One foot at the front line, one foot in the future

About us

One of the largest and most trusted kids' health charities in the country, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation raises funds to help provide all children with access to the best possible healthcare, whenever and wherever they need it.

We’ve been delivering on this promise since 1986, raising millions every year for the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network, a collective of two major children's hospitals, specialised care services and cutting edge paediatric research operating across NSW.

The SCHF team is made up of a diverse collective of passionate professionals united by a mission to go all in for kids’ health, no matter where, no matter what.

A conduit, an enabler and a mechanism for powerful change, we make sure that funds raised go directly to the front line of children’s health care - from the hospitals wards to the treatment rooms, the research labs to the outreach programs.

We truly believe there is no possible greater impact for a donated dollar in kids’ health. 

We are an independent health promotion charity, registered with the Australian Taxation Office as an Item 1 Deductible Gift Recipient.

We are a company limited by guarantee, registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

We are registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) and we are an approved holder of the Registered Charity Tick.

Where your donation goes

A donation that goes all in for kids' health.

Whether it’s used for new equipment, training and education, groundbreaking research, building state-of-the-art facilities or more, the money raised by Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation provides kids with the world-class healthcare they need and deserve.

Nowhere else can you make one donation and help different kids of all ages, all illnesses and all conditions. Your donations can help us harness the power of collective giving to fund the highest and most urgent priorities to have the greatest impact on children’s health, now and in the future.

Over 170,000 kids who receive treatment or care in services provided by Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, are helped each year, with countless more benefiting for generations to come.

Philanthropy plays a unique role in health care and is about how we come together as communities to create solutions and pursue innovation that cannot be met by the public sector alone. We are committed to ethical philanthropic practices and you can read our Ethical Donation Principles here. 

Bear Cottage is the only children’s hospice in NSW providing respite and end of life care for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. It is one of only three such hospices in Australia, and the only one in the world affiliated with a children’s hospital. 

The Kids Research is the research division of Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. With over 600 researchers, support staff and students, Kids Research is dedicated to discovering new ways to improve the health of children. It leads research into a wide range of childhood diseases, resulting in significant advances in the treatment of cancer, obesity, kidney, heart and respiratory illnesses, diabetes and muscular dystrophy. 

Operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, The Newborn and paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS) is a statewide service providing expert clinical advice, clinical coordination, emergency treatment and stabilisation and inter-hospital transport for very sick babies and children up to the age of 16 years. It is the only service of its kind in Australia. 

Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick is a world-leading hospital that provides a complex and comprehensive range of services across paediatric and adolescent medicine and surgery, caring for more than 74,777 critically ill and injured children each year. The hospital treats children with a multitude of conditions, including cancer, trauma, HIV/AIDS, congenital abnormalities, disabilities, heart disease and respiratory disorders. 

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead cares for more than 99,164 children every year. As the largest paediatric centre in NSW, the Hospital provides world-class care to children from NSW, Australia and across the Pacific Rim. It is home to the NSW Paediatric Burns Unit, the Paediatric Liver Transplant Unit, the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, the NSW Newborn Screening Service and National Poisons Information Centre, as well as the first Paediatric Tumour Bank in the southern hemisphere. 

The impact of our fundraising

Whether it’s about immediate effects or long-term impacts, everything we do at SCHF is geared towards making a difference at the front line of children’s healthcare.

Here are some of the stories about what we have helped achieve.

Learn more about the impact of our fundraising.

Our governance

The Foundation has a voluntary Board committed to ensuring our organisation is operating legally, ethically and responsibly.

The Foundation’s Constitution provides a platform for the Board’s decisions and direction, augmented by the 2023-2025 Strategic Plan, which will also help to guide the Board’s focus over the next three years.

Each of the sub-committees is chaired by a Board Director and operates within an agreed Charter. Where appropriate, external experts will be invited to contribute to ensure a broad range of views and ideas are heard, to deliver better outcomes.

Further information about our governance, investment policy and regulatory framework is available here.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan

Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation envisions a world where every child receives the best health care, no matter when, no matter what. We are committed to reconciliation and to helping close the gap to achieve equality in health and life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We are proud to have formal endorsement for our first Reflect RAP from Reconciliation Australia.

In Unity We Heal - Gilimbaa Artwork

About the artwork

The elements within the artwork represent the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation’s partners, supporters, volunteers and donors joining together to support sick and injured children, with symbols for health, family, community and giving.

The artwork has been developed by David Williams. David is a proud Wakka Wakka artist at Gilimbaa.

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