About Us


A smiling girl in the Believe In Tomorrow Charity program

Who We Are | Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation provides exceptional hospital and respite housing services to critically ill children and their families. Our unique programs bring comfort, hope, and joy to children and their families, enabling them to renew their spirits mentally and physically.

What We Believe | We believe in keeping families together during a child’s medical crisis, and that the gentle cadence of normal family life has a powerful influence on the healing process. We believe the highest standards of service and unparalleled hospitality help create a unique healing environment, where families find hope and comfort.

Since 1982, Believe In Tomorrow has provided over 900,000 individual overnight accommodations, from every state in the U.S. and more than 82 countries worldwide. Our unique hospital housing and respite housing serve as a support system for when families need it most. Navigate through our programs below or continue reading to learn more about Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation.

Mom embracing child who is apart of the Believe In Tomorrow program

Hospital Housing

Young girl smiling while enjoying a Believe In Tomorrow respite trip

Respite Housing

Young boy smiling while enjoying a Believe In Tomorrow respite trip

Military Initiative

Our History

What began as a volunteer-led effort in 1982 has now grown to many programs serving families of critically ill children from all over the world.

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1982

Foundation began as a volunteer effort to help critically ill children while they were undergoing hospital treatments at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and University of Maryland hospitals.

1983

Foundation begins to look at addressing longer term needs of pediatric cancer and cystic fibrosis patients. Works to establish one of the very first teen cancer support groups in the country at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

1986

Foundation creates formal program to sponsor support groups for teen cancer at other hospitals. Foundation also creates Beach Respite Housing, the first pediatric respite housing program in the United States for children with life-threatening illnesses. Program starts with one rented ocean-front condo in Ocean City, MD, that is made available to families free of charge throughout their child’s illness as a place to renew their spirits during treatment.

1987

Respite Housing expands to three rented ocean-front units and one mountain cabin in Virginia. Local Adventures and In-Hospital Entertainment programs created to provide ongoing services to critically ill children.

1988

Foundation creates Pain Management and Distraction Program through the placement of distraction and focusing boxes in critical care hospital clinics. Foundation also sponsors award-winning video, Don’t Freeze Me Out, about teen cancer patients and problems they experienced in schools. Video distributed to school systems throughout the United States and profiled on Good Morning America.

1990

Foundation begins construction of the Believe In Tomorrow Children’s House at Johns Hopkins, a major four-level hospital residential facility on the grounds of the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital. Believe In Tomorrow programs begin to expand throughout the United States.

1993

The Believe In Tomorrow Children’s House at Johns Hopkins opens, providing 1,000 individual overnight accommodations each month to children throughout the United States and the world. This facility becomes a model for other hospital residential facilities throughout the country.

1995

Strategic national partnerships with SANYO Electronics, Doubletree Hotel, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton Inns, DeWalt Tools, and Team Amick Motor Sports expand foundation’s services throughout the country between 1995 and 2001. Foundation serves over 38,000 children each year during this period.

1996

The Believe In Tomorrow House on Fenwick Island opens as the foundation’s first permanent pediatric beach respite facility.

1997 – 1999

Foundation creates the Dreamsurfer Network©, an internet support group for critically ill children throughout the United States and the world. Dreamsurfer helps end isolation often faced by these children due to their illnesses. In 1999 Cystic fibrosis patients in Australia link to the Dreamsurfer Network©.

2000

Foundation builds the Believe In Tomorrow House By The Sea, a major multi-unit beach retreat on the Atlantic Ocean in Ocean City, Maryland.

2002

Believe In Tomorrow restructures programs to focus on the national expansion of children’s housing, Hands On Adventures, and Pain Management and Distraction.

2005

Construction begins on the Believe In Tomorrow House at St. Casimir., the first hospital housing facility within the United States to focus exclusively on the long-term housing needs of pediatric bone marrow transplant patients and their families. We also broke ground on a third respite home, the Believe In Tomorrow House on Wisp Mountain. The Military Initiative is launched, giving priority status to military families facing a child’s critical illness. And the Foundation teams with BreakAway Games, LTD to create a virtual reality computer program for critically ill children, as part of the Pain Management program. The software,”Free Dive,” is premiered at the Hollywood Reporters 75th Anniversary Gala.

2006

Believe In Tomorrow phases out Pain Management and Distraction program to focus on expansion of hospital and respite housing programs. The Believe In Tomorrow House at St. Casimir opens to provide housing to pediatric bone marrow transplant patients at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. The Believe In Tomorrow House on Wisp Mountain opens as the first pediatric respite home built in a mountain setting in the US.

2007 – 2008

Construction begins on a new mountain respite facility, the Believe In Tomorrow House at Pinnacle Falls in Asheville, NC. Foundation also acquires a bayfront townhouse in Ocean City, MD, which will be converted to a new beach respite home. Both facilities are dedicated to the Believe In Tomorrow Military Initiative. In 2008 The Believe In Tomorrow House on the Bay opens its doors to military families.

2010

The Believe In Tomorrow House at Pinnacle Falls opens just outside of Asheville, NC, as the second respite facility to prioritize military families. A new partnership with the Lane Company provides a fully furnished, two-bedroom apartment unit at The Quarter, a luxury apartment complex in Towson, MD, serving as a third hospital housing location. The MetLife Snoopy blimps join the Hands On Flying Adventures program to provide invitation-only blimp rides to children and their families nationwide.

2012

The Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation celebrates its 30th Anniversary! A new national partnership with the DIRECTV blimp expands the Hands On Flying Adventures program. 2012

2013

Extensive renovation projects are completed at two of the foundation’s houses. The Believe In Tomorrow House By The Sea receives a full-service elevator to allow all families access to the entire house. The Believe In Tomorrow Children’s House at Johns Hopkins also receives a complete remodel of the four family kitchens.

2018

Foundation celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Children’s House at Johns Hopkins. Construction also begins on our 6th respite facility to serve critically ill children and their families.

2019

Believe In Tomorrow opens the Children’s House at Deep Creek Lake in the Alleghany Mountains of Western Maryland, the third mountain respite home. Foundation also breaks ground for a new Beach Respite on 65th Street in Ocean City, Maryland.

Fiscal Responsibility

Believe In Tomorrow National Children’s Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Believe In Tomorrow is proud to adhere to the highest standards of fiscal responsibility. Through rigorous independent annual reviews, Believe In Tomorrow has been certified to meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and fiscal responsibility.

95% of every $1 donated goes directly to support Believe In Tomorrow Services

Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation

The Believe In Tomorrow Children’s House at Johns Hopkins

Our Founder and Board

Brian Morrison, Founder and CEO of the charity, Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation.

Brian Morrison, Founder and CEO of Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation, strives to discover creative solutions to meet the needs of children and families undergoing treatment for life threatening illnesses. In 1982, Brian started a volunteer effort to help these children and families, which quickly grew and expanded into a nonprofit organization.

Brian’s vision led Believe In Tomorrow to develop the first and only pediatric respite facilities in the United States in 1986, followed closely by a hospital housing program for families of children receiving treatment at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Under Brian’s leadership, the organization also developed the first long-term residential facility for pediatric bone marrow transplant patients and their families.

Beyond the office, Brian is an avid hiker and enjoys hiking adventures in the Grand Canyon, often coupled with a fundraising effort to benefit Believe In Tomorrow programs. A father to five sons, Brian enjoys spending time with them.

Brian has served on a number of national, regional, and community non-profit boards, including the National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses, Children First – America’s Charities, and Children’s Charities of America.

Officers:

  • Chairman Richard E. McCready
  • Vice Chairman David Reymann
  • President, Founder & CEO Brian Morrison
  • Treasurer Christie Hunter
  • Secretary Coard Simpler
  • Parent Representative Tom Delaney

Active Directors:

  • Linda Abell
  • David Amick, The Amick Company
  • Dorsey Baldwin, An Poitin Stil Irish Pub & Restaurant
  • Nancy Caplan
  • Jeffrey Elkin, Advance Business Systems
  • Mark Gaulin, Gaulin Properties, LLC
  • Buck Mann, Mann Properties, Inc.
  • Gary Mangum
  • Jacqueline McCusker, Nacho Mama’s & Mama’s On the Half Shell
  • Michael R. Murphy
  • Howard Perlow, Residential Title
  • Dave Pruitt, Stanley Black & Decker
  • Kim Reese, Cadence Enviromental Energy
  • Dave Seibert, T. Rowe Price
  • Jackie Siejack, Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company
  • Michael Thompson, Edison Electric Company, Inc.
  • Judge Keith Truffer, Circuit Court for Baltimore County
  • Scott Vogt, Vogt Associates
  • Trent Waite, Northrop Realty, A Long & Foster Company
  • Doug Widlake, Lakewood Manufacturing

Emeritus:

  • Peter G. Angelos Esq.
  • Leonard P. Berger, M.D.
  • Marylou Boyd
  • Benjamin Carson, M.D.
  • Steve Geppi
  • Nancy Kelleher
  • Brendan V. Sullivan Esq.

Professional Affiliations

Believe In Tomorrow has a charity rating of gold rating from GuideStar.
As a charity Believe In Tomorrow has America's Best Charities Seal of Excellence
Believe In Tomorrow is apart of the American Hotel and Lodging Assoication
Believe In Tomorrow has Charity Navigator Give With Confidence: 100 out of 100 Encompass Rating for Finance and Accountability
Believe In Tomorrow is a partner with the American Freedom Foundation
Believe In Tomorrow is apart of the APOSW