Be The Reason: The Campaign for Nationwide Children's Hospital

At Nationwide Children’s, the largest pediatric hospital in the country, there are a million stories. There are stories of children healed, of families supported, and of researchers empowered to make new discoveries. We see patients from all 50 states in the country and more than 50 nations worldwide.

We see too many sad stories. Children still get cancer. Children are still born prematurely. We must do more to help them, and we know that we can never take a day off.

Be the Reason campaign chairsThe Be The Reason campaign is a fundraising effort to ensure that children get the care they need, and that the scientists get the necessary support to continue to look for cures. We are thrilled to be led in this effort by Ann I. Wolfe as campaign chair, augmented by Abigail Wexner and Alex Fischer as co-chairs.

As announced in June of 2016, Nationwide Children’s is embarking upon an ambitious expansion, featuring an ambulatory building providing primary care, dental services, and adolescent medicine; a cutting edge research building to support basic, clinical, translational and health services research; and a Behavioral Health Pavilion that will be the most comprehensive of its kind nationally; among other much needed enhancements. Be The Reason will help support the tremendous investments required for such an ambitious expansion, but world-class facilities alone don’t heal children. Therefore, Be The Reason will also raise money to support innovative programming in areas like behavioral health, cutting edge scientific innovations in genomics, and a commitment to ensuring that Nationwide Children’s recruits and retains the very best and brightest clinicians.

Yet we do know now, most assuredly, that children need our help. In the coming months, we will share the stories of Be The Reason with you. You will learn about our determined and brave children, our world renowned doctors and staff, and the supportive leaders who are helping provide a better future for all children.

You will experience their stories. And you will learn how you can Be The Reason.

Learn more about Be The Reason. 

Be The Reason News

Nationwide Childrens Hospital Announces Be The Reason Fundraising Campaign

Nationwide Children’s Hospital announced the unveiling of the “Be The Reason” campaign today. The comprehensive campaign will serve as the foundation to continue establishing Nationwide Children’s as the country’s most integrated pediatric healthcare system.

Big Lots and the Big Lots Foundation Commit $50 Million Transformational Gift to Nationwide Childrens Hospital

Today, Big Lots (NYSE: BIG), together with the Big Lots Foundation, announced a $50 million transformational gift to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Nick & Janelle Foligno Donate $500,000 to Nationwide Childrens Hospital in Support of Pediatric Congenital Heart Care and Research

National Hockey League Columbus Blue Jackets Captain Nick Foligno and his wife, Janelle, today announced a $500,000 gift to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Nationwide Foundation Pediatric Innovation Fund Accelerating Lifesaving Progress at Newly-Formed Institute For Genomic Medicine at Nationwide Childrens Hospital

The Nationwide Foundation today announced a new $10 million gift for the Nationwide Foundation Pediatric Innovation Fund at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to help accelerate the most promising research and clinical discoveries at Nationwide Children’s.

Honda Pledges $1 Million to Nationwide Childrens Hospital to Improve Mobility for all Children

Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Honda announced today a $1 million gift from the automaker to establish the Honda Center for Gait Analysis and Mobility Enhancement designed to enhance pediatric mobility.

JPMorgan Chase Announces $1.5 Million Commitment to Support Affordable Housing on Columbuss South Side

JPMorgan Chase & Co. today announced a $1.5 million investment over five years to support new affordable housing opportunities for the residents of the city’s South Side.

Alliance Data Donates $1 Million to Nationwide Childrens Hospital

Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE: ADS) today announced its Columbus, Ohio-based card services business, a premier provider of branded private label, co-brand and business credit programs, presented a $1 million gift to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, building on the company’s

American Electric Power Foundation and AEP Ohio Donate $2.25 Million to Nationwide Childrens Hospital

Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the American Electric Power Foundation and AEP Ohio announced today that the Columbus-based utility will donate $2.25 million to the hospital’s “Be The Reason” fundraising campaign.

Meet our patients featured in the Be The Reason campaign

Cami D

Meet Cami

On May 20, 2013, Cami was born via emergency c-section at 25 weeks and 2 days gestation weighing just 1 lb. 7 oz. The larger of identical twin girls, she had an incredibly rough start and was given chest compressions in the delivery room.

Sawyer G

Meet Sawyer

At a little over age 2, Sawyer was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has learned to speak in full sentences, have conversations and look up and respond when someone calls his name. Not so long ago, when asked to stop looking at a book, Sawyer would often scream, cry and sometimes drop to the floor. That seldom happens now.

Ivy M

Meet Ivy

Ivy was diagnosed with refractory T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Because Ivy is from a mixed race, the search for a bone marrow donor was difficult.

Walker's Story

Meet Walker

During his mother’s 20-week ultrasound Walker's mother learned her baby had hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Within a few days of his birth, Walker would need the first of three open-heart surgeries and eventually, a heart transplant.


Meet Bennett

To keep him off the heart transplant list, Bennett's parents chose a rare, risky procedure called Double Switch.