The mission of the Carolina For The Kids Foundation is to provide major emotional, medical, and financial support for the patients and families served by UNC Children's Hospital.
Carolina For The Kids is the largest student-led and student-run organization in North Carolina and one of the largest recurring donors to UNC Children's. Funds raised by CFTK benefit the patients and families of UNC Children's in the form of grants that cover needs not met by insurance. Since our founding in 1998, over 10,000 students have volunteered their time to further our mission. Our year-long fundraising efforts culminate in a 24-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping Dance Marathon held in the spring on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. Each year, 2,000 students pledge to remain on their feet for 24 hours to show their support for our cause. During the year, our 14 committees organize fundraising events and volunteer opportunities for those involved. We also work with dozens of community partners to broaden our reach in North Carolina. We find inspiration in the children, families, physicians, and other hospital staff who support us year-round and share their stories.