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You can make a difference in the life of a child or adult with a disability and chronic illness. Please take a moment to browse the funds below for different ways to make an impact.

General Fund

Gifts to the general fund will provide support to the areas of greatest need, as well as assist with costs associated with operating The Woodlands.


It is one of our core values that experiences at The Woodlands should be affordable for all, and that affordability should never prohibit participation. To ensure this, the WonderFund was established in 2000 to provide scholarship assistance to those in need. Today, the WonderFund consists of two funds: the Lambert Family Fund, established for the purpose of supporting new program development; and the Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to eligible families.

What does your gift mean to an individual with a disability and chronic illness?

  • A $1,100 gift enables an individual to attend a weeklong summer camp.
  • A $430 gift enables an individual to attend a weekend retreat program.
  • A $75 gift enables an individual to attend a day program.



The Lambert Family Fund

The Lambert Family Fund was established in 2012 for the purpose of supporting new program development to help extend The Woodlands’ reach in meeting the needs of all children and adults with disability and chronic illness.

The Kessler Fund

Dr. Laibe A. Kessler (1923-2001), a distinguished neurosurgeon, dedicated Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra supporter, and member of the PSO ’s Board of Advisors, was one of the visionaries who, with his wife Sydelle, desired to establish a music camp for children with disability and chronic illness at The Woodlands. It was in the home of Laibe and Sydelle that a number of Pittsburgh’s most respected musical artists and leaders gathered to discuss this possibility in December 1999. The Kesslers’ dream for Notes from the Heart was to create an inviting and stimulating program where children with disabilities could be introduced to classical music. Dr. Kessler’s legacy lives on in The Kessler Fund, which allows The Woodlands to continue to sponsor the summer music program, year-round weekend retreats and other cultural programming.

Clakeley Memorial Fund

Established in 2002 in memory of Julie Clakeley, the Clakeley Memorial Fund was started to provide funding for volunteer and service projects, interests that were close to Julie’s heart.

The Willard and Carol Tillotson Fund

Established in 2011, The Willard and Carol Tillotson Fund brings enhancements to the music program by bringing in guest artists and ensuring future development.

United Way

Designate your United Way gifts to The Woodlands by using our Contributor Choice Number, #993107. Your gift will go directly to help fund year-round programs for children and adults with disability and chronic illness.


As an approved Educational Improvement Organization (EIO), qualified business can make a contribution to The Woodlands through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, and receive tax credits equal to a percentage of their gift. For more information, visit https://dced.pa.gov/programs/educational-improvement-tax-credit-program-eitc/. 


The Woodlands Endowment is a permanently restricted investment fund from which a percentage of the annual interest income is distributed to help subsidize the fixed operating costs associated with the care and maintenance of The Woodlands’ 52-acre campus, and the 15 buildings that reside on campus. The Woodlands’ goal in establishing and growing an endowment is to offset annual facility operating costs so that there could be additional resources available to dedicate to increasing program opportunities and utilization. Gifts to The Woodlands’ endowment may be made to support general expenses or for designated purposes. To learn more, contact Denise Balkovec, Director of Development & Communications, dbalkovec@woodlandsfoundation.org.