CHA supports

From Running Away to Moving Forward

Ellen is a bright, engaging, sixteen year old girl who came in to the RIP Program shortly after entering her freshman year in…

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Pets Assisting With Healing

During one of my morning pet therapy visits to St. Paul Children's Hospital, I did not realize how meaningful and lasting my…

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The Comforting Powers of Music

Cathy was a fourteen-year-old patient who was diagnosed with a brain tumor after suffering from a hemorrhage that resulted in…

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Innovative Coaching And Support

“Heaven” was a 3-year-old African American girl whose biological mother used crack cocaine, amphetamines, barbiturates, and…

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Using Guided Imagery To Reduce Anxiety

A 17 year old female (we will call her Rebecca) was admitted to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota – St. Paul for a…

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Blessings Go Both Ways

Sometimes the blessings go BOTH ways! At Children's Minneapolis Trauma Unit, I met 7-yr-old "Elizabeth" (not her real name), an…

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Welcome to the Children's Hospital Association

CHA is a volunteer non-profit organization that raises funds to support programs at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.  CHA has a rich history of facilitating leading edge care for children and helping to establish Children’s as a national leader in pediatric health care. This year CHA pledged $610,000 to Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. This would not be possible without the generosity of our many loyal supporters. Many of the programs and research projects we sponsor are ongoing, and without our funding they could not continue. 

CHA Highlights

2014 Storyland Gala: 10.25.14

Thank you to all who joined us at the 2014 Storyland Gala. It was an incredible evening with a dinner, live and silent auctions, a Fund-A-Need and dancing! 


How are your dollars making a difference?

This year, CHA pledged $815,000.00 to fund programs and services at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota that are underfunded or not covered by insurance.

Included this year, Midwest Children’s Resource Center (MCRC) has received a grant for $150,000.00. Their expertise and strength in the field of child abuse is known nationally. MCRC recognizes, treats and works with community partners to provide a better life for children who may be a victim of physical and/or sexual abuse. 

Additional programs use funds pledged from CHA to train professionals to see more patients and serve their needs promptly. A pledge of $177,000.00 to the Children’s Hospital Clinic of St. Paul helps to pay for medications for families who are financially fragile.

View the 2015 Supported Programs

Runaway Intervention Program

Using a strengths-focused approach with sexually exploited runaway youth, an Advanced Practice Nurse works with youth and their families to help all runaways return home and attend school, improve family interactions and helps navigate all aspects of healthcare. The APNs provide health education, contraception, mental health screening and also help girls with goal planning, developing self-care skills and connecting the youth with youth development opportunities in their community. The goal of the Runaway Intervention Program is to reduce the traumatic distress sexually exploited youth report, to increase supportive relationships and protective factors in their lives, and to prevent or reduce common risk behavior sequella of sexual abuse or exploitation.

The Runaway Intervention Program (RIP) has been supported by CHA since 2004 and will be the recipient of the proceeds from the 2014 Storyland Gala Fund-A-Need on Saturday, October 25, 2014.


Thank you to all who have given to this program.  If you missed the opportunity to give, and would like to contribute, please call Natalie Sindt at 651-220-6176 or click on the Donate Today button at the top of the page.