Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

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Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals logo
FoundedAugust 11, 1983 (1983-08-11)
FounderMarie Osmond and
John Schneider
Mick Shannon
Joe Lake
TypeChildren's charity
FocusChildren's hospitals
Coordinates40°45′13″N 111°53′48″W / 40.753613°N 111.896616°W / 40.753613; -111.896616Coordinates: 40°45′13″N 111°53′48″W / 40.753613°N 111.896616°W / 40.753613; -111.896616
Area served
USA, Canada
Formerly called
Children's Miracle Network
Osmond Foundation, For the Children of the World
Children's Miracle Network, founded 1983 with hot air balloon

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) (French: Réseau Enfants-Santé (RES)) is a nonprofit organization that raises funds for children's hospitals in the U.S. and Canada that support the health of 10 million children each year across the U.S. and Canada. Donations go to local hospitals to fund critical life-saving treatments and healthcare services, along with innovative research, vital pediatric medical equipment, child life services that focus on kids’ emotional health during difficult hospital stays and financial assistance for families who could not otherwise afford these health services. CMN Hospitals funds are unrestricted. Donations stay local and are directed to local member hospitals who best understand their communities’ most urgent needs and funds are used where they are needed most.[1]

The organization, founded in 1983 by Marie Osmond, John Schneider, Mick Shannon, and Joe Lake, is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. The current President and CEO of CMN Hospitals is Teri Nestel.[2] To date, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than US $7 billion, which is distributed directly to a network of 158 hospitals.[3]


Children’s Miracle Network began as a telethon in 1983. Shannon and Lake conceived the telethon with Schneider and Osmond serving as hosts. The first telethon raised $4.8 million for 22 hospitals. The telethon continued as a major fundraising arm for the organization for many years, and some hospital markets still use it today. Children’s Miracle Network rebranded as Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the U.S. in 2011. Today, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is the largest network of children’s hospitals in the U.S. and Canada and partners with leading providers of pediatric healthcare with a mission of helping as many children as possible live better, healthier lives. The organization’s member hospitals provide 32 million treatments each year to children across North America. Most of the $7 billion raised by the organization has come $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon.


Children's Miracle Network Hospitals raises money each year to support local children’s hospitals. CMN Hospitals' fundraising efforts include corporate fundraising campaigns with more than 80 corporate partners and fundraising programs including Dance Marathon, the global Extra Life gaming platform, and Radiothon, which hosts radio fundraisers through radio stations in support of their CMN Hospital. The funds raised by CMN Hospitals stay in local communities and with local CMN Hospitals.

Corporate fundraising partners include Walmart, Ace Hardware, Sam's Club, Costco Wholesale, Wawa, RE/MAX, IHOP, Credit Unions For Kids, Love's Travel Stops, Costco, CDW, Delta Air Lines, Publix, Rite Aid, Dairy Queen, IHOP, Sigma Chi, Delta Zeta, Domino Sugar, Phi Mu, Speedway LLC, Phi Delta Epsilon, Phi Kappa Theta, Zeta Beta Tau, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Marriott International. In 2019, Walmart celebrated $1 billion raised for CMN Hospitals through its partnership with the organization.[4]

Many universities host annual Dance Marathon events to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and other local children's hospitals. These events have collectively raised more than $250 million to support CMN Hospitals services, such as the Indiana University Dance Marathon which raised more than $36 million for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Another Children's Miracle Network Hospitals program is Extra Life. Extra Life unites tens of thousands of gamers globally to play games and raise funds year-round to support kids treated at their local CMN Hospital. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $67 million.

Celebrity Support[edit]

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals celebrity supporters are individuals who, over the organization’s history have visited children’s hospitals, filmed commercials, made donations, or participated in other initiatives to encourage donations to local children’s hospitals. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals celebrity supporters include:[5]

• Backstreet Boys

• Kristen Bell

• Nick Cannon

• Adam Devine

• Chris Evans

• Paris Hilton

• Jonas Brothers

• Lady Antebellum

• Jennifer Lopez

• Jack Nicklaus

• Julianne Hough

• Ke$ha

• Katy Perry

• Chris Pine

• Blake Shelton

• Steve Young

• Zendaya

Awards & Accolades[edit]

The organization has received multiple Gold & Silver Halo awards from the Cause Marketing Forum for its cause marketing campaigns with organizations including IHOP and Aflac. The organization won The Golden Halo in 2014. CMN Hospitals won a Shorty Award in 2019 in Best Facebook Live for their #ChildrensHospitalsWeek Live-athon. Utah Business Magazine also named CMN Hospitals one of Utah’s Best Companies to Work For in 2015.


  1. ^ "CMN Hospitals".
  2. ^ "CMN Hospitals Leadership".
  3. ^ "CMN Hospitals Financials".
  4. ^ "CMN Hospitals Partners".
  5. ^ "CMN Hospitals Celebrities".

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