Power of Collective Giving
Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation is the largest donor to UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s and has made tremendous contributions to fund and enhance quality health care for children in Northeast Ohio and beyond. Through our signature fundraising events, personal contributions, and community partnerships we have been able to donate over $160 million to UH Rainbow since 1999. The strength and legacy of our Trustees allows us to make transformational gifts that impact children and families for generations to come.
Coming together from all walks of life with diverse backgrounds, our Trustees engage deeply with the hospital, our donors and our community stakeholders which powers us to fund major initiatives and capital projects such as the UH Rainbow Ahuja Center for Women & Children, the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute, and the Zagara Pediatric Specialty Clinic. In addition, the Foundation has been a leader in our support of Family & Child Life Services, Healthcare Advocacy, sub-specialty fellowships and endowed chairs. Together, we put Children’s Health First.
Through our 2019 financial gift to UH Rainbow, we have been able to support several smaller, yet very important projects submitted by Rainbow health care providers. This funding supports unique one-time micro-grants demonstrating a meaningful impact in our community.
- Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation Scholars
Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation’s priority is to establish new Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation Scholars for recruitments into key roles at UH Rainbow. We provide matching funds which encourages new donors to give to UH Rainbow. We are proud and plan to support 27 Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation Scholars.
- Family & Child Life Services
Child Life Specialists provide vital, researched-based ways to help children cope with any potential anxiety or fear associated with the health care environment. The Foundation has been integral to the growth and support of this vital program since 2004. Child Life Specialists work to make the health care environment a more emotionally safe place for both patients and families. Hospitals can be scary and traumatic, so ensuring the emotional needs of a child are met promotes physical healing, encourages resiliency and builds trust with care providers.
- Legacy of Giving
The Margaret B. Marting Trustee Award for Excellence is named for Margaret Marting, a former president of the Foundation. Margaret passed away in 2018 at the amazing age of 105 years old. Margaret stayed engaged with the Foundation well past her time as an active Trustee delighting all of us with her presence, often in her favorite color purple, at our annual meeting and holiday luncheons.
Since 1985, the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation has offered two awards annually to recognize employees and teams celebrating and acknowledging Rainbow’s unsung heroes.
Ann Pinkerton Ranney was an incredible civic leader with a hands-on philanthropic spirit. She served the hospital in many capacities for over 30 years including her role as President of the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation from 1984 – 1988.
The fund will make a significant impact by providing ongoing support for:
- An endowed lecture in Ann’s name to ensure caregivers are up to date on the latest evidence-based practices, pioneering treatments and translational research; and
- Research awards for best-in-class physicians to support their participation at national conferences where they can present their research.
Together we will enable Rainbow to carry on Ann’s passion and establish her legacy in perpetuity.
- Leadership Fund & Trustee Giving
Trustees are given the honor each year to preserve and grow the Foundation’s endowment through personal unrestricted donations to the leadership fund. Unrestricted gifts provide the Foundation with maximum flexibility to support the priority needs of UH Rainbow.
- Advocating for Children’s Health
Since 2005, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation annually allocates much needed funds to the Rainbow Office of Child Advocacy, with provides essential government and political advocacy protecting the healthcare and well-being of our most vulnerable children.
The Rainbow Office of Child Advocacy works closely with the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation educating Trustees on health policy impacting parents, children and their families, so we may work together in highlighting important health policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels.
Trustees annually participate in advocacy events with government leaders at the federal and state levels so our voices can be heard.
Make a gift online to support the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation.
Support Family & Child Life Services
Donate today to the UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Family & Child Life Department.