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Legacy giving

When you leave St. Jude in your estate plans or give another legacy gift, your generosity earns you optional membership in a special community of supporters called the Danny Thomas — St. Jude Society, who have helped to ensure that our patients receive world-class care.

We are grateful for our supporters, who generously give the majority of funds needed to operate and sustain St. Jude. Are we part of your legacy plan?

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St. Jude patient Kenadie and her mom smile in the Family Commons.

St. Jude patient Kenadie and her mom


What is a legacy gift?

A legacy gift is a future gift that you plan for now that benefits a nonprofit or charity after your lifetime. When you plan a legacy gift to St. Jude, you make an impact for children around the world with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.


A gift that gives back

Receive payments for life and help the kids of St. Jude.

Charitable gift annuity (CGA) rates increased in January 2024 and are currently higher than they have been in more than a decade, which could mean higher fixed payments for you!

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St. Jude patient Luna and her dad

St. Jude patient Mila's mother holds her in the air while she gives her a kiss on the nose from below.

St. Jude patient Mila and her mom


Types of legacy gifts

Legacy gifts can be made in a number of ways, including:

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Why leave a legacy gift to St. Jude?

When you leave a legacy gift to St. Jude, you’re helping to fund lifesaving treatment for children fighting childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Your gifts help fund:

  • Events and supplies for patients and their families
  • Extensive childhood cancer research
  • Patient treatments
  • Games and toys for patients
  • Housing for families
  • Leading-edge technology
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Become a member of the Danny Thomas — St. Jude Society

When you designate a legacy gift to St. Jude in your estate plans, you'll also gain the opportunity to become part of a unique group of supporters as a member of the Danny Thomas — St. Jude Society.

Named for St. Jude founder Danny Thomas, this distinguished group of donors has made the ultimate commitment to carry on Danny’s legacy to help save the lives of children around the world.

Membership in the Danny Thomas —  St. Jude Society includes the following exclusive benefits:

  • your name inscribed on the St. Jude Legacy Wall
  • certificate of membership to the society
  • engagement with a personal St. Jude representative
  • annual member listing
  • exclusive mailings with St. Jude updates
  • invitations to virtual and in-person events in your area
  • invitation to the annual Danny Thomas - St. Jude Society event in Memphis, Tenn.
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A bust of founder Danny Thomas at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


Commemorate your donation on our Legacy Wall

The St. Jude Legacy Wall is another way of honoring you for making a commitment to St. Jude in your estate plans.

When you generously plan a legacy gift to St. Jude, your name will be part of our campus in Memphis, Tennessee, as a permanent tribute to your faithful support. To show our appreciation for your gift, we will inscribe your name on the St. Jude Legacy Wall located in the Danny Thomas Research Center. 

The St. Jude Legacy Wall showcases the names of St. Jude supporters who have included St. Jude in their legacies.

The St. Jude Legacy Wall


Let us know about your legacy gift

Please contact us to let us know you have made or want to make St. Jude part of your legacy so that we can honor your generosity and better plan for the future. Email, call (800) 395-1087, or fill out the form below, and a St. Jude representative will contact you. 

Are you a financial advisor, estate planner or attorney? Call (800) 837-2757, email or fill out this Advisors form instead.

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Why donate to St. Jude?

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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.

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82 cents of every dollar received from donations, research grants, insurance recoveries and investment returns goes to support the current and future needs of St. Jude.

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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%. St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer.


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