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How much should I donate to charity?

Different levels of charitable giving can lead to different levels of impact. Your generous donation to St. Jude helps support lifesaving research and treatment for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases worldwide. 

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Patient Eliza crawls on the floor wearing a bow and glasses and a slight small.

St. Jude patient Eliza

St. Jude patient Za'Mya sits near a medical machine wearing a mask and a pensive look.

St. Jude patient Za'Mya


What is the average donation amount?

The average monthly donation for a St. Jude Partner in Hope is $25 per month. But any amount donated to St. Jude helps.

Your donation can help provide families with a sense of hope during a difficult time, all while helping St. Jude continue to lead the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. 

Donate $25 a Month


Deciding how much to donate to charity

There are three important things to consider when deciding how much you would like to set aside for charity:

  • Your budget: When incorporating charitable giving into your budget, choose an amount sustainable for your household. One option is to consider basing your donation amount on your monthly income. For example, you may feel comfortable giving a set amount or a percentage of your monthly income. After a few months of consistent donating, you may find there's room in your budget to increase that percentage. Plan quarterly or annual assessments of your charitable gifts to ensure you're on track to meet any philanthropic goals you may have.
  • Tax advantages: Charitable donations can help lower your taxable income in the form of tax deductions. St. Jude is a tax-exempt nonprofit charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This means that all charitable contributions to St. Jude are tax deductible.
  • Donation impact: Every donation to St. Jude makes a difference, and by giving, you're helping kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases worldwide. Consider the impact you'd like to have when deciding how much to donate.

The impact of your donation on St. Jude patients and families

Every child deserves a chance to live their best life and celebrate every moment. Together, we can save more lives. See the impact your donation can make:

  1. $350 could help provide 30 platelet count tests*

    Donate $350

    Patient Adalyn sits on her mom's lap and touches her hands in a hospital room.

    St. Jude patient Adalyn and her mom

  2. $500 could help cover the cost of 25 sets of IV tubing for chemotherapy*

    Donate $500

    Patient's Ava playing with a stethoscope in a colorful hospital room with her mom.

    St. Jude patient Ava with her mom

  3. $750 could help cover the cost of a spinal tap*

    Donate $750

    Patient Lucas sits in a colorful hospital room wearing a mask and a serious expression.

    St. Jude patient Lucas

  4. $1,000 could help cover the cost of three chest X-rays*

    Donate $1,000

    Patient Janelle holds her dad's hand as she guides him into a hospital room.

    St. Jude patient Janelle with her dad

  5. $2,500 could help cover the cost of two days of outpatient visits*

    Donate $2,500

    Patient Mila is wheeled through the hospital in a stroller by her mom.

    St. Jude patient Mila and her mom

  6. $5,000 could help provide three days of chemotherapy administered intravenously to leukemia or solid tumor patients*

    Donate $5,000

    Patient Alanna sits on her mom's lap in a hospital setting.

    St. Jude patient Alanna with her mom


* 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.. Read more about approximated costs.


Your donation matters

Donating to St. Jude helps ensure families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live. There are several ways you can donate:

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