The King's Daughters is the founding organization of Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD). We have more than 120 years of fascinating history of caring for children starting with a hired bicycle nurse, to opening a clinic, to building a modern stand-alone pediatric hospital!
The King’s Daughters’ mission is to provide support to Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters through fundraising, volunteerism, leadership and advocacy for the children of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.
The King's Daughters’ vision is to support the Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters by providing volunteers, funds and advocacy to ensure that all the children in our community are treated and cared for by the best medical professionals and state of the art equipment. We will continuously work to increase our membership, funds donated and the community's awareness of the hospital and all its needs.
65 years after The King's Daughters began serving the children of the community, we founded CHKD in 1961 and managed every detail of hospital operations as volunteers until 1984, when we formed the Children's Health System (CHS) to take over the management of the Hospital. We are now a separate non profit organization and exist solely to support CHKD and remain its largest supporter and advocate.
Today there is a King's Daughters' staff that supports more than 1,100 volunteer Circle members organized into 48 Adult Circles and 6 Junior Circles. Circles are groups of women that range in size from 6 to 50 members. Circles have fundraisers throughout the year, and also participate in KD Major Projects such as RunWalk for the Kids, Breakfast with Santa, and Moonlight & Mistletoe. They also make hand-sewn stuffed bears for the surgical patients and many other hand-made items for our patients at CHKD.
It has been more than 120 years since the establishment of the first Circle and to this day, each Circle remains busy working with support from our local community to raise funds, friends and awareness for CHKD.
The King's Daughters is governed by a Board of Directors, made up of Circle Members, that have been elected by The King's Daughters' membership. Each Circle in turn elects its own officers (Leader, Treasurer, Secretary, etc.) and follows the guidance established by the Board of Directors and staff.