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 info@isabellasantosfoundation.org for more information

We are seeking leads for the following areas to help run our Dream Team in 2018:  (Please email info@isabellasantosfoundation.org 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 info@isabellasantosfoundation.org


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


  • 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: dre@isabellasantosfoundation.com

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: kmurphy@isabellasantosfoundation.org.


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.


ISF Volunteer Opportunity: Auction Committee

We can’t believe that it is almost May.  We have had such a wonderful start to 2017 and excited to dive into bringing you the BEST 5K and10K for Kids Cancer Race in September that you have seen yet.  This is our 10th annual Charlotte 5K and 10K race event and we look forward to celebrating Isabella’s life in the best possible way while bringing our community together.

At the 5K and 10K for Kids Cancer Race we have become known for our SILENT AUCTION.  What started out as a fun idea of having 20 raffles baskets available years ago has blossomed into fantastic way to raise funds for neuroblastoma research and pediatric cancer.  In 2016, our ISF Silent Auction and Raffle raised $80,000!  That is incredible!  Our raffle and silent auction includes beauty/spa packages, sporting events, date night outs, vacations, jewelry and more.  There is something for everyone.  We are looking for new volunteers to join our Auction Committee to help us.  Not only is volunteering for ISF rewarding, we can guarantee you will have fun while meeting many great faces.

“When I originally became involved with ISF, I was a volunteer on the Auction Committee.  Every year we host a huge auction at our annual 5k/10k for Kids Cancer in September.  The auction has become a staple at the race and is responsible for a large percentage of the monies raised at this event.  I felt such pride in being a part of something bigger than myself with a purpose of helping children fight cancer!  I didn’t necessarily have as much time to devote as I would have liked, but I did what I could.  I can truly say being a part of ISF has changed my life in so many wonderful and fulfilling ways! Today, I am the Auction Co-Chair and I couldn’t be more proud to lead such a giving and fun team!   We have several needs for this important committee.  Anyone with a passion to help others who can dedicate some time to helping us create an incredible 10 year anniversary auction this year is welcome!  We have needs for individuals who are not shy to ask for donation from businesses, or who have connections in the community.  We also need those who have time to fill out applications for donations, help organize the auction items, and help us wrap the packages!  We have room for anyone who can help!”  – Andrea Isaac, Auction Co-Chair
We have our first Auction Committee interest meeting on Wednesday May 3rd at 7:30pm.  If you can’t make the first meeting, we can send you details!  Please contact Andrea Isaac for the meeting location, if you are interested in learning more or have questions!  If you are business who would like to donate an item, all items are welcome!  Its great advertising as our auction is in front of thousands at the event itself as well as online!

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