Hope for Henry Foundation
Hope for Henry is reinventing how hospitals care for seriously ill children and their families through innovative programs that entertain, reduce stress and empower children to be active participants in their own care. Founded in 2003 and led by social innovator, patient advocate and author Laurie Strongin, Hope for Henry has served more than 25,000 children in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and around the country.
Hope for Henry’s program, refined over the past 14 years, includes (1) patient incentive programs, (2) year-round entertaining events and (3) embedded certified child life specialists focusing on the everyday quality-of-life of young, hospitalized patients with chronic illnesses. The success of organization’s core program has given rise to innovation and aspirations of scale.
Hope for Henry brings fresh thinking and disruption to the staid child life space. Innovations like Hope for Henry’s groundbreaking patient incentive program are being studied by researchers to measure their impact. The organization’s ambition is to broaden its reach so hospitals throughout the U.S. can implement its programs for their pediatric patients.
Over the past decade, the organization has grown from being sustained by friends and family to now attracting support from foundations, high net-worth individuals, venture philanthropists and Washington, DC’s most recognized businesses. Last year, Hope for Henry was recognized by the Catalogue of Philanthropy as one of the best community-based charities in the region.
Hope for Henry is a fun, fast-paced work environment that values its staff members and their professional growth.