Our History

The Auxiliaries to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford stretch all the way back to 1919, when the Stanford Home for Convalescent Children opened its doors to children discharged from the Stanford-Lane Hospital in San Francisco.

The first Auxiliary began that year, to raise funds so that children’s families would not have to incur the cost of their care. Nearly 100 years later, our Charter Auxiliary, which traces its roots to that founding, still hosts rummage sales.

That first group laid the foundation for what eventually became a hallmark of our hospital’s mission—to provide medical care to children in need, regardless of their families’ financial capacity.

Additional Auxiliaries formed in the 1930s and 1940s, and today seven independent organizations—from San Francisco to San Jose—raise funds for our hospital.

Collectively, the seven Auxiliaries donate more than $1 million every year, and their members contribute far beyond that.

In 2013, new Affiliate organizations began, joining the Auxiliaries in expanding their mission to provide volunteer service and financial support to our hospital. Our Affiliates share their gifts of time and talent to support our patients through service projects.