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January 29, 2017


Executive Salaries at St. Jude’s

by Anne Paddock

When people think of St. Jude’s, they often think of a children’s hospital but St. Jude’s is actually two organizations:

  • ALSAC – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Inc. (ALSAC)
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Inc. (Hospital)

ALSAC stands for the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities and “exists for the sole purpose of raising funds and building awareness to support the current and future needs of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Inc.” However, ALSAC only gives 50 cents of every dollar raised to the Hospital (based on the IRS Form 990’s). The other 50 cents is spent on supporting the fundraising organization – (about 29 cents of every dollar) while the remainder (21 cents of every dollar) is placed in the ALSAC fund balance which totaled more than $3.4 billion (net), concentrated in cash and securities as of June 30, 2015.

Although the Hospital has a beneficial interest in the assets of ALSAC, the organizations are separate non-profit 501 (c)(3) entities. Consequently, there are two sets of executive compensation.
ALSAC has 1,417 employees of which 198 received more than $100,000 in compensation. According to the IRS Form 990 (2014) for the year ending June 30, 2015, ALSAC paid for travel of companions and health or social club dues or initiation fees for unspecified staff.  The highest paid executives of ALSAC were:
  • $762,202:  Richard C Shadyac, Jr., CEO and Ex-Officio Director
  • $448,450:  Jeffrey T Pearson, CFO
  • $460,454:  Emily S Greer, Chief Admin Officer
  • $434,640:  Emily Callahan, Chief Marketing Officer
  • $415,820:  Robert Machin, Chief Information Officer
  • $407,327:  Patricia Wyatt, Chief Development Officer
  • $391,400:  Sara Hall, Chief Legal Officer
  • $378,448:  William Reeser, Chief Investment Officer

As illustrated above, $3.7 million in compensation was provided to 8 executives.

The IRS Form 990 (2014) also reports the following:

  • Infocision Management Corp of Akron, Ohio, a fundraiser solicitor, raised $4,163,170 and was compensated $4,043,469 providing ALSAC with $119,701;
  • MDS Communications Corp of Mesa, AZ, a fundraising solicitor, raised $2,659,576 and was compensated $2,610,979 providing ALSAC with $48,997;
  • Paradysz Inc. of NY, NY was compensated $1,143,676 for fundraising counsel;
  • Mindset Direct of Arlington, VA was compensated $369,132 for fundraising counsel; and
  • Russ Reid Company Inc. was compensated $155,201 for fundraising counsel.

Also noteworthy is that Infocision Management Corp of Akron, Ohio received $5,047,544 as the second highest paid contractor while MDS Communications Corp received $2,331,542 as the fifth highest paid contractor. It is unclear if this compensation is in addition to the fundraising fees or not (although the contractor fees for MDS are less than the fundraising fees which could mean these are two separate fee payments). So, the question becomes:  Why are two organizations – Infocision Management Corp and MDS Communications Corp – being retained to solicit funds and then compensated by keeping most of what they raised? And, why did ALSAC pay nearly $2 million in fundraising counsel fees when the organization has a chief marketing officer who is paid nearly a half million dollars?


The Hospital has 4,411 employees, of which 601 were given more than $100,000 in compensation. The highest compensated executives at the Hospital were:

  • $1,042,217:  James R Downing, President and CEO (7/15/14-6/30/15)
  • $1,011,640:  William E Evans, President and CEO (7/1/14-7/14/14)
  • $  886,267:  Larry Kun, EVP, Clinical Director
  • $  841,635:  Richard Gilbertson, EVP, Director Cancer Center
  • $  358,963:  Mary Anne Quinn, EVP, Chief Admin Officer
  • $  496,713:  Michael C Canarios, SVP, Chief Financial Officer
  • $  724,084:  Doralina Anghelescu, Faculty
  • $  771,244:  Andrew Davidoff, Chair, Faculty
  • $  678,029:  Wing-Hang Leung, Faculty
  • $  681,897:  Ching-Hon Pui, Chair, Faculty
  • $  707,282:  Joseph P Taylor, Chair, Faculty

As illustrated above, $8.2 million was provided to 11 executives.

The Hospital reports on the IRS Form 990 that they paid for first class or charter travel and travel for companions along with tax indemnification and gross up payments for officers and highly compensated employees..

Click here to read the ALSAC IRS Form 990 (2014) for the year ending June 30, 2015

Click here to read the Hospital’s IRS Form 990 (2014) for the year ending June 30, 2015

Click here to read a summary of financial trends (Top Ten Financial Tips to Know About St. Jude’s).

UPDATE:  To read about Executive Salaries at St. Jude’s (2017), click here.

UPDATE:  To read about Executive Compensation at St. Jude’s (2018), click here.

UPDATE:  For more information, click on Executive Compensation at St Jude (2019)

  1. Apr 21 2021

    Sharon: Please contact or regarding St. Jude. They are journalists and are interested in speaking to commenters. Thank you, Anne

  2. Christine
    Feb 9 2020

    Danny Thomas must be rolling over in his grave. Let’s face it, ALL of these EXECUTIVE salaries are obscene to the average working individual who is sacrificing to make their $19 per month donation. And yes, their promotion and advertising makes you believe most of your donation is going to the children. I guess my question is, how do we get the message to “Marlo Thomas” or whomever is responsible, to express our disgust and make changes? Perhaps that is not possible. It is like fighting City Hall; all the criminal politicians are complicit. So sad. Anne, thank you for the work you have done to expose this scam.

  3. Dec 31 2019

    Maybe your definition of adequate is different than others.

  4. The Voice of Truth
    Dec 31 2019

    How are they to retain good executives unless they provide adequate compensation? It’s not just a charity, it’s a full fledged, multifaceted operation with many components. It requires professionals with expertise to operate.

  5. Sharon Torre
    Dec 16 2019

    Wow, the only reason I came on this website was to get a financial # so that I could make St Jude’s a beneficiary to my pension as I don’t have children of my own to leave this money to. I don’t want my money going to somebody who makes more money in one year than I made in thirty years as a federal employee. Danny Thomas’s legacy is nothing but a cash cow to these executives, how do they sleep at night.

  6. Juanita Hodges-Custer
    Dec 11 2019

    This is ridiculous to pay such salaries and beg for money! I have been giving a small amount and by the looks it’s not a drop in the bucket, after I looked up where the money goes, I will never give another dime for money being spent on such salaries!
    Good luck to all those precious little children and their families; may the ones making those big salaries suffer some day! 😡

  7. T.W.
    Dec 2 2019

    Looks like their or some moral degenerate people who have figured out how to get some good hearted people to fund their greedy ways by means of ridicules salaries!!!

  8. Luke John Bieniek
    Nov 17 2019

    Classic corporate greed, as I always suspected. I wonder what they spend on promoting this scam. This is just one more ingenious method used by the the medical industrial complex which thickens & tightens the wool thats been systematicly pulled over the general public eyes, while permantly putting the parking brakes on real, wholesome approaches to cures & “widespread irradications”. Using children to perpetuate the use of archane, inhumane treatments & so called medications, under the guise of a non-profit organization, is barbaric, unconcienable & reprehensible.

  9. DELMA
    Aug 15 2019


  10. mjj irish
    Jul 4 2019

    I am so disappointed. These financial arrangements are shameful. Remember this is a not for profit organization. Comparing it to profit making corps is ridiculous. I am going to check out Shriners and pray they are better at managing their finances than this

  11. Robert Jacques
    May 13 2019

    Why would anyone donate to any hospital or organization that gives excessive salaries to anyone who works for these places that ask for donations???

  12. Jojo
    May 6 2019

    No wonder Marlo begs for money on an hourly basis on tv … no different then a snake 🐍 oil peddling preacher …

  13. Mar 10 2019

    Yes, SJCRH does research and treatment. They do good things but they could do so much better. What you don’t state is that insurance income from many patients insurance carriers is a significant source of income to the hospital (see the 990). No one is disputing that St. Jude’s does good things or that talented executives have to be well compensated. The real question is that do employees raising money really need to be compensated $400,000 – nearly $800,000 a year? Do the executives of the hospital really need to fly first class or charter? Do social club fees really need to be paid for and is paying for companion travel (non-employees) really a necessary expense? I can’t help but think that most people would support helping a sick child over an executive flying first class, having his/her social club dues paid, or his/her companion travel paid for. And, then, of course there is the big question: Out of every $100 ALSAC raises, only about $50 ($44 in 2017) went to the hospital and the hospital spent $43, putting the remaining $7 in savings that has a balance of about $4 billion. Think of how many more children could be helped with the money. There are children suffering that could be taken care of.

    And, finally, it is important to point out that although a child patient is “a patient for life,” it doesn’t mean the hospital can treat them. Adult diseases are often treated differently and patients cannot always get the treatment needed as adults at a children’s hospital.

  14. Kathy W.
    Mar 9 2019

    Disclaimer – I’m a former SJCRH employee

    Chipper, if you (or anyone else on this thread) ever gets the chance to visit Memphis I highly recommend touring SJCRH campus! It’s an amazing place where they truly put the children first (you forget you’re in a hospital at times).

    They do incorporate many different types of therapy for children, my favorite was doggy days, when they would bring service dogs on campus.

    Research at SJCRH is much further along than just treatment, they have the SJLIFE study which looks at the long-term effects of chemotherapy/treatment in childhood cancer survivors in an attempt to improve the life of childhood cancer survivors (all expenses paid by SJ). This seems to be completely unique to SJ (I have yet to find a hospital where once you are a patient, you are a patient for life, regardless of insurance status).

    St. Jude is also working with the World Health Organization to improve childhood cancer survival rates around the world. The salaries for these execs are commensurate w/ their experience (as another poster said) SJCRH aims to hire the best of the best, and as a result, the pay is relatively good (this is true for all employees). Any of these execs could go into industry (and relocate out of Memphis…) where they would earn 2-3x the salary and stock options, but they choose to work at SJCRH because of the mission and children. I left SJCRH almost 2 years ago to be closer to family (I currently work in industry and make 2X as much) and I still find myself dreaming of going back (and to be honest I might)…it’s an amazing institution and I highly recommend visiting if you ever get the chance! I have never been so proud and inspired as I as when at SJ, it’s an amazing hospital in an amazing city

  15. Feb 18 2019

    Thanks Chipper. Your points are well taken. What bothers me is the size of their endowment. They have more than $4 BILLION, which could either go towards more research or help more kid and their families. Their counter is they need an endowment to cover the operating expenses of the hospital for a year or two in case donations dry up. My counter is their fundraising arm (ALSAC) is a well oiled machine that has demonstrated its ability to raise funds year after year). In addition, the size of the endowment is far beyond what is needed to run the hospital for a year or two.

  16. Chipper
    Feb 18 2019

    so glad you did this article anne…so many people don’t know how much the admins get at these charities…and they have a right to know. simple as that. then they can choose to donate or not.

    my refusal to donate, besides what is above, is that last I knew, and I am open to correction, but they don’t seem to be interested in doing any type of alternative care.

    and, one has to ask….just how long do you continue to give to a “research” place? their research has been at it for decades….me thinks they should be further along than just “treatment”.

    if they were truly researching for cures they’d look beyond their main stream cancer/medical care and look at those who have done better jobs in the alternative therapy world, but they won’t. and any company who won’t even give alternative care a good look isn’t worth squat imho. nope it’s places like these that shut down the “real cures” for cancer.

  17. Jan 13 2019

    She is not listed as receiving compensation on the 990.

  18. D. Sidman
    Jan 12 2019

    I would like to know , how much money Ms. Mario Thomas makes from St.Judes hospital?

  19. Elizabeth Smith
    Dec 22 2018

    These charities are unbelievable, they already pay the doctors some large amount of salaries, more than average and St.Jude also give them some hefty bonuses during the year, so for the past 20 years I’ve been donating monthly to St. Jude and now this is like a bucket of cold water was dropped on me. I’m not saying that the doctors shouldn’t get paid, but bonuses? really? this should be a hospital to help sick children and my contribution goes to bonuses? I heard a St.Jude’s doctor said during a extravagant party that she needed the bonuses so she could buy a third corvette. I had no idea that they were paid so much and the bonuses, I came to Google to check it out if this were true and here it is, they are making so much money from individual donors and the money is being spent on people who doesn’t need it anymore. St. Jude just lost another contribution, from now on, I will research every single charity before giving away my hard earned money so the already rich people get to have more expensive toys with my money and millions of other people out there, who think that their money is being well managed. What a shame.

  20. Thomas Flanagan
    Dec 20 2018

    I am shocked at the salaries and expenses- I Having know Danny- Rosemary /Terri- Tony and Marlo- I have been a substantial annual contributor for many years!!! I feel my funds are totally deleted before reaching the children- – I will find a better charity in the future!!!

  21. Dec 10 2018

    I don’t know of any way to bypass ALSAC unless you restrict your donation to a specific use (but even then I am unsure). During the holiday season, the local newspaper (on-line version, too) and the local news usually covers families in need. You always have the option to donate directly to a local sick child’s family.

  22. David Suares
    Dec 10 2018

    I was always under the understanding that 100% of my donation was being used to help these poor children. This makes me sick. Is there a way to bypass all these con artists, and get my money directly to the benefit of these children. It would break my heart not donating to help these children

  23. marvin
    Dec 4 2018

    The whole thing is do they need the money they get form St. Judes?(Hell No) So why don’t they donate their salaries or a big part of it. That would show to the rest of the people they do care for the kids. Hell they could live on the compensation they get, I know I could easy so why can’t they?

  24. TJ LANGE
    Dec 1 2018

    For a long time, I have given money to St. Jude. I can remember back in the 50’s, as a child we would get the kits, so that we could put on carnivals, to raise money.
    But when I hear about the kind of money your executives staff is receiving, while I am now a Disabled Vet, living off of Disability and Social Security. What is WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE???
    This is the Big Reason for my stopping my donations.

  25. Nov 30 2018

    Thanks for your comments, Joe.

  26. joe chey
    Nov 30 2018

    To me, the salaries are obscene. I view it as making an extravagant salary off the misery of children and of their parents. A reduction in salary is in order, certainly a voluntary one, for all employees supposedly dedicated to helping children and parents. I have my opinion as do others but I will no longer donate to St Jude’s as I have in the past. Furthermore, those commercials with Jennifer Aniston, Michael Strahan are discouraging as those two are worth millions yet there is no report of either of them donating at least 1 million dollars, or more. Surely, all those employees could have a decent life with a salary top of 150 thousand a year with 4 weeks of vacation, no perks such as limos, first class flights, etc. I have donated to St Jude’s for a few years now but will no longer do so, to each his/her own says I. The mail solicitations for donations I will now shred upon receipt. Paddock thank you for shining the light on this golden goose for employees of St Jude’s. Sure they will continue but not with my hard earned money. Again, my opinion so if anyone is for them let us agree to disagree and walk away without comment.

  27. Addison Jenning
    Oct 19 2018

    This is exactly why I’m extremely hesitant to donate to any sort of charity. I understand that you have to pay the people who do work for the charity something, but six figure salaries? It’s ridiculous.

  28. Jeffrey Nelson
    Oct 12 2018

    Exec salaries are way out of line, I will not donate anymore, stealing from the children is how I see it

  29. strictgramp
    Aug 2 2018

    Anne Paddock, good work. I’m out.

  30. May 11 2018

    Chris: Did you even read the tax returns or financial statements?

    You’re right..St. Jude’s isn’t a typical charity – most charities spend more on their beneficiaries. Do you understand that for every $1 in revenue ALSAC receives, they take 29 cents out and spend it on fundraising. Then they take 21 cents and put it in their fund balance (think savings account) AND then they give 50 cents to the hospital – the hospital spends 43 cents of that and put the remaining 7 cents in their fund balance. They have $4 BILLION in their net fund balance. How can you not be outraged that they are not helping more children?

    If you want your charitable dollars spent that way, then go for it but I would be willing to say that most donors to charities want more than 43 cents of every dollar to go to a hospital and that most people don’t want to see a non-profit with $4 billion in the bank when kids are sick and dying every single day.

  31. Chris Moffatt
    May 11 2018

    St Jude isn’t a typical charity. It’s a children’s research hospital committed to curing cancer, sickle cell, and other childhood diseases.

    Some of the brightest doctors and researchers work at St Jude and competitive salaries are required to recruit them. No family pays for any care at St Jude and the research is shared worldwide for free.

    The staff at St Jude is dedicated to helping all children afflicted and they work their butts off every day. Paying them what they deserve isn’t reason to not donate, it’s exactly why you should.

  32. James Ferguson
    Apr 10 2018

    Go to the executive tolit and flush please.

  33. James Ferguson
    Apr 10 2018

    Me again. The more I read of the executives pay the more alarmed …heart broken I am. I have always looked at St. Jude in a light that shined so bright. I pray every night, have for years for God to heal the children and bless the ones that give of their,time and money to help these children. I honestly wish I had not come to this sight. I feel numb, hurt, little anger. I do not like this. It is crushing. I was not on a witch hunt, just surfing. I will never look at the administrative actions the same more will I give anymore. I will drive down and hand my money to a suffering child or parent. I will not let the administration touch a dime ever again. You have lost one of your great caring supporters.

  34. James Ferguson
    Apr 10 2018

    How could you the executives of St. Jude accept the pay you recieve? I understand you have to live, you should be paid. However the time and effort as well as the cost to the volunteers the sacrafice of these people should make you feel ashamed. You’re doing a wonderful job. But the pay fare out weighs the need of you. Thank you for your abilities your life’s work but give a little bask. Do you realize the sacrifice the average person gives at the monthly $19.00 rate. How many of the executives give $19.00 a month. Reading of all your greed breaks my heart. I’m sorry I feel this way, have to feel this way. If something isn’t broken don’t fix it. I should look at it that way. Looking at these children and knowing your pay breaks my heart. No fix needed just compassion I suppose.

  35. Jan 5 2018

    Very often, employees of one organization are also compensated by another “related” organization. If you look at the IRS Form 990 in the compensation section you can see a column that lists compensation by a related organization. As you probably already know, most non-profits don’t have separate fundraising organizations. ALSAC exists to support St Jude’s – they simply decided to separate the organizations. There are those who say the organizations should be totally integrated so that potential donors looking at the 990’s can clearly see all the costs (fundraising, project, and management costs) associated with what is really “one” organization.

    With regards to getting a better percentage of total donations and having a competitive bidding process, I don’t know the answer (although I often see outside fundraising organizations take up to 90% of funds collected through phone, internet, and mail solicitations). I do know that ALSAC ‘s purpose is to raise funds for the hospital and that ALSAC reported 1,417 employees on the IRS Form 990 for the year ending June 30,2015 so the fundraising “machine” is in place…and, it clearly works.

    My point is that ALSAC spent 29 cents of every dollar on fundraising costs, put 21 cents of every dollar in the fund balance (which has about $4 billion) which amounted to hundreds of millions and then gave the hospital 50 cents. The questions seem to be (but are not limited to):

    Can the fundraising arm be more efficient by spending less on fundraising?
    Can the organization put more towards helping kids and families instead of putting more and more in their net fund assets?
    Why won’t businesses collecting funds for these organizations tell the truth to consumers who ask (I was not told the truth at Brooks Brothers)?
    Are the compensation packages excessive and should ALSAC be paying for companion travel and for health and social club dues?

  36. Tim McCaff
    Jan 4 2018

    It appears that William Evans is employed by both St. Judes and ALSAC. I’m not sure if he jumped from one to the other or serves both at the same time. He is one of the highest compensated executives. Could you shine some light on Mr. Evans activities and any conflict of interest issues?
    Also, couldn’t St. Judes get a better % of total donations by initiating a competitive bidding process for it’s fundraising? It does appear that ALSAC and St. Judes are more integrated than they should be.

    Thanks, Tim

  37. Dec 15 2017

    Thank you for your comments. I don’t know if Marlo Thomas signs the literature used by the outside fundraising organizations. Based on the tax returns submitted by ALSAC and St. Jude, ALSAC and St. Jude’s do not have an 83% efficiency ratio (ALSAC spent 29% of what they collect on fundraising, placed 21% in their fund balance, and gave 50% to the hospital.

  38. Angelo
    Dec 14 2017

    I couldn’t agree with you more Anne Paddock. They have enough money stashed away that if someone else had it they could build another “St Jude’s”. And be so much more efficient. To think that those money hungry Executives could be so un conscientable, when people making a sacrifice donating their money thinking it was going for a worthy cause, only to find out it was going to line the HUGE pockets of the executives!! I only wish the truth would make it to the headlines of newspapers…Then you might see some re alignment at St. Jude’s..But don’t hold your breath…I have a question..Does Marlo Thomas sign the literature used by those fund raising organizations that end up keeping 98% of the amount they raise ?? I bet her father is turning over in his grave. ALSAC is a real dis-grace, and even St. Jude’s Hospital can do a more efficient job with the funds they do end up with… 83% efficient is nothing to be proud of.
    Thank you Anne for the facts, even though they made me so sick to my stomach thinking how many more children could be helped !!

  39. Nov 18 2017

    Re: Austin:

    1. Most organizations want the best of the best running their organizations and as noted in posts about St. Jude’s and ALSAC, talented people must be well compensated but how well compensated is not universally agreed upon ($3.7 million to 8 marketing executives is excessive to many donors and marketing firms that keep 90% of a donation is also excessive by almost anyone’s standards of decency).

    2. The money raised from donations is not reallocated back into fundraising (see the Income Statement – the fundraising expenses are expensed annually). For every $1 ALSAC collects, 29 cents is spent on fundraising and 21 cents (which amounted to $250 million) was put into the fund balance which boosted the net fund balance to over $3 BILLION that year. That $250 million could have helped more sick children and their families (the point being St. Jude’s does good things but they could do so much better). Only 50 cents of every $1 went to the hospital and the hospital used 43 cents, putting 7 cents in the fund balance. Surely, St. Jude’s should spend more than 43 cents of every $1 helping sick children and their families. It is important to remember these numbers come from the 990’s submitted to the IRS by ALSAC and St. Jude’s.

    3 St. Jude’s reported on their site that they need to retain a year and a half of operating costs which amounts to about $1 billion (in case donations dry up which appears to be highly unlikely judging by the IRS Form 990’s). There are certainly other reasons they may save funds (i.e. future capital improvements) but they don’t need to keep $4 billion (the most recent net fund balance) when there are so many sick children they could help.

    Yes, St. Jude’s is saving lives but they could do so much better. It’s not a matter of finding a better charity…it’s a matter of doing better with public donations and saving more sick children and helping their families. What you and so many other commenters seem to think is that ALSAC and St. Jude’s deserve a pass because they do good things. They don’t get a pass. They can and should do so much more. What perplexes me is why you and other supporters are not demanding improvement.

  40. Austin
    Nov 18 2017

    1) ALSAC/St. Jude wants the best of the best running their organizations, and best of the best must be compensated accordingly.
    2) The money from donations that is reallocated back into fundraising IS money that goes back to the hospital by proxy. If they stopped investing this money in finding ways to grow donor dolllars the donor dollars would stop growing.
    3) The do have money set aside in other funds because the hospital is expensive and funded 100% by the donations of others so they have to have a contingency plan to keep the hospital going and growing even if the donations can’t keep up for whatever reason.

    The work and research this charity and hospital is doing is undeniably saving countless lives around the world. As far as charities go you would be hard pressed to find a better one.

  41. Oct 22 2017

    If you did a little research, you would realize:

    1. When asking people if they want to make a donation to St. Jude’s, solicitors should NOT be telling potential donors that “100% goes to the kids” like I was at Brooks Brothers, which led me to read the 990 (as you point out above, some things are too good to be true). People should be told the TRUTH which is that of every $1 that ALSAC collects, 29 cents is spent on fundraising, 21 cents goes to the fund balance, and 50 cents goes to St. Jude’s (and of that 50 cents, 7 cents goes to the fund balance). In real numbers, ALSAC raised $1.18 billion in 2015, spent $340 million on fundraising, gave $589 million to the hospital, and retained $251 million for their fund balance which already had $3.5 billion (billion, not million). That is what the tax returns report. But, my guess is that if the public were told this information, donations would decline. The other option is for St. Jude’s to spend more money on helping sick children and their families. Ask yourself: Did ALSAC really have to put $251 million in their fund balance in 2015? How many kids could have been helped? How much more research could have been done?

    2. Enron has absolutely nothing to do with ALSAC/St. Jude’s and comparing the two has no meaning. However, if you’re claiming that Enron looked good and they weren’t good and that ALSAC and St. Jude’s don’t look good, but are…..I would say that’s simply not true. Between the two points of good and bad, there is a lot of so-so, needs improvement, etc.

    3. The point of my posts are to address what I was told: where my donation would go versus what ALSAC and St. Jude’s tell the IRS. At no point, did the posts advocate to simply look at the numbers submitted to the IRS. Read the links below:

    As I have always advocated: St Jude’s does good things but they could do so much better. This for some reason is very difficult for some people to understand…it’s not an all or nothing especially when talking about organizations that rely on public dollars and subject to transparency.

    Your defensiveness, which you clearly admit, is that you have no toleration for any criticism of St. Jude’s and your firm belief that because they do good things, they get a pass in the accountability department. They don’t get a pass – no organization does. It simply doesn’t work that way when public dollars are concerned. If ALSAC and St. Jude’s ask the public to make donations, the public has a right to be told the truth and to hold both organizations accountable for how money is spent (and in this case saved).

    Instead of defending ALSAC and St. Jude’s, why don’t you put your efforts into making it better?

  42. Stephen Priebe
    Oct 22 2017

    Also, just to let you know I did read the tax returns and can’t dispute what you are saying from a black and white point of view of numbers. I did a little research and read the tax reports/company profile of Enron. Wow, they looked great on paper. Numbers were superb. Invest in this company and it is a sure winner. Didn’t turn out that way though. I’m just saying I’ve learned to look at a company, person, organization from all aspects. Not just numbers, you need to look at their business, personnel, long term goals, challenges facing their potential growth.

  43. Oct 20 2017

    You of all people should know that any organization that depends on public support does not get a pass with accountability if they are to retain the confidence of the public. The numbers reported in this post and any post made on this site come directly from ALSAC and St. Jude’s – and specifically the tax returns that ALSAC and St.Jude’s submitted to the IRS. People like you who refuse to hold St. Jude’s and ALSAC accountable are the reason that only 50 cents of every $1 raised by ALSAC goes to the hospital (the other 50 cents is allocated: 29 cents to fundraising and 21 cents to the fund balance which by the way has $4 billion. How can you not be outraged that more money is not allocated to research or to help save more children? They do not need $4 billion in cash and investments in a fund balance. You of all people should not perpetuate this type of behavior by turning a blind eye to what ALSAC and St. Jude’s are doing with public funds.They do great things but could do so, so, so much better. Read the tax returns. Read the tax returns. And, again, read the tax returns.

  44. Stephen Priebe
    Oct 20 2017

    Anne, you are correct. I guess I do see it black and white. All I know is St Judes saved my life from leukemia and the life of my 1 year old nephew.
    I feel forever indebted to this place and I will always support them. I do get defensive when anyone speaks poorly of them. Maybe too defensive, but that’s my feelings about St Judes.

  45. Oct 20 2017

    Wow, Stephen Priebe…it’s that black and white for you. How sad. Richard doesn’t have to tell you anything. I will: Just because a hospital does good things DOES NOT MEAN THEY CAN’T DO BETTER. THEY DON”T GET A PASS and neither does any organization that solicits the public for donations.

  46. Stephen Priebe
    Oct 19 2017

    Fine Richard, have your name removed from the mailing list. Also tell me that you will never use St Jude Childrens Hospital if your child or grandchild ever needs their help, and I hope and pray they never will. Also promise me you will never allow your loved one to be treated using research developed by this hospital which they share for free around the world. Same for anyone else who shares the same opinion of St Judes.

  47. Jul 26 2017

    Richard: Please contact St. Jude’s to have your name removed. This site simply reports the information provided by St. Jude’s and ALSAC to the IRS via the IRS Form 990’s.

  48. Richard Letts Jr.
    Jul 25 2017

    one million dollar salary! Please take me off your mailing list NOW.

  49. Stewart Tolley
    Jun 30 2017

    A charity for children. Charity employees ought to be ashamed — outlandish wages. Disgusting.

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