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Children’s Hospital of Choice for Philanthropy: Foundation Achieves Record Philanthropic Support in 2021

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation raised a remarkable $27.5 million in 2021 to benefit the care of the patients and families we serve. This achievement exceeds previous foundation fundraising records as a whole, as well as across all major areas of individual and corporate support, including foundations/grants, planned giving, and point-of-sale campaigns at participating retailers who fundraised on behalf of Nicklaus Children’s, the exclusive Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties.“We are so grateful for the generosity of so many in our community for making this fundraising milestone possible,” said Matthew A. Love, President and CEO of the health system.

“We are truly fulfilling our foundation’s goal to be the children’s hospital of choice for philanthropy. Contributions from 2021 will fund services throughout the hospital, including patient assistance and advances in medical treatments, while driving discovery and pushing the boundaries of what is possible in our delivery of amazing patient care.”

In 2021, noteworthy gifts to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation included:

  • A $5 million gift from Michelle and Michael Hagerty to expand and enhance the inpatient Psychiatry Unit, doubling its current capacity, to treat and care for patients.
  • A $5 million gift from VoLo Foundation, thanks to co-founders David S. Vogel and Thais Lopez Vogel. The donation will advance pediatric surgery, with an emphasis on cardiac surgery, supporting important advancements in state-of-the-art medical technologies and innovations, medical education and expansions in surgical operating suites.
  • Coral Gables healthcare entrepreneur Miguel “Mike” B. Fernandez donated his personal Sikorsky ® S76 C+ helicopter, which will benefit the LifeFlight ® critical care transport team at Nicklaus Children’s.
  • A major grant from The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation to support autism care and psychiatry.
  • A major grant from Rotary Club of Key Biscayne and the Rotary Club of Windsor Roseland, Canada to expand access to telebehavioral health screenings.
  • A major grant from The Taft Foundation to implement the use of virtual reality (VR) to reduce child anxiety in clinical settings.

Fig 1: Generous donors Michelle and Michael Hagerty

Fig 2: Generous donors David S. Vogel and Thais Lopez Vogel

Fig 3: Sikorsky® S76 C+ helicopter donation from Miguel “Mike” B. Fernandez

Generous donors Michelle and Michael Hagerty Generous donors David S. Vogel and Thais Lopez Vogel Sikorsky® S76 C+ helicopter donation fromMiguel “Mike” B. Fernande


More 2021 Foundation Updates

Nico’s Promise Bereavement Program Reaches $1 Million Endowment

Founders of Nico’s Promise: A Journey of Hope and Healing, a Nicklaus Children’s bereavement program,Nicos Promise presented the hospital with a $1 million check, after reaching an endowment goal to fund ongoing support services for grieving families. Since 2012, Nico’s Promise has offered individual and group counseling at no cost to parents, siblings, grandparents and other family members who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The services of Nico’s Promise also provide grieving families with opportunities to celebrate the life of their child as they cope and heal.

Nicklaus Children’s Launches First-Ever iHeart4Kids Radiothon

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation took to the airwaves in 2021 to share its story and raise funds, thanks to support from iHeartMedia and generous community sponsors. The daylong iHeart4Kids Radiothon was broadcast live on Totally 93.9 Miami and NewsRadio 610 WIOD on November 4, raising $75,000 in support of Radiothon logochildren receiving care at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. The radiothon presenting sponsor was Lehman Auto, with matching hour sponsors: Elegant Beauty Supplies, Fresco y Más, Milam’s Markets, RE/MAX Advance Realty, Sunshine Gasoline Distributors, Inc. and Winn-Dixie. Learn more at

Foundation Innovates in Accepting Cryptocurrency Donations 

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation, in 2021, became among the first nonprofits and the first healthcarebitcoin icon foundation in South Florida to accept cryptocurrency donations. By accepting cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, Nicklaus Children’s is offering supporters with cryptocurrency portfolios the ability to support the organization in a tax-efficient way. The IRS classifies cryptocurrency donations as property, meaning they are not subject to capital gains tax and are tax-deductible on the donor’s tax returns. To learn more, visit


Patient Assistance Fund Offers Hope and HealingMariangel

Central to the hospital’s mission of creating a healthy future for every child is the foundation’s Patient Assistance Fund, which provides financial support to help uninsured or underinsured patient families meet a child’s care needs.   In 2021, the fund provided more than $600,000 in patient care support to families of children like Mariangel, a little girl with cerebral palsy who came to Nicklaus Children’s from Colombia to pursue her dream of walking. Thanks, to the Patient Assistance Fund, and a dedicated clinical team, Mariangel is living her dream.

Learn more about the Patient Assistance Fund and donate today to support of patients like Mariangel.