Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is an international non-profit organization dedicated to helping children by raising funds and awareness for 170 children's hospitals throughout North America. Each year these non-profit hospitals treat more than 14 million children afflicted with diseases, injuries and birth defects of every kind. The 170 children's hospitals associated with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (which includes Sanford Children's Hospital) represent some of the finest hospitals in the world. Children's Miracle Network Hospitals treat all children regardless of affliction or the family's ability to pay. Children's Miracle Network Hospitals' founding pledge to put children first in all it does and to keep 100 percent of donations in the region in which they were raised remains at the core of its philosophy.
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has grown dramatically since its founding in 1983 from a televised fundraiser in a small studio to one of the North America's leading children's charities.
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals was founded with two simple goals
- Help as many children as possible by raising funds for children's hospitals.
- Keep funds in the community in which they were raised to help local children.
The organization was founded by Marie Osmond and her family, John Schneider, Mick Shannon and Joe Lake.
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals most recognizable symbol and greatest fundraising tool is its red and yellow Miracle Balloon icon.
As of 2011, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.3 billion—most of which is donated a dollar or two at a time.
Sanford Children's Hospital is the only member of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in North Dakota.