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Children's cancer and research donations

The mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Our work is made possible through donations from generous supporters.

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Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.

Only with strong community support can we remain steadfast in our work to find a cure for childhood cancer and support families affected by pediatric life-threatening diseases. Support the research and treatment of children’s cancer through a donation to St. Jude.

Has a child you know been diagnosed with pediatric cancer? See our patient referral process.

 
 

Ways to donate to childhood cancer research

A St. Jude scientist working with tools to research childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases in the lab
 

There are great research institutions, great hospitals and great charities — St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is all three. 

Making a donation for childhood cancer research and treatment not only helps St. Jude make breakthroughs, but also touches the lives of children and their families. Donations to St. Jude impact thousands of children each year and help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live.

 
 

Help the kids of St. Jude — donate today

How do I donate to cancer research? There are a multitude of ways to donate to St. Jude and help fund children’s cancer research:

 
 

Explore ways to memorialize or honor someone you love. Donate and send a card, create a fund or dedicate a brick. 

Donating in honor of someone is a way to recognize and celebrate people that are important to you by giving back to others. 

 
  • Mail:
    St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
    501 St. Jude Place
    Memphis, TN 38105
    Please make all checks payable to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • Call: 1-800-822-6344
    Mon. – Fri., 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. CT
  • Online: Use our donation form to make a gift
 

Donate monthly to become a St. Jude Partner In Hope® donor — a special community that's committed to children's cancer research and saving children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

 

A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a philanthropic giving vehicle that can provide a tax benefit and allow you to recommend grants to charities of your choice over time. It also gives donors the flexibility to choose how much and how often they give to St. Jude, and it allows donors' money in a DAF to grow tax-free.

Our federal tax ID number is 62-0646012

 
 
 

When writing or revising a will, planning for retirement or purchasing a life insurance policy, consider giving to St. Jude to help our mission of researching childhood cancer and saving children. You can give through individual retirement accounts (IRAs), gift annuities, stocks, life insurance, bequests, real estate and more. Explore planned giving and legacy options to make a difference for children living with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

 

Federal and military employees can give through the Combined Federal Campaign each year. Our charity code is #10560.

 

Many companies have programs that support employee giving. You can host a fundraiser, give through payroll deduction or see if your employer will match gifts to St. Jude, which can double your childhood cancer donation for research and treatment.

 

Donate cars, trailers, boats and more through Charitable Adult Rides and Services (CARS), a nonprofit organization that helps other 501(c)(3)s process these types of gifts and donations.

 
 
 

You can help give kids like Bella the chance to grow up when you make a donation to St. Jude for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. 

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Donation FAQs

 
 
  1. It will cost approximately $1 billion to operate St. Jude this year and the majority of that must come from generous donors. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent when we opened to more than 80 percent today.

    And, no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude — not for the cost of treatment, travel, housing and food so the family can focus on helping their child live and fighting pediatric cancer or another life-threatening disease.

  2. For the past seven years, 82 cents of every dollar received has gone to support the treatment, research and future needs of St. Jude.

    The majority of funds needed to operate and sustain St. Jude must be raised from generous donors. In addition, we also receive some revenue from insurance recoveries, research grant funding and returns on our investments. 

    When you look at total revenue, ALSAC and St. Jude are proud that 82 cents of every dollar received has gone to support patients and research at St. Jude today and in the future. Thirteen cents of every dollar supports fundraising efforts, such as events like the national St. Jude Walk/Run and advertising to help spread awareness of our lifesaving mission. Five cents of every dollar supports administration costs. 

    Read more about our unique operating model and future plans.

    According to Charity Navigator — an organization that evaluates nonprofits based on transparency, financial health and accountability —  ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has a four-out-of-four star rating for our Overall Score and Rating.

    You can read more about donation breakdowns, percentages and other information on the Charity Navigator Impact Report.

  3. American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC) was founded by Danny Thomas in 1957 to be the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and its sole mission is to raise the funds and awareness necessary to operate and maintain the hospital. In the years ahead, an estimated 89% of the funds necessary to sustain and grow St. Jude must be raised by ALSAC from generous donors. Learn more about why you should support our mission and our unique operating model.

    From human resources, to marketing, to regional field representatives, ALSAC is always looking for the brightest professionals to join our lifesaving mission across the country. Find jobs and apply.

  4. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a tax-exempt organization, as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  St. Jude is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions in accordance with Code section 170. Therefore your gift to St. Jude is a tax-deductible donation to the full extent provided by law.

    St. Jude is a tax-exempt nonprofit charity operating since 1962. Our federal tax identification number is 62-0646012. You should consult a tax professional to determine the exact tax advantages of any gift you are considering. 

  5. To update your name and contact information, manage or change your monthly credit card and monthly payment information, and update your Partner In Hope account, create a My Supporter Account.

    You can also call us at (800) 822-6344 to cancel or change a one-time or monthly donation. Our call center is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. CT. We’ll be happy to assist you in making any changes to your one-time or monthly donation.

    What is My Supporter Account?

    Learn about other ways you can support the kids of St. Jude, including:

  6. We want to communicate with you on your terms. 

    • Mail: Call St. Jude Donor Services at (800) 822-6344 or email donors@stjude.org to update your mail preferences.
    • Email: Visit our Email Management Center to unsubscribe from emails or to change preferences. 
    • Text: Text the word STOP to 785833 to opt-out. 

    Thank you for your support of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where families never receive a bill for anything. 

  7. Thank you for your interest, but St. Jude does not have a program to collect aluminum can tabs. If you wish, you may recycle your tabs locally and donate proceeds to St. Jude.

    Many of our patients and their families stay at our local Ronald McDonald House here in Memphis, and Ronald McDonald House Charities collect aluminum can tabs. We recommend contacting your local Ronald McDonald House for more information.

    Looking for another way to support St. JudeGet involved in one of our volunteer or fundraising events, or learn more about ways you can give.

  8. We appreciate your generosity, but St. Jude does not accept donations of hair, as we do not have the facilities to make wigs. You might consider making your donation of hair to another organization that specializes in these kinds of gifts.

  9. St. Jude appreciates our partners in giving and we work with different companies and organizations on donating efforts. Explore workplace giving options, such as employee giving, matching donations and more. Or, read about becoming a corporate or organizational partner

    There are several other ways to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For more information, contact us at (800) 822-6344 or email donors@stjude.org.

  10. St. Jude does not rent, share or sell your personal information to outside marketers. We may share personal information with our service providers, including but not limited to shipping companies and credit card processors, which may only use or disclose the information solely to perform services on our behalf or comply with the law.  ALSAC may share your information with St. Jude. We may share your information when required by law, including pursuant to a subpoena, court order, governmental inquiry, or other legal process or as necessary to protect our rights, users, donors and services.  We may share information that has been de-identified or aggregated, or any other technical information, without limitation.

    For more information, read our full St. Jude U.S. Privacy Policy Statement.

  11. Yes! Explore other ways to support St. Jude.

    For more information or any donation related questions, contact St. Jude Donor Services at (800) 822-6344 or email donors@stjude.org.

 
 

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