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Grants from a donor-advised fund can help save lives

Recommend grants to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through your donor-advised fund (DAF), and help us to continue to ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live.

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Dr. Vernon Rayford shares why his family gives to St. Jude through a donor-advised fund.


Three ways to give through a donor-advised fund

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Recommend a grant from your DAF through your fund administrator

You can recommend a gift to St. Jude by contacting your fund administrator, or by granting online. Find your fund administrator below.

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Set up recurring grants from your DAF

You can set up recurring grants to help sustain the lifesaving mission of St. Jude. This can be done online or by contacting your fund administrator. You can choose how frequently the automated grants will occur. You also may use donor-advised funds to continue your family’s philanthropy into future generations. A DAF may be funded through an estate, naming your children or others to be the fund advisors.

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Name St. Jude as the beneficiary of your DAF as part of your legacy plans

You can help continue the mission of St. Jude after your lifetime by naming St. Jude as the beneficiary of your DAF. Simply contact your fund administrator to do so. Learn more about legacy giving at St. Jude.


Grant a one-time or recurring gift through a DAF


If you cannot find your financial institution or foundation in the links above, contact us by emailing You can also grant directly from your DAF sponsor's website.


Please use the following legal name and tax identification:


ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105


Tax ID Number:

We are a tax-exempt, charitable institution listed in the Federal Internal Revenue Service Publication #78, "Cumulative List of Organizations," revised IRS Code 501(c)(3).


Your DAF grant to St. Jude will make an impact

You will help ensure our lifesaving mission: Finding cures. Saving children.®

  1. A $250 grant from your donor-advised fund could help provide meals for a St. Jude family for one week.

    St. Jude provides patients and their families with meal cards for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Kay Kafe, the hospital’s cafeteria.

    Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live.

    St. Jude patient Aspen gets kisses from her parents on both cheeks.

    St. Jude patient Aspen with her parents

  2. A $1,500 grant from your donor-advised fund could help cover the cost of one day of chemotherapy for a St. Jude patient. 

    Chemotherapy is often part of a patient's treatment plan for a life-threatening disease.

    Treatments developed at St. Jude have helped push the overall survival rate for childhood cancer from 20% when the hospital opened in 1962 to more than 80% today.

    St. Jude patient Griffin and his mom are shown in a treatment room at St. Jude

    St. Jude patient Griffin with his mom

  3. A $4,000 grant from your donor-advised fund could help cover the cost of an ICU room for one day.

    The intensive care unit provides world-class care for St. Jude patients with childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

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

    St. Jude patient Imani poses in an outdoor setting

    St. Jude patient Imani

  4. A $15,000 grant from your donor-advised fund could help cover the cost of two CT scans for St. Jude patients.

    A CT scan is a diagnostic test that is often needed as part of a patient's treatment and care. 

    No matter how much you grant, your support will help St. Jude continue its lifesaving mission: Finding cures. Saving children.®

    St. Jude patient Za'Mya gets familiar with a CT scan machine using a medical teaching doll.

    St. Jude patient Za'Mya


*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.

St. Jude patient Yates shares a hug with his mom and dad in an outdoor portrait

St. Jude patient Yates and his family

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If you contribute to St. Jude through your donor-advised fund, or if you have questions, please call (800) 910-3172, or email, so we can thank you for your generosity.


Have you left St. Jude in your estate plans?

Please let us know so that we can show our gratitude and better plan for the future. We want to honor your generosity in a special way. 

Let Us Know We Are a Part of Your Legacy Explore More Planned Giving Options

St. Jude patient Aspen makes a heart symbol with her hands

St. Jude patient Aspen


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.


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Our Gift Planning department has a representative in your area who can provide further information or help you prepare the right questions to ask your financial advisor to determine if a donor-advised fund or another type of planned gift is right for you. For questions about granting from your DAF, email,  or call (800) 910-3172.  You can also fill out the form below (indicate: "Donor-advised funds" under "other"), and a St. Jude representative will contact you. 

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Donor-advised funds FAQs

What are donor-advised funds?

A donor-advised fund is a philanthropic giving vehicle that provides an immediate tax benefit to you and allows you to recommend grants to your favorite charities.

Donor-advised funds are the fastest-growing charitable giving tool in the U.S., providing an easy and tax-advantageous way to support your favorite causes. These charitable accounts empower donors to give as often as they wish to the nonprofits they care about. 

Donor-advised funds can be a sensible alternative to private foundations, providing flexible giving strategies with minimal overhead for you as a donor. Consider strengthening your commitment to our mission with a contribution from your DAF.

How do I open a DAF?

To open a donor-advised fund, a donor selects a qualified sponsoring organization or financial institution and puts funds into an account.  You can establish a DAF with a number of entities, including community foundations, charities and financial service companies such as Fidelity, Schwab and Vanguard. It is usually best to work with a financial and tax advisor to discuss your philanthropic goals.


What are the benefits of a donor-advised fund?

Donor-advised funds are tax-efficient giving accounts and offer many of the same benefits as other philanthropic giving options. Some of these benefits can include:

  • No capital gains tax on long-term appreciated assets held for more than a year.
  • Immediate tax deduction for the full-market value of the gift, up to specified limits.
  • Easily contribute a wide range of assets.
  • Consolidate all your charitable giving.
  • Support a charity you believe in through strategic giving over time.
  • Create a generational legacy.

Who can open a DAF?

Any individual, family, company, foundation or other entity can open a donor-advised fund account by contributing assets.

How much do I need to open a DAF account?

The minimum initial contribution depends on the financial institution you choose when opening your account. For example, one institution may require you to contribute $5,000 in order to open a fund, while another may have no minimum contribution.