Friends of Doernbecher

A room full of raised bid numbers at an auction benefiting Doernbecher

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 to directly benefit the well-being of children.

This all-volunteer organization is comprised of five chapters across Oregon and southwest Washington and led by a committed board of directors. 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 · Sophie's Chapter · Felicity Chapter · Oswego Friends · Women for Children

If you’re interested in getting involved with a Friends of Doernbecher, please contact the Doernbecher Foundation at 503-552-0730 or email  

Members of Friends of Doernbecher - Dru's Chapter

Friends of Doernbecher Grant Program

All money raised by the Friends of Doernbecher is directed to the Friends of Doernbecher Grant Program, which funds innovative projects and cutting-edge research that directly benefit current and future Doernbecher patients and families. For 18 years, the grant program has provided seed-stage funding for faculty and staff in numerous specialties to pursue and develop relevant and impactful projects. 

Read about the important projects made possible by this program.

Congratulations to the 2020 grant recipients! Learn about their proposals.

Friends Fundraising Opportunities

Cards for Kids

For more than 25 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 and Grimmster Endowment

The Friends of Doernbecher and Grimmster Endowment was established in January 2017 when Sasha Roiz, Doernbecher Foundation board member and star of NBC's "Grimm," announced that the Friends of Doernbecher would combine its $2.2 million Friends of Doernbecher Endowment for Medical Care with the $1.5 million Grimmster Endowment. This merger created the Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation's single largest endowed fund. The purpose of the Friends of Doernbecher and Grimmster Endowment focuses on providing assistance for the uncompensated needs of patients. Expenditures may include costs associated with uncompensated care, travel, lodging, food and/or other services integral to patient care and comfort.

Read about endowed funds at Doernbecher.