Who We Are
The Children’s Research Fund was established in 1951 as the Medical Research Institute Council (MRIC), for the sole purpose of raising funds to advance medical research. In 1991, the Children’s Research Fund began its affiliation with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, formerly known as Children’s Memorial Hospital, and since that time has been a principal benefactor of the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute.
For more than half a century, the men and women of the Children’s Research Fund have remained true to the vision and commitment of its founding members. The Children’s Research Fund is guided by the principle that there is no higher calling in science or philanthropy than eradicating the suffering caused by debilitating disease and birth defects.
The Children’s Research Fund promotes awareness of its mission through vigorous fundraising, education, outreach activities and an annual showcase gala event, The Children’s Ball. Over the years, the group’s renowned charitable efforts have generated support from individuals, corporations and foundations throughout the nation, contributing nearly $130M to support pediatric research at Lurie Children’s.