Founded to support the original Children’s Hospital in 1870, The Board of Visitors and its past and present members have since dedicated themselves to the health and well-being of the patients and families entrusted to Children’s National’s care.

Known for awarding grants and major gifts that propel innovative research and fund critical programs, The Board of Visitors provides strategic insight and support for the Children’s National Health System. Through its two signature events, A Vintage Affair and the Care For Kids Shopping Pass Fundraiser, The Board of Visitors leverages its community presence to support its vision of healthy futures for all children. To date, the Board has awarded grants and major gifts to the hospital totaling more than $13 million. These lasting investments and wise counsel, which contribute significantly to clinical excellence and scientific discovery at Children’s National, will benefit children for generations to come.

History of The Board of Visitors

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, The Board of Visitors has evolved into a multi-faceted organization that supports the hospital through day-to-day volunteer services, ongoing fundraising initiatives, grant programs, major gift program and special events, such as Dr. Bear’s Holiday Shoppe.