FAQ

  • When did Riley Hospital for Children open?

    Riley Hospital for Children first opened in 1924 for the cost of $1.5 million.

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  • What is the largest gift that Riley Children’s Foundation has ever received?

    In 2007, the Simon Family made a transformational gift of $40 million. In the family’s honor, the new inpatient tower at Riley Hospital will be named the Simon Family Tower.

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  • When was Camp Riley founded? Who does Camp Riley serve?

    Camp Riley was founded in 1955 at Bradford Woods, which is owned by Indiana University and located 25 miles southwest of Indianapolis. Camp Riley serves youth with physical disabilities, providing 24-hour medical care and low staff-to-camper ratios.

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  • How can I make a donation to Riley Children’s Foundation?

    You can make a donation from any page on the RileyKids.org site by clicking on the "Donate Today" button or by clicking here. You can also make your gift by printing the form and mailing it in with your donation.

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  • Do you have staff members who can speak to our organization?

    Staff members and Riley families are available to speak to your organization. Please contact Greg Williamson for more information.

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  • What is the history of Riley Children’s Foundation?

    The Riley Memorial Association, now named Riley Children’s Foundation, was founded in 1921 to honor beloved Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley. The group’s first project was to purchase Mr. Riley’s Lockerbie-neighborhood home, where the poet lived during the last 23 years of his life. After opening the home to the public, the group went on to build Riley Hospital for Children and open Camp Riley for Youth with Physical Disabilities. Riley Hospital opened its doors and received its first patient in 1924. Camp Riley has operated since 1955. The hospital, camp and museum home are projects supported and sustained through the fundraising efforts of Riley Children’s Foundation.

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  • What is the Riley Children’s Foundation vision?

    Every Indiana child well and well-cared for.

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  • How much money raised by Riley Children’s Foundation goes to support Riley?

    Less than 20 cents of each dollar raised is used for fundraising expenses.

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  • Do you accept non-monetary donations?

    The Child Life Department at Riley Hospital for Children can facilitate non-monetary donations. To find out more about their wish lists and donation guidelines please e-mail  (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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  • How much money from buying a Riley license plate supports the hospital?

    When you buy a Riley license plate, $15 of the cost comes directly to Riley. Last year, more than $250,000 was given to Riley through license plate purchases. Riley license plates are available for purchase in every Indiana license branch.

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