Our commitment to innovation

In 2018, the Herma Heart Institute took the next step in its mission to eradicate congenital heart disease. Through generous benefactors, the Herma Heart Institute and Children's Wisconsin raised over $25+ million to support the next wave of research, quality improvement, and innovations in education and training.

Watch: The Innovation Fund

Funding the next wave of advancements in congenital heart disease is not always easy.

Basic research funding has traditionally come from the government, via the National Institutes of Health (NIH). But NIH funding has been drastically cut and the portion of funds devoted to pediatric research has remained flat since fiscal year 1992.

With this decrease of national funds, the Herma Heart Institute sought to find a way to find more sustainable ways to support innovations for children living with heart disease.

Hear from Aaron Kinney, Executive Director of the Herma Heart Institute, on the value of an endowment fund dedicated to research and innovation.

Together we are on a mission to eradicate congenital heart disease

Despite the incredible advancements in survival for congenital heart disease (CHD), more can be done to improve the lives of children and families who are affected. Children’s Wisconsin will continue to fundraise for the Herma Heart Institute with a new goal to raise an additional $11 million over the next five years. All gifts will advance research and clinical innovation for kids with congenital heart disease and defects.

Individuals interested in supporting the Herma Heart Institute's research and innovation can visit our donation page or call the Children’s Wisconsin Foundation at (414) 266-6100.