2022 Annual Report

Soaring with a Record Fundraising YearChild holding a colorful paper airplane

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation rocketed beyond its annual contribution goal to achieve yet another record-breaking fundraising performance in 2022. Funds raised exceeded $43.8 million to serve the children and families of South Florida.

“Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is able to meet the needs of children thanks to a generous community that truly understands the importance of having a top children’s hospital to provide care for the region’s children,” said Matthew A. Love, President and CEO.

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Highlights include:

  • A $25 million gift from Ken Griffin to advance surgical care at Nicklaus Children’s, naming the new surgical tower which is set to open in 2024. 

  • A $2 million gift from Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation to support various areas of the hospital including cardiac surgery, child life, cancer research, and pediatric services at Jupiter Medical Center. 

  • A $1,149,000 grant from the Glenn W. Bailey Foundation to provide innovative healthcare technologies to patients, including establishment of the PGx genetic testing program and support of the Cardiac Surgery Advanced Projects Laboratory. 

  •  A $1 million gift from Michelle and Michael Hagerty to support the hospital’s greatest needs. 
  •  A $1 million gift from VoLo Foundation to support the new surgical tower. 
  •  A $300,000 gift from John Paul Medina to support the creation of the Medina Innovation Lab that will leverage technology to improve the patient experience. 
  • The Sourcing Group, LLC donated personal protective equipment for frontline clinicians, with a total value of $260,000. 
  • A $250,000 gift from The Altman Family Foundation, Inc. to support the Patient Assistance Fund for families with unmet financial need.  
  • A $250,000 gift from Juan Carlos and Vivian Mas to support the new surgical tower. 
  • A $250,000 bequest gift from Melisa and Fred Levenson to support the hospital’s greatest needs. 

Nicklaus Children’s Receives Historic Gift From Citadel Founder And CEO Kenneth C. Griffin Nico’s Promise Bereavement Program Reaches $1 Million EndowmentKen Griffin with Matt Love and Jack and Barbra Nickaus

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital received one of the largest single donations in the hospital’s 72-year history in 2022. The $25 million gift from Citadel founder and CEO Kenneth C. Griffin, which was formally announced in January 2023, will support the new five-story, 127,000-square-foot surgical tower opening in 2024. In recognition of this remarkable gift, the tower will be named the Kenneth C. Griffin Surgical Tower.

“This transformational gift will change the future of pediatric care for generations to come and ensure that doctors, nurses and specialists have the latest technological advances at their fingertips to treat the children we serve,” said Matthew A. Love, President and CEO of Nicklaus Children’s Health System. “We are enormously grateful to Mr. Griffin for this generous donation.”

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A Diamond Ball To RememberJC Mas and Matt Love

The 2022 Diamond Ball was also a record-breaking affair. Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation’s signature fundraising event was attended by 800 people and raised $3 million – a new record for the glittering soirée, which is a highlight of the South Florida philanthropic calendar.
The Havana Nights-themed event drew generous donors and sponsors from throughout the region to celebrate the many ways that Nicklaus Children’s creates a better world for the region’s children.

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More 'Miracles' to Come With CMN Funding ExpansionLeo smiling in his I believe in Miracles shirt

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has long been a grateful beneficiary of the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN), a national charitable organization that raises funds for children’s hospitals throughout the U.S. Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation proudly receives funds raised by CMN partners (area stores and businesses) in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties. In 2022 Nicklaus Children’s was designated the future recipient of CMN dollars to be garnered in Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast, in recognition of Nicklaus Children’s growing clinical presence in the region. Fundraising for Nicklaus Children’s in the new counties will commence in 2023. 

“CMN is a remarkable organization that helps make a difference in the lives of children throughout the United States. We are honored that funds raised in Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Indian River counties will now support the great work that we do to offer hope and healing for South Florida’s children,” said Matthew A. Love, President and CEO of Nicklaus Children’s Health System.

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