The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.
The St. Baldrick's Foundation currently funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. The Foundation coordinates its signature head-shaving events worldwide, where volunteers get bald to stand in solidarity with kids fighting cancer and raise money to support life-saving childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick's events are the largest volunteer-driven fundraising opportunity benefitting pediatric cancer research.
Our offices are located at: St. Baldrick's Foundation, 1333 Mayflower Ave., Suite 400, Monrovia, CA, 91016
If there's an institution in your area that treats children with cancer, chances are it has received St. Baldrick's funds through a $5.14 million grant awarded to the Children's Oncology Group (COG). There are also other types of funding available for pediatric cancer institutions. Please encourage your local institution to apply for funding from the Foundation. For more information on the St. Baldrick's grant process, please contact us.
A limited number of t-shirts will be available for sale at events. Please contact your local Volunteer Event Organizer (VEO) for more details. You can also shop in St. Baldrick's Café Press Store to show your support for kids with cancer year-round. Browse through apparel for the whole family, office supplies, stationary and more. Exclusive Marvel-designed “Super Heroes Save Lives” t-shirts may be purchased in the “Shop” section of the St. Baldrick’s website.
Grant funds have been distributed to the over 230 institutions of the Children's Oncology Group (COG) for laboratory research and to help make clinical trials available to more children than ever, giving them treatment that offers the best chance for a cure. In 2012 the St. Baldrick's Foundation was able to fund more than $25 million in childhood cancer research grants worldwide. Your support truly makes a difference!
Of every dollar raised, 82% funds research to find a cure, 16% goes to fundraising (website, phones, postage, printing, t-shirts, office space, staff, etc.) and 2% goes to administration (accounting, distributing and monitoring grants, etc.). St. Baldrick's takes its responsibility to be efficient and good stewards of every dollar donated very seriously, and strives to put the most funding possible into the hands of researchers who can cure childhood cancers. View St. Baldrick's Expense Ratios.
The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, IRS identification number 20-1173824. It is also registered in every state that requires charitable organizations to register to raise funds. St. Baldrick's has been named an accredited charity by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, and the board and staff of the Foundation are committed to the highest standards of ethics and responsibility to donors and volunteers. To learn more, download the latest annual report here.
What began as a challenge between three friends on March 17, 2000, has grown into the world's largest volunteer-driven fundraising opportunity benefiting childhood cancer research. The first St. Baldrick's event took place at Jim Brady's Bar and Restaurant in New York City. Over the past 12 years, more than $136 million has been raised to fund the most promising research to fund cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. The Foundation raised more than $33 million in 2012 alone.
A top priority for the St. Baldrick's Foundation is to keep expenses to an absolute minimum. Donations of goods or services that would otherwise come out of the Foundation's budget are always welcome! For example, office supplies, current model computers, technical equipment, software, premium items like event t-shirts or other giveaway items, or services including publicity, advertising space, printing, technical support, and more can be a big aid in keeping expenses down so more money can go to the cause. Corporate sponsors, who are able to make donations, underwrite expenses or present growth opportunities are very important to the success of the Foundation. To propose a sponsorship or learn more, contact us.
To our knowledge, there's no real St. Baldrick. The name "St. Baldrick's" is a combination of the words "bald" and "St. Patrick's," since the first event was held in 2000 on March 17, which is St. Patrick's Day.
St. Baldrick’s Foundation funds cannot be used for human embryonic stem cell research. This is not a statement on whether or not we think it should be supported; the decision is based on the fact that many of our donors and volunteers – our source of funds – would not be comfortable supporting it. Stem cell transplantations not using human embryonic stem cells - using cord blood or matched donors - are often used in treating childhood cancer patients, and our funds may be used in this non-controversial area of research.
The St. Baldrick's website is secure, and if you receive this warning it is likely due to the type of browser you're using (this has been experienced by users of Internet Explorer 6). It basically means that some of the information on the page you're viewing is pulled from a different type of connection than what you are using. This is not something to worry about, as Microsoft eventually dropped this warning from the default list in Internet Explorer 7 because there are so many websites using this type of page. If you would like to disable this warning from your version of Internet Explorer, click here.
Childhood cancer researchers submit grant proposals to the St. Baldrick's Foundation. These are reviewed and rated by the Foundation's panel of expert scientific advisors and grant reviewers who make funding recommendations to the Foundation's board of directors; the research applications are evaluated according to the highest scientific standards in use today. Final decisions are made by the board. The review process is rigorous and handled with care to ensure that every dollar raised is spent on the research most likely to find cures for kids!
The Foundation provides grants to over 230 institutions for laboratory and clinical research and to help make clinical trials available to more children than ever, giving those children treatment that offers the best chance for a cure and long-term survival. St. Baldrick's also funds Fellows and Scholars, younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. The Foundation awarded more than $25 million in 2012 to fund pediatric oncology researchers in 47 states for the following grant categories: pediatric oncology research grants, career development awards (scholars), fellowships, supportive care research grants, summer fellowships and our new grant category: consortium research grants.