About Us & FAQ's

About the It Starts with Us Giving Campaign

The It Starts with Us giving campaign began in 2009 as a consolidated effort to engage employees, physicians, and staff in philanthropy at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Since its inception, our Packard Children’s team members have given generously of their time, talents, and resources to make philanthropy at our hospital a priority. The 2018 It Starts with Us giving campaign is focused on encouraging all employees to participate, regardless of donation size. 

We are particularly grateful for our Packard Children’s Steering Committee volunteers. Steering Committe members provided vital feedback for the strategy and vision of the campaign. Our Campaign Captains are leaders during the month of October, and work to promote philanthropy and campaign participation. 


Is participation in the employee giving campaign mandatory?


The campaign seems expensive, where does the money come from?

The It Starts with Us campaign has had a long-standing sponsor partnership with Stanford Federal Credit Union for campaign related events and marketing. 100 percent of donations to the Children's Fund go to support the patients and families we serve. 

Can I choose where my donation goes?

Yes! You can designate your gift to the area that means the most to you. Can’t decide? The Children’s Fund is a great place to start! If you have further questions about gift designation, please reach out to  ItStartsWithUs@stanfordchildrens.org

I’d like to get more involved in fundraising for my department or specific area of interest. 

That’s fabulous! There are many ways to get involved with giving to our hospital. Please connect with our Champions for Children program to start a fundraising campaign of your own. 

What is the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health?

The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health is the sole fundraising entity for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and the child health programs at Stanford University School of Medicine. Philanthropy supports clinical care, research, and education to improve the health of children and expectant mothers, locally and worldwide. All Foundation employees undergo extensive HIPAA and PHI training. The Foundation respects the privacy concerns of individual donors, and directs and stewards funds consistent with donor intent. 

How do I donate?

You can donate online, through payroll deductions by visiting your ADP or eConnect account, sending your remit envelope via mail, or in person at our Shine Stations.  

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes! You will get a receipt emailed to you if you gave online or mailed to you if you gave in person or via mail. 


Wristband FAQs

Can I wear the light-up wristband if I am involved in patient care or if I interact with patient supplies/environment?

No. Packard Children’s employees involved directly in patient care or interacting with patient supplies/environment are not permitted to wear wristbands while on their unit. Don’t worry—we  have special pins for those affected. Please see the Infection Control Manual: Hand Hygiene for more information.

I’m not a Packard Children’s employee, can I still get a light-up wristband?

Yes! Patient families and volunteers are welcome to celebrate philanthropy with us. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to mail any wristbands—in-person donation stations at the hospital will be available to patients, volunteers, and community members who are being seen at our hospital. 

* You do not have to donate to receive a wristband. Please contact us for more information.

I donated online or by mail, how do I get my wristband?

Bring your email receipt to an in-person Shine Station to pick up your light-up gear. 

I work at a clinic/unit offsite from the Main and West buildings, can I participate?

Yes! Foundation staff and Campaign Captains will try our best to get wristbands and donation collections at your facility. Get in touch with us at ItStartsWithUs@stanfordchildrens.org to arrange a campaign presentation.