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St. Jude charity ratings

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is widely recognized by independent charity evaluators across the world for its standard of credibility, transparency and healthcare.

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St. Jude patient Rinoa


Is St. Jude a good charity?

St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Our dedication to this mission has driven ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude, to be named one of the top healthcare charities in the United States. 

St. Jude patient Keegan stands in a kindergarten graduation gown holding a photo of herself when she was in treatment at St. Jude.

St. Jude patient Keegan


Where does St. Jude fall in nonprofit and charity ratings?

When considering where to donate, ratings for charities can help you feel confident your gift will make the kind of the impact you're hoping for. In the past decade, St. Jude has been recognized as a top charity by some of the world’s leading charity evaluators. We've also received a favorable rating by the American Institute of Philanthropy, as well as by the financial-rating agency Moody’s and Fitch (Fitch Ratings). 

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Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance (BBB) rating

St. Jude (along with ALSAC) is an accredited charity with the BBB, meeting all 20 standards for charity accountability. 

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Charity Navigator ratings

ALSAC and St. Jude have four-star ratings for accountability and finance from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent evaluator. The rating is based on an assessment of financial efficiency, sustainability and trustworthiness.

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GuideStar (Candid) rating

GuideStar (Candid) has awarded St. Jude with its Silver Seal of Transparency and ALSAC with its Platinum Seal of Transparency for 2023.

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St. Jude was named in Fast Company’s annual list of Brands That Matter in 2023. 

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St. Jude has been named among the top 3 largest U.S. charities in 2022 by Forbes.

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St. Jude has received 4.0 stars from Facebook, culminating from over 85,300 user reviews.

St. Jude patient Maelin-Kate sits on her mom's lap in a hospital setting wearing a mask and a serious expression.

St. Jude patient Maelin-Kate with her mom


What percentage of my donation supports patients and research?

Unlike other hospitals, the majority of funding for St. Jude comes from generous donors. Eighty-two cents of every dollar donated to St. Jude over the last seven years has gone toward funding research, treatment and our operations.

For more information, see our financial statements and learn about our unique operating model.


Why donate to St. Jude

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Families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live.

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When St. Jude opened in 1962, childhood cancer was considered incurable. Since then, St. Jude has helped push the overall survival rate from 20% to more than 80%, and we won't stop until no child dies from cancer.

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Every child deserves a chance to live their best life and celebrate every moment. When you support St. Jude, you help give kids with cancer around the world that chance. Together, we can save more lives.

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St. Jude patient Liliana with her dad


St. Jude is a charity you can be confident donating to

There are several ways you can support the patients and families of St. Jude:

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