American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities, Inc. HQ

Finding Cures. Saving Children.

aka St. Jude Children's Research Hospital   |   Memphis, TN   |  http://www.stjude.org

Mission

Founded in 1957, ALSAC (American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities) is the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It is dedicated solely to raising the funds and awareness necessary to operate and maintain St. Jude now and in the future. ALSAC is charged with supporting the mission of St. Children’s Research Hospital to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment while honoring the memory and and heritage of ALSAC and St. Jude founder, Danny Thomas.

Ruling year info

1980

Principal Officer

Mr. Richard C. Shadyac Jr.

Main address

501 St. Jude Place

Memphis, TN 38105 USA

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EIN

35-1044585

NTEE code info

Cancer Research (H30)

Hospital (Specialty) (E24)

Pediatrics Research (H98)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

ALSAC, St. Jude and their supporters are working hard to address a significant problem: that 1 in 5 children in the U.S. who are diagnosed with cancer will not survive. Globally, the vast majority of childhood cancer patients do not have access to adequate care and will not survive. ALSAC connects with and cultivates donors who support St. Jude efforts to improve survival rates for pediatric catastrophic diseases and realize its founder’s vision of a world where no child dies in the dawn of life.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Fundraising for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

ALSAC coordinates the fundraising activities of the more than 12 million donors and more than 1 million volunteers who regularly support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, raising $2 billion in FY 21. In the years ahead, an estimated 89% of the funds necessary to run St. Jude must be raised by ALSAC from generous donors. It now costs $2 billion to run St. Jude each year, and the cost is estimated to grow to $2.2 billion by 2026.

ALSAC raises awareness and support for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through more than 30,000 fundraising activities each year to engage people of all backgrounds and interests. Key initiatives include the St. Jude Memphis Marathon® Weekend, St. Jude Dream Home® Giveaway, and St. Jude Thanks and Giving®; partnerships with organizations such as Domino’s, Target, Best Buy, AbbVie and Tri Delta; and programs that select St. Jude as their benefitting charity, such as the Inspiration4 all-civilian space mission in September 2021.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

% of Female Staff - 68.5%

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Family relationships

Related Program

Fundraising for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Fundraising Expenses as a Percentage of Public Support Revenues - 16%

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Family relationships, Children and youth

Related Program

Fundraising for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

ALSAC aims to raise awareness of the lifesaving mission of St. Jude and funds needed to sustain and grow St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by fueling the strategic plans outlined and approved by the St. Jude Board of Governors. ALSAC’s fundraising goals aim to cover the ongoing FY22-27 St. Jude Strategic Plan, a record $12.9 billion six-year commitment to expand patient care and clinical and laboratory-based research related to pediatric catastrophic illnesses, including work in cancer, blood disorders, neurological diseases and infectious diseases. The plan also involves hiring more scientists, doctors and staff, undertaking new construction, funding renovation and capital needs; developing new research areas and tripling global investments to help more of the estimated 400,000 kids around the world with cancer each year.

The commitments outlined in these strategic plans make it possible for St. Jude to continue working toward its mission of advancing cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Specifically, St. Jude wishes to increase cure rates for the major forms of childhood cancer and advance research and treatment of specific childhood diseases such as sickle cell disease. When St. Jude opened its doors in 1962, only 20% of children with cancer survived in the U.S. Today, helped by innovative research at St. Jude, more than 80% survive.

Consistent with the vision of ALSAC and St. Jude founder Danny Thomas, and thanks to the generosity of donors cultivated by ALSAC, no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food so families can focus on helping their child live. Because the majority of funds come from generous donors, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most — saving kids regardless of their financial situation.

ALSAC’s key strategies to raise the funds needed to sustain and grow St. Jude include:
- Operating an audience-led organization by using data to understand how to identify, reach and motivate audiences in their support of the St. Jude mission.
- Promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in ALSAC’s workforce, designing nuanced messages and strategies customized to different multicultural, general, and global audiences and strengthening the organization’s digital infrastructure.
- Empowering people across the world to unite in the mission to advance research into catastrophic childhood diseases and save more children worldwide.

These strategies aim to raise the funds that make it possible for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to remain highly focused on its mission and provide an environment where great doctors and staff can do their best work. St. Jude is not a typical children's hospital, but instead a research hospital focused on pediatric cancer and life-threatening diseases in children, including sickle cell disease. This strategy has enabled St. Jude to become a world leader in its fields of study. St. Jude conducts basic, translational and clinical research designed to find cures, improve diagnosis, enhance treatment outcomes, and minimize adverse effects of treatment for these diseases. St. Jude serves as a global resource by sharing knowledge and discoveries with health care and scientific research professionals around the world. As part of ongoing efforts to share its expertise with others, St. Jude launched the Global Platform for Access to Childhood Cancer Medicines in December 2021. The platform is a collaboration with the World Health Organization to source and provide high quality cancer medicines at no cost to help as many as 120,000 children in 50 countries by 2027.

To meet its goals, ALSAC employs approximately 1,500 people at its National Executive Office in Memphis, Tenn. and across more than 30 territory offices in cities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

The following capabilities help St. Jude achieve its stated goals:
* World-class physicians and staff.
* Highly integrated healthcare teams, providing seamless multi-disciplinary care and research, increasing the speed of discoveries and their translation into new treatments.
* Cutting-edge research and clinical care facilities.
* An efficient and effective fundraising organization that ensures the operation of St. Jude, which relies primarily on the philanthropic support of loyal donors, volunteers and partners.
* A committed Board of Governors and Directors.
* Collaborations with scientists and professionals around the world.

ALSAC and St. Jude measure success in the lifetime of moments given to children whom St. Jude successfully treats.

St. Jude has played a significant role in the increased survival for children with pediatric cancer and other catastrophic diseases around the world:
* In 1972, St. Jude achieved a 50% survival rate for patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia through an innovative combination of therapies revolutionizing leukemia treatment worldwide. *St. Jude discovered that bone marrow transplants from unrelated, genetically matched donors are as effective in treating childhood leukemia as those from patients’ siblings who are genetically matched.
* St. Jude pioneered the elimination of cranial irradiation in treating most leukemia patients, greatly reducing immediate and long-term effects in these patients.

Until all children can be cured, St. Jude will not have achieved its ultimate goal—to find cures to the diseases it treats so that no child will die in the dawn of life.

Financials

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American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/30/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

J. David Karam

No Affiliation

Term: 2021 -


Board co-chair

Frederick M. Azar, MD

no affiliation

Term: 2021 -

J. David Karam

Frederick Azar, MD

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/31/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Arab
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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