1. Donate through your fire department or civic group
Firefighters are out in full force. When you see a road block, slow down and think of those in need. Firefighters are the life blood of the WHAS Crusade for Children. Since 1956, fire departments – now numbering 200 strong – have collected nearly 60 percent of all Crusade donations. Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Chief Ernie Bohler stood on stage in 1956 with $400 in donations challenging all fire departments to join the Crusade.
For the full list of fire departments that participated in the 2009 WHAS Crusade for Children, just click here.
For the full list of civic groups, organizations and companies that participated in the 2009 WHAS Crusade for Children, just click here.
2. Donate by mail
- WHAS Crusade for Children
- 520 W. Chestnut St.
- Louisville, KY 40202
- (Please note we’ve dropped our P.O. Box 1100 address)
3. Donate safely online
To make a donation securely online, just click here.
4. Donate by picking up the phone
Donate any time by phone, just call (502) 582-7706.
About The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc.
- 100% of each donation to the WHAS Crusade for Children helps children with special needs.
- Through the Crusade we’ve changed the lives of millions of children in Kentucky and Indiana since 1954.
- Right now we’re funding 1 in 3 children who need the Crusade.
Change a child’s life, support the WHAS Crusade for Children.
To make a donation securely online, click here.
About The WHAS Crusade for Children Endowment
In September, 2002, the WHAS Crusade for Children Board of Directors voted to create the new Crusade Endowment.
It guarantees that 100 percent of the Crusade’s annual telethon collections continue to go directly to agencies that help children with special needs. It ensures that millions more children will be helped for decades to come.
- 100% of each donation to the WHAS Crusade for Children helps children with special needs
- The Crusade Endowment Campaign fully funds our future.
- Beyond your annual contribution, we need your Crusade Endowment donation now.
Change a child’s life forever, support the WHAS Crusade Endowment.
To make an Endowment donation securely online, click here and click on the ENDOWMENT button.
How the Crusade works
The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. established in 1954 by WHAS-TV, raises money for agencies, schools and hospitals to better the lives of special needs children.
$133 million raised for special needs children
In its first 56 years, the Crusade has raised more than $133 million. Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the Crusade is able to return 100 percent of all donations to organizations that serve special needs children in all 120 Kentucky counties and more than 50 southern Indiana counties. Fire departments raise more than 50 percent of the money each year by staging road blocks and other events
An independent board decides
An independent board of interdenominational ministers known as the Crusade Advisory Panel decides how donations are distributed each year.
Agencies apply for grants
Representatives from agencies, schools and hospitals apply for grants and appear before the panel during grant hearings held each spring. Once the hearings are complete, the advisory panel determines which agencies receive Crusade donations.
Since agency grant requests far exceed donations to the Crusade each year, the panel has difficult decisions to make.
For a complete listing of grant application rules, click here.
The Crusade telethon airs in June
The annual Crusade radio/telethon is held each year on the first full weekend in June and is aired on WHAS Radio (AM 840), WHAS-TV/DT (Channel 11.1) and worldwide on WHAS11.com. Portions of the broadcast are also seen and heard on a Kentucky statewide network.
Millions of children have been helped
Millions of children have been helped by the Crusade since 1954. The WHAS Crusade for Children celebrated 50 years of changing children’s lives in 2003.
Donations are tax deductible
The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Gifts are tax-deductible as permitted by law.
To make a secure online donation, click here or call (502) 582-7706.