The St. Baldrick’s Foundation has a very important job to do – and that’s to #DFYchildhoodCancers. It can’t be done alone, and in fact, it takes an army of supporters to make a difference. We’re proud to say that St. Baldrick’s donors and volunteers are all-in to help kids with cancer, raising money to fund the most promising pediatric cancer research. This year, we’re introducing the “Baldrick’s Brigade” – igniting our communities of supporters to do more in the fight against childhood cancers, together.
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.
Each year at this time, St. Baldrick’s highlights some of the ways you can get your Holiday shopping done AND support pediatric cancer research.
This year is no exception, and we are pleased to present the 2019 Holiday Gift Guide. You’ll find a variety of items supporting St. Baldrick’s – so you’re likely to find something for everyone on your gift list and help us #DFYchildhoodCancers.
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.
National Volunteer Week is a special time for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a donor- and volunteer-powered charity. So much of St. Baldrick’s success depends on the many people who give their time and energy raising money for the fight against childhood cancers. At St. Baldrick’s, we recognize that, without our many determined volunteers, we could never fund lifesaving research and clinical trials to help save kids’ lives.
That’s why we’re taking a few moments this National Volunteer Week to recognize some of our incredible volunteers. These people have shown remarkable passion for St. Baldrick’s and its mission of conquering childhood cancers once and for all. This week, we’ll be introducing you to a few people who represent many of the amazing volunteers who make innovative, lifesaving research possible.
Today, let’s meet two such individuals.
At just 12 years of age, Ari is among our youngest volunteers. But don’t let her young age fool you – she’s very serious about raising money for St. Baldrick’s.
In the St. Baldrick’s Foundation community, John Bender has been a catalyst for raising funds in support of lifesaving childhood cancer research and clinical trials.
In 1999, he was one of three reinsurance executives – along with Tim Kenny and Enda McDonnell – who made head shaving part of their mission to find better treatments and eventually a cure for kids’ cancers. Today, as a co-founder and Chairman Emeritus, John remains a major part of the organization and an inspiration to those who have taken up this vital cause.
That’s why, with the twentieth year of head shaving upon us, we asked John to share his thoughts on two decades of fighting childhood cancers.
Last year, an estimated 174 million Americans – or more than half the total US population – shopped online or in stores between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday. In only 5 days, online sales totaled nearly $15 billion. It’s safe to say, then, that many Americans saved money pursuing big bargains that weekend.
If you’re saving money during this year’s Black Friday or Cyber Monday events, consider passing it on this Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27. You can do that right now by visiting our dedicated Giving Tuesday donation page.
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