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Why donate to charity?

Each year, individuals and corporations in the United States donate billions of dollars to charities, like St. Jude. When you donate to St. Jude, you’re helping save the lives of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. 

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Patient Mila wearing a colorful outfit as she sits and grins

St. Jude patient Mila with her mom


Benefits of donating to charity

You may be asking, why do people donate to charity? What makes them choose to give their money to help others? There are many benefits of donating to charity, ranging from how good it feels to financial advantages.

Patient Kamyrn poses with a sign with his name in a hospital room while his mom gives him a hug.

St. Jude patient Kamryn


It feels good to help others

One of the main reasons people donate to charity is simply because it feels good to help others. Studies show that charitable giving has a positive impact on happiness. When we know we’re contributing to those in need, helping people stay safe and healthy, or giving another person (or animal) a positive outcome, we tend to feel better about ourselves.


It strengthens community

Finding and creating community is one of the most important parts of being human. When we give back to our communities, it can help us feel more connected to each other, the places we live and the world as a whole. Donating to charity can help us strengthen our personal communities while helping others feel more connected to theirs. 

St. Jude patient Liliana stands with her sister wearing matching This Shirt Saves Lives T-shirts and pointing at the camera.

St. Jude patient Liliana with her sister

Patient Janelle stands on a hospital bed as her dad gives her a hug.

St. Jude patient Janelle


You’re making an impact

Charitable donations are a great opportunity to make an impact on the lives of others. For example, a donation to St. Jude helps us ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live. When you give to charity, you can help positively impact families like those at St. Jude


It has tax benefits

Aside from the psychological and emotional benefits of donating to charity, there are also financial benefits to giving. Donations to charities and nonprofit organizations are often tax-deductible. Because St. Jude is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, donations qualify for a tax deduction. 

St. Jude patient Luxe stands with a slight smile clasping her hands together.

St. Jude patient Luxe


How does St. Jude use my donation?

Unlike other hospitals, the majority of funding for St. Jude comes from generous donors. Because of your support, we can provide children cutting-edge treatments not covered by insurance, at no cost to families.

Donations made to St. Jude help cover the following and more for our patients and their families.

  • Research and treatment for pediatric cancer and other life-threatening diseases
  • Travel, housing and food
  • Schooling
  • Psychosocial help
  • Toys and activities
  • Costly treatments and hospital stays

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How to donate to St. Jude

Donating to St. Jude is easy and only takes a few clicks. Simply choose a donation amount and frequency (one-time or monthly), then enter your information. You can even mail in your donation, if you prefer.

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St. Jude patient Lucas sits in a mask in a colorful hospital room.

St. Jude patient Lucas


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