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Starlight Children's Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1982 for hospitalized children and their families.

Starlight Children's Foundation
Formation1982; 37 years ago (1982)
TypeNon-profit organization
PurposeChildren's charity
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California
Region served
US, Canada, Australia and the UK

Starlight programs offer entertainment, education and technology to critically, chronically and terminally ill children. These programs are provided directly to children through Starlight's network of more than 700 children's hospitals and other community health partners throughout North America. Starlight's US operations are based in Los Angeles, California.[1] The charity has provided support to more than 60 million children in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK where it has additional office locations and programs.[2]



Starlight Children's Foundation was founded in 1982 by actors Peter Samuelson and Emma Samms, who was inspired by her brother's death, at age 8, from aplastic anemia.[3] Steven Spielberg serves as the organization's Chairman Emeritus.[4] Starlight's current CEO is Adam Garone.[5] Before Starlight, Adam was the co-founder and CEO of Movember Foundation.

Legacy programsEdit

Starbright WorldEdit

The first-ever private social network, started in 1995 by filmmaker and Chairman Emeritus Steven Spielberg, Peter Samuelson and Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.[2] It served to connect chronically ill teenagers with life-threatening medical conditions, and their siblings,[6][7] in a safe, online community where they could chat, blog, post content, and meet others who shared similar experiences.[8] Starbright World was taken offline on August 31, 2015.

Awards and accomplishmentsEdit

In 2016, Starlight earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator.[9] Starlight is a gold-level GuideStar participant.[10] Starlight is a CharityWatch Top Rated non-profit with an A rating.[11]

Celebrity supportEdit

Community partnersEdit

Starlight partners with nearly 700 children's hospitals, hospice centers, outpatient homes and rehabilitation centers nationwide, including:

Corporate partners and collaboratorsEdit

Starlight partners with brands and companies, charitable foundations, organizations and socially aware groups, and philanthropic individuals. Below are a list of a few corporate partners:


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