Giving Today and Tomorrow: Auxiliaries Endowment Continues the Legacy of Commitment from Members

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Our Auxiliaries and Affiliates are made up of more than 1,000 members between San Francisco and San Jose who host events and run businesses benefiting Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. In 2013, the Auxiliaries and their members donated more than $3 million to our hospital.

Building on this legacy of commitment is the Auxiliaries Endowment, which to date has grown to more than $15 million, and has helped create new initiatives and expand existing pediatric services and programs.

We recently met with Donna Horwitz, chair of the Auxiliaries Endowment, and Missy Ryan, chair of Auxiliaries communication, to learn more about the power of the Auxiliaries Endowment, and to hear about how this endowment is working to ensure that our hospital remains an exceptional place for children and their families.

How did you become involved with Auxiliaries?
Donna: I had just moved into the area, and my neighbor was very involved with the San Mateo-Burlingame Auxiliary. Seeing her involvement was contagious, and I wanted to become more involved with my community. This was over thirty years ago, and I am still involved because of my deep commitment to the children and the care they receive at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.

Why is the Auxiliaries Endowment so important?
Missy: Like any endowment, the corpus of the Auxiliaries Endowment fund will increase over time, and each individual contributor is combining their gift with others to create something extremely powerful. This fund is particularly unique in that it acknowledges the investment of time, talent, and treasure to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Leaving your legacy to the Auxiliaries Endowment is about recognizing the importance of not only philanthropy, but also service.

Who can give to the Auxiliaries Endowment?
Donna: The most wonderful thing about this endowment is that anyone can give, and there is no minimum threshold. Gifts made to the Auxiliaries Endowment are primarily done through the estate plans of Auxiliary members and their families.

What does the Auxiliaries Endowment fund?
Missy: The Auxiliaries Endowment works in conjunction with our hospital to identify high priority projects and programs. In 2014, we completed the $5 million pledge to fund the Auxiliaries Endowment Treatment Center Waiting Room in the new hospital. The beauty of this fund is that through joining our legacies we are able to accomplish more than we ever could on our own.

Support the Auxiliaries Endowment
Auxiliaries and Affiliates members, as well as their families, are invited to support the vision of the Auxiliaries Endowment, joining together to make a huge difference for our patients. To learn more, please visit