5 Ways You Can Support Charlotte Nonprofits

Are you looking for ways to support local nonprofits? ShareCharlotte.com is a great resource that identifies 428 nonprofit organizations in the Charlotte area and helps you identify the organizations doing work that is closest to your heart.

  1. Attending Fundraising Events For Nonprofit Organizations
    Most nonprofit organizations rely upon the generosity of donors for some or all of their funding. Fundraising is an activity of major importance to the charitable nonprofit community. Nonprofit organizations in Charlotte are no different and are constantly looking for ways to maximize their fundraising.

    Two examples of local fundraising for our company are The Isabella Santos Foundation Coffee for a Cure and the All in For Cancer events. You can reference Isabella Santos Foundation nonprofit events calendar.
  2. Donate To Your Favorite Charity
    There are numerous ways to make a donation to your favorite charity. Your donation can be made at whichever price point you feel comfortable with and can be packaged according to your preferences and convenience. Use your checkbook or donate online, donate your car or food for an event, arrange for planned giving, or give your time. The Isabella Santos Foundation Ambassador program encourages you to get your team of people working together collectively, as a group, to raise funds together. Or, if you are interested in taking support to the next level by making an annual gift of $5,000 or more, ISF’s Three Wish Circle is the place for you. Many organizations, including the Isabella Santos Foundation, are 501c3 nonprofits so your donations are tax deductible.
  3. Non Profit Volunteering
    Non profits are always needing volunteers. Having extra sets of hands on any given day is extremely helpful. Here are just a few examples of volunteer opportunities.

    • Conduct research
    • Collect data
    • Answer the phone
    • Assist in event planning
    • Be a mentor
    • Serve as a foster home for a furry friend in need
    • Tend to a garden
    • Become a youth sports coach
    • Help families move out of homeless shelters into stable homes

    At ISF, we have a variety of events and volunteer opportunities throughout the year.  Join our ISF Volunteer Group on Facebook to stay updated on Volunteer opportunities.


  5. Non Profit Sponsorship
    Create awareness of your corporate identity while strengthening your corporate image to your current stakeholders by sponsoring a non profit. Garner, develop, and cultivate a new and existing audience of customers. Examples of ways to sponsor:

    • Sponsor an ISF Event
    • Donate Auction Items
    • Host an ‘ISF Day’ With a % Give Back
    • Make a Donation & Company Matching
    • Donate In-Kind Items for ISF Events
    • Sign Your Team Up to Volunteer With ISF
    • Register Your Team for ISF’s Annual 5K/10K


  6.  Social Media for Nonprofits 

    Sharing messages over the internet is almost mandatory in today’s world, especially for nonprofits. Social Media is typically the best way to communicate with nonprofits since both a new and existing audience of customers can be easily reached when messages are shared digitally. Facebook groups, in particular, have been shown to be popular amongst many nonprofits. Websites, emails, and performing google searches are also examples of how to gather information on contributing towards your favorite nonprofit.

    The Isabella Santos Foundation has a social media following of over 15,000 people and looks forward to gaining more and educating the community on what the foundation stands for. Follow us to stay up to date with what we’re doing!

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MIBG Construction Update #3, Levine Children’s Hospital

Holy cow what a cool morning. Earlier today our team visited the ISF MIBG construction site at Levine Children’s. To set foot into the pediatric cancer therapy site that your dollars support is surreal!

In the pictures you will see a couple of things. The space on the right will be the patient room, the space on the left will be the parent/guardian room… in between you will notice a large steel door frame where the lead lined door will be placed. The huge structural steel beams have been set underneath the floors and on the ceiling… these are required to hold the weight of the lead bricks that are encompassing the room to protect and manage the MIBG Therapy safely for both patients, family and staff. Lead bricks have been installed partially on one wall. (Insider scoop: the construction team may or may not have broken two elevators getting them up to the 11th floor. That’s how heavy the lead bricks are.)

It was impressive to learn that the lead lined doors and windows will be thicker than any other MIBG Therapy room doors/windows in the country which will provide the best radiation protection during this cancer therapy. Looking forward to sharing these pictures.

The LCH team is getting ready prepping. Nurse Dawn, MIBG Therapy Program Director, has been super busy creating program materials, administering the core nursing education, and have learned from support staff such as radiation safety, child life specialists and bone marrow transplant coordinators. The MIBG nursing team has had a conference call with Nationwide Children’s Hospital where they were given the opportunity to ask experienced MIBG nurses what they have learned, what they would change, their fears, ect. That’s pretty cool.

We are looking for individuals who want to be part of providing comfortable care for the kids/families that go through MIBG Treatment. Our new MIBG Ambassador Program gives you the flexibility of raising $5,000 the way you want to raise it… 100% of funds raised through this program will be distributed very specifically through our LCH partnership with this very targeted MIBG purpose. {You do not have to be located in Charlotte to participate, contact Tia for details}






ISF MIBG Ambassador: Cynthia & Kat Wood

GOAL: Run 50K in 1 year to raise $5K for ISF. Say what??
This will be Cynthia’s 4th year fundraising for ISF and she has enlisted a special partner in crime. Cynthia decided to sign up as a MIBG Ambassador and think outside the box for her fundraising. Cynthia and her daughter, Kat, are committing to rack up 50K in runs to raise $5,000 within a year of this coming Thursday (June 28th)… the anniversary of Isabella’s passing.
Fundraising year after year gets hard, no matter who you are! Not only do we love that Cynthia’s daughter is getting involved (kids helping kids make our hearts melt), but that they are doing something different and new. Thank you Cynthia and Kat for your dedication in honor of Isabella. We can’t express how grateful we are!
Learn more about what it means to become an MIBG Ambassador.  Funds raised through this program will be distributed very specifically through our partnership with Levine Children’s Hospital with a very targeted purpose. So get creative and fundraise the way you want to.

ISF MIBG Ambassador: Tim McBride

We are excited to announce our very first committed ISF MIBG Ambassador, Tim McBride. The ISF MIBG Ambassador is a new program we have rolled out where each ambassador commits to raising $5,000 through his/her own network. We couldn’t think of the most perfect person to help us kick this program off. Tim fundraises 365 days a year for a variety of foundations and types of cancers, all while leveraging what he knows and loves best: running, bringing joy to kids at Christmas as Santa McBeast, and making whatever impact he can in ALL that he does.

Tim just retired. So we have to make sure he stays busy! And we love that he doesn’t take no for an answer as he fights to crush cancer every single day.

Funds raised through this program will be distributed very specifically through our partnership with Levine Children’s Hospital with a very targeted purpose. So get creative and fundraise the way you want to.

We hope you will join us at our MIBG Ambassador KICK OFF meeting on May 22 at 6:30 at the Santos Home.  Drinks and light appetizers will be available.  Please R.S.V.P. by Sunday, May 20th.  If you cannot attend and would like information, please contact tia@isabellasantosfoundation.org for details.
You do not have to be in Charlotte to participate!  Email Tia for more information.
Date: Tuesday, May 22
Time:  6:30 pm
Location:  Santos Home

A New Way to Make an Impact: Isabella Santos Ambassador Program

Take your support of the Isabella Santos Foundation to the next level
As the Isabella Santos Foundation MIBG treatment suite at Levine Children’s Hospital goes under construction, we want to ensure that we help plan for the kids and their families who will have to walk through its door for cancer treatment.  We have developed the Isabella Santos MIBG Ambassador Program, a new way of fundraising and making an impact.  As an Isabella Santos MIBG Ambassador, you agree to help raise $5,000 to provide a comfortable and customized experience for all families and children who undergo MIBG therapy at Levine Children’s Hospital.  This program gives you the opportunity to leverage your network and raise funds the way you want to raise them.  100% of your donation will go to help support patients and families by helping provide items and experiences that we will detail during our upcoming MIBG Ambassador kick off meeting.
We hope you will join us at our MIBG Ambassador KICK OFF meeting on May 22 at 6:30 at the Santos Home.  Drinks and light appetizers will be available.  Please R.S.V.P. by Sunday, May 20th.  If you cannot attend and would like information, please contact tia@isabellasantosfoundation.org for details.
Date: Tuesday, May 22
Time:  6:30 pm
Location:  Santos Home


Columbus, OH – 12/6/2017

The Isabella Santos Foundation has raised and donated $30,000 to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to honor the memory of their daughter, Isabella, and to advance pediatric cancer research.
“We are very grateful to the Isabella Santos Foundation for their generosity and dedication to supporting the research that is so important to so many of our families,” said Steve Testa, senior vice president and executive director of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation. “This gift helps us continue to discover new ways to deliver the best possible care to our patients, who come to Nationwide Children’s from across the country and around the globe.”
This generous gift was raised during a silent auction at the Isabella Santos Foundation’s inaugural Ohio chapter event, “Cocktails for a Cure,” in August. Attendees gathered to learn about pediatric cancer research, treatments and programs that impact local children in the central Ohio community. All of the proceeds from the event benefitted neuroblastoma research at Nationwide Children’s.
“We are thrilled to have expanded our organization into Ohio and Nationwide Children’s,” said Erin Santos, president of the Isabella Santos Foundation and Isabella’s mom. “This event was part of our one million dollar goal this year, and next year we look forward to doubling our impact and moving the needle forward on pediatric cancer research, honoring Isabella the entire way.”
The second annual Columbus event will be held in May 2018.
About the Isabella Santos Foundation
The Isabella Santos Foundation is a tax-deductible 501 (c) 3 that was created in honor of Isabella Santos, who fought Neuroblastoma for over 5 years. The goal of the Foundation is to raise money and awareness for Neuroblastoma research, provide financial assistance to families with children who are suffering from cancer as well as provide financial support for organizations that support children with cancer.
About Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of nearly 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.