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Cancer Research America: National Foundation for Cancer Research

We Make Cures Possible

From prevention and early diagnosis to better treatments, NFCR funds cancer research. NFCR’s discoveries have led to improved treatments and today’s research will lead to a cure for all cancers.

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Why should I support your work?

The statistics are staggering. One in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Your support of life-saving cancer research can help change this. An investment in today’s cancer research will bring us tomorrow’s cures!

Why does your charity exist?

We envision a future without the specter of cancer and will not stop until we find a cure for all types of cancer. 

What specifically do you do?

With your support, NFCR continues to foster collaboration among leading scientists around the world and across disciplines; provide seed funding and flexibility for innovative ideas and research; and maintain our long-term vision and commitment to cancer research.

How will this make a difference?

In order to fully conquer this devastating disease, NFCR funds scientists and laboratories worldwide to study cancer at its most fundamental level. Currently, our projects include improving cancer prevention strategies, developing early-detection tools and advancing targeted cancer therapies.

How is your work different from that of other, similar charities?

For nearly 50 years, NFCR has provided critical seed funding that has allowed researchers to pursue breakthroughs in cancer research.

NFCR supports research to study the disease of cancer, as a genetic mutation, which can be cured. By understanding cancer, as a disease, our research will lead to the cure of ALL cancers. 

Therapeutic development in the pre-clinical stage is an expensive and risky investment, and some of the most promising cancer discoveries are failing due to the lack of seed funding before they can get to the clinic.

In 2019, the National Foundation for Cancer Research launched the AIM-HI Translational Research Initiative to address this unmet need and provide oncology startups with the resources to drive innovative discoveries out of the lab, to the clinics, and eventually to the people battling cancer.



What have you accomplished?

Since 1973 we have invested nearly $410 million in public awareness of cancer prevention, early detection and treatment options and cutting-edge cancer research -- the type of research directly responsible for so many recent breakthroughs, such as a molecular understanding of cancer.

NFCR provides the “seed” money that enables scientists to carry out novel approaches, resulting in breakthrough discoveries. We empower brilliant scientists to go beyond what is standard to what is extraordinary. 

We are one of few charities willing to take risks and fund the most innovative ideas in cancer research before anybody shows any interest.  These new ideas often open critical new fields in cancer research.  NFCR has distinguished itself in the cancer research community by funding high-risk, high-impact, long-term, and transformative research programs with the help of more than 5.3 million individual donors over the last 50 years.

Our accomplishment include:

- Funding new and innovative ideas in cancer research that lead to breakthroughs for cancer patients

- Supporting revolutionary clinical trial system for quick development of new drugs

- Investing in oncology startups to accelerate the transition of cancer discoveries

- Empowering women scientists-entrepreneurs in the oncology space

- Building an oncology metaverse community


Besides providing critically needed funding to launch new and innovative programs, NFCR plays a vital role in convening groups from different disciplines, the entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, academics, policymakers, and government—all coming together around this shared mission to make cancer history.

How can I be sure you’ll use my money wisely?

NFCR is audited annually by an independent, certified public accounting firm.  This independent audit requires compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the guidelines issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).  NFCR always has received the highest form of audit opinion.  A complete copy of our annual report and financial statement can be publically viewed and downloaded from our website at

The Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, the oldest and most prestigious private rating organization, deeply evaluates a charity’s mission and program impact. NFCR meets 100% (20 out of 20 criteria) on their exacting standards, earning NFCR the BBB Wise Giving Alliance Seal of Approval annually for more than 10 years.