Our Philanthrophy

Happy 100th Birthday to Shriners Children’s!

As Shriners International celebrate 150 years, our philanthropy, Shriners Children’s, is celebrating a milestone as well. The healthcare system’s first hospital opened in 1922, making this their 100th year of helping children live their best lives.

Philae Shriners provides transportation funds for qualified patients

Shriners International founded Shriners Children’s as its official philanthropy in 1922. The organization began as one hospital and is now a world-renowned healthcare system in three countries. The fraternity continues to support this unique healthcare system.

Our members are part owners of the hospital system and critical contributors to improving the lives of children across the world. At Philae Shriners, we are focused on raising funds and providing support for Shriners Children’s Hospitals. We provide funds for transportation to the hospitals involved (see eligibility below for applying).


Philae Shriners primarily send children from Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island to receive care in Halifax (IWK) or Shriners Hospitals in Montreal or Boston.  We know that this can cause strain on a family, and that is why we are here to help with transportation costs!

Shriners Children’s is a unique healthcare system with a reputation for finding answers and giving families hope, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. The hospital network is committed to conducting high-quality, innovative research in the areas of burns, orthopaedic/musculoskeletal and neurological injury, and disease to improve the care and quality of life of children with these conditions and challenges.

Since opening our first hospital in 1922, the healthcare system has improved the lives of more than 1.4 million children.

With locations in 22 cities and outreach clinics, finding care is easy. If you happen to know of a child who can use our help, please refer them to us today.

Philae Shriners Hospital Committee

The mandate of the Philae Shriner’s Hospital Committee is to review children, ages newborn to 18 years of age, whose parents or guardians apply for assistance and treatment as a Philae Shriners child.

Conditions that we approve include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Most orthopaedic ailments such as inherited bone problems and complicated fractures
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spina Bifida
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Club Foot
  • Cleft Palette
  • Burns and complications of burns

The number of hospital visits (not the number of children) are approximately 250 to 300 per year. The actual number of children is less as each child will have a different number of visits depending on their condition. Child intake varies from 0 per month up to 5 or 6 per month or more.

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