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 Erin@isabellasantosfoundation.org 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

Qualifications:

  • 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

PREFERRED SKILLS

  • 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

 

 

MIBG Treatment Room Coming Soon!

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Isabella’s birthday eve. Today ISF officially committed to bringing an MIBG treatment room home to Levine Children’s Hospital. Happy birthday sweet girl… You are sorely missed but still changing the world and helping us move the needle in your honor.

So raising one million dollars is a HUGE goal. But we have one HUGE advancement that we are trying to bring to local kids. Isabella received MIBG therapy in Philadelphia when she was filled with cancer and it destroyed it all. We want to bring this treatment to Charlotte and new promising trials are testing the effectiveness of this treatment earlier in the diagnosis. This could be a game changer for our local kids and we are excited to make this happen. Did we mention that it has low side effects and is pain free? Yep.

We will be educating our supporters all year long about MIBG and we hope you will help make this happen.

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Meet our new Development Director, Tia Wackerhagen!

We are SOOOO excited for this announcement today!

Tia Wackerhagen comes to ISF after serving as Gifts Officer for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Tia attended Duke University where she studied nonprofit management. Since coming to Charlotte in 2010 she has severed on several boards and acted as the consultant for area nonprofits. Tia and her husband Matt are proud to have 4 amazing children. Together they like to hike, enjoy the outdoors, travel and experience local art and culture.
Tia comes on at an exciting time for us as we are growing at a pace that is a little alarming. You will start seeing her at our events and may be lucky enough to have coffee with her. 😉

Welcome, Tia to the ISF team!

Thank You 2016 Sponsors

Our Corporate Sponsors are a HUGE part of our fight against Pediatric Cancer. Without their support, we could not continue to grow and make an impact in the cancer community. It is because of them that we are able to put on the wonderful event that we do, year after year, to honor Isabella and all children that fight. We are so humbled by and grateful for all of the businesses and their volunteers that came together to help make the 9th Annual 5k/10k For Kids Cancer such a huge success. It truly takes a village to make it happen and we are forever grateful to each and every one of you. It is our honor to work with you and hope to continue the fight together.  We want to take the opportunity to once again thank all of our 2016 Race Sponsors for your support and hope to continue our partnership in the future. (Photo Courtesy of Beth Wade Photography)

PRESENTING:

METLIFE

 

PLATINUM:

COMMUNITY BLOOD CENTER OF THE CAROLINAS

LEVINE CHILDRENS HOSPITAL

CHARLOTTE EYE EARS NOSE AND THROAT

BULL ENGINEERED PRODUCTS

MARTIN TRUEX JR FOUNDATION

JEFF GORDONS CHILDRENS FOUNDATION

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS

 

GOLD:

SUSAN HOCKADAY DDS/ JIM BAUCOM DDS

CHARLOTTE SMARTY PANTS

SHEA HOMES- CHARLOTTE

LAFFTER, INC

NOVANT HEALTH/ CARMEL OBGYN

CARDINAL FINANCIAL

YELLOW CAB OF CHARLOTTE

BISSELL

 

SILVER:

SKYZONE

PROVIDENCE EYE AND LASER SPECIALISTS

SMALL HANDS BIG ART

BALLANTYNE PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

THE BLACKER FAMILY

ARBORSCAPES

LAXER, LONG AND SAVAGE

TOM BUSH LAW GROUP

PURE BARRE BALLANTYNE

BRACES BY BIRD

ESP ASSOCIATES

EXTREME MULTISPORT/ ISAGENIX

BEAT CANCER TODAY

SHUTTERFLY

SYNCHRONY FINANCIAL

DICKENS MITCHENER

HF FINANCIAL

BURGER 21

SOCCER SHOTS

PROPERTIES BY PATTON

PHYSIOFOCUS

FRESH SALON

ORANGE THEORY FITNESS

YOGA ONE

 

BRONZE:

BIZ TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS

CHARLOTTE SWIM ACADEMY

DANNY & BETH RIVERA – TASTEFULLY SIMPLE

GNC BLAKENEY

FAMILY FIRST CHIROPRACTOR AND ACUPUNCTURE

KUPKAKE KOUTURE

LANG KERLY CONSTRUCTION

MEDI WEIGHTLOSS CLINIC

MERRILL LYNCH- RIVLIN FIRESTONE GROUP

MILLER STREET DANCE ACADEMY

SOUTHPARK PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

TUTORING LINK

SUPERKICKS

DAS GROUP

CAROLINA SPORTS CLINIC

 

SUPPORTERS:

CHICK-FIL-A

BRAND RPM

DJ JEREMY

TPM

106.5 THE END

THE WOODY AND WILCOX SHOW

A BOUNCEABLE TIME

SEARCH AND BE FOUND

MOLLY GRANTHAM

 

VIP PARTNERS:

BLACKFINN AMERIPUB- BALLANTYNE

JIM N NICKS BBQ

 

IN-KIND FOOD PARTNERS:

CHICK-FILA

ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE- BALLANTYNE

ZOES- BLAKENEY

CLEAN JUICE- STONECREST

THE PRODUCE BOX

AQUAFINA

JASON’S DELI

COCA COLA BOTTLING

MCDONALDS

KING OF POPS

NOTHING BUNDT CAKES

 

PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY:

BETH WADE

CARRIE WATTS

DANIEL CORDERO

Falling On Deaf Ears… the Consequence of Silence.

By: Erin Santos (Isabella’s mommy)B&W Ib Picture-2

I’ve written some things in the past that have made a difference or gotten someone up out of the chair. For the first time this year I thought, I’m not going to write something because people finally get it. I’ve written about how “awareness” is a bullshit word and how instead we should take action. I’ve written about what all cancer steals from a family when someone dies. And last year I wrote 30 days of “whys”. Why people get divorced, why I stopped visiting her, why we cremated her and more. I have poured my heart out year after year, picking my scab and pulling back the curtain on what cancer, loss, and heartache is really like. So I figure you get it now.

Each year the foundation grows more and more. We see more dedicated people coming to support the cause who never even knew Isabella. People would tell me what we are doing here is phenomenal. Most non-profit’s had a run rate between 8-10 years before they close their doors. They slowly lose their supporters. But we were different somehow. We had some secret sauce to what we were doing that meant we were going to survive the charity down turn. Even more amazing is that we were doing this all without Isabella standing on stage or asking people in Target to come to her race. Maybe we were going to be the charity that survived the industry down turn because our supporters were lifelong supporters.

I have to say, today I’m scared.

When you are riding on the wings of a ghost year after year, you begin to have moments where you think your message is falling on deaf ears. In years past, it seemed easier for me to rally the troops. But this year I feel like something changed. I sit back and watch social media and see these people on the Dream Team posting pages after they have gotten up on a Saturday morning while everyone in the world is snug in their bed. I see them fighting mentally to run in the heat and humidity, up hills – putting in mileage they never dreamed they could accomplish. Only to finish with their body’s aching, limping to their cars. They go home and push out their proud morning to their supporters and often times get no donations to support them. We have runners that show up every morning, to save kids they don’t even know – someone else’s kids – and have trouble receiving $500 in donations over a period of 6 months of training. How is that possible? I worry I have somehow let these people down by not providing them with a child they can fight for. Am I not supplying content that is meaningful that will make their supporters understand how important this is?

I watch us work all year towards a race that is dragging in numbers. I have to tell myself that people always sign up late, but we all watch as excuses come in about why someone can’t attend. Soccer games, vacations, family in town, and a party the night before (possible hangover)… the list goes on and on. It’s so hard for me to hear the excuses when I watch my team work tirelessly to make the day so amazing for everyone. I want the entire city to show up and appreciate all they have done.

I think it’s hard because I watched Isabella walk Time Warner Cable arena, on a beautiful day when all her friends were playing, to collect money for the Ronald McDonald House, or bake cookies for families or give her toys away.   No matter what she had going on – she knew what was important and made the time for it. Stuart always said that by watching Isabella, you always realize the things you really thought were important – really aren’t. She always got it. I love those that get it. I love seeing people that have been there year over year – no matter what their Saturday looks like. I love when I see people at the race who come with their company that is in for the weekend. I love people like the Gold family who are currently fighting neuroblastoma themselves, who can’t come to the race because they are taking their family to Disney. (Talk about a good excuse!) Instead they created a team and are constantly recruiting people to come to the race under their team name. They created a FirstGiving page and have raised over $3,000. Just today their family was here picking up our ISF tent to hold a lemonade stand on a Saturday night to raise money for a cure that might help their own daughter. They get it.

I wish I knew how to motivate others into action like I once did so easily. I wish the Dream Team was being rewarded for the 8 miles they ran for other people’s children this morning, and again and again when they ask for your support. I hope my ISF team feels a huge sense of accomplishment when they see the waves of purple 2 weeks from today. I hope everyone who supports ISF feels proud when we are able to send funds to advance treatment is Isabella’s name. I wish Isabella were here so you all had someone to save who you could see that morning. But she isn’t here because for years, these pleas have fallen on deaf ears and her death was the consequence of silence.

My hope is that instead of liking a page, sharing a post or being aware of her passing – you make the change to do something about it. These kids all need us to change from awareness to action. The clock is ticking.

Sign up for the race. Be a Phantom Runner. Create a Team. Create a FirstGiving Page. Support a FirstGiving Page. Just do something.

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