Light Up the Lawn, Light Up A Life

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When you light up the lawn, you brighten patients' holidays, help us find cures and provide the world's finest care.

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Light Up the Lawn, Light Up A Life

When a child is sick the world around them just stops. But for everyone else the world keeps going.

Well all of us at Nationwide Children's Hospital want you to know there is something you can do. You have the power to brighten the holidays for patients and their families. The power to help find cures and provide the world's finest care and to support your neighbors when they need it most. Because when you give you don't just light up the lawn at Nationwide Children's you light up the lives of kids who really need you. Please give.

Give to light up children's lives

Butterfly Tracker

Find a butterfly in your area

Experience the magic by donating at a butterfly near you.

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Brighten their Holidays

Meet the Patient Champions

Let us introduce you to the patient champions featured throughout our holiday campaign.

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Holiday Toy Donations

Help our patients and families by donating items like toys, games, and other items.

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Thank you for brightening their holidays. 

 

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Every gift made to Light Up the Lawn, Light Up a Life will be matched up to $25,000 by our friends at Bread Financial.

The butterflies displayed on the lawn are available for sponsorship and include a variety of benefits for individuals or corporate benefactors.

Ways to Give

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Individual Giving

Individuals can be involved in many ways to give to Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Annual Giving Circle
Planned Giving
Grateful Family Program
Tribute Giving
Donate in Lieu Of/in Honor Of

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Corporate Partnerships

We didn’t become America’s largest children’s hospital and research center alone. Generous corporations from around the country play an enormous part in changing the future of pediatric care.  
National Partnerships
Local Partnerships
Event Sponsorships
 

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Monthly Giving

Monthly giving is an easy, convenient, cost effective way to donate to Nationwide Children's Hospital and make an impact on the lives of the many children we care for.

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Give your time

The gift of your time is just as significant as any other gift. Learn how you can volunteer with Nationwide Children's.   
Dedicate your Occasions
Special Event Volunteering
Fundraising Volunteers & Affinity Groups
Hospital Volunteering

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Fundraise with Us

Big hearts can change lives. Find out how you can fundraise for the patients and families at Nationwide Children's. 
Plan an Event  
Create a Fundraising Page   
Become a Children's Champion  
Dance Marathons  

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Shop for A Cause

Help our patients and families by donating items on our wish list or shopping our Foundation store for gifts.  
Donation Wish List
Foundation Store
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Get Involved

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Novembeard

November 1-30, 2022

Grow a beard.
Make a difference.
Join hundreds of Central Ohio men for the 12th annual NovemBEARD.

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The Sound of Music

March 3 - 5, 2023

Palace Theatre
34 W Broad St
Columbus, OH 43215

Butterfly Guild presents their 65th production, The Sound of Music.

The inspirational story, based on the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp, follows an ebullient postulate who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, Maria and the entire von Trapp family must make a moral decision.

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Foundation Events

11/25
Ace Hardware Holiday Round Up Campaign

Each year, over 20 central Ohio Ace Hardware locations make it a personal goal to raise funds for Nationwide Children's Hospital through year-round endeavors like coin canisters, round-up campaigns and fundraising events.

11/29
Speedway Day of Giving

On Giving Tuesday, join in on the holiday spirit at any of the 100 central Ohio Speedway locations to make a donation to support Nationwide Children's Hospital.

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Our Impact

Your generosity helps give patients like these a Someday

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La'Miya

La'Miya was diagnosed with a stage 2 Wilms tumor. She went through eight months of cancer treatment, including surgery and chemotherapy, at Nationwide Children's. Learn more about La'Miya's story. 

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Knox

Knox was born with half a heart and was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Knox has had three surgery's at Nationwide Children's. Learn more about Knox's story.

Celebrating Our Donors

Olsen Family
The Olsen Family

Relative newcomers to the community, the Olsen family relocated to Columbus from San Francisco in 2013 when Chris co-founded Drive Capital. Gina and Chris quickly engaged with the community. Chris joined the Nationwide Children’s Board of Trustees, and the family generously showed their support by donating $1 million to the hospital. “We moved to Columbus because we thought it was the next great American city,” Chris said. “Nationwide Children’s is a fabulous example of the local community building expertise at a world-class level. We are honored to be part of a community doing so much for children’s health.”

Foligno Family
The Foligno Family

Columbus Blue Jackets player Nick Foligno and his wife, Janelle, were thrilled to welcome their first child to the family. Unfortunately, Milana was born with a congenital heart defect and required intensive treatment and surgery. Today, Milana is healthy. The family honored Nationwide Children’s with a donation of $500,000. “How can we help people who are going to be in a similar situation?,” Nick asked the media. “To try and help others is something that’s important to us.”

Learn How Philanthropy Is Funding Research for Better Outcomes

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Dale Jr Foundation

The Dale and Amy Earnhardt Fund supports Nationwide Children’s courageous patients and their families in the area of pediatric injury rehabilitation, research and prevention, helping patients and families rehabilitate from brain injuries, head and spinal cord injuries, and other physically disabling conditions and injuries.

About the Foundation

In 1892, a group of citizens held a sale to raise money for the care of sick, impoverished children. That effort led to the opening of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 1894. For more than a century, we have existed to care for every child, for every reason.

The Foundation is the fundraising arm of Nationwide Children’s. Our job – with your help – is to ensure much needed funds are available for innovative research, emerging trends in pediatric health, and to react to our ever changing world. Philanthropy ensures that we can dream big.

Over 100 years… That is how long charity, donations, and generosity have enabled us to help children. With your help, we can add another century to our distinguished history.

Meet Our Team

The Nationwide Children's Foundation serves to further the mission of Nationwide Children's Hospital while meeting donor philanthropic goals. Nationwide Children's Hospital is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN: 31-1036370)