Montana Children’s Foundation

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The Montana Children’s Foundation generates resources to support Shodair Children’s Hospital, a national leader in the field of childhood and adolescent psychiatry and medical genetics, in its quest to provide excellent patient care, innovative treatment models, and support the education of healthcare professionals.

The foundation, established in 1977, serves as the donors’ hands, reaching out to patients, physicians, and the community to provide resources for the hospital that would not be available otherwise.

Three-quarters of Shodair’s patients are on Medicaid, and therefore we depend on the generosity of others to help cover costs.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospital

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Committed to Making Miracles Happen since 1983.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ mission is to generate funds and awareness programs in partnership with and for the benefit of the 170 member hospitals/foundations and the children they are privileged to serve. We raise funds for more than 170 children’s hospitals across North America. Countless individuals, organizations and media partners unite with Children’s Miracle Network hospitals to help sick and injured kids in local communities. Donations to Children’s Miracle Network create miracles by funding medical care, research and education that saves and improves the lives of millions of children each year.

Shodair Children’s Hospital joined the Children’s Miracle Network in 1987 and is the only Children’s Miracle Network in the state. We are proud of that fact because that means that every penny of every dollar that is raised during a Children’s Miracle Network fundraiser comes directly to Shodair Children’s Hospital.

For more information about Children’s Miracle Network giving, please contact Becca Dudek at (406) 444-7548 or via email at

By supporting these partners, you can help Montana’s children and families! Thanks so much!

Shodair’s CMN Partners

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Since becoming a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partner in 1991, Ace Hardware has raised more than $100 million for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country. This success stems from the creative fundraising efforts of the Ace Hardware Foundation and the generous contributions of Ace retailers, customers, vendor partners, and team members.

Participating Ace retailers support their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital each year through many national programs including Round Up For Kids, Ace Bucket Days, the World’s Finest Chocolate Candy Program, and more to raise funds locally. In addition, many Ace Retailers and Ace Retail Support Centers host regional fundraising events each year ranging from 5Ks to golf outings to barbecue events, and employee sales.

The American Legion first partnered with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 1998. With their large number of members and their ability to activate volunteers, they are a strong advocate for children’s hospitals. Thanks to the generosity and support of these veterans and their families, the Legion family has raised more than $2.3 million for hospitalized children.

Credit Unions for Kids is a nonprofit collaboration of credit unions, chapters, leagues/associations, and business partners from across the country who are engaged in fundraising activities to benefit 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Since 2006, CU4Kids has raised $170 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Since Montana credit unions launched their first coordinated campaign to raise funds for Shodair Children’s Hospital in 2013, they have raised more than $70,000 for Shodair Children’s Hospital.

Costco Wholesale has raised more than $386 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 1988. Currently, over 500 Costco locations in participate in a fundraising campaign for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Every May, Costco Wholesale locations across Montana participate in a monthlong Miracle Balloon Campaign to benefit Shodair Children’s Hospital. The annual Miracle Balloon Campaign is the primary source of the fundraising effort made by Costco and its partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Members are invited to make a donation at the time of checkout and encouraged to write their names on the balloons, which are displayed in creative ways at each Costco location.

Every October, participating Great Clips salons in communities across the U.S. and Canada sell Miracle Balloons to benefit their local children’s hospital. In 2018, nearly 1,500 Great Clips salons raised funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by selling coupon balloons, as well as hosting local fundraising events. Many stylists also donate their time, visiting member hospitals to cut children’s hair through the “Clips for Kindness” program.

A 30-year partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Dairy Queen has raised more than $100 million for children’s hospitals. The majority of the funds raised each year come from Miracle Treat Day, a one-day event where a portion of proceeds from every Blizzard Treat sold benefits children’s hospitals across North America.

Log A Load for Kids is an annual campaign that began in 1988 when loggers and others in the forest products community donated the value of a load of logs to their local CMN hospital. Today, Log A Load is a leader in CMN Hospitals’ fundraising, raising more than $2 million annually through golf tournaments, fishing events, dinners, truck loads of log donations, and other events.

IHOP has raised over $23 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since joining as a partner in 2006. Beginning February 1 through National Pancake Day, participating IHOP locations sell Miracle Balloons for $1 and $5 each to benefit member Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. All icon proceeds will help provide life-saving care, equipment and therapy programs across North America. Customers who purchase a $5 Miracle Balloon will receive a $5 off discount that can be used during their next dining visit.

Walmart and Sam’s Club share a basic belief – that every child deserves the chance to live better. That’s why they have supported Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for 31 years; raising nearly a billion dollars for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the process. Walmart associates play a key role in supporting their local children’s hospitals. In addition to the countless hours volunteered at CMN Hospitals, Walmart and Sam’s Club associates across the U.S. and Canada raised more than $61 million dollars in 2017 through fundraisers and register donations, their associates continue to amaze. And they couldn’t do it with the generosity of the millions of customers who shop in their stores and clubs every week. Together, Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members are ensuring that millions of children in communities across North America continue to receive the world-class treatment they need to live better.

Miracle Network Dance Marathon is a movement uniting college, university and high school students across North America. Students involved in a campus’ dance marathon organization spend a year gaining leadership, teamwork, and nonprofit business experience while raising funds and awareness for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. The year culminates with an 8-40 hour event (the dance marathon) on each campus where students get to meet patient families treated at their local hospital, participate in games and dancing, enjoy entertainment, and reveal their annual fundraising total. Dance Marathon is a movement that takes place on over 350 college campuses nationwide that brings students and community members together to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In 2019, Montana State University hosted their first-ever Dance Marathon and was nationally recognized for raising the 4th largest amount for a first time Dance Marathon program.

The philanthropic branch of the company, the Panda Cares Program, has the mission to promote the spirit of giving within Panda Express by directly serving the health and education needs of underserved children. Panda Restaurant Group has been a proud Children’s Miracle Network partner since 2007, and has raised $37 million through their coin donation boxes, Associate Giving campaign, and golf tournaments.

Love’s Travel Stops is a family- owned and operated chain of food and fuel stops headquartered in Oklahoma City. In 2014 Love’s was ranked No. 7 on Forbes Magazine’s annual listing of America’s largest privately held companies. Currently, Love’s operates more than 300 locations, and employs over 10,000 people in over 39 states across North America. Love’s takes special pride in their locations and their employees. Their motto is “Clean Places, Friendly Places.” They believe that giving back to each community in which they operate is an important factor to their success. One of the ways they give back to their communities is to partner with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. They have been a partner for 15 years raising over $12 million. In 2014 they raised over $2.5 million for 95 local children’s hospitals. Love’s team members put their hearts into helping their communities and especially helping to create miracles for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

UNA Rx Card is proud to give back to local children’s hospitals through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. UNA Rx Card is a highly innovative pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) that provides consumers with proprietary prescription drug benefit program solutions. These programs are delivered through retail pharmacies, health insurance companies, employer groups, unions, associations, and other PBMs. The UNA Rx Card pharmacy network is in all 50 U.S. States, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam. UNA Rx Card is a division of United Networks of America (UNA). UNA has more than 240,000 participating Providers serving more than 114.9 million members.