What is a giving circle?
A giving circle is a collective giving method where a group of people pool their donations to make a greater impact on nonprofit organizations than they could alone.
Many giving circles are informal and open to anyone interested in engaging in philanthropy together. Giving circles can also be formed by people with a shared interest in contributing to the same cause.
How to start a giving circle
A giving circle can be an easy way to make a big impact. If you're looking to start a new giving circle, here are some tips to help you get started:
Invite others to join you in a giving circle. It may help to reach out to people who share some of your values and interests, and to stay open to their ideas.
Choose a charity and donation goal
Set your goals and decide how much money each person will donate. Then, research and choose a charity — we’d love for you to consider St. Jude.
Donate and stay involved
Make your donation and think about other ways to get involved with the charity's mission. Consider volunteering, participating in an event or learning more and sharing the mission.
What are the benefits of joining a giving circle?
- Giving circles are often at the grassroots level. So, if you’re looking to avoid complicated fundraising processes, they can be a great fit.
- Joining a giving circle can give you a way to engage in philanthropy with your local community or other people who share your interests.
- Giving circles can be an excellent learning opportunity, especially if you’re interested in grant-making or developing your leadership skills.
Why donate to St. Jude?
Thanks to our generous supporters, we're leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
We're saving children all over the world
Every child deserves a chance to live their best life and celebrate every moment. When you support St. Jude, you can help make cures possible for kids with cancer. Together, we can save more lives.
We won't stop™
When St. Jude opened in 1962, childhood cancer was considered largely incurable. Since then, St. Jude has helped push the overall survival rate from 20% to more than 80%.
Families never receive a bill
Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live.
A $1,000 donation from your giving circle could help provide parent necessities for 20 patient families.
Parents who bring their children to St. Jude often leave home in a hurry and forget to pack day-to-day necessities such as shampoos, razors, deodorant, toothbrushes and lotion. At Tri Delta Place, our short-term housing facility, parents can obtain these essentials free of charge.
A $2,500 donation from your giving circle could help provide an ultrasound study.
An ultrasound study is among the imaging tests that doctors use to diagnose and monitor disease and treatment.
A $5,000 donation from your giving circle could help cover the cost of the daily room rate of the ICU.
The Intensive Care Unit at St. Jude has twice been recognized with the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. In 2009, the St. Jude ICU became Tennessee’s first ICU to win the honor.
A $10,000 donation from your giving circle could help provide one CT scan for a St. Jude patient.
St. Jude doctors use CT scans to provide much-needed answers about a child’s health. The CT scan combines computer and X-ray technology to take detailed pictures of areas inside the child’s body and is used throughout the treatment protocol to provide updates on progress.
A $15,000 donation from your giving circle could help run the St. Jude Blood Donor Center for one week.
The Blood Donor Center, located on the first floor of the Patient Care Center, is responsible for collecting and providing the hospital with platelets and other blood products necessary for our patients' care.
A $25,000 donation from your giving circle could help cover about a fourth of the cost of providing radiotherapy treatment for a brain tumor patient.
St. Jude was the first to study a computer-based three-dimensional radiation therapy technique for pediatric brain tumor treatment to minimize damage to healthy tissue and preserve cognitive development in children.
*When you make a donation using this information, your donation will be used to provide breakthrough research, treatment and cures. Items listed here are representative of services and supplies that are part of the treatment and care of children at St. Jude. The cost of each item or service is an approximation, and will vary based on actual costs incurred and individual patient needs. Your donation will be used for the general operating needs of St. Jude, where no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food.