It is because of the generosity of our donors that Nationwide Children’s a world-renowned pediatric healthcare institution. We are at the threshold of some truly extraordinary work. On one side stands our past and present – an institution conducting remarkable research and providing the best treatment options available to children and their families. On the other side lies our future, our aspirations. A place where existing limitations in pediatric healthcare are not only stretched but broken. A place when excellence is merely the foundation for something bigger. We are proud to be in this position; one we could not have achieved without the support of our closest friends and partners.
Dale and Amy Earnhardt
"We'll always be a part of what's going on here and be a big supporter of the hospital" - Dale Earnhardt
Read more about the Dale and Amy Earnhardt Fund for Pediatric Injury Research.
Stories of Support
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.”
Sweet little Reese dedicated her birthday to all of the kids treated at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Instead of receiving gifts for herself, she asked her friends and family to bring presents for our patients. Thank you, Reese!
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.”
Thank you to OTTERTHON, Otterbein University's dance marathon, for dancing the day and night away and raising an incredible $22,034.67 for Nationwide Children's Hospital!
As a Nationwide Children’s board member, Jordan Miller, regional president of Fifth Third Bank, Central Ohio, has long been acquainted with the work done to help people when they need it most. Our research improves lives all over the world, while our community programming improves overall health and wellness for Ohio.
Thank you, Avery & Chase, for your sweet donations to drop off toys for our patients who are spending their days here instead of at home.
Sarah Seither became a Marathon Children's Champion fundraiser to raise money in memory of her mom, Ann Seither, who was a NICU nurse before she died. She enters her 5th year of fundraising for the race having raised almost $18,000 in honor of her mom. Thank you Sarah!
Joseph Chlapaty, recently retired chief executive officer and current emeritus chairman of Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS), along with the company, are longtime supporters of Nationwide Children’s giving $5 million to the campaign. As a board member, Joe is well acquainted with the world class innovations in clinical care and research at the hospital. In the past, Joe and ADS have supported a number of different initiatives. With this gift, his generosity helps with important work in the behavioral health arena.
The largest student run philanthropy in the state of Ohio, BuckeyeThon has raised more than $6.1 million for the Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Nationwide Children’s. Launched in 2001, the endeavor is remarkable because its dedication remains unwavering, even as students graduate and move on in life.
The Alliance Data Sibling Clubhouse is a special place for preschool and school-aged children to play and learn while their siblings are in the hospital.
The opportunity to shave years off the time required to create breakthroughs in pediatric cancer care was undeniable to John McConnell, chief executive officer of Worthington Industries, and his colleagues. Their generous $5 million donation enabled Nationwide Children’s to create the NEXT Consortium, a vehicle that means children everywhere can have faster access to discoveries and the most advanced blood disorder and cancer treatments possible.
For over 150 years, the Huntington National Bank has invested in vibrant communities. Their history of giving with Nationwide Children’s is so longstanding that it actually predates the use of computerized philanthropic recordkeeping. Today, with a $2 million gift to the campaign, Huntington is helping us offer high-value, coordinated care to a defined patient population that needs support.
George Kontogiannis, president at Kontogiannis & Associates, has witnessed firsthand the challenges facing young people with behavioral health conditions. As a result, he firmly believes in combating stigma and treating children with behavioral health concerns no differently than children with cancer or diabetes. His $250,000 gift was one of the first major donations to Nationwide Children’s ambitious plan to create a brighter future for children.