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18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm not sure why people are so outraged by the salaries of the executives. Do we not want out best and brightest working for our children? Why are teachers at the low end of the professional salaries scale; juvenile court judges and social workers low on the Wage scale too. I want people to WANT to work with and help our children and I want them to be qualified professionals who are compensated accordingly.

2

Donor

Rating: 2

I have donated many times in the past, but did not know they were Lebanese or Syrian affiliated. Also did not know their CEO made such big bucks.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife, a donor, and I just toured St. Jude's Children's Hospital and Research Center and were very impressed. No clients served pays a cent and the facilities are excellent. Most impressive is the improvements in survivor rates since inception through their research. Additionally, they don't copyright any of their research papers or patent their findings. All is open, and even distributed to, all other research agencies. They have video worldwide conferences with other researchers. Whan they find doctors that are treating children with cancer that aren't educated sufficiently they bring them to Memphis to bring them up to standard. I am now changing some of my charitable giving to give to ALSAC.

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10

Volunteer

Rating: 2

Until recently I supported this charity on a monthly basis. Not long ago I lost the credit card that was being used for an automatic debit each month. I had to cancel the card. Soon I got a call from St Jude's financial office because they were unable to debit my cancelled credit card. They demanded that I give them the new number, but my wallet was unavailable to me at the time and so I told them I would find it and call them back. They demurred and loudly demanded that I find it now.

Since then I have decline to contribute to them and will never do so again.

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5

Donor

Rating: 2

I have donated off and on to St. Jude for many years. Using Charity Navigator, I am reviewing all the potential charities that I will support this year. After seeing the two huge salaries for the CEO and COO of St. Jude, I concluded that my financial support should go elsewhere.

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2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a patient at St. Jude and I give them five stars because even though they may not be making enormous breakthroughs they still treat cancer patients, especially children for free. Personally I have received medications through them that I never would have been able to afford. Their fundraising may not be very efficient but they still treat their patients with enormous integrity.

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4 Lady G

Donor

Rating: 2

My sister passed away from Leukemia and I've always donated to St. Jude - but seeing the outrageous salaries of the top officers has really made me reconsider giving to this organization. I regret that I will not be giving this year. There are other organizations more worthy of my donations.

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12 Judith10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I worked at St. Jude on staff for 17 yr. I saw it change from an institution focussed on the children to an institution that derided its clinical staff and placed its priorities elsewhere i.e. laboratory though they still used the children as the means to raise money. Professionally, St. Jude has not made a major contribution to the outcome of children with cancer in over 20 yr - others have done that including the key areas of leukemia, brain tumors and non-Hodgkin lymphoma despite their claims on TV and elsewhere. The staff including nurse, techs etc who actually take care of the children have minimal retirements/benefits - actually embarrassing despite having spent 20-30 yr at the institution. Danny Thomas was great - and truly loved the children and supported staff. When he died - that died. When Don Pinkel (first medical director) left , the achievements in cancer therapy left. Give to your local cancer hospital - they give the same or better care. St. Jude is bloated with money.

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1

Donor

Rating: 4

I put exceeds expectations because I believe their HEART and INTENT is in the right place. I think their Fundraising Methods are outdated. They need to use more Internet and less mail service. Partnering with Carnival Cruise Lines was a smart move. But they need to do more to develop that relationship and those cruising on their ships. That is a an audience of 64,000+ every week. And there are people like myself who cruise with Carnival 7 or 8 times a year that would more than happy to volunteer to assist St Jude in getting the word out on these ships. We are cruising on them anyway, so there would be ZERO cost to St Jude.

6

Donor

Rating: 2

My wife and I have been donors to St. Jude Research Hospital for many years. We always did it to help the kids. We were inspired by the late Danny Thomas who did so much to help St. Jude Research Hospital. Recently, through Charity Navigator, we were made aware of the outrageous salaries paid to the COO and the CEO. It is beyond belief that these two men would work for a charity and take a salary this large out of the charitie's funds. Needless to say we are very disappointed.

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6

Donor

Rating: 1

I am disgusted by the size of the executive salaries. I urge the board of this otherwise worthy charity to trim the bloated executive salaries back to the five-figure range, which is an amount that is more in line with the philosophy of a charitable organization. The word is GIVING, not GREED...

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5 Adrienne L.

Donor

Rating: 2

I saw a commercial about St. Jude that really touched my heart about 4 years ago and called their number to donate $20 for their research. Since then, they've probably spent over $20 in all the letters asking for more donations, address stickers, and notebooks they've sent to me since then. I've also moved three times since then and gotten married/changed my last name and they've somehow always stayed up to date with my current address and last name which must cost more money. I mean this sounds like a great organization but why would I spend money on them unless I know that they'll deal with my donation wisely? They should spend more money on the kids directly and less on measly gifts to donors that they didn't ask for. And--not to sound bitter--but I called them this morning to ask them about where the money goes. I talked to several people and they were all extremely snotty to me in tone and word and none cared to hear my genuine concern. I think that there a lot more charitable organizations out there more worthy of your support.

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4

Donor

Rating: 1

ALSAC spends so much of the money it collects for children with cancer that it is no longer a reputable charity. When you give a gift of any amount to this charity, over 20% of your gift is spent on things that have nothing to do with childhood cancer. Last year, the charity’s rate of growth in expenses outpaced its rate of growth in revenue. Yet, the CEO of the charity nearly DOUBLED his own salary from the previous year. This charity would have you believe it desperately needs your money “to keep the hospital’s doors open”, yet it reports that it has over $2.5 BILLION in net assets on hand today.
There are some good cancer charities out there – ALSAC’s just not one of them.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

ST JUDE'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL: When I worked for a major, international airline, I remember booking flights for doctors to go overseas -- in FIRST CLASS. The tickets were insanely expensive!! I understand they need to arrive rested, but Business Class would have been more than sufficiently restful, and would have been half the price. I thought about how many trips they booked and all the money that could have gone directly to patients.

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3 Ryan W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a physician and have personally diagnosed children with ALL. I live in Peoria which has the St. Jude Midwest affiliate. These children were immediately enveloped in a blanket of services like I have never seen. I have seen firsthand what St. Jude does, and I donate every year knowing my money is being used well.

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3

Donor

Rating: 3

Could someone explain how this charity gets 4 stars with Charity Navigator when they spend more than 25% of donations on expenses. I think their cause is a noble one but I question should expenses take this much of the average dollar

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3

Donor

Rating: 1

THEY SUCK! THEY LIE! THEY STEAL YOUR MONEY! My best girlfriend's baby has been turned down 4 months solidly with response that the baby is in her last stages she's 18 months old and a year ago they said that...They won't talk to her parents...There's nothing they can do...and their ad says they don't turn anyone away---Funny--this baby is 40lbs and walking around the furniture at home and they won't even look at her if we show up on the doorstep..I wish I never believed them, gave them money and if I had a way to tell the world I would post her picture on the internet for all of you to see...they are making a mistake...or just damn greedy!!!!!!!!!!!!

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2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing. I've toured their facility and their focuson the kids AND their families is amazing. Everyone I met there talked about the kids and their mission.

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