By Sir Bodie Centore, Knight of the Bald Table, now age 17
My Buckets for St. Baldrick’s fundraiser, a 3v3 basketball tournament held in Syracuse, NY, raised over $10,000 for childhood cancer research on March 20th. While this event surpassed my fundraising goal, it also had an impact even more significant than anything I had experienced in 10 years of fundraising for St. Baldrick’s.
I became involved with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation 10 years ago after hearing about the local Syracuse, NY event at Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub & Restaurant from family and friends. I was intrigued, but as a 7-year-old, very nervous about having my head shaved. Earlier that year, I spent several days in the hospital with pneumonia. I didn’t understand cancer much then, I couldn’t even spell it, but I knew I hadn’t enjoyed my time at the hospital and I didn’t think kids should have to go through anything like that.Bodie at his first shave with Emcee Chow Downey
As with most things in 2020, Giving Tuesday seems different this year. But at a time when the future seems unsure and so much feels out of our control, some things haven’t changed.
Kids are still being diagnosed with cancer.
Every two minutes, around the world.
And they need our help to find cures.
Did you know you’re already doing things online that can help find cures for childhood cancer? Here are four ways to take your online activity to the next level, turning your actions into real donations for life-saving research. And with so many of us choosing to shop online during Covid, it’s a win-win. It couldn’t be any easier than this!
St. Baldrick’s Foundation supporters have a very important job – and that’s to #ConquerKidsCancer! And it takes an army of supporters to make a difference. Baldrick’s Brigade members are donors and volunteers who are all-in to help kids with cancer, and we hope you’ll join us!
When you’re online, are you…
A) Shopping or selling
B) Searching for information
C) Helping fund childhood cancer research
D) All the above.
If you’re answer isn’t D, it can be — and it’s super easy too!
Did you know that there are things that you are already doing online that can be turned into donations towards lifesaving childhood cancer research? Here are three ways to take your online activity to the next level by turning your actions into real donations — it couldn’t be any easier than this!
At any stage of life, it is important to plan for how your affairs will be handled. A few simple steps today can give you peace of mind tomorrow by ensuring that you and your loved ones are well protected and that your legacy lives on in a way that you choose.
“Planned Giving” has a few names, including legacy giving, gift planning, and estate giving. It is a means of making charitable gifts part of a financial, estate, tax and philanthropic plan, maximizing the benefits to both the donor and the charity, and often achieving significant tax savings.
Increasing the impact of your giving can often be achieved at a very low cost. It’s simply a matter of planning WHAT to give, HOW to give and WHEN to give, based on your personal needs.
But planned giving can also be misunderstood. Here are a few misconceptions about planned giving that St. Baldrick’s Foundation supporters should consider.
This time of year, it’s hard to visit any corner of the internet without seeing Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales — millions of dollars in savings prompting billions of dollars in sales. But today is Giving Tuesday, the day we take some of those savings and give back to worthy causes that are meaningful to us. Worthy causes such as funding childhood cancer research.
Giving Tuesday — a movement that, last year alone, raised more than $380 million around the world for charitable organizations — is an important day for St. Baldrick’s. As the world’s largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, we rely on the generosity of donors and volunteers like you to achieve our goal — to fund the best pediatric cancer research and make pediatric cancers a thing of the past.
This year, we’ve set a goal of raising $150,000 on Giving Tuesday to save kids with cancer.
Most of you know St. Baldrick’s for our signature head shaving events, where a shavee raises money and shaves their head to stand in solidarity with kids battling cancer. While these are the most visible, public events, you may not know that we work with other charities and foundations to form partnerships, allowing for more grant funding every year. Currently, we’re working with 7 different charities, and we’ve together raised upwards of $2 million as a result of those partnerships.
One such foundation, the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation, has worked to see research move to clinical trials. You can learn more about one project we’ve worked together to fund at this video.
As we wrap up National Volunteer Week, today we’ll meet two more volunteers with very different stories: one is the mom of a child diagnosed with cancer; the other, a researcher who’s devoted her career to early detection of childhood cancers.
Both will show us that it doesn’t matter how you get involved – just that your involvement is crucial to the work of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
Grassroots, individual fundraising and volunteering have been vital to the success of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. But corporations are also key supporters – as we continue spotlighting volunteer efforts for National Volunteer Week, let’s meet a corporate giving professional with a passion for helping kids and getting his company and colleagues on board, too.
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