Fast Company today announced its second annual Best Workplaces for Innovators list, honoring businesses and organizations that demonstrate a deep commitment to encouraging innovation at all levels. ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®, ranked No. 1 on the list for its innovative and disruptive approach to philanthropy in order to continue to fund the lifesaving mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.®
ALSAC is the world’s largest healthcare charity, raising more than $1.7 billion last year through generous St. Jude donors and partnerships. It exists solely to cover the operating and growth costs of St. Jude, which has helped increase the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the research hospital opened in 1962. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, because all a family should worry about it helping their child live.
“Supporting the unique mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital requires ALSAC to constantly stay ahead of trends,” said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC. “Innovation must be constant—in all organizations—to keep pace with the rapidly changing consumer landscape.”
Every employee at ALSAC is accountable for innovation and taught innovation methodologies. This year alone, in the midst of a pandemic, the organization created five major virtual events and countless other initiatives to replace more than 100 physical events postponed or canceled so far due to COVID-19.
“We had to pivot on a dime to transform our approaches. It was a monumental effort enabled by years of investment and foresight in innovation,” said Melanee Hannock, Chief Digital and Innovation Officer of ALSAC. “Any organization, especially those in philanthropy, should consider themselves in the innovation and technology business.”
Developed in collaboration with Accenture, the 2020 Best Workplaces for Innovators ranks 100 winners from a variety of industries, including computer science, biotech, consumer packaged goods, nonprofit, education, financial services, cybersecurity, and engineering. Working together, Fast Company editors and Accenture researchers scored nearly 900 applications, and a panel of eight eminent judges reviewed and endorsed the top 100 companies—an increase from last year’s list of 50. The 2020 awards feature workplaces from around the world with several of the honorees based outside the U.S.
Fast Company's Best Workplaces for Innovators issue (September 2020) is available online now, and the print issue will be on newsstands beginning August 4, 2020. Join the Best Workplaces for Innovators conversation using #FCBestWorkplaces.
About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since the hospital opened in 1962. St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Because of generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, so they can focus on helping their child live. Visit St. Jude Inspire to discover powerful St. Jude stories of hope, strength, love and kindness. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook, following St. Jude on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok, and subscribing to its YouTube channel.
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