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'Giving circles' 

Learn how you increase your charitable impact when you form a community to combine donations with others.


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What is a 'giving circle,' and how does it work?

When you and others pool your donations of any amount to make one larger donation, your money makes a greater impact. 

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Step One:

Invite others to join you in a giving circle. Then, set your goals and decide how much money each person will donate.

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Step Two:

Research and choose a charity, and make your donation.

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Step Three:

Become further engaged with the charity's mission by volunteering, participating in an event, or by just learning more and sharing the mission.

There are many ways to get involved with St. Jude.


Why St. Jude?

St. Jude cares for some of the world’s sickest children regardless of their race, ethnicity, beliefs, or ability to pay. 

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Families never receive a bill from St. Jude 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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St. Jude cares for some of the world’s sickest children regardless of their race, ethnicity, beliefs, or ability to pay. Our patients receive the customized care they need to treat childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases, no matter what barriers they may face.


What sets St. Jude apart as a charity?

The majority of funds needed to run St. Jude must be raised from our generous supporters.

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St. Jude has the highest rating on Charity Navigator. Read the impact report >

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When you make a gift, 82 cents of every dollar supports the treatment, research and future needs of St. Jude.
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Some of the ways you can give to St. Jude

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Honor someone with your gift

Your "giving circle's" donation can have further meaning when you make the gift in honor or in memory of someone.

Dedicate Your Donation

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Commemorate your group gift

Your group can make a donation to help the kids of St. Jude and commemorate your giving circle with a plaque on our campus.

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Grant from your donor-advised fund

This philanthropic giving vehicle provides an immediate tax benefit to you, and allows you to recommend grants to charities like St. Jude.

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Make a donation

No matter how you choose to give, know that your combined donations help ensure our lifesaving mission: Finding cures. Saving children.®

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Your 'giving circle' can support many needs for the kids and families of St. Jude*

  1. A $500 donation from your giving circle could help provide meal cards for two St. Jude families for one week.

    St. Jude provides patients and their families with meal cards for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Kay Kafe, the hospital’s cafeteria.

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    St. Jude patient Quincy and his dad

  2. 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.

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    St. Jude patient Olivia and her mom

  3. A $2,500 donation from your giving circle could help provide an ultrasound study.

    An ultrasound study is among the diagnostic imaging tests that doctors use to diagnose and monitor disease and treatment.

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    St. Jude patient Riku

  4. 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.

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    St. Jude patient Abraham

  5. 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.

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    St. Jude patient Gracie

  6. A $12,500 donation from your giving circle could help provide seven days of chemotherapy for a St. Jude patient.

    Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancers from 20% when the hospital opened in 1962 to more than 80% today.

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    St. Jude patient Marleigh

  7. 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 patient’s care.

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    St. Jude patient Imani with her parents

  8. 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.

    St. Jude patient Brayden, diagnosed with brain cancer

    St. Jude patient Brayden


*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.


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