I used to give money to St Jude sporadically since some months my funds are tighter than others, but I am going to find a different organization to donate to. I recently called St Jude to have them mail me a form so I could donate. A month went by and I never received anything. So I called back again and same thing, never received anything. Now 2 months have gone by and I call a 3rd time and explain to a woman the situation, and with no apology proceeds to ignore what I just explained to her and ask if I can have 19 dollars a month deducted from my account as if she didn't even care to listen to a thing I said. I finally had enough and told her nevermind and hung up. I then sent an email to the H.R. department letting someone know what's been going on. I have never gotten a response or even a call back. I guess unless you are only wanting to have monthly donations deducted from your bank account St. Jude does not want to deal with you. It's sad because I have never had this problem with St. Jude in years past. Sounds like they are getting a little too big for their britches.
I called to pledge a monthly donation to St Jude's and right before the call ended, I was asked to pledge a single donation first ($50/$100 +)......I declined since I would be making donations each and every month. Immediately after the $ was deducted from my checking account, I received a form asking for a donation ($25/$50/+) along with personal return address labels. If I wanted mailing address labels, I would purchase them and would not want St. Jude's to spend my donation dollars on unnecessary items & postage. I have cancelled my monthly pledge and will decide how to proceed with getting my donation directly to who it should benefit........the children.
I'm inspired to give back because of a sweet little boy, named Brandon, who unfortunately lost his battle with brain cancer. Attending his funeral was eye-opening. I knew about cancer, I have lost loved ones to cancer- my amazing dad most recently.
There is something unbearably painful about attending the funeral of a child that only wanted to live- the pain in the families eyes- the loss and complete sorrow of the parents who will never in all their time, be the same. It humbles you- shakes you- and hopefully- makes you a better person because of it.
I now give back to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. They worked so hard to save Brandon's life. They work tirelessly to save every child that comes through their doors- when you arrive- they are waiting for you and know your name in the admissions office- which has desks short enough so that the child can be a part of the discussions. They want that. They want you included, they want to answer your million+ questions- and they want to assure you that because you're a patient of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, you will never receive a bill.
St. Jude covers all costs associated to the treatment of a child. They cover food, housing, travel, and most importantly, the treatment itself. If I were ever in the darkness of fear, worrying about my child, I would want a place like St. Jude to turn to. That is why I need to help- why I need to give back. They do so much for kids. They do so much for their families. Not to mention- providing school for those too sick to attend; graduation for kids who can move up in their academic grade; prom- they take donations of gowns and tux's so that the teenagers can experience something that should be a given in their lives. St. Jude gives the kids and their families Christmas, Halloween, Easter- a chance to be normal in a world of chaos.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital gives back. That's why I give back to them.
Review from #MyGivingStory
I recently knew of a person who could reduce the credit card processing for ALSAC/ St. Jude, This company GUARANTEED to beat the credit processing of give a $1000 donation. Carol Crowder would not even let him come spend 20 minutes with her to prove to her how he could reduce the charges. She made a unilateral decision to NOT SAVE ALSAC THE MONEY. IT just goes to show that ALSAC is not about saving money and have become like all other companies that take in donations, they piss it away!!!!!!!!!!!
That is another reason I do not give to St. Jude or ALSAC!!!
Why does St Jude Children's Research Hospital tout itself as angels of mercy, like a Mother Theresa organization when they pick and choose what children they will accept or reject?? To reject an innocent child like my son's 7 yr. old brother who had a benign, fast growing brain tumor which eventually took his life, is absolutely deplorable to me!! They are not an organization worthy of donations since there are children they just allow to die due to their insensitivity!
St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital is a very responsible and respectable institution. I have been making donations and not fundraising with the organization and their personnel that I have had the pleasure to interact with have been extremely responsive and transparent with all the inquiries that I presented to them. The company pays extra attention to ensure that every donor is well noticed and has a very strong system of donor retention. I appreciate St. Jude's quality event planning and will be a long time participant in their events!
Review from Guidestar
As the father of a patient at St. Jude, I wanted to weigh in on their fundraising. First, and foremost, I want to thank anyone who has ever donated to St. Jude. It’s a big organization that has relied on small gifts from millions of people over the last 50 years. And because of those gifts, St. Jude has better been able to understand and treat my son’s type of rare cancer. I’ve been on both sides of the coin, and giving to St. Jude is very compelling. It is an easy decision and it feels good to help children fight for their lives. But when you become the beneficiary of those gifts, it is hard to describe how overwhelming the feeling of gratitude is. I vividly remember driving onto their campus for the first time, how relieved my wife and I were to know that we were at the place that knew more about childhood cancer than any other place in the world. As such, before I say anything about the fundraising process at St. Jude, I want to say thank you to everyone who has supported their work. It is because of so many peoples’ generosity that St. Jude gives families like ours that peace-of-mind.
Officially, ALSAC is the fundraising organization responsible for raising 75 percent of the money that funds St. Jude each day. It is a very big organization with two priorities. First, a big part of what ALSAC does is telling the world about childhood cancer. It is not a cause that is championed by religious groups, business, or government. There is no big advocacy group. There are small groups doing things around the world, usually related to families who have been affected by childhood cancer, but nothing significant. That leaves ALSAC as the organization that keeps the cause in the public’s attention through their various media outlets, all which cost money. The second part of what they do is raise money for research and treatment of these diseases. ALSAC employees something like 1,500 people and hosts hundreds of events each year for donors all over the country. They rely on a lot of volunteer hours as well. ALSAC uses an external agency to benchmark their costs to make sure they are in-line with peer organizations. While they have to keep their costs reasonable, they also need to attract talented professionals. It is my experience that those talented professionals will work at ALSAC for less than they can make in the private sector. But we need them to have good people because what they do is significant.
As it relates to their CEO pay, remember that they list two CEOs. One is the CEO of ALSAC, Rick Shadyac, who makes a little bit less than the peer average even though he is an unbelievable leader for that organization and left a lucrative career in the private sector. We know him personally. We met him the first week we were at the hospital. He remembered my son’s name after the first time he met him. He knows all of the children it seems. He is visibly anguished when a child loses their battle, which unfortunately still happens. And he is a tireless advocate for them. He is the leader in the cause of fighting childhood cancer and we need him in that spot. There is also a CEO of the hospital, St. Jude, whose salary is reported. That has been Dr. William Evans, although he is in the process of retiring as CEO. Dr. Evans is a renowned scientist who St. Jude has been lucky to have.
My family is so grateful that people have given their money to ALSAC/St. Jude for the past 50 years because it has given my son a better chance in the fight for his life. We are grateful for the people at ALSAC and St. Jude who have dedicated their careers to fighting childhood cancer. As a donor, I don’t want our gifts to be wasted. And as the father of a patient at St. Jude, I assure you that they are not.
As a parent of a child who has been under the care of St. Jude since March of 2012, I hope my perspective is useful. St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer. Everything St. Jude does is centered on finding cures and saving children. When my son was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 12, there was no doubt in my mind where I needed to take him to be cured. Families like mine never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food. This allows for 100% focus on curing my child. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
Whether a hospital is a for profit facility or a not for profit one, it takes talented leaders to operate them. To continue to do it’s lifesaving work, St. Jude must hire and retain the best doctors, researchers, scientists, nurses and fundraising leaders. The skills and experience of executive leaders are in very high demand across the country and internationally. In my opinion, it’s important that compensation for these positions be reasonable, fair and benchmarked to their peers. I think if you look at the compensation packages for the Leaders of St. Jude and ALSAC, you will find that they are actually in many cases below market. I think that’s a responsible way to operate and it allows St. Jude to offer fair wages and still attract top talent.
St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital is and always has been my favorite charity. My dad was friends with Danny Thomas the founder. They used to talk on the phone sometimes on the weekend about helping out, donating our time to help children in need.
I remember meeting Danny Thomas, he was doing a stand up show, I was just a kid so that was probably 45 years ago. Danny was larger than life, smoking a cigar and genuinely a kind man. He was getting ready to go on stage, people were all around him but he stopped everything to play with me and my younger brothers, insisted we sit on his lap and gave us all big hugs, he didn't have to do that, how many in today's world would do that?
I Thank God that my children are all healthy and I Thank God that St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital exists, just in case we needed, you needed, anyone of us needed their services, they are there.
I also read the negative comments about pay scales, I will continue to donate for the rest of my life. I don't care if they are putting the money in a pile and burning it, they are helping children and no amount of money can replace our children.
As i read the negative reviews, i notice that most of it is about money. I guess you are all right, no one needs that much money. However, the need is never a part of the value now is it. If each of you were paid on your " need" at your job, would it be less or more? Highly educated , sharp professionals are hired to administrate this wonderful organization and yes they cost a lot but maybe, just maybe they are worth it and maybe their professionalism and talent is what filters down to that staff member who takes care of someone you know or love one day. Now, would you choose a cheaper version? Look at both sides and watch what you say on public boards. Writing bad reviews may make you feel better about things, but it hurts more than you think to those you point and wag your finger at.