Our founder, Danny Thomas, wtih a St. Jude patient

Legacy and planned giving

As the year begins, renew your plans to give, and help bring St. Jude closer to the day when every precious life can be saved.

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Legacy gifts provide meaningful, lasting support

St. Jude patient Sebastian

St. Jude patient Sebastian

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility.

St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The breakthroughs here have influenced treatments and saved children’s lives around the world.

A personal St. Jude representative can help you begin to create your legacy. Call us at (800) 395-1087, or contact us online.


Wills and bequests

Wills and bequests

Plan now for a future gift to St. Jude by including a provision in your will or estate plan.

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Charitable gift annuities

Charitable gift annuities

The gift that pays you back. A simple and affordable way to make a significant gift to St. Jude.

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Donor advised funds

Donor advised funds

Put your donor advised fund to use saving lives by recommending gifts to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Dedicate a brick

Dedicate an engraved brick on the pathway leading to the Kay Research and Care Center.

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Your foundation's gift will provide vital support for the lifesaving work of St. Jude.

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Gift calculator

Begin planning your gift to St. Jude today. Use our gift calculator to get started.

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    St. Jude patient Millie

    If you are 70 ½ or older, you can make a contribution of up to $100,000 annually from your IRA account to help the children of St. Jude.

    A donation transferred directly from your IRA to St. Jude is not considered federally taxable income for you, but it does count toward your required minimum distribution.

    For more information, please call (800) 395-1087, or have your IRA administrator use our sample letter to help you make a charitable rollover gift to St. Jude. As always, please consult your advisors to determine if this type of gift is right for you.

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    St. Jude patient Damien

    Gifts of stock can help St. Jude continue its lifesaving mission of finding cures for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

    Electronic delivery: Depository Trust Company (DTC) ID #0226 – for credit to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Inc., Account # 003-314773 at First Tennessee Brokerage, PO Box 240655, Memphis, TN 38124

    Mail physical stock certificates to: ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Attn: Accounting, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

    Please fill out our transfer form so we can properly acknowledge your gift for tax purposes.

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  3. You can establish a charitable lead trust to benefit St. Jude, and a predetermined amount of the trust’s assets will be given to St. Jude annually for a set period of time. Afterward, the remainder of the funds can be transferred to the trust’s non-charitable beneficiaries, such as family members. Setting up a charitable lead trust may reduce or even eliminate gift and estate taxes on trust assets passing to family.

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    You may be interested in a charitable lead trust if:
    • You have a large estate that would be subject to gift and estate tax.
    • You have assets that you want to keep in the family and that have a likelihood of significant appreciation in the future.
    • You want to make significant annual gifts while you are living to a charity that is important to you, and also pass assets to beneficiaries at a potentially lower gift or estate tax cost.

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  4. Charitable remainder trusts allow you to irrevocably transfer assets, and you and/or your beneficiaries receive payments from the trust for life, or another time period of your choice. The remainder of the trust then goes to St. Jude.

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    There are two types of charitable remainder trusts:

    • A Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust (CRAT) pays a fixed dollar amount to income beneficiaries for life or a term of years, regardless of market conditions. The CRAT cannot accept additional gifts after it has been established.
    • A Charitable Remainder Unitrust (CRUT) pays the income beneficiaries a fixed percentage rate for life or a term of years. The annual income amount is based on the current value of the trust's assets, so the payout will increase or decrease based on changes in the trust's value.

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  5. Most people do not use all of their retirement assets during their lifetime, and those unused assets can be used to make a gift to St. Jude.  

    A retirement plan can be a tax-efficient and simple way to include St. Jude in your estate plan. The best method is to name St. Jude as a beneficiary on your plan's beneficiary designation form. Because charities do not pay income taxes on the donations they receive, distributions to St. Jude will not be taxed as income.

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  6. If you have a life insurance policy that you no longer need because of a change in your life circumstances, you can give a paid-up policy to St. Jude, or even a policy on which you are still paying premiums.

    There are two simple ways to set up a gift of life insurance:

    • You can irrevocably designate St. Jude as the owner and beneficiary of your life insurance policy. By doing so, you may be entitled to a generous charitable income tax deduction.
    • You can name St. Jude as irrevocable beneficiary, but retain ownership of the policy itself. Call or write to your insurance company to request a form to make this change of beneficiary.

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Call us at (800) 395-4341, or contact us online.



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Donor stories

Gifts come in many forms. Supporters of St. Jude are creating their legacies today and helping the hospital plan for tomorrow by remembering the children of St. Jude in their plans.

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Meet Lilly

Radiation therapy is an important part of Lilly's treatment at St. Jude.
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St. Jude patient Lilly

Lilly has taught me what it’s really like to persevere.

Kaite, Lilly's mom

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