Giving Societies

Members of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Giving Societies are recognized for their commitment to and belief in the mission of the hospital to provide the best care in the region for every sick child who comes through its doors. The gifts of these individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations continue to make Le Bonheur a place of healing and hope for thousands of children and their families.

The Balloon & Key Society

Cumulative gifts of $1 million and more

Balloon & Key Society members, among Le Bonheur’s most generous and loyal benefactors, have demonstrated their leadership support by making lifetime cumulative gifts of $1 million or more. Their commitment to Le Bonheur helps to expand our programs of excellence, bring together the best and brightest minds in pediatrics and pediatric research, purchase state-of-the-art equipment, and provide crucial education for our clinical staff.

Balloon & Key Society honors the day Le Bonheur opened on June 15, 1952, when keys to the hospital were tied to balloons and released into the sky. The act symbolized that the doors of Le Bonheur will always be open for every sick child.

1952 Society

Cumulative gifts of $100,000 to $999,999

The 1952 Society recognizes Le Bonheur donors who have contributed lifetime cumulative gifts of $100,000 to $999,999 so that the hospital can continue to set new standards of pediatric care, find new cures for childhood diseases and tackle the local health disparities that plague our children. Through these leadership gifts, members of the Society set an outstanding example of generosity and commitment for others to follow.

The 1952 Society was named for the year caring people – moms, dads, grandparents, friends and neighbors – thought enough of children and their impact on the future to create Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

Good Hour Society

Cumulative gifts of $25,000 to $99,999

Members of the Good Hour Society support Le Bonheur through lifetime cumulative gifts of $25,000 to $99,999. Good Hour Society donors are generous philanthropists, committed to maintaining the legacy of the founders of the hospital by ensuring the best care and resources will be available to children who need treatment.

The Good Hour Society is named for the French translation of Le Bonheur’s name – “happiness” or “the good hour.” Le Bonheur’s earliest fundraisers believed that each hour spent with children was a “good hour.”

Red Wagon Society

Annual gifts of $1,000 to $24,999

The Red Wagon Society is composed of generous donors who aid Le Bonheur in its commitment to serve all children, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. These donations fund researchers, physicians, scientists and programs committed to finding the solutions that give hope to all children.

The Red Wagon Society is named for the iconic red wagons patients and their families use to travel throughout the hospital.


Individuals who have made provisions for future gifts through bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, retirement plan designations and gifts of insurance policies

To help secure the financial future of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and in turn the future of our children, DreamBuilders are benefactors who have made planned gifts, large and small, to Le Bonheur. Their estate plans provide Le Bonheur the means to continue its work long-term, including complex care for critically ill and injured children, cutting-edge research, education and wellness and prevention programs.

Consecutive Giving Donors

Individuals and organizations who have given consecutive annual gifts

Ever since the Le Bonheur Foundation has been keeping electronic records, there has been a loyal group of donors who make annual contributions, year after year. These champions make a significant and enduring difference for thousands of families and enable Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital to continue its vital work, ensuring all children have the care and cures they need.

We gratefully acknowledge these donors and thank them for their consecutive years of support to Le Bonheur.