our history


It’s amazing what we can do when we come together.

Thank you to all our members and generous donors - without your support, none of this would be possible!

Georgette Carlini

  • 1964 – A group of women from the Oak Park / River Forest (IL) area created the non-profit organization "Children's Memorial Guild" as an auxiliary group of Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. These women had close ties to the hospital - either a son/daughter had been treated there or knew someone who did. 
  • 1964 - 2011 – The Children's Memorial Guild contributes a total of $1,036,525 to Children's Memorial Hospital.
  • Summer 2012 – Children's Memorial moved to its new location in the Streeterville neighborhood and changed the name to "Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago". We took the opportunity to re-brand and re-evaluate the Guild's mission. Thus, The Childrens Foundation was born.
  • 2013 - 2014  – Our annual fundraising events included: A Taste of Spring (2013) with guest speaker Steve Dolinsky from ABC 7 and Farm To Table Fare (2014) with guest speaker Jeff Mauro from Food Network. We raised a total of $45,000 for a research study directed by Dr. Latania K. Logan on the epidemiology of Multi-Drug Resistant Bacteria in children across multiple Chicago-area hospitals.
  • 2015 - 2016 - Our annual fundraising events included: At The Movies (2015) with guest speaker ​Paris Schutz, Chicago Tonight’s political correspondent and Celebrate Spring (2016) with guest speaker Ina Pinkney, the legendary Breakfast Queen of "Ina's". We provided $27,500 funding towards the establishment of a neurophysiology laboratory at the Rush NeuroBehavioral Center, directed by Dr. Nicole Russo-Ponsaran, with the goal of measuring, treating, and understanding social-emotional learning challenges in children.​
  • 2017 - 2018 - Our annual fundraising events included: Spring Into Summer (2017) with guest speaker Geordan Stenson, Executive Chef at Freestyle Food + Drink - Dana Hotel & Spa, Chicago and Sweet Home Chicago (2018)​ with guest speakers Carol Mighton Haddix & Bruce Kraig​, Editors of "The Chicago Food Encyclopedia". We provided a total of $40,000 funding to Camp JAM which provides a safe and secure camping experience for children and teens with juvenile arthritis and childhood rheumatic diseases.
  • 2019 - 2020 - Our annual fundraising events included:  ​Cheers to 55 Years (2019) with guest speaker Jeff Mauro​, Host of Food Network’s The Kitchen, Sandwich King; winner of Food Network Star season 7. A Victorian Afternoon (2020) with guest speaker Monica Eng, food, health & Curious City reporter at WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. We will provide a total of $40,000 funding to Camp One Step, by Children's Oncology Services which provides camp programs to children who've been diagnosed with cancer.
  • 2021 - Due to COVID-19 our annual, in-person, fundraising event will not occur. Rather than sit out the year, The Childrens Foundation held a Grand Cash Raffle and raised $14,000. This is a one-year commitment with 100% of the raffle proceedings going to SOUL Harbour Ranch - Animal Therapy Program.
  • 2022 - Due to COVID-19 our annual, in-person, fundraising event will not occur. Rather than sit out the year, The Childrens Foundation held a Grand Cash Raffle and raised $10,900. This is a one-year commitment with 100% of the raffle proceedings going to Camp One Step, by Children's Oncology Services.