In 1870, twenty women pledged their time and energy to help furnish and support the District of Columbia’s original Children’s Hospital. Those founding Board members brought in twelve cribs, infant bedding, and towels to the hospital’s first location near present-day Metro Center.

Today, proceeds from our two signature fundraisers – A Vintage Affair and the Care for Kids Fundraiser – support an Annual Grants and Major Gift Program that helps doctors, nurses and staff develop and sustain cutting-edge research, treatments and programs to serve the patients treated at this world class institution. The Board of Visitors is proud to have awarded grants and major gifts to the hospital totaling more than $9 million.



Each fall, hospital caregivers and staff are invited to submit grant applications. Each application is carefully reviewed by The Board of Visitor’s Grants Committee and grantees are notified in May of The Board’s decision.


Our Initiatives

Care for Kids

Since 2004, our Care for Kids Fundraiser has offered Washington DC metro shoppers and diners a unique opportunity to shop, dine and save! For 10 days each October, buyers of the $50 Care for Kids Shopping Pass receive 20% off or special discounts at hundreds of the area’s finest merchants and restaurants. Pass holders can use their pass as often as they like during the shopping period, and all proceeds go directly to Children’s National.


A Vintage Affair

A Vintage Affair is our wine and culinary fundraiser held each spring, where guests experience exquisite wines paired with inspired cuisine. This exciting epicurean event gathers wine lovers, foodies and Washingtonians for an evening to remember. A Vintage Affair also features live and silent auctions with unique and remarkable offerings including rare wines, exotic trips, and one-of-a-kind dining experiences.