Frequently Asked Questions

Steven’s Hope for Children was created to help families of seriously ill or injured children struggling to cope with the financial, emotional and physical challenges of treatment and recovery.   Here are some of the questions we get asked the most.  If you don’t see your question here, send us a note or call us to get your question answered.


Who can receive assistance?

A family of a child 18 years of age or younger, who is under a physician’s care receiving treatment for a serious or life threatening illness or condition. This includes recovering from transplant surgery, radiation therapy for cancer, bone marrow, serious trauma etc. The family must have a financial need.

Does the child’s illness have to be terminal?

Our programs are designed to assist those suffering from serious conditions but do not have to be terminal.
How is assistance requested?

In order to receive assistance, 1) a child must be referred to Steven’s Hope by a hospital social worker, 2) the family should demonstrate to their social worker that they are financially in need of assistance, 3) the social worker must complete the appropriate request application specifying the type of support or financial need.

Does the family have to pay back the assistance?

No. Donations are accepted, but the family is under no obligation to repay any of the gifts, services, or goods received from Steven’s Hope for Children, Inc.

How much assistance can a family receive?

This is based on three items. 1) Length of time and amount of support needed, 2) financial need of the family, and 3) amount of funds available by Steven’s Hope.

Are there income qualifications before getting any assistance?

No. There is no minimum or maximum income guidelines. Our assistance is based solely on need and recommendations from social workers.
Where does Steven’s Hope get money?

SHFC raises money through donations of individuals, companies and foundations as well as through special fundraising events and grants.

How do I get more information on Steven’s Hope?

Just call us at 866-3-STEVEN toll free, or fill out the information request on the website. We will be glad to answer any questions you may have.

How do I make a contribution?

Just call us at 866-3-STEVEN toll free, or fill out the donation form on the website. We appreciate all donations, cash, in-kind, or volunteer time.

Is my contribution tax-deductible?

Yes, but always consult your tax professional about your donation. Steven’s Hope for Children, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency.

Can other groups help Steven’s Hope?

Definitely! If your school, civic group, or organization would like to plan an event or a fundraising campaign for the benefit of SHFC, please contact us


Will Steven’s Hope work with any other charities?

Yes. That is why we created Fill A Need. From time to time, we will work with other non-profits with similar goals, as we will be able to help the community more by joining forces for a specific purpose. It is an opportunity to increase public awareness of our goals, and continue our quest for assisting more children.