Helping children with chronic illnesses
Helping children with chronic illnesses
Helping children with chronic illnesses
Helping children with chronic illnesses
Helping children with chronic illnesses
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Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund
Help and hope for families with seriously ill children since 1976

Kelly Anne Dolan
The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund advocates for families with seriously ill, physically and cognitively challenged, or severely injured children nationwide through information and education. Financial assistance for needs not covered by insurance and other assistance programs are provided to families whose children are living in or cared for in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Delaware.

Families in crisis are referred to us by an extensive network of social workers, case managers, physical therapists, and healthcare professionals within hospitals, medical facilities, social service agencies, and treatment centers. The Fund has assisted more than 22,000 families in 37 years of operation. We help keep the lights on, pay a phone bill, fill a family’s oil tank, pay the rent, purchase handicap equipment, or provide some comfort with assistance for funeral expenses.

If you are a healthcare professional and you would like to make a referral, please click Log In above to register on our site. To learn more about the full scope of our services to help families, read about our Programs. Also, check our FAQ page for answers to commonly asked questions.

Our Story
When Kelly Anne Dolan was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia, her parents Peggy and Joe learned how the serious illness of a child can affect an entire familyemotionally, physically, and financially. After six-year-old Kelly lost her battle with the disease in 1976, Peggy and Joe created the Fund to help families dealing with the illness or disability of a child. Learn more about the Dolans' story in this short video, produced by Center City Film and Video when Peggy received the Please Touch Museum's Great Friend to Kids Award.

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Meet Ben
A child with a breathing disorder like asthma or cystic fibrosis requires climate controlexcessive heat can cause a crisis that can send a child to the hospital. We can provide air conditioners to families and avert this kind of emergency. Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to help Ben and his family.

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Our Latest Newsletter
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Our quarterly newsletter, The Bright Side, is a great source of information about what we are doing here at the Fund. The September issue introduces our new program coordinator, Danielle Griffith, and our new outreach coordinator, Cheryl Carson. It also covers our successful fundraiser with Barbarella Salon in Ambler.  Read it here.
Families in Crisis
Almost 40 years ago, Peggy and Joe Dolan realized that there were few or no resources to help families struggling to care for a child with an illness or disability. They created the Dolan Fund to address the needs they saw. This New York Times blog  addresses the same issue, from the physician's perspective.
golf outing
1st Annual Nine Hole Golf Event and Clambake
Join us at Philadelphia Cricket Club's historic St. Martins course on May 14!
Rittenhouse Square Flower Market
The KADMF has been chosen to participate in the Rittenhouse Square Flower Market. Come and visit us there on May 7 and 8!
Tamanend KAD
Tamanend Middle School's Basketball Shootout
Another incredible fundraiser from our friends at Tamanend Middle School!
Spirit of Philadelphia
Family Fun Day Cruise on the Spirit of Philadelphia
Once again, Entertainment Cruises, Inc., and the Spirit of Philadelphia will generously donate a luncheon cruise to the Fund! On April 13, approximately 400 pediatric patients and family members will enjoy an afternoon of fun, food, and new friends.
help and hope
Our Help & Hope Program: A New Way to Help Families
This program aims to help families in the most difficult circumstances.
GuideStar Gold
We are pleased to announce that the KADMF has received the GuideStar Exchange Gold participation level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. This level demonstrates the KADMF’s deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability, as we share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work to our constituents and supporters and with GuideStar’s online audience of nonprofits, grantmakers, individual donors, and the media.
Creative Ways to Contribute
The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund participates in the United Way's donor option program (for United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, use donor option number 03972). We also participate in the Combined Federal Campaign for Southeastern Pennsylvania and Lehigh Valley Areas, South Jersey, and Delaware (use campaign number 66587). And did you know that you can benefit KADMF by searching the web using GoodSearch? Or by shopping at Amazon? Find out more about these other ways to give.

American Red Cross
We are honored to be able to include the insignia for the American Red Cross Blood Services on our website, because Kelly Anne Dolan and her sister Kim relied on the generosity and kindness of blood donors throughout their illness. They, like so many children diagnosed with blood disorders, leukemia, and other forms of cancer, required regular transfusions for their treatments and to get beyond a crisis. Kelly Anne and Kim were transfused as often as 15 times a month
approximately 700-800 units of blood products during the course of their illness.

How can you thank a blood donor? The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund was established as a way to "give back" to the more than 700 blood donors who allowed the Dolan family time to enjoy Kelly Anne and who also made it possible for Kim to live long enough to find a cure. Blood donors are our heroes! We can't thank them enough!

The need for blood is ongoing. Please consider making a donation soon, if not today! See our Resources and Links page for more information about the Red Cross.

Peggy Dolan's Blog
Another World
At a recent fundraiser I was suddenly struck with the thought that, while standing in the midst of an elegant event, surrounded by relaxed and happy partygoers, great food, music and dancing, a stark contrast existed just a few miles away in two separate children’s hospitals.
The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization, contributions to which are tax-deductible as permitted by law.

The official registration and financial information of Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling 1-800-732-0999 (toll free in Pennsylvania). Registration does not imply endorsement. IRS Form 990 and audit for fiscal years 2010, 2011, and 2012 can be viewed in our Image Library.

The KADMF is a proud member of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO), the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, and is registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations.

Please see our Mission page to read our Confidentiality and Privacy Statement.