Tory Burch Mother’s Day Event: May 8 6PM

Join the Isabella Santos Foundation for cocktails at Tory Burch (South Park Mall) to celebrate Mother’s Day. Create you own bouquet in the flower shop – plus, personalize a sweater or scarf with a hand-embroidered monogram. Flower bouquet complimentary with any purchase of $250 or more. 20% of the event’s proceeds will benefit the Isabella Santos Foundation and the fight against pediatric cancer.

Can’t make it?  You can call in your order at SouthPark Tory Burch ((704) 366-6427) that evening.  Or make a ‘wish list’ for your husband and have him call in/stop in to purchase your Mother’s day present!

When: May 8, 2018 6:00 PM – 8:00PM
Location: Tory Burch Southpark Mall
Supporting: The Isabella Santos Foundation

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



6th Annual Isabella Santos Award

Don’t ever underestimate the impact that you may have on someone else’s life.

Last week during our Coffee for a Cure events, we recognized three individuals with the 6th Annual Isabella Santos Award.  Each award recipient below has made a difference to those around them and continue to do so. They are out to make an impact and inspire change. And we love that they impact and inspire in their own way.  We thank them for the kind individuals they are, the admirable characteristics they embody and all that they have done for the fight against childhood cancer.

Tom Patania & Tim McBride, Isabella Santos Award Recipients with last year’s recipient Jackson Lowry (middle)


If you have ever attended a run in Charlotte, you know him.  His famous beard and part-time Christmas job may have you know his face, but if that’s all you know – you are missing out.  Tim McBride lost both of his parents to cancer and his story is amazing.  2 years ago he said he was going to run 50 miles in honor of losing his dad 50 years ago.  I came out and joined him on his run for about 11 miles and listened to him tell me his life story and how Cancer Messed With the Wrong Kid by taking both of his parents.  He runs for every type of cancer cause and is constantly fundraising.  He runs every single day – and as of today has run 2,324 days in a row – never stopping one single day.  He is one of our top foundation supporters and is our most loved Dream Team member for sure.  


We never would have met Tim, had there not been a Tom.  Tom Patania, our beloved Dream Team marathon coach graciously stepped forward 5 years ago with an idea of training a few people to run a half-marathon for ISF.  All in the name of his mom who lost her own battle to cancer.  5 years later, hundreds of runners and over $400,000 later – his impact became 10 fold.  Tom was up before the sun, organizing runs, water stops, cheerleading and motivating a team of grumpy early morning runners.  His positivity and optimizim was infectious.  He helped make runners and walker’s dreams a reality and in the same time – made a huge impact in the world of pediatric cancer.  

Christie Keagy & Erin Santos, Isabella Santos Award


Impact comes in many different forms.  Not only has Christie made a personal impact on Isabella and her family, she continues to volunteer for our organization by serving on the Auction Committee and volunteering for events throughout the year.  Christie is always available when we need a last minute volunteer to make something happen and she constantly spreads the word about our fight against childhood cancer.

“I realized the last couple of months of Isabella’s life we never heard her kids play outside ever.  She kept her children inside, so that I didn’t have to hear other little girls play outside.”  -Erin Santos

View all past award recipients

Veranda & Vine – April 25 6PM

When: April 25, 2018 6:00 PM – 8:00PM
Location: Whole Foods Market in Waverly
Supporting: The Isabella Santos Foundation

Rose’ anyone? Please join us on the second floor veranda at Whole Foods Market in Waverly Charlotte for VERANDA & VINE: “Hey Rose”. $10.00/person and includes Rose’ Wine Sampling and light bites. What a great seasonal event and ALL Proceeds benefit The Isabella Santos Foundation and their fight on pediatric cancer.



Jersey Mike’s raises $135,000 for local pediatric cancer foundation during nationwide Month of Giving

37 Greater Charlotte area restaurants.  300+ smiling employees. 7,271 loaves of bread.  Countless paper sub bags.  Hundreds of community partners and long lines of volunteers, supporters and friends.  $135,000 RAISED.  Thank you for eating subs with us in March.  Thank you Jersey Mike’s Subs for your give back and make a difference attitude. It is these actions that create IMPACT.

Jersey Mike’s Subs joined forces with its generous customers throughout the Greater Charlotte area in March, to support the Isabella Santos Foundation (ISF) during the 8th Annual “Month of Giving” campaign.  The campaign raised an incredible $135,000 for ISF which will help fight rare pediatric cancer in the Charlotte region and beyond.  ISF recently committed $5 Million to establish The Isabella Santos Foundation Rare and Solid Tumor Program at Levine Children’s Hospital (LCH).  This program will oversee care for all solid tumors, rare tumors, MIBG therapy, and all related clinical and scientific research at LCH and it will be the first of its kind in the United States.

The month of fundraising culminated on March 28th with Jersey Mike’s nationwide “Day of Giving” where 100% of the sales, not just the profits, were donated to the local charities.

More than $6 million was raised by Jersey Mike’s around the country, impacting more than 170 organizations. Thank you for eating at Jersey Mike’s in March with us.  The funds raised for the Isabella Santos Foundation stay right here in the Charlotte community.  During times like these, we feel extremely humbled. Isabella has moved us and many others to take action for kids fighting cancer. Good things are happening because of Isabella’s legacy.  Thank you Queen City!

“Jersey Mike’s is very honored to be a partner with such a great organization like ISF who is making a huge impact on the fight against pediatric cancers.  It is truly amazing how many families the foundation touches and what a huge difference they are making in their lives.  We are so proud to be a small piece of all this and look forward to a long lasting relationship with ISF.” – Nick Smith, Jersey Mike’s Charlotte Franchise Owner

Charlotte Day of Giving Photos