The Every Child Fund (ECF) is Boston Children's Hospital's unrestricted philanthropic fund, which supports the hospital’s greatest needs in the areas of patient care, medical education, research and community health initiatives. Given the increased demands on pediatric health care, the ECF is a critical resource for hospital leadership to direct funds toward highest priorities and critical needs.
When you support the Every Child Fund, you help develop healing therapies, uncover cures for childhood diseases and meet the needs of countless families in distress. As the world changes, our priorities change with it. Crises arise. Opportunities appear. And through it all, our Every Child Fund donors are with us—a vital resource in an unpredictable world.
Patient Care/Family Resources: When a child is very sick, the whole family suffers. Parents make tough sacrifices; siblings may be separated; everyone feels helpless and scared. The families in our care need emotional support, distraction from the long days of hospitalization and healing services that let kids reconnect with their creative, inquisitive selves. Many families struggle with expenses that insurance doesn’t cover, such as food and rent or a place to stay while their child receives treatment. Support to the Every Child Fund provides all of this and more. Child Life Services, patient family housing, extraordinary needs funding— your generosity grows our capacity to meet the needs of more families so they can focus on what’s important, their child.
Research: Boston Children’s operates the world’s largest pediatric research enterprise—an engine that produces and shares knowledge at an unparalleled rate. Our physician-scientists are pursuing new treatments for hundreds of pediatric diseases and collaborating with experts around the globe to bring these solutions to the children who need them most. Your philanthropy equips scientists with state-of-the art technology and gives us the flexibility to act on new research opportunities when they surface.
Community: Children who grow up in poverty face tremendous obstacles—homelessness, inferior schools, violence and loss. They suffer illness and injury at higher rates than kids from more affluent families and are statistically less likely to receive treatment. As a safety net hospital, we serve more low-income children than any other provider in the Boston area. Your unrestricted support extends our comprehensive care and resources to more than 26,000 underserved children and sustains community programs that curtail obesity, asthma and emotional and behavioral disorders in Boston and beyond.
Medical Education: Vital to the future of health care, medical training is a major part of Boston Children’s mission. We train more pediatric residents than any institution in the country, and our trainees go on to lead in communities around the world. Through global observerships, a sophisticated simulation program and our online training platform, OPEN-Pediatrics, we share our medical expertise with clinicians everywhere. Gifts to the Every Child Fund plays an important role in educating the next generation of scientists and caregivers.
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