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How to maximize your charitable donations

Did you know that when you support charities like St. Jude, there are strategic ways to help the impact of your donation stretch even further? Check out our tips below. 

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Patient Luna walks down the halls of St. Jude hand-in-hand with her dad.

St. Jude patient Luna with her dad


Research your nonprofit 

Because some organizations are more effective than others, it's important to vet charities you're considering making a donation to.

An easy way to determine if a charitable organization is credible and trustworthy is to review its charity ratings on websites like Charity Navigator and GuideStar. You can also review the Wise Giving Alliance, a service of the Better Business Bureau (BBB), to see if your chosen organization is an accredited charity. Verifying a charity’s credibility helps ensure your donation is used effectively.

St. Jude patient Eri'Elle sits at a table oustide wearing a doctor outfit.

St. Jude patient Eri'Elle


Maximize your charitable impact through fundraising

Whether through a simple Facebook campaign or a full-fledged charity event, bringing people together through fundraising is a great way to maximize your charitable impact. When planning your fundraising campaign, be sure to leverage tools such as:

Combining your philanthropic efforts with friends, family and your broader community can enhance your ability to create greater positive changes for those in need.

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Get your workplace involved 

Another way to maximize your charitable donations and expand your philanthropic reach is to explore workplace giving opportunities. Depending on your employer, you may be eligible to sign up for an employer-matching program, participate in workplace fundraisers or even start a new employee-giving program

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St. Jude patient Avyan stands outside and gets a hug from behind from his mom.

St. Jude patient Avyan with his mom

St. Jude patient Kenadie stands next to her mom in a colorful hospital waiting room.

St. Jude patient Kenadie and her mom


Make tax-advantageous donations 

Taking advantage of charitable tax deductions can help you make the most of your charitable impact. The savings you create by claiming those deductions can even be allocated toward a future donation. For example, donations made to St. Jude are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

You may also be interested in donating stocks and other assets or using a donor-advised fund to maximize your impact. 

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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.

Patient Bridget and her mom hold a photo of Bridget from when she was in treatment at St. Jude.

St. Jude patient Bridget and her mom


Make an impact on the children of St. Jude

Because of your support, we can provide children cutting-edge treatments not covered by insurance, at no cost to families.

Unlike other hospitals, the majority of funding for St. Jude comes from generous donors. Join us, and be part of our mission to save more lives.

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