Your Support is Critical

Supporting our Lighting the Way campaign ensures that CHKD will be able to provide the care our children deserve. Put simply, this is a partnership. This community has helped shape it into what it is today. This community relies on CHKD. This community's support will determine what CHKD grows into tomorrow. You've put your trust in us to lead the way forward. Now, we are asking you to join us to create the best of what children's healthcare could be.

You may support the priorities of the campaign through outright gifts, deferred gifts, or a combination of both. Let us work with you and your financial advisors to develop a gift plan that meets your personal and philanthropic goals and lights the way for our community's children. Below are some of the ways you can give.

Outright Gifts

Outright gifts are usually contributions by check, credit card, or stock. Make your gift online here. 

Matching Gifts

Matching gifts add to the value of your gift. Many companies and foundations will match the value of charitable gifts made by employees and their spouses, board members, and retirees. To find out if a particular company or organization matches gifts, consult our matching gifts database here.

Mental Health Wish List 

CHKD has a wish list of items to help children, teens, and young adults battling mental health concerns cope and express feelings throughout their healing journey. See the list here.

Endowment Funds

Endowment funds provide ongoing, perpetual funding to ensure the longevity of our programs.


Directorships will advance CHKD's strategic vision to become a national leader in pediatric mental health care.

Endowed Chairs

Endowed chairs provide financial resources to fund innovative approaches and programs and are one of the most prestigious honors that can be bestowed on a physician. Endowed chairs will help us recruit the best and the brightest healthcare professionals.

Planned and Legacy Gifts

Planned and legacy gifts are often made as part of the estate planning process, although they can also benefit you during your lifetime. We welcome the opportunity to work with you and your financial planner to find ways to meet your personal and philanthropic goals. Learn more about planned and legacy giving here.

Capital Investments

Your capital gifts will help ensure that our mental health hospital and outpatient treatment center is a first-class facility, offering the safety, comfort, technology, and care that children struggling with mental health challenges need. Your support will help us create a mental health environment that will incorporate space for healthy indoor and outdoor play, creative expression, education, and therapeutic recreation.

Programmatic Investments

Philanthropy is needed to help us develop and maintain a comprehensive array of mental health services. Donors can choose to support specific treatment programs, research, training, community outreach activities, or our fellowship training program.

For More Information

Contact CHKD's Lighting the Way Campaign for Mental Health:

Amy Sampson, Senior Vice President/Chief Innovation and Engagement Officer
(757) 668-9368 |

Karen Gershman, Director of Philanthropy
(757) 668-7343 |

Lauren Kiger, Director of Philanthropy
(757) 668-6818 |