Frequently Asked Questions
What is Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation?
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). At the age of 4, Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of volunteers across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $80 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 450 research projects nationally.
Who was Alex?
Alex is the inspiration behind Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004) was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, before her first birthday. At the age of 4, Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer.
Where does the money go?
All funds raised go directly to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research, a registered 501c3 charity. Careful distribution of our grants allows doctors to bring the latest and most promising life-saving treatments to seriously ill children. These grants provide hope for childhood cancer patients. Visit our Where the Money Goes section to learn more about how your donation helps.
What is Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s mission?
- To raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily research into new treatments and cures.
- To encourage and empower others, especially children, to raise money for childhood cancer by holding their own Alex's Lemonade Stands.
What is Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s Vision?
We share the vision of our founder and creator, Alexandra “Alex” Scott – a cure for all children with cancer.
How does Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation raise funds?
Our donations come from several sources, including: devoted volunteers who host fundraisers; partnerships with businesses and corporations; and individual donations made directly to our foundation.
Can anyone hold a lemonade stand?
Yes! We believe that everyone can make a difference, and we encourage everyone to get involved. Lemonade stands have been organized by a diverse group of devoted volunteers including large and small businesses, inner city school children, senior centers, pre-school aged children, a juvenile detention center, college students, and a group of homeless people. You should register your stand through our website before you hold it so one of our "stand coaches" can help you in your efforts and send you materials to support your fundraising!
Does Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation support one hospital or one type of research?
Our mission is to find a cure for all childhood cancers and that requires working with researchers from near and far! Put simply, we believe in funding the best and most promising research into all types of childhood cancers, and have funded projects at 102 leading hospitals and institutions across the United States. Researchers from all not-for-profit institutions in North America are encouraged to apply.
How much money has Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation raised?
We have raised over $80 million for childhood cancer, and we have funded more than 450 research projects at 94 institutions. Additionally, we have important programs to help families struggling with childhood cancer, such as our Travel Fund and an annual Educational Symposium.
How much of the money raised goes to programs and research versus administrative/fundraising costs?
Alex was committed to making every donation count, and the Foundation bearing her name has carried on that vision of giving as much as possible to research and programs. Thanks to the lemonade stand hosts, our generous sponsors and donors, we have been able to keep our administrative and fundraising expenses at a minimum. In 2013, our fundraising and administrative expenses combined were approximately 14%.