Providing Comfort, Hope and Healing to Children and Families Affected by Grief and Addiction

The mission of The Moyer Foundation is to provide comfort, hope and healing to children and families affected by grief and addiction. Our innovative resources and programs address the critical needs of children experiencing powerful, overwhelming and often confusing emotions associated with the death of someone close to them or substance abuse in their family. No child should have to face these struggles alone, and our unique programs bring kids together to ease their pain and provide the tools to help restore hope.

Children affected by grief or addiction can feel isolated and alone. Circumstance puts them at increased risk for depression, suicide, poverty, anxiety and behavior problems. Children living in a home with addiction are also at four times the risk of developing an addiction of their own. The Moyer Foundation’s programs come alongside children and their families to provide vital support helping to prevent complications that arise from unaddressed childhood bereavement and to help break the cycle of addiction in the next generation.

The Moyer Foundation is dedicated to energizing new research and inspiring political advocacy that will lead to higher standards of care and positive outcomes for children in the fields of bereavement and addiction prevention. By raising awareness for these issues, The Moyer Foundation reduces stigmas, improves understanding, and makes healing possible for children in need.

Stories That Inspired Our Mission

Erin Metcalf

Camp Erin is named in memory of Erin Metcalf, a remarkable young woman who developed liver cancer when she was 15 years old. Karen and Jamie Moyer met Erin through Make-A-Wish and were immediately drawn into a friendship with Erin and her family. Erin had a compassionate heart, and when she was hospitalized, she often expressed concern for the other children in the hospital as well as their siblings. She recognized the impact the illness of a family member had on the siblings and their need for support and attention.

In 2000, when Erin died at the age of 17, Jamie and Karen Moyer wished to honor Erin's memory and her caring spirit. Acknowledging her love of children and her desire to help others, the Moyers felt that a grief camp for children would be a befitting tribute. The first Camp Erin was established by The Moyer Foundation in 2002 to honor Erin’s passion for life and desire to help other kids and teens. 

Stories That Inspired Our Mission

Camp Mariposa

Karen and Jamie Moyer created Camp Mariposa after a personal experience with their young niece who was impacted by her mother’s addiction. After researching available resources, they discovered that a very limited number of programs existed to help children ages 9 to 12. Karen sought out international addiction expert Claudia Black and together with a youth-serving organization in the Seattle area, they created the Camp Mariposa program model. The first Camp Mariposa was held in Washington State in 2007. In 2011, The Moyer Foundation began the national expansion of Camp Mariposa that continues today.

Spanish for butterfly, the naming of Camp Mariposa was inspired by Karen Moyer who truly believes in the transformation that happens with the children who attend camp.

Stories That Inspired Our Mission

Gregory Chaya

Throughout Jamie Moyer’s career in Major League Baseball, he and his wife Karen made a commitment to give back to the communities in which he played. In 1993 during Jamie’s time with the Baltimore Orioles, he met a young cancer patient by the name of Gregory Chaya. The Moyers and Gregory developed a special bond throughout Gregory’s battle with leukemia, and continued to stay in touch after Gregory’s life-saving bone marrow transplant at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA. Jamie was inspired by Gregory’s brave spirit and positive attitude amidst such adversity. Being a part of Gregory’s story and his struggle was a life-changing experience for both Jamie and his wife Karen.

In May 2003, The Moyer Foundation created The Gregory Fund, an initiative to raise funds and awareness for early cancer detection research at Fred Hutch that still exists today. The Foundation’s annual Catch a Cure for Cancer initiative raised over $1.8 million through events and community grassroots fundraising.

Since 2000

The Moyer Foundation was created in 2000 by former Major League Baseball pitcher Jamie Moyer and child advocate Karen Phelps Moyer. What started as a small nonprofit in Seattle, WA, with a broad mission to help children in distress, has grown into a national organization with signature programs reaching thousands of children impacted by grief or addiction in their family in cities across the U.S. and in Canada each year.

The early years of The Foundation included a dedication to support smaller, grassroots organizations as well as multi-million dollar commitments to some of Seattle’s largest institutions including Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Children’s and Swedish Medical Center. The Foundation raised and awarded over $26 million for organizations providing services to children in need.

In 2002, The Moyer Foundation created Camp Erin which has grown into the largest free bereavement program for children and teens in the U.S. and Canada, with locations serving children in every Major League Baseball city. Created in 2007, Camp Mariposa is a free mentoring and addiction prevention camp and program for children affected by a family member’s substance abuse. The Moyer Foundation's once broad mission has evolved to focus on the two issues deeply impacting today’s youth: childhood bereavement and addiction prevention.

In 2012, The Moyer Foundation expanded to include a new headquarters in Philadelphia, PA, supporting the national growth and future sustainability of its programs.

The mission of The Moyer Foundation is inspired by the vision of our founders, Karen and Jamie Moyer.

Meet our team!



The Moyer Foundation’s Board of Trustees consists of professionals dedicated to the children and families we serve while providing leadership and stewardship of The Foundation’s mission.

    • Ellen Barry
    • SVP, Global Corporate Communications
    • Cardinal Health
    • Davis C. Bae
    • Regional Managing Partner
    • Fisher & Phillips LLP - Seattle
    • Anne Blackburn
    • Vice President, Investment Management Division
    • Goldman, Sachs & Co.
    • Chris Cashman
    • EVP and President of Commercial Markets
    • Independence Blue Cross
    • A.J. Ploszay
    • Head of Global Multi-Channel Marketing
    • GlaxoSmithKline
    • Heather Hager
    • Vice President, Merchandising and Marketing
    • Ann Sacks
    • Susan Hansen
    • Executive Director, Facilities
    • Amgen (retired)
    • Richard Henriques
    • Senior Fellow
    • University of Pennsylvania, Center for High Impact Philanthropy & Wharton Social Impact Initiative
    • Eric Jones
    • President
    • Urban Real Estate Services, Urban Realty Group & Harcourts Pacific Realty
    • John Melcher
    • Senior Vice President of Human Resources
    • Beneficial Bank
    • Edward Rendell
    • Former Governor of Pennsylvania
    • Rendell Management and Consulting
    • Gerard Rocchi
    • Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
    • Agency Department
    • Tim Condon
    • Vice President and Senior Associate
    • Diversified Search
    • Rick Phelps
    • Senior Vice President, Broadcast Sales
    • Deluxe Entertainment Services Group

The Moyer Foundation's Advisory Committees are experts in fields related to The Foundation’s initiatives providing important knowledge and guidance helping to ensure the offering of high-quality programs and services.

Bereavement Camp Standards of Practice Advisory Committee

    • Darren Wenz, LICSW, CT
    • Program Coordinator
    • BRIDGES: A Center for Grieving Children
    • Heather Neal, LICSW, CT
    • Program Coordinator
    • BRIDGES: A Center for Grieving Children
    • Rhonda Mickelson
    • Director of Standards
    • American Camp Association
    • Heather Kochen, LPC
    • Private Practice
    • Bethany Gardner, MA
    • Camp Erin Program Manager
    • The Moyer Foundation
    • Deborah Brooks, MHC, CT
    • Program Director
    • Suncoast Kids Place

The Center for Resources and Support Task Force Committee

    • Lisa Willis
    • Vice President, Programs
    • The Moyer Foundation
    • Lauren Schneider, LCSW
    • Clinical Director of Child and Adolescent Programs
    • Our House Grief Support Center
    • Patrick Murray
    • VP Club Operations
    • Boys and Girls Club of King County
    • Jennifer Messina
    • Vice President, Programming
    • The Jed Foundation
    • Aurelie McKinstry
    • Executive Director
    • Apex Foundation
    • Steve Guggenheimer
    • Corporate Vice President & Chief Evangelist
    • Microsoft Corporation
    • Megan Boyle
    • Camp Mariposa Director
    • Compass Health

Camp Mariposa Advisory Committee

    • Greg Williams
    • Co-Founder
    • Facing Addiction
    • Peggy West, PhD, MSW
    • Suicide Prevention Expert
    • Toni Sebastian, MSW
    • Director of Program and Policy
    • WA Dept. of Social and Health Services, Children’s Administration
    • Nicole Sartore, BSW, CDPT
    • Founder/Director of the Children’s Program
    • Edgewood Treatment Center
    • Mylene Krzanowski
    • Executive VP of Regional Advancement
    • Caron Foundation
    • Esther Larsen, BS, BA, JD
    • State Leader
    • WA Alliance for Drug Endangered Children
    • Mona Johnson, MA, CPP, CDP
    • Director of Student Support
    • WA State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
    • Frank Couch, MA, LM
    • Administrator
    • Lakeside Milam Recovery Centers
    • Claudia Black, MSW, PhD
    • Senior Fellow & Clinical Architect of Claudia Black Center,
    • The Meadows
    • Kym Ahrens, MD, MPH
    • Asst. Professor of Adolescent Medicine
    • Seattle Children’s Hospital and University of Washington School of Medicine

Financial Information

The Moyer Foundation is committed to financial integrity and sound stewardship of the dollars generously invested in our mission and the children we serve. Remaining true to the vision of our Founders, each child that participates in a Moyer Foundation program attends free of charge. Thank you to the dedicated individual, corporate and foundation supporters that make this possible year after year.

The Moyer Foundation's Federal Tax ID Number: 91-2065051

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Join Our Team

Passion and dedication best describe the team at The Moyer Foundation. Each member of the team, from staff to interns, plays a key role in working towards our mission to provide comfort, hope and healing to children and families affected by grief and addiction. The following positions are currently available:  

If you are interested in learning more about these or other potential job or internship opportunities, please contact us.