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About Us

Our History

  • 1995

    First Hand Foundation Established

    We helped our first child, providing case grant funding. In 1998, Nathan (pictured with our founder Neal Patterson) received funding

  • 2000

    Love Bag Program Introduced

    We created this program to initially provide comfort items to children going through the foster system and have since expanded to offer this program to more children who face difficult circumstances.

  • 2006

    Healthe Kids Institute Founded

    We established a second 501(c)3 under the First Hand brand to focus on proactive population health programming, introducing several school health initiatives.

  • 2007

    First Wellness Screening Conducted

    We completed our first free wellness screening at Barry Elementary School.

  • 2010

    First Healthy Lifestyle Course Completed

    The first high school class completed our healthy lifestyle program in the Blue Valley (Kansas) School District.

  • 2015

    Celebrated 20th Anniversary

    At this point in our history, we helped over 200,000 children through all of our programs. Notably, we had awarded $20 million in individual medical grants for children's health.

  • 2018

    Social-Emotional Wellness Program Launched

    Middle school students in the Raytown, MO, School District participated in our comprehensive social-emotional wellness (mental well-being) program.

  • 2020

    First Hand Expanded to Cerner Charitable Foundation

    Building on a 25-year history as First Hand, we expanded our mission and rebranded as Cerner Charitable Foundation.