By and large, Americans are compassionate and generally open to helping those in need. Often however, we lack the time to do the spade work, the necessary due diligence, when it comes to researching charitable projects. There are other factors to consider as well, not the least of which is knowing who to trust when it comes to donating your hard earned money.
Personally, Mignon and I found that opaque administrative costs, impersonal correspondence and a general lack of follow up contributed to an overall feeling of unease concerning individual charities. Plus, we never knew for certain where our money went and if it did any good. This left us with only the larger charities to work with, but there was so much overlap in that group. We found it was impossible to score a direct hit with the specific people or project we were trying to help.
“All proceeds donated to FOSJ stay right here at home benefiting our neighbors and fellow citizens. Almost every penny of every dollar donated to Friends of Saint Jude goes directly to those in urgent need. We have very few administrative costs, no rent, no paid director and no salaried employees.”
The United Way, for example, did some very good work in our community but they also supported Planned Parenthood, which we did not. We thought there had to be a better way; that we cannot be the only family to feel this way when it comes to charitable giving. That’s when we decided to go direct and start our own charitable foundation trust. And who better to name it after than Saint Jude, the patron saint of hopeless causes? That was 1997 and since then, our way of directly aiding those in urgent need has really caught on. As I’m sure you’re aware, there is no shortage of severe hardship and urgent causes out there today. Advantages to donating to FOSJ include little to no administrative costs, measurable and verifiable results as well as knowing that you have brought relief to a specific, urgent need within the United States.
That is what makes Friends of Saint Jude different from most every other 501(c)(3) organization.
Friends of Saint Jude Charitable Foundation Trust is a direct conduit between donors and those in urgent need. All of our causes are fully verified for authenticity before funding. All proceeds donated to FOSJ stay right here at home benefiting our neighbors and fellow citizens. Lastly, almost every penny of every dollar donated goes directly to the cause. We have very few administrative costs, no rent, no paid director and no salaried employees.
When we receive a donation, we match it to a specific cause allowing our benefactors to know where their money went and how they made a difference in someone else’s life.