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Our mission

We inspire our communities to invest in health and scientific advances to improve the lives of children and their families in Canada and around the world.

Our vision

Healthier Children. A Better World.™

Established in 1972, SickKids Foundation raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children. The Foundation's fundraising is driven by the belief that improving the health and well-being of children is one of the most powerful ways to improve society. Community support, separate and distinct from government and granting agencies, is a critical source of funding for SickKids. In the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2015, SickKids Foundation invested $108.4 million in child health research, learning and care.

 

Popular Questions About Get Better Gifts

1. What makes Get Better Gifts so great?

2. Why should I purchase a SickKids Get Better Gift?

3. Where does my money go?

4. How does my purchase help?

5. When can I send SickKids Get Better Gifts?


1. What makes Get Better Gifts so great?

SickKids Get Better Gifts are truly heartfelt gifts you can give to the special people in your life, that also brightens the day for the children at SickKids. Gifts range from promoting healing and recovery through play, to essential items the Hospital needs to provide the best care.

2. Why should I purchase a SickKids Get Better Gift?

Get Better Gifts are meaningful gifts to give to someone in your life that also helps sick children. Not only can you give the perfect gift fit for any occasion, you also have the option of sending beautiful Cards with each gift you give – completely FREE of charge.  Perfect for a last minute gift, we offer eCards or Printable PDF Cards that you can send/print immediately, or choose to send a Card via Mail.  Whatever you choose, you have the convenience of buying online or by phone.

3. Where does my money go?

SickKids Get Better Gifts are donations towards programs and designated funds in support of The Hospital for Sick Children. The values, services, equipment and programs described in this catalogue are representations of the Hospital's programs, such as the Hospital's equipment fund or patient amenities fund, among others. As Get Better Gifts have a restricted purpose, ten percent will be allocated to the Foundation's general fund to increase the Foundation's capacity to raise and grant funds for paediatric health priorities and to cover the Foundation's costs, including receipting, reporting and stewardship.

SickKids Get Better Gifts are gifts designated to a specific purpose at The Hospital for Sick Children. If changed circumstances should at some future time make it, in the view of SickKids Foundation acting reasonably, impractical to continue to apply the gift to the designated purpose, SickKids Foundation may redesignate the purpose of the gift using its best efforts to adhere as closely as possible to the original intent of the gift.

 

4. How does my purchase help?

SickKids Get Better Gifts come in the form of many different experiences for the children at the Hospital – everything from visits from therapy dogs, to vital hospital equipment that help in their treatment. So many children, families, medical staff and others have been touched by SickKids Get Better Gifts, just read what some of them had to say below:

 

 

SickKids Get Better Gifts
Marilyn Denis, Host of CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show and Co-Host, 104.5 CHUM FM’s Roger, Darren & Marilyn

“Children who must stay at the hospital over the holiday season will be comforted with toys, celebrations, special meals and more. The hospital is doing everything possible to make their holiday healthier, but there is still so much more we can do to make their holiday happier. SickKids Get Better Gifts are the quickest and easiest way to give a meaningful gift. Help brighten the holidays for children in hospital with a SickKids Get Better Gift.”

 

 

The Pet Therapy Program
Corinne Douglas, Senior Manager, Volunteer Resources

“The Pet Therapy Program has grown significantly…Thanks to the generosity of our donors…the dogs meet with patients at their bedside, in busy ambulatory and physiotherapy clinics, as well as specially arranged palliative care visits…proven to enhance their physiological and emotional well-being.”

 

 

Child Life Services
Kim O’Leary, Interim Academic Clinical Specialist/Child Life Manager

“Marnie’s Lounge is a place where kids and families come to have fun…and gives the children a sense of empowerment…experiences that would not be possible without the generosity of our donors.”

 

 

Glider Chairs
Kimberly Hunter-Szymanski, Registered Nurse, Cardiac Inpatient Unit

“The glider chairs are a special piece of equipment that fosters family members to have comfort at the bedside when options for rest in a hospital are limited…families that wish to stay at the bedside to provide care and comfort can also have a place to rejuvenate…”

 

5. When can I send SickKids Get Better Gifts?

SickKids Get Better Gifts are not just for traditional holidays but are also a perfect way to celebrate any occasion from birthdays, anniversaries or even weddings. They are also a great last-minute gift, as eCards can be sent instantly. Whatever the reason, you will be bringing joy and happiness to someone beyond just the person or occasion you are celebrating.