What is a foundation partnership?
When your foundation works with a charitable organization — like St. Jude — the foundation becomes a partner to the nonprofit. The organization contributing to the nonprofit – the foundation partner – can contribute via foundation grants in various ways, including program grants and general operating support. Contact us today to explore all the ways your foundation can partner with St. Jude.
Why foundation partnerships are important to St. Jude
Unlike other hospitals, the majority of funding for St. Jude comes from generous donors, so gifts from public and private family, community and corporate foundations provide vital support for our lifesaving work. Thanks in large part to those donations, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live.
Our foundation partners are essential to creating new programs and initiatives, providing compassionate care and compensating St. Jude team members.
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$5,000 could help cover the cost of the daily room rate of the ICU.
The Intensive Care Unit at St. Jude has twice been recognized with the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. In 2009, the St. Jude ICU became Tennessee’s first ICU to win the honor.
$10,000 could help provide grocery gift cards for two years for one St. Jude family.
Families whose children are undergoing long-term treatment live at St. Jude Target House free of charge. Each week, Target House families receive a grocery gift card from Kroger so that they may cook their own meals and eat together in their apartment if they choose. These shared meals help families maintain a sense of togetherness during trying times.
$15,000 could help provide one day of inpatient care.
Although the majority of patients at St. Jude are treated as outpatients, the hospital is licensed for 80 beds for patients requiring a hospital stay.
$20,000 could help cover the costs to help run the St. Jude Blood Donor Center for one week.
The Blood Donor Center, located on the first floor of the Patient Care Center, is responsible for collecting and providing the hospital with platelets and other blood products necessary for our patient’s care.
$25,000 could help cover the cost of a major surgical procedure.
St. Jude helped revolutionize pediatric cancer treatment around the world with its groundbreaking use of a combination of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery to treat childhood cancers.
*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.
Foundation partnerships FAQs
Key differences between a private foundation, a family foundation, a corporate foundation and a community foundation include the following:
A private foundation has a different tax status than a community one. Private foundations are 501(c)(3)s while community foundations are classified as public charities (501(c)(3)s or 509(a)(1)s).
Private foundations may have specific donors and their trusted appointees, and the governing body of the organization has to approve everything: grant opportunities, funding requests, advocacy and human services.
Family-owned foundations are often private. They tend to be funded by a particular family’s endowment, and sometimes family members take an active role in running the foundation as well.
A community foundation may be run similarly to a private foundation or employ an advisory committee. In a community foundation, the decision-making process for fundraising initiatives and funding options can vary, so it can be helpful to understand how your foundation funding works, along with any relevant existing grant programs.
Typically, corporate foundations are established as separate legal entities from the corporation that sponsors them. However there’s often a close relationship between the foundation and the corporation itself.
A foundation grant is a certain amount of money that a private or community foundation gives to a nonprofit organization — such as St. Jude. These grants tend to award less money to grantees than government grants, but the grantmaking and grant application processes are generally less labor intensive.
Charitable organizations, like St. Jude, can benefit from the generosity of foundations through new grants. If you’re passionate about serving local and global communities with vital healthcare and human services, we want to empower you to consider a foundation grant program with us.
You don’t necessarily need to start a private foundation to provide foundation grants to St. Jude — a donor-advised fund (DAF) through your local community foundation can work as well.
ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital does not provide tax, legal or accounting advice. This material is prepared and made available to you for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide or be relied upon for tax, legal or accounting advice. You should always consult a tax professional to determine your particular tax benefits that may result from any particular type of gift to charity.
Why partner with St. Jude?
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.
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.
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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