Our Mission

The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health works in alignment with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and the child health programs of Stanford University.

Our mission is to elevate the priority of children's health, and increase the quality and accessibility of children's health care through leadership and direct investment.

Our Vision

The vision of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health is that all children in the communities we serve are able to reach their maximum health potential.

Our Guiding Principles

Our work is guided by four core beliefs:

  • All children are society's responsibility, and their health should be a primary consideration in all economic, social, political, and personal decisions
  • Children's health includes their physical, mental and social well being
  • Children should have access to high-quality, culturally competent, family centered health care when and where they need it, provided through a delivery system that recognizes their unique physical and developmental needs
  • Society should continuously invest in research and innovation to improve the health and development of children

Our Programs

Fundraising for Packard Hospital and Stanford School of Medicine

The Foundation 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. To learn more, please visit supportLPCH.org.

Improving Systems of Care for Children With Special Health Care Needs

The Foundation invests in efforts that promote better systems of care in California, for children with special health care needs. Improving health care for children with special needs will enhance the quality of care for all children.

Elevating the Societal Priority of Children

The Foundation brings key children's issues to public attention by providing wide-ranging, up-to-date data and research, and by tracking the status of California's children over time through its website, www.kidsdata.org.

Our Governance

The Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity that is governed by a board of directors. Although we are independent from Packard Children's Hospital and the Stanford School of Medicine, all philanthropic dollars raised by the Foundation are directed to those entities. Our financial information and governance policies are published on our website, and we provide an annual online Report to the Community.

Our History

The Foundation is named for Lucile Salter Packard (1914-1987), in honor of her lifelong commitment to the well being of children. Mrs. Packard and her husband, David (1912-1996), cofounder of Hewlett-Packard, were the driving forces behind the development of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, from which the foundation evolved. The Hospital, which opened in 1991, merged with Stanford University Medical Center in 1996, and the Foundation was established as an independent public charity to ensure a continued source of dedicated funding and support for the health and well being of children.