Patients In Need

The Little Giraffe Foundation works closely with leaders in neonatal research as well as neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) across the country. If you are need of support, we are happy to review your needs. Please follow the below processes depending on your goals.

Neonatal Research Grants

The Little Giraffe Foundation is looking for top research partners focused in neonatology to improve the quality of care in the NICU, to improve survival rates, and to ensure greater quality of life for those babies once they leave the NICU. Our grant application process is very similar to the March of Dimes, so feel free to reuse this paperwork for your Little Giraffe Foundation application. If you have not yet applied for a March of Dimes research grant you can view the process below to begin the application process. Once your paperwork is completed you can email your request to

2015 Little Giraffe Foundation Neonatal Research Initiative Request for Proposals

NICU Support Grants

The Little Giraffe Foundation has partnered with many NICUs and organizations dedicated to supporting NICUs across the country to provide support to NICU patients and their families. We are open to providing funds for everything from rocking chairs to small gifts for each of the families currently spending time in the NICU. For examples of the type of support we have provided in the past, you can see Our Work.

For those requesting funding, please learn more at the link below:

2015 Little Giraffe Foundation NICU Support Request for Proposals


Upcoming Events!


November - December 2014

Please help us to support families with babies in the NICU! During the holidays, we offer gift bags that include books and toys to let them know someone is thinking of them. Since our foundation's inception, we have delivered over 4,000 of these such gifts to NICU families within Chicagoland and throughout the country.

Please help the Little Giraffe Foundation reach more NICU families by purchasing a book or toy from our holiday wishlist!.



November 16-29, 2014
13 West Rand Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

For the fourth year in a row, the Arlington Heights Barnes & Noble has elected to make the Little Giraffe Foundation a featured charity in the Holiday Book Drive. Over 1,500 books were donated to Little Giraffe Foundation in 2011-2013. These books make their way to local NICUs and children's hospitals across the Chicagoland area and beyond.

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November 26 - December 24, 2014
1419 North Kingsbury Street, Chicago, IL 60642

For the third year running, Buy Buy Baby in Lincoln Park will be hosting a toy drive benefitting the Little Giraffe Foundation.  These toys will be distributed to NICU's across the Chicagoland area and as far as hospitals in New York City and rural Alabama and Mississippi!  By donating a toy, you will have made it possible for us to reach a child that otherwise would not receive a gift this holiday season  Please help us to reach more families this year!

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