About the Guild Association

How Our Guilds Support Seattle Children’s 

Seattle Children’s Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the nation. We serve as the umbrella organization for all our guilds, and we support their efforts by providing inspiration, fundraising advice and resources.

Our Mission

We advocate for Seattle Children’s through our volunteer, philanthropic and community endeavors to ensure hope, excellent care and advanced cures for children.

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.

From the Chair

Patti Byers 220x180.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.  Thank you!

Seattle Children’s is wrapping up It Starts With Yes campaign and the Guild Association can’t thank you enough for your generosity, your continued support and for continually saying YES to Seattle Children’s. For 114 years, guild members just like you have been saying YES and answering the call to help all children. 

Here’s to another hundred years of saying YES and transforming health care for all kids! 

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

What Our Guilds Support

Learn about recent projects our guilds have done to support the programs below in Guild Spotlight.

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 Guild Association 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. Learn about our most recent Funding Hope gift to support pediatric mental health (PDF).