Our Mission

The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health unlocks philanthropy to transform health for children and families—in our community and around the world.  We are a powerful team, on a shared mission.  We focus on:

  • Fundraising for Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and the maternal and child health programs of Stanford University School of Medicine.
  • Advancing equity and access to care for children with special health care needs.
  • Raising awareness and support for children's health issues.

Our Vision

The vision of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health is that all children in the communities we serve are able to reach their maximum health potential.

Our Guiding Principles

Our work is guided by four core beliefs:

  • All children are society's responsibility, and their health should be a primary consideration in all economic, social, political, and personal decisions
  • Children's health includes their physical, mental and social well being
  • Children should have access to high-quality, culturally competent, family-centered health care when and where they need it, provided through a delivery system that recognizes their unique physical and developmental needs
  • Society should continuously invest in research and innovation to improve the health and development of children

Our Programs

Fundraising for Packard Hospital and Stanford School of Medicine

The Foundation is the sole fundraising entity for Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and the child health programs at Stanford University School of Medicine. Philanthropy supports clinical care, research, and education to improve the health of children and expectant mothers, locally and worldwide. To learn more, please visit supportLPCH.org.

Improving Systems of Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs

The Foundation invests in efforts that promote better systems of care, for children with special health care needs. Improving health care for children with special needs will enhance the quality of care for all children.

Our Governance

The Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity that is governed by a board of directors. Although we are independent from Packard Children's Hospital and the Stanford School of Medicine, all philanthropic dollars raised by the Foundation are directed to those entities. Our financial information and governance policies are published on our website, and we provide an annual online Report to the Community.

Our History

Lucile Salter Packard was many things: a visionary as well as a woman of action, a wife and mother, a philanthropist, and a champion for children’s health. Driven to create the best possible hospital for all moms and kids, Lucile traveled the country visiting children’s hospitals, negotiated with Stanford University, and collaborated directly with architects.

Lucile’s hard work, leadership, and generosity transformed the way we care for children and families. She ensured that mothers and their new babies would remain together while hospitalized, a once-revolutionary idea that is now common sense. Still guided by her founding vision, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford has become a world-class center for healing, a platform for life-saving research, and a joyful place for even the sickest kids.