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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Specialty Hospitals

Mission: St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital: To find cures and means of prevention for childhood catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. ALSAC: Led by Richard C. Shadyac Jr., Chief Executive Officer , ALSAC coordinates the fundraising activities of the more than 1 million volunteers and donors who support the hospital each year. ALSAC operations are overseen by its Board of Directors who are also the same volunteers serving as the St. Jude Board of Governors.

Programs: St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital: Over 5,000 patients are seen at St. Jude yearly. Most are treated on an outpatient basis, which helps them maintain a sense of normalcy with their families. In addition to the major clinics and treatment areas, an eye clinic, dental clinic, pharmacy, and rehabilitation services are included. The hospital maintains 60 beds for patients requiring hospitalization during treatment. •St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and all over the world. •Patients are accepted by physician referral based on the patient's eligibility for an ongoing treatment study, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, or their inability to pay. •We are the only pediatric research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay. •More than 85 cents of every dollar we received during the last three years has gone directly to patient care, research, education and training. ALSAC: We raise the funds and build awareness to sustain the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment while honoring the memory and heritage of our founder, Danny Thomas.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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


General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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!


General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I donated $2,000.00 and in return I get a Thank you letter with a BUT connected to it. Thank you, but will you donate more. WHAT??? How ungrateful !!! So I looked them up and David Mckee (chief operating officer ) makes $522,334 and Richard Shadyac JR ( chief executive ) makes $477,920. That's a big part of what's wrong with this world. Come on! Seriously, no one has to make that much money and if you do, pay if forward. I can't eat that much food, I don't need a mansion to survive, I don't need multiple cars that are ridiculously expensive, boats etc....How much of my donation that I sent on a fixed income went to these two guys making their lives more luxurious ?


General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

I will not be donating to St. Jude, because I cannot trust their Form 990 Tax Return. I just received a direct mail charitable donation request from St. Jude, with address stickers and a note pad. I know the request for donation I received, cost something to produce. I recently started to review Charity ratings because my donation dollars are limited. I am a non-profit accountant with 30 years of experience. I reviewed the Organization's Tax Retrun (Form 990) for 2011 and found no expense whatsoever being attributed to Fundraising. One of my key criteria to donating to a charity is how 'efficient' the charity is in allocating it's dollars. Since these costs are not disclosed, I am suspicious about the ratio of Admin & Fundraising expense to Program Services. When St Jude reports the cost of their fundrasing efforts, I will reconsider my decision to donate.