Deadline for Donation:  September 1, 2021

In nature nothing is perfect and then again everything is perfect… 
​​For the fourth consecutive year, Beads of Courage has announced a Call for Glass Beads and Sculptures from ISGB members. All proceeds from this project benefit Beads of Courage, Inc. a nonprofit organization providing innovative arts-in-medicine programs that improve the quality of life of children and teens coping with cancer and other serious illnesses.

The theme for 2021 is Nature.

Items may be either wearable beads or sculptural pieces and do not have to represent a literal interpretation of the theme. We encourage you to express your creativity and draw inspiration from the colors, textures, and beauty of nature. The items you create will be donated to Beads of Courage to be showcased by the organization during the Gathering and offered to supporters in an online auction with proceeds benefiting Beads of Courage.


Beads received by the deadline of September 1, 2021 will be voted on by the ISGB membership and the crowd favorite will be awarded a $50 gift certificate.

Please take advantage of this opportunity to share your artistry with a broader audience while supporting the worthwhile mission of Beads of Courage!


NOTE: Please carefully package and ship your beads in a well-wrapped, sturdy box, and be certain to insure and track your package. Entries are due by September 1, 2021.

Print and enclose this  FORM with your submission.

Voting for your favorite will be during the online Gathering. 

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Send your bead and form to:

Beads of Courage, Inc.

ATTN: ISGB Gathering

3230 N Dodge Blvd, Suite J

Tucson, AZ 85716

Here is how to donate beads by mail:


Bead Artists! Your Beads Go for Good Deeds. 


Important Note: Bead Delivery to Hospitals
None of our member hospitals are set up for direct donation. All beads distributed in our programs are our responsibility, we need to see every Act of Courage bead before it goes out.

How to Donate Beads
Print and fill out this Bead Donation Form and then mail it to us with the beads you would like to donate.

Read more about the types of beads we use HERE.

Mail To:
Beads of Courage, Inc.
Attn: Bead Donations
3230 N. Dodge Blvd. Suite J
Tucson, AZ 85716

Special Requirements: Act of Courage Beads
Act of Courage Beads can take almost any form that you would like to make—it's an opportunity for you to let your imagination go! The 3/32" mandrel is preferred but other sizes are also usable.

Please have nice 'puckers' on the ends of the beads, sharp edges on the bead holes cut fingers and can not be sent out. Overly frilly bits sticking out may break off and leave sharp edges on the surface, be sure that raised dots have solid connections (no undercuts) and that surface decorations are robust enough to take some knocking about.

We ask that you refrain from using reduction frit or glasses that give a metallic sheen on the surface due to heavy metal issues with these materials. We can't send metallic reduction surface beads to the kids.

Anneal your beads properly in a kiln to ensure they don't crack. Cracked beads have to go in the waste basket.

Please make sure that the bead release is cleaned out. Beads with the release still inside take more time for our volunteer staff to clean and this tremendously slows down turnaround time to the hospitals.

When you send your beads please fill out the Bead Donation Form - it helps us to expedite sending you a receipt and certificate for your donation.

Beads of Courage ISGB Community Project

Beads of Courage Donations Accepted Year Round.

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