The Elizabeth A. MacDonald Charitable Foundation is a Los Angeles based 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to supporting and empowering the brothers and sisters of pediatric patients in health crises.


The Elizabeth A. MacDonald Charitable Foundation (eamf) is spearheading a movement to bring invisible siblings of seriously ill children out of the background and into the light, so that they can get the care and attention they need.  Since 2009, we have provided hope and respite to hundreds of families dealing with the stresses of childhood illness by focusing on the well-being of siblings.

eamf’s vision is that siblings grow into adults with increased empathy, patience, kindness, and goodwill because of their experiences growing up with a brother or sister battling a health crisis.

eamf proudly offers two signature programs at five Los Angeles area hospitals: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Kaiser Permanente Sunset, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital - Westwood and Santa Monica, and City of Hope in Duarte.  eamf programs are also offered at other medical and treatment centers that request our services at their facilities.

In addition to programs for siblings, eamf educates and informs parents, healthcare professionals, schools and community organizations about the negative impacts of childhood illness on siblings.  eamf engages in advocacy and policy work to ensure siblings receive the treatment and help they need to navigate through this unsettling and uncertain period in their lives.

eamf does not discriminate based on sexual orientation, religion, economic status, political affiliation or ethnicity.  Our programs and services are offered free of charge and no child, youth, or family is turned away because of lack of resources.

Over the years, we have learned some valuable lessons:

Thank you for making our children feel so special! eamf knows just how to make a difficult family situation feel a little more normal!

Thank you for your love and generosity!
— The Martin Family