Friends of Doernbecher

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Friends of Doernbecher is a volunteer organization dedicated to long-term support for OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. The purpose of Friends of Doernbecher, through its volunteers, is to advocate and foster regional and community support for Doernbecher through the development of fundraising chapters to directly benefit the well-being of children.


Friends Chapters

Friends of Doernbecher chapters include volunteers from across Oregon and southwest Washington. These chapters hold fundraising events in their communities to raise awareness and funds for Doernbecher Children's Hospital.

Currently, there are five active chapters:

Claudia Swanson · Dru's Chapter · Felicity Chapter · Oswego Friends · Women for Children

If you’re interested in getting involved with a Friends Chapter or would like to start your own Chapter, contact the Doernbecher Foundation at 503-220-8341 or

Friends Programs

Friends of Doernbecher are involved in many activities but they have three signature programs which are organized by volunteer committees.   

Cards for Kids

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For 23 years, Cards for Kids has been an annual fundraiser for Doernbecher Children's Hospital, organized and produced by Friends of Doernbecher volunteers. The program transforms artwork collected from Doernbecher patients, siblings and professional artists into classic cards for the holiday season. During the holiday season, customers can purchase the holiday cards at participating retail locations as well as through the mail or online.

Friends of Doernbecher Softball Tournament


For nearly 30 years, the Doernbecher Softball Tournament has been an annual summer tradition. Since 2011, the Friends of Doernbecher have hosted the tournament which is held at Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District. The tournament draws over 20 corporate and general co-ed teams and is a great opportunity to network, socialize and compete all while supporting Doernbecher Children's Hospital.

Heart of Doernbecher


The Heart of Doernbecher was created in 1997 with the idea of doing an auction unlike any other in the Portland area. The Heart of Doernbecher is an intimate and elegant affair with exciting and creative silent and live auction items. The auction is made even more special by the performances of local talents and a touching testimonial by a Doernbecher patient family.

Friends Board

The Friends of Doernbecher Board is comprised of 25 volunteers who oversee the Friends of Doernbecher fundraising dollars, act as liaisons between Friends chapters and the Doernbecher Foundation, and serve as ambassadors in the community for OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital and for Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation. 

If you’re interested in learning more about the Friends of Doernbecher Board, please contact Carolanne Wipfli with the Doernbecher Foundation at 503 220-8341 or