Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation

Hospital, Foundation Share a 125-Year Legacy Worth Celebrating

Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation is an inspirational monument to a powerful truth: Young people with vision, fortitude and love can change the world.

More than 125 years ago, nine compassionate young women – some still in their teens – united in a social network they called the Rainbow Circle of King’s Daughters. They resolved to change the world for Cleveland’s poorest, sickest children. So, on Thanksgiving Day of 1887, they founded the institution we now know as University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.

Their selflessness inspired generations of women to carry on the vision of the Rainbow Circle of King’s Daughters through the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation. In honor of its 125th birthday, the Foundation in December made the largest gift to UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in history: a $32.5 million commitment that links past, present and future. The visionary gift brought the Foundation’s cumulative support to $118 million.

“We are giving to UH,” Foundation President Dinah Kolesar said in announcing the gift, “so that our foundation can deliver on its promise to the community: to provide outstanding health care to children in need.”