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Guild Association

Seattle Children’s Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the nation. Our guilds raise funds through a variety of fun and community-centered events, from auctions to 5ks.

Learn more about the guilds in your area and how to get involved.

Guild News Highlights

Read the latest issue of Guild News. (PDF)

Special Events

About the Guild Association

We serve as the umbrella organization for all our guilds, and we support their efforts by providing inspiration, fundraising advice and resources.

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Our Mission

We serve Seattle Children’s through advocacy, philanthropy, and volunteerism to ensure hope, care, and cures for all children in our region.

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Our Core Values

We are grateful for a membership that embraces our core values and leans into them as fundraisers and advocates for Seattle Children’s.

Legacy: Advance Seattle Children’s founding promise to provide care to all children in our region regardless of ability to pay.

Compassion: Demonstrate empathy for patients, families, staff, and one another.

Generosity: Share our time, talents, and resources.

Inclusion: Foster a diverse and inclusive community among Guild Association members.

Integrity: Maintain transparency and honesty at all times, both among our membership and in our operations.

Innovation: Incorporate new ideas for fundraising, advocacy and operational excellence.

Guild leadership


The Guild Association is governed by a board of trustees – dedicated volunteers who serve as advocates for Seattle Children’s mission and “success coaches” for all guilds, including their own. The Seattle Children’s Guild Association Board of Trustees also approves the Guild Association’s budget and works with hospital leaders to determine the focus of the Funding Hope initiative.

What Guilds Support

Uncompensated care

Seattle Children's was founded in 1907 with a promise to our community: children in our region will receive essential healthcare regardless of a family's ability to pay. Fundraising efforts of our guilds provide of dollars each year to help us keep that promise.

Hospital Programs

When a guild is passionate about a specific clinical or family support program, it can choose to dedicate its fundraising proceeds to that area.


Guilds committed to finding cures for childhood illnesses choose to support the work of Seattle Children's Research Institute.

Funding Hope

For more than 20 years, the Guild Association has directed a small portion of its annual fundraising toward priority research and hospital needs selected by the Board of Trustees. This program, called Funding Hope, enables guild members to meet the emerging needs of patients – and offer hope where it’s needed most.

Message from Board of Trustees Chair

Patti Byers.jpgThank you for your commitment to Seattle Children’s Guild Association. As dedicated guild members, through your exemplary volunteerism and fundraising, you help Seattle Children’s provide hope, care and cures so that every child can live the healthiest and most fulfilling life. As the largest volunteer organization of any hospital across the country, our Guild Association is making an impact thanks to the work of more than 300 guilds and over 4,000 members.

From the Puget Sound and Olympic Peninsula to Eastern Washington and cities in-between, your efforts to support uncompensated care, research and numerous specialty programs make a difference for our patients and their families. We are so grateful!

I recently toured the new Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic – Othello, just south of downtown Seattle, and it was amazing. Inside the 42,000 square-foot space, patients have access to an innovative, integrated approach to care – where medical, dental, behavioral health, physical therapy and rehabilitation, nutrition services and more are available under the same roof, at the same appointment, if needed. And, as always, the clinic’s ‘Quality Care with Dignity’ mission means the team cares for each patient’s whole health regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Take a moment to see for yourself what a special place this is by viewing a virtual tour Odessa Brown Children's Clinic.

I am so proud of what we accomplish together for our patients and families. I look forward to continuing this incredible support in the months and years ahead. Have a wonderful summer and be sure to check out our event calendar! Thank you for being part of the Guild Association family!

– Patti Byers, chair, Board of Trustees Seattle Children's Guild Association

Director's Note

Aileen Kelly, executive director, Seattle Children’s Guild Association “What an incredible summer! It is so inspiring to see our guild members emerging from the pandemic with a renewed excitement for in-person fundraising. I loved having the opportunity to greet old friends and welcome new members at guild events of all sizes. This reiterated for me how important our guild members are — you are the heart of our organization, volunteering your time, talent and creativity to ensure better hope, care and cures for children in our region and beyond.

As we unite to make this one-of-a-kind community more diverse and inclusive, it’s equally important to keep our current members engaged. We have created a Membership Best Practices Guide with ideas for how to grow and sustain a robust guild that reflects our core values. I would love to hear how your guild is reaching new members — drop me a note and share what’s working for you. And remember that we are here to help in any way we can.

Here’s to a wonderful fall!

– Aileen Kelly, executive director, Seattle Children's Guild Association

Contact Seattle Children's Guild Association

Mail: Seattle Children’s Guild Association 
M/S 818-F
PO Box 5371 
Seattle, WA 98145-5005

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