New ISF Lead Volunteer Coordinator

We are thrilled to have Kristine Sniegocki step up as Lead Volunteer Coordinator for ISF.  Kristine has committed to coordinate all our volunteer needs and efforts throughout the year.  This is a HUGE undertaking and we appreciate her willingness to jump in even deeper with the organization to help our fight against pediatric cancer.  Her  husband, Dave, is pretty cool too!  They have been volunteering with ISF a long time and we appreciate their willingness to help get things done. 

One thing we have learned through working for a non profit… you bridge relationships with those you would have never met otherwise.  We have met incredible people with the biggest hearts through this organization and we hope you will want to join us to not only fight for pediatric cancer… create relationships fighting for one purpose.

A little bit about Kristine…

What is your favorite hobby?  Spending time with my family at the beach or lake

What’s one thing on your bucket list Item?  travel to Hawaii with my husband

Why volunteer with ISF?  I feel passionate about the cause to cure kids cancer.  I started volunteering for somewhat selfish reasons to give me something to do, but continue to stay because I see what ISF is doing and I’m excited to see what they can accomplish.

It’s because of people like Kristine that we continue to grow!  Email Kristine for specific volunteer questions or request to be added to our ISF Volunteer database:

CURRENT VOLUNTEER NEEDS (Contact Kristine if interested):

Auction Committee  |   June-October 2018:

Our Silent Auction is a huge part of our fundraising efforts each year!  We don’t just need help securing items… but packaging them as well.  We receive such fun items from our generous community businesses and beyond:  Date night packages with hotel/dinner/limo, jewelry, kids activities, sports tickets and memorabilia, spa packages, vacations and more.  We would love for you to join our Auction Committee and help us make this year’s silent auction a success.  Our two auction needs are:

  1. Auction Procurement:  our community (and far beyond) have been so generous in donating items for our silent auction.  We need your help in requesting donations from local businesses and securing the items.
  2. Auction Packaging:  Don’t feel comfortable asking for donations?  We still need your help… just as much work goes into the packaging .

5K/10K For Kids Cancer Event, September 29th, 2018:  

We need over 150 volunteers to help make race-day on September 29th, 2018 go smoothly.  As our 11th annual race event, we love to see new faces stepping in to help out.   This just isn’t just a 5K/10K, we have several areas volunteers can help out with during this family friendly event: registration, kids fun zone, vendor support, raffle, medal distribution (just to name a few).  Let us know if you want to get involved on race day… such a fun way to give back while watching a community come together.

Inaugural Gala, October 26th (more details coming soon!):

We are so excited for our first annual black tie event.  And it’s going to be a special one.  Look for announcements and details coming soon.  Contact Kristine if your interested in signing up for this event, we can’t wait to share what we are working on!

Our volunteer network continues to grow and we hope you will join us. Thank you to everyone who gives their time and heart!  *Reminder* We have a “ISF Volunteer Group” Facebook page for opportunities & information. Please click & join to keep updated on volunteer listings and updates throughout the year: 

2018 Isabella’s Dream Team: Seeking Volunteer Cancer Crushing Leaders

After conquering many miles and many milestones over the past four years – we are Crushing Cancer again this year for your choice of several races. This team will be training in memory of Isabella Santos, who passed away from Neuroblastoma at the age of 7. We will train as one group starting in mid-July and then you can pick which race(s) would work best for you and your schedule!  The idea is to give you a choice- but also help cheerlead each other in our training schedules. Of course…along the training path- this determined group of runners will crush The Isabella Santos Foundation 11th Annual 5k/10K for Kids Cancer on Saturday, Sept 29th. The Dream Team tackled these races last year and raised over $110,000…and over $400,000 to date! Lets crush the pavement, crush our fundraising goal and crush cancer together again in 2018!

As many of you know from being part of this great group…the team work makes the dream work, so we are taking that motto and are implementing a new structure this year that will allow our passionate people to join forces to crush pediatric cancer together. This structure can apply to anyone that is interested in taking on a more active role on our dream team. 

We are seeking leaders. We are seeking cancer crushers. We are seeking passionate individuals with a desire to take their role with our team to the next level. We have committed  $5 million to establish The Isabella Santos Foundation Rare & Solid Tumor Program at Levine Children’s Hospital.  This program will impact more than just Charlotte as it will be the first of its kind in the United States. This is a volunteer based grassroots effort without the overhead of the large cancer charities.  Please email for more information

We are seeking leads for the following areas to help run our Dream Team in 2018:  (Please email for more information)

  • Fundraising LEAD: (Still Needed)
    • Help People Set Up FG Pages
    • Help Develop Fundraising Incentive Program
  • Training LEAD: (Fullfilled)
    • Develop Training Schedules
    • Coordinate Group Runs
    • Identify 2018 Race Options
  • Communication LEAD: (Fulfilled)
    • Coordinates Emails
    • Communicates Socials, Group Runs, etc. 
  • Recruitment LEAD: (Still Needed)
    • Help Coordinate Socials 
    • Attend local events/races to recruit members
    • Help Develop Referral Incentive Program
    • Work with Local Businesses for Monthly Partnership
  • “Hype Squad” LEAD: (Still Needed)
    • Coordinate and Develop Cheerleaders/Hype Squad for our DT members
    • Coordinate Cheering sections at local races and events
    • Coordinate the spotlight of Dream Team Members and Weekly speakers

If you are interested, please email us ASAP at


We are Growing Again!

We are currently looking for a Director of Corporate Philanthropy to help engage in our community and grow our business relationships to the next level in our fight against pediatric cancer. This role will help align ISF and our vision with that of our local corporate community partners. Please see details below and contact if you meet the required qualifications.

SUMMARY: The Director of Corporate Philanthropy is a key member of the Isabella Santos Foundation. As a senior front-line fundraiser, he/she is responsible for inspiring philanthropic support from the corporate community for programs within ISF.   He/she is responsible for setting strategies, developing and actively managing a portfolio of prospects and achieving annual and long-range corporate fundraising goals. Position is approximately 25 hours a week and work from home.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the growth of corporate philanthropy for ISF by securing increased support for core annual operations as well as special initiatives
  • Identify, research, evaluate, cultivate and solicit corporations and corporate foundations
  • Craft and draft proposals and gift agreements for donors
  • Grow Corporate membership program by both acquiring new donors and increasing support from existing donors
  • Proactively develop relationships with new funding sources leading to solicitation
  • Engage institutional contacts on a regular basis
  • Manage Board involvement in corporate solicitations
  • Assist and support capital campaign solicitations of corporate prospects, as appropriate
  • Ensure proper recognition and stewardship of corporate donors
  • Write and produce corporate donor communications including membership acquisition materials, sponsorship proposals, donor reports, invitations to events, etc…
  • Provide fresh content for ISF website including corporate giving opportunities and updated supporter lists; ensure all online content is compelling, accurate, and timely
  • Write corporate donor spotlight stories for website and donor newsletters
  • Serve as a point of contact for corporate donors hosting events as it relates to their philanthropy
  • Represent ISF at institutional and community events
  • Promote and assist with donor events at ISF.
  • Maintain current and accurate contact and donor records in Blackbaud


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 5 years of experience in fundraising
  • Enthusiasm for and ability to communicate ISF’s mission and programs with sincerity, persuasion, and passion
  • Strong relationship-building skills facilitating the ability to team with marketing, learning experiences, and exhibitions to deliver an unparalleled institutional donor experience at ISF
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Entrepreneurial spirit that enjoys working in a fast-paced, dynamic team environment
  • Ability to work both as a team member and autonomously
  • Comfort and ease in speaking with high-level donors, as well as public speaking
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion
  • Some nights and weekends will be required


  • Knowledge of history and trends within the non-profit sector and the local and national philanthropic communities
  • Knowledge and application of proper business etiquette
  • Experience with a Blackbaud software program desirable
  • Ability to manage and prioritize numerous projects on an ongoing basis



Volunteer Position Opening: Silent Auction Project Manager

Get involved in your community… a resolution on many 2018 Intention lists.  The impact of our raffle and silent auction at our flagship 5K/10K September event has grown leaps and bounds since introduced in 2013.  The dollars raised through our silent auction helps impact our direct mission of helping kids fighting cancer.  We are looking for a Silent Auction Project Manager (volunteer position) located in Charlotte to head up our 2018 Silent Auction Committee.  Our raffle and silent auction has become such an important part of our fundraising goal and we have some new things in store this year.  This is not a ‘start from scratch’ volunteer position as there is a committee in place and the structure is built.
Position Details:
  • Run monthly silent auction committee meetings
    • Set ongoing monthly committee meeting
    • Primary contact with committee volunteers
    • Go to on all committee questions & follow up
  • Incoming auction item data entry
    • Enter auction items as they come in from committee volunteers
  • Manage business contact list
    • Manage business contacts excel spreadsheet
  • Auction package display
    • Manage the packaging of all raffle & auction items needed for event location
  • February:  Committee meetings and auction collection starts
  • June-August:  Heaviest auction collection months
  • August & September:  heaviest volunteer work due to event date
Thank you to all the volunteers who help make our raffle and silent auction a success each year!  We couldn’t do any of this without you!  More than anything, we have a wonderful group of volunteers and it is a great way to meet new people and develop new friendships!  Please contact Andrea if interested:

ISF Volunteers: 2017 Highlights

It’s pretty incredible to look at the amount of hours individuals invest together for a greater purpose. Our volunteer network continues to grow and we hope that you will add ‘Volunteer With ISF’ to your 2018 Intentions list. Thank you to everyone who gives their time and heart!
Our first event in need of volunteers is at the end of this month. American Bus Association is coming to Charlotte & has chosen ISF as their charity for their Give Back program. ISF will have a booth at the 5-day convention, Friday 1/26-Tuesday 1/30. Please consider volunteering for a shift(s).  Click here to view shifts and sign up.
Reminder: We have a “ISF Volunteer Group” Facebook page for opportunities & information. Please click & join to keep updated on volunteer listings and  updates throughout the year.  Questions or requests can be sent to our Event & Volunteer Coordinator, Karen Murphy:


Did you know this week is National Volunteer Week?  Here at ISF, we LOVE our volunteers.  Our organization couldn’t operate without volunteers.  As we continue to grow, so does our need for more volunteers.  This is where we could use your help.

We have a variety of events and volunteer opportunities throughout each year.  You can help make a difference in our mission by volunteering your time or your talent.  Or, you can help by donating a good or service to one of our events.  Students earning service hours are welcome.

If interested, please email our Event and Volunteer Coordinator, Karen Murphy, if you are interested in joining our ISF Volunteer team.  Not only do we have a good time, you will meet some great people!


  • 5K/10K For Kids Cancer Race:  race logistics, set-up, water-stations, kids fun zone, vendor support & more
  • ISF Auction Committee
  • Annual Coffee for a Cure
  • Various Events & Races throughout the Charlotte region where ISF is a beneficiary
  • Guys with Ties Casino Night
  • ISF Logistics:  tactical to-dos like stuffing swag bags, ect.



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