Ways to Help

Start a Fundraiser

Fundraising for Children's Harbor will help support our mission to serve seriously ill children and their families.

Host Your Own Fundraising Event

A fundraising event is when a business, organization, community group, school, or individual hosts an event or program to benefit Children’s Harbor. It is planned and executed independently of Children’s Harbor.

Thank you for your interest in planning an event to support Children’s Harbor. Funds raised at your event will help us achieve our mission to serve seriously ill children and their families at both our locations at Lake Martin Campus, Alexander City, AL and The Family Center at the Benjamin Russell Children’s of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham, AL. The following guidelines offer helpful information to plan a successful fundraiser and define the role of Children’s Harbor in the event. If you have any questions please contact Special Events Coordinator, Erin Slaughter by email or call (205) 994-4667.

Event Application & Approval

  • After reviewing the Fundraising Guidelines you, the third party (or sponsor), are required to complete and submit an Event Proposal Form and send to Children’s Harbor, attention: Erin Slaughter, 1600 6th Avenue South, Suite 200, Birmingham, AL 35223 or email mailto:erinslaughter@childrensharbor.com. Please allow 2-3 weeks for review and respond to your proposal.
  • Approval is required before using Children’s Harbor name on any materials. Children’s Harbor has the right to refuse funds from unapproved events. Only the final net proceeds from the event are to be processed by Children’s Harbor.
  • The third party event organizers are responsible for the planning, promoting, staffing, setting-up, taking-down, recruiting and execution of the event. This document will help to clarify the steps toward planning a fundraiser to benefit Children’s Harbor, and our involvement in the event.
  • Download the fundraising form here.

Marketing & Promotion

  • Children’s Harbor may not be represented as an event sponsor but rather as the beneficiary of the event.
  • All promotional materials must clearly state the percentage of proceeds that will benefit Children’s Harbor.
  • All promotional material for the event should list Children’s Harbor as the beneficiary and not the host of the event (ex: Proceeds from the (event sponsors name) Fishing Tournament will benefit Children’s Harbor).
  • The use of Children’s Harbor logo must undergo approval from the Special Events Coordinator. This includes flyers, posters, brochures, etc. The request to use the organization’s name and logo should be included in the Event Proposal Form.
  • Any promotion of the event must avoid statement or appearance of Children’s Harbor endorsing any product, firm, organization, individual or service.
  • Children’s Harbor should receive a list of targeted sponsors for the event before they are approached in order to minimize overlap with other Children’s Harbor events and/or fundraising campaigns that may be underway.

Social Media

Children’s Harbor will actively look for opportunities to promote your third- party event effectively through their social media channels and the CH website. Below are examples of promotional schedules that may be used:


  • One post roughly a week before the event
  • One post the day of the event


  • One tweet roughly a week before the event
  • One tweet the day of the event


  • One post the day before the event

Children's Harbor Website

  • One slide featuring the event will be placed on the homepage three days prior to the event and removed the day of or day after the event.
  • Event listing in the "Upcoming Fundraisers" category onthe web site's calendar.

Children’s Harbor may elect to replace or make supplemental posts on other social platforms to reach the appropriate audience for the event.

What We Need From You

  • The company or group's logo if available in eps or png format (preferably on a transparent background).
  • Horizontal picture to use to promote the event. Know the image may be clipped/cropped to fit the various mediums. Dimensions: Width 2,000 pixels / Length 1,000 pixels
  • Calendar Listing content (Please send ASAP so we can help promote the event on the calendar. Preferably at least one month in advance).
    • Date
    • Time
    • Location
    • % of sales
    • Brief description of event

    Please send ASAP so we can help promote the event on the calendar. Preferably at least one month in advance.

  • Social Media Links:
    • The address (URL) for all of the 3rd Party social pages. For example: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn.
  • Follow-up
    • Clippings of all the social media and Children's Harbor website promotional content for the event will be emailed post event with the news release.
    • News Release will be posted in the Children's Harbor website newsroom after the event.

Answers to common questions

Thank you for your interest in the different ways to give to Children’s Harbor. We’ve included answers to many of the questions we anticipate you’ll have regarding donations to Children’s Harbor, but also feel free to email us or call (334)857-2012 for additional information.

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    Children’s Harbor hosted 18 families from all over the nation and the world for RhizoKids, a camp and educational experience for those who have children with a rare and terminal form of extreme dwarfism called Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata or RCDP.

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  • Country Living Staff Visits Family Center

    In August, we were pleased to welcome Country Living Magazine staff for a tour of our Family Center at the Children’s Harbor Birmingham campus.

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  • Church of the Highlands Members Serve in the Treasures & Thrift Store

    Thank you to the members of the Church of the Highlands who spent their annual SERVE day volunteering at the Children’s Harbor Treasures & Thrift Store in Alexander City.

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  • A Letter from a Mom

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    The 2016 Childrens Harbor- Magic Moments Sporting Clay Shoot fundraiser on September 30th at Selwood Farms was a great success. 71 teams competed for multiple prizes from Mark's Outdoors. A great time was had by all!

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  • Hastings-Curtin Dinner supports Children's Harbor

    Chris and Idie Hastings, chef and co-owners of the nationally celebrated Hot and Hot Fish Club and Ovenbird in Birmingham, Alabama, along with Tom and Susan Curtin of DuMol Wines hosted a magnificent fundraising dinner with a southern flair featuring seasonal, local ingredients on August 6th at the Lake Martin Campus’ Galley.

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  • Davenport-Dixon Invitational Golf Tournament

    The Seventh Annual Davenport-Dixon Invitational Golf Tournament benefiting Children’s Harbor was held at Vestavia Country Club on Monday, August 29th. The tournament featured one round of golf where 21 teams of four competed in a Texas Scramble to honor Gene Davenport and David Dixon, two very special supporters of Children’s Harbor.

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  • Christmas dinner brightens holiday for patients and families

    During December 2015, the volunteers from Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church came and served a wonderful Christmas dinner to the patients and their families. The meal gave families an opportunity to take a break from the hospital room and to have a moment of normalization which means the world to them.

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  • We Appreciate Our Volunteers!

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  • Bruce Pearl "Fore the Kids" Donation

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  • Counseling Services & Camp Hemo

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  • Smith Family

    The Smiths are such a special family that Children’s Harbor has had the honor of supporting throughout the years. “We came to Children’s Harbor for support in 1995 after Devonte had been diagnosed with cancer. Children’s Harbor has been able to help us cope with the fears and anxiety that came with Devonte’s diagnosis."

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    The amount of courage and the cheerful attitude of the patients at Camp Wired Together was amazing. These campers are dealing with very serious medical conditions that often rely on implantable cardioverter defibrillator to administers a therapeutic dose of electrical energy or “shock” when needed to restore normal heart function.

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  • Schuttinga Family

    Scott, Karen, Caleb, and Logan Schuttinga made a special visit to the Family Center in May to deliver a donation in memory of their beautiful daughter and sister, Cassidy. Although Cassidy lost her battle with cancer a little over five years ago, the family never forgets how much Children’s Harbor helped them in their time of need.

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  • Volunteer Spotlight: Leah Dennis

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    Children’s Harbor first met Jesse in 2012 when he was referred to our Education, Career Development and Transition program for career development coaching by his Hoover High School exceptional education teacher, Ann Glass. Since then, Jesse has flourished in our program through the guidance of program coordinator Janice Crow.

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  • Will’s wish

    In February of 2013 Will Stephan suffered a traumatic brain injury during a Hall-Kent Elementary School basketball game, but no one knew. Days after the accident things took a turn for the worse. Will started to slur his speech and forgot simple things. After seeing a doctor, Will was diagnosed with a concussion.

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  • Jaquares’ Lego story

    Jaquares, a kidney transplant patient, loves nothing more than playing with Legos or watching a professional Lego build on YouTube in his hospital room. During a routine visit with the family to offer support, Jenny Tudisco, a Children’s Harbor licensed professional counselor, learned how much these Legos meant to the five year old patient.

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  • Graycen fell in love with the music

    Graycen Bond, age 2, was diagnosed with heart disease which required a transplant. She is now back home in Kenner, LA. While she was a patient at the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children, Children’s Harbor Cardiology Counselor Jared Hood offered Music Together activities to Graycen and her family.

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  • After 13,500 toys, Bill's not slowing down

    Bill Best makes wooden race cars, trucks, airplanes, animals, and Christmas ornaments for the kids of Children’s Harbor to enjoy. The patients love these wooden toys because they can customize them with paint, jewels, ribbon, etc at the Family Center. Counter Dimension’s in Pelham, AL, has continuously donated scrap lumber to him specifically for building the toys.

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  • Beanie Babies bring big smiles

    Beth Marsh and many of her friends toured our Family Center several months ago and learned that Children’s Harbor has a Beanie claw machine where every child gets 2 tokens a day. Because the machine is set up for success, every child often walks away with 2 Beanies which they love to take to their rooms, family, and friends.

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  • Now cancer free, Sydney's got a mission

    After a hard battle, Sydney became cancer free on May 28, 2010. Although she is no longer taking treatments, Sydney is still involved with helping children battling cancer at Children’s of Alabama. She spends time helping with her foundation called Sydney’s Coins for Courage, which encourages children and their families battling cancer through Beads of Courage.

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  • Remote car race gets Caleb walking

    Caleb is a great example of the little miracles that happen continuously throughout our Family Center. Because of chronic pain brought on by his diagnosis of Henoch-Schönlein purpura, it had been very hard for Caleb to find the motivation to walk. Doctors, nurses and physical therapists tried and tried for a month to motivate Caleb to resume movement, but all of their attempts were unsuccessful. However, that changed when Caleb came to the Family Center for our remote control car race.

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  • Return visit brings bear hugs & confirmation

    There were many times when Corey felt like giving up. But, he was encouraged by what he’d learned from years of receiving help at the Family Center. “Children’s Harbor helped me to become a brave, honest, hardworking, and thankful man. I didn’t give up,” Corey told us.

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Looking for Ways to Help?

The assistance Children’s Harbor receives from generous donors and active volunteers is central to carrying out our mission. Learn more about getting involved.