Why Give


The WakeMed Foundation is committed to investing in the people of WakeMed, as well as its facilities and services.  Each year, we provide scholarships, grants and special funding for WakeMed employees who wish to learn new skills that directly benefit their departments and the patients they service.

  • Skills Scholarships & Department Grants – Three times each year, the WakeMed Foundation accepts applications from WakeMed employees for skills scholarships and grants.  Skills scholarships are designed for one-time training or conference that help employees build new skills sets that can be immediately put to use in their department and shared with coworkers.  Grants are designed to help launch new programs and services at WakeMed.  More than $265,000 has been awarded in skills scholarships to employees, and over $245,000 has been awarded in grants to departments throughout the hospital system.
  • Helton Scholarship Fund – In 2009, Wm. Charles Helton, MD, a cardiac surgeon with Wake Specialty Physicians – Carolina Cardiovascular Surgical Associates, donated $1 million to the WakeMed Foundation to establish an endowment for nursing education. He also committed an additional $500,000 in the form of a challenge grant to encourage others to contribute and increase the endowment to $2 million. The endowment began paying out in 2012 and offers scholarships for nursing students as well as nurses pursuing continuing education opportunities.
  • Jill Perlette Skills Scholarship Fund – Charles and Maureen Perlette, established a scholarship fund to honor their daughter, Jill, who was a pediatric nurse at WakeMed Children’s until she passed away.  To honor her legacy of providing outstanding care to critically-ill children, the Jill Perlette Skills Scholarship Fund was established to provide funding for pediatric nurses at WakeMed to develop new skills.
  • Drs. Susan Pate and Stephen Boone Skills Scholarship Fund – This fund was established in 2001 to provide opportunities for new skill set development and unique or exceptional education experiences for WakeMed employees that are involved in the care of neurosurgical or neurological patients.
  • Marilyn Hick’s Memorial Fund – During her lifetime, Dr. Marilyn Hicks, a pediatric emergency medicine physician and past president of Wake Emergency Physicians PA (WEPPA), was a true champion and advocate for sick and injured children.  With the help of the WakeMed Foundation, Dr. Hicks’ colleagues and friends established the Marilyn Hicks Memorial Fund to support and assist present and future pediatric emergency medicine fellows in their quest to become experts in their field. 








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"WakeMed is more than just a hospital and health system. It is a community in which we have made many friends. Our youngest son, Ryan, was born at 30 weeks and under dire circumstances. Kate and I had no control and were forced to leave his safety in the hands of the NICU. They were incredibly devoted and compassionate to every patient and family member. We are eternally grateful for saving his life. To have a top flight organization coupled with wonderful people make us feel safe and confident to champion their cause. The WakeMed Foundation dedicates its time and resources to expand this community and we were honored to give back through a charitable gift. Thank you for all that you do."

Tim and Kate Whitney



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