About Us

Children's Hospital & Research Center Foundation is a not-for-profit public benefit corporation (Tax ID#: 94-1657474) dedicated to bringing health and well being to children through philanthropic and volunteer support for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.

Our Role

Since its founding in 1967, the Foundation has raised millions of dollars from individual donors, charitable foundations, and corporations to enhance medical services and programs, and to help care for children who could otherwise not afford to pay. Our goal is to build a strong financial base for the hospital's current and future needs through a full spectrum of development activities. 

Our Vision

We believe that all children should have the best that healthcare can offer. By raising funds for essential programs and services, as well as unrestricted funds to meet the hospital's most pressing needs, the Foundation helps provide the kids and families that turn to us with undivided attention and unsurpassed care.

If you would like to get involved or learn more about how you can contribute to Children's Hospital & Research Center Foundation, please call (510) 428-3814.

Our Commitment

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland is a premier, not-for-profit medical center for children in Northern California, and is the only hospital in the East Bay 100% devoted to pediatrics.  As the charitable support organization for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, we are committed to providing the margin of excellence that our young patients need and deserve. Donations to the foundation provide the resources to fund outstanding pediatric care, breakthrough research, nationally recognized child advocacy efforts, and exemplary medical training.  


From minor scrapes to major illnesses, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland serves as a national referral center and a medical safety net for Bay Area children. With expertise in 31 pediatric subspecialties from adolescent medicine to urology, and more than 200,000 patient visits each year, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland is a place just for kids, from preemies to teens. 


Our research center has a unique role in improving the lives of children and adults in our community and around the world. Bridging basic science and clinical research in the treatment and prevention of human disease, our research center is comprised of six different Centers of Research that focus on cancer, genetics, nutrition and metabolism, obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and sickle cell disease and thalassemia. Striving toward the highest standard of excellence and innovation, Children's is at the forefront of research that is changing the world—one patient at a time.


We know that kids have no political voice, but we do. We speak with legislators, elected officials, community leaders, and healthcare providers to set advocacy goals and develop effective methods for ensuring that kids learn and grow healthy. We create community partnerships to improve the health and well being of all children and facilitate access to healthcare where socioeconomic and language barriers may exist.


Home to the third-largest pediatric residency program in California, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland trains the most primary care pediatricians in the state. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland also provides specialized pediatric training for medical students, nurses and community physicians, as well as internship programs in the health sciences for underserved youth.

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