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, fund-a-need donations and major gifts to the hospital totaling more than $14.6 million.


Our Initiatives

Care for Kids

Since 2004, our Care for Kids Fundraiser has offered Washington DC metro shoppers a unique opportunity to shop and save! For 7 days this October, buyers of the Care for Kids Shopping Pass receive 20% off of special discounts at some of the area’s finest merchants.  Pass holders can use their pass as often as they like during the shopping period. All the 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.



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