive Donor Wall at the Hospital's Main Campus and in our annual Philanthropy Report

Chairman's Circle

The Board of Trustees established the Chairman's Circle as the most prestigious recognition society at the Hospital, reserved for those at the highest level of giving — donors whose cumulative giving to CHOP exceeds $1 million.

Lifetime membership in the Chairman's Circle includes permanent recognition on the Chairman's Circle wall near the main entrance of the Hospital, acknowledgement in the annual Philanthropy Report, and an invitation to a special reception and dinner hosted annually by the Board of Trustees and Foundation Board of Advisors at its fiscal year-end meeting.

Lewis Society

The Lewis Society honors those who have included Children's Hospital in their long-term plans through a legacy gift. Lewis Society members continue the enduring tradition of generosity and vision that originated with the Hospital's founder, Dr. Francis West Lewis.

Philanthropy has played a crucial role since Children's Hospital first opened its doors on Thanksgiving Day in 1855. It was the young visionary, Francis West Lewis, MD, who during a trip to London was so inspired in visiting a hospital devoted entirely to the care of sick children that he immediately returned to help establish America's first pediatric hospital: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Lewis' father, Mordecai D. Lewis, served as the first President of the Hospital's Board of Managers, helped to finance the Hospital in its early years, and left the first bequest to Children's Hospital. Dr. Lewis' two sisters also gave a transforming gift to CHOP to honor their brother's legacy.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia still bears the indelible marks of the Lewis Family. Their commitment to sick and injured children is perpetuated in every commitment made by members of the Lewis Society today. We invite you to join the many others who have joined the Lewis Society in support of Children's Hospital through a will, trust, life insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other type of planned gift.

For more information about the Lewis Society and ways to make a planned gift to further the mission of Children's Hospital, please contact Lizabeth Macoretta at

1855 Society

The 1855 Society was created to honor donors that have given to CHOP each year for a decade or more. It consists of four "tiers" of consecutive annual giving, at any level — across 10 years, 15 years, 20 years and 25 years or more. Support from members provides hope and health for countless children here and around the world.