Who We Are and What We Do
DAUGHTERS OF THE NILE
WORKING TOGETHER FOR THE CHILDREN
WHO WE ARE
Daughters of the Nile is an international fraternal organization for women 18 years or older, who are related by birth or marriage to a Shriner, Master Mason, or Daughter of the Nile, or is a majority member in Good Standing of a Masonic-related organization for girls; or who was a patient, with or without Shrine or Masonic relationship, at a Shriners Hospital for Children®.
Founded in Seattle, Washington in 1913, Daughters of the Nile members total 25,000 in 137 cities throughout the United States and Canada. The members are proud of their long association with Shriners International and their continuing support of Shriners Hospitals for Children®.
Daughters of the Nile maintain two permanent endowment funds to benefit Shriners Hospital for Children®. In the United States, the Daughters of the Nile Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity, while in Canada it is entitled the Canadian Foundation.
Shriners Hospitals for Children® is a network of 22 hospitals throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico that are renowned for providing the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special health care needs within a compassionate, family centered and collaborative care environment; providing for the education of physicians and other health care professionals; and conducting research to discover new knowledge that improves the quality of care and quality of life of children and families. This mission is carried out without regard to race, creed, sex or sect, disability, national origin or ability of a patient or family to pay.
In recognition of monetary contributions by Daughters of the Nile, there are gold plaques, each representing $1 million, on the philanthropic walls of all 22 hospitals. Twelve hospitals have two gold plaques and three hospitals have three gold plaques. Each year the members of Daughters of the Nile give generously of their time and talents to the hospitals by providing more than 150,000 volunteer hours at the Shriners Hospitals for Children®. In addition, they sew clothing and make quilts, and provide toys books, games and other educational and recreational items with an annual value in excess of $900,000.