Get Involved

We welcome the involvement of individuals, corporations, and foundations wishing to collaborate with us to help children reach their potential. Depending upon your interest and level of commitment, friends of Franciscan Children’s may wish to:

Take advantage of Sponsorship Opportunities

Leverage the our name by being a named corporate sponsor. Examples of collaborations with corporate partners have included research projects, new program implementations, and event partnerships. To discuss finding a sponsorship opportunity that meets your needs, please contact Chantal Brandimarte, Event Manager, at

Make an in-kind donation

Franciscan Children’s purchases many types of products and services as part of its operations. Many individuals and firms have offered these resources to the hospital, and in exchange, may receive a tax deduction. For more information about how to make an in-kind gift, please contact Andrea Kalsow, Advancement Associate, at

In-kind Gift Policy

 A gift-in-kind is a non-cash donation of a good or service. We accept gifts-in-kind that continue to support Franciscan Children’s mission to provide a compassionate and positive environment where children with complex medical, mental health and educational needs receive specialized care from people who are committed to excellence, innovation and family support… so that children can reach their fullest potential and live their best life.

It is the sole responsibility of the donor to determine the value of a contributed item; the receiver cannot assign a value to the donated item(s). The IRS has specific regulations regarding gifts-in-kind. For more information on Franciscan Children’s policy for accepting gifts-in-kind, please contact Andrea Kalsow, Advancement Associate, at

In regards to the Franciscan Children’s Holiday Drive, all items must be new and all books must be wipe-able with appropriate language.


We recognize your time is valuable. Friends of Franciscan Children’s may wish to volunteer as part of a corporate community day, or complete an organized one-time event, like hosting a holiday party for patients. For more information, please contact Chantal Brandimarte, Event Manager, at

Spread the Word

Social media is an important way we build support and awareness for the important work that is done at the hospital. We welcome supporters to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, follow us on Instagram, and subscribe to our e-newsletter to stay in touch.

Join the Board of Overseers

The Board of Overseers of Franciscan Children’s is a non-governing affiliate board whose purpose is to support the mission of the hospital through philanthropic support and broadening its circle of influence. Click HERE for more details.

To get involved or learn more, please contact Chantal Brandimarte, Event Manager, at or (617)-779-1159.

Current members include:

Executive Directors 

James McSweeney

Jonathan T. Parkhurst

Kate Sheridan

Meghan Montgomery


Allison Whitmore

Barbara Gian

Dan Marous

David H. Friedberg

David Jarmel

Emiley Lockhart

George Regan

Jason Costello

Jean Barrett

John D. Nash

Joseph R. Fratus

Kerry Collins

Kenneth Ryvicker

Kevin G. Honan

Kristen Walsh

Lisa Fulchino

Mark Hannon

Michael A. Sullivan

Michael J. Moran

Michael Kelly

Nina Capeles

Robert B. Needham

Robert Sheridan

Ryan Wittig

Steven A. Tolman

Todd Harris

Join the Emerging Leaders

The Emerging Leaders is a group of young professionals dedicated to advancing our mission. There are many ways to get involved with our Emerging Leaders.

Become an Emerging Leader Advocate: Our Emerging Leader Advocates are members of the community who attend the group’s four main events throughout the year and encourage their friends and colleagues to do the same.

Join the Emerging Leaders Leadership Council:  These members attend the group’s four main events each year with friends and colleagues, attend Franciscan Children’s signature events as representatives of the Emerging Leaders, and help the Executive Board in planning Emerging Leaders events and activities.

Emerging Leaders Executive Board: This group consists of the Board’s Chairman, Communication Chair, and Event Chair.  These members are highly involved in every aspect of the Emerging Leaders operation and communication with our internal team at Franciscan Children’s.

If you are interested in joining our Emerging Leaders please contact Chantal Brandimarte, Events Manager at (671) 779-1159.

Executive Board

Board Chairman: Nick Dougherty

Communication Chair: Christina Strubbe

Event Chair: Josie Reinhardt


Advocates and Leadership Council

Betsy Ellsworth

Christopher Ciampa

Jennifer Atlas

Robert Schultz

Steven Brandimarte

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Throughout its history, Franciscan Hospital for Children has evolved to meet the changing needs of youth. When it comes to behavioral health, our aim is to provide the right level of care at the right time, whether it is prevention, intervention, or support during a crisis. Working in partnership with McLean Hospital and other first class institutions, our care has been recognized for excellence. Franciscan Hospital for Children is a rehabilitation hospital located in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston.

These difficulties cross all boundaries of gender, class and race. AMY is your neighbor, your student or your son’s friend. She is the young woman alone at the park, the child being bullied on the sports field or the child with special needs who doesn’t seem to fit in. She is both an individual and one of many; she is Any Modern Youth.

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Make a Donation

For more information, please contact Chantal Brandimarte, Event Manager, at or 617-779-1159.

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