It is rare to find a person who does not know someone touched by cancer, whether themselves, a close family member or a friend. It is a class of diseases paying no mind to wealth, influence, social standing, morality or any other aspect of life.
Cancer is terrible at any time, but especially so when it afflicts children. The Kids’ Cancer Project funds research in Australia and internationally, helping children with many types of cancer. Its mission is to support bold scientific research that has the greatest chance of achieving its vision of one hundred percent survival for children with cancer while minimising or eradicating the harmful impacts treatment can bring.
Chief executive and former Wallabies flanker, Owen Finegan, said, “The Kids’ Cancer Project is committed to improving the outcomes for children and adolescents with cancer, by facilitating access to cutting-edge clinical trials, and promoting other quality research.”
These trials and research can only exist with large-scale funding, and that funding is primarily achieved via generous donations. The Project’s fundraising team had a database of about 1.3 million donors, though 300,000 were inactive.
Specifically, SAS implemented its data cleansing, data mining and data analysis toolkits to map out a program to re-activate dormant donors, enlist new donors, increase the ratio of regular-to-occasional donors, overcome duplicated records, and minimise list churn.
These are significant outcomes for any organisation, but especially so for a charitable endeavour where every dollar not spent on administration is another dollar that can be spent on the true purpose and mission, directly helping children with cancer.
David Bowie, vice-president of SAS Australia and New Zealand, said, “The goal is to help The Kids’ Cancer Project raise more funds, more economically by predicting when and how individual donors should best be approached for optimal results. And by making the overall activity of appeal mailings, call centre canvassing, raffle ticket sales, sponsorships and events highly cost-effective.
“Cost-effectiveness is the key. After all, the less it costs this charity to actually raise money, the more it can contribute to vital research that will lead to the 100% survival rate of children diagnosed with cancer.”