The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-powered 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 funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. We coordinate our signature head-shaving events and other fundraisers, giving thousands of volunteers worldwide a chance to raise money to support lifesaving childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick's events are the largest volunteer-powered fundraising opportunity benefitting pediatric cancer research.
Our offices are located at: St. Baldrick's Foundation, 1333 Mayflower Ave., Suite 400, Monrovia, CA, 91016
If your local hospital treats children with cancer, chances are, it has received funding from St. Baldrick's! Since 2005, St. Baldrick's has awarded more than $60.3 million to the Children's Oncology Group (COG), a cooperative research group with approximately 200 member institutions across the U.S. and beyond. In this way, the St. Baldrick's Foundation funds virtually every institution qualified to treat childhood cancers. There are also other types of funding available for pediatric cancer institutions. Please encourage your local institution to apply for a St. Baldrick's grant. For more information on the St. Baldrick's grant process, please see our Information for Researchers page or contact us.
St. Baldrick's t-shirts are available for purchase in the St. Baldrick's Online Store. There, you'll find apparel for the whole family – including the exclusive Marvel-designed "Super Heroes Save Lives" t-shirt – as well as St. Baldrick's-themed mugs, notebooks, key chains, and more.
Since 2005, St. Baldrick's has awarded more than $178 million to support lifesaving research, making the St. Baldrick's Foundation the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. St. Baldrick's funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world – including the first Pediatric Cancer Dream Team – and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, and the new International Scholar grants train researchers working in developing countries. You can learn more about our grants by visiting our Grants page.
Of every dollar raised, 74% funds research to find a cure, 22% goes to fundraising (website, phones, postage, printing, t-shirts, office space, staff, etc.) and 4% 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 our board and staff are committed to the highest standards of ethics and responsibility to donors and volunteers. To learn more, download the latest annual report here.
The first St. Baldrick's event took place at Jim Brady's Bar and Restaurant in New York City. What began as a challenge between three friends on March 17, 2000, has grown into the world's largest volunteer-powered fundraising opportunity benefiting childhood cancer research.
One St. Baldrick's top priorities is keeping expenses to an absolute minimum. Donations of goods or services that would otherwise come out of our budget are always welcome! 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. Additionally, corporate sponsors – companies that make donations to underwrite expenses or present growth opportunities – are very important to St. Baldrick's success. 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.
Rest assured, the St. Baldrick's website is secure. If you're 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.
St. Baldrick's review process for grants starts when a childhood cancer researcher submits a grant proposal. These are reviewed and rated by the St. Baldrick's panel of expert scientific advisors and grant reviewers, who make funding recommendations to our 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!
St. Baldrick's awards grants to over 361 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. St. Baldrick's awarded more than $23.2 million in 2015 to fund pediatric oncology researchers for the following grant categories: research grants, career development awards (St. Baldrick's Scholars), fellowships, supportive care research grants, summer fellowships, consortium research grants, and international scholars.
Integrity — Awareness of the great trust constituents place in us as stewards of the funds they raise and as partners with them in the fight against childhood cancer – guides us every day.
Efficiency — A commitment to always operate in the most cost-effective manner possible so that the greatest number of dollars raised goes directly to fund childhood cancer research.
Impact — A sharp focus on the research and advocacy that will result in the fastest possible progress, to cure more children with cancer and to give survivors long and healthy lives.
Transparency — A pledge to be completely open with our volunteers understanding that it is only through their support of St. Baldrick’s that we are able to continue our vital mission.
Pioneering Spirit — A unique approach to fundraising that is bold and daring - the same qualities we look for in the doctors and researchers dedicated to finding the cure.
Sense of Fun — An experience that is both rewarding and fun, that people come back year after year, joining together to have a great time while supporting a very serious cause.