Supporting Lifesaving Cancer Research
The comprehensive breadth and depth of its scientific expertise—and the innovative programs and initiatives it manages in support of its mission to prevent and cure all cancers—make the AACR a beneficiary of choice for philanthropic individuals and organizations and anyone focused on the cancer problem. The AACR Foundation builds a community of these supporters, providing them with opportunities to direct their resources toward the development of groundbreaking advances for cancer patients.
Public Awareness Campaign: Leading Discoveries, Targeting Cures, Saving Lives
The AACR marked its 110th anniversary with the launch of a new campaign to increase public awareness of the organization and its mission. Titled “Leading Discoveries, Targeting Cures, Saving Lives,” the campaign emphasized the AACR’s vital role in driving advances against cancer through its support of innovative research. In addition to television and radio advertisements in the organization’s headquarters city of Philadelphia and in Washington, D.C. (the location of the AACR Annual Meeting 2017), the AACR also employed a national digital and social media campaign to increase support for lifesaving cancer science.
Expanding Vital Partnerships with Industry
Industry scientists recognize the AACR’s critical role as a catalyst for innovation, and in 2017 they expanded their support of that role. The AACR Sustaining Member program expanded to encompass a total of 25 corporate supporters, and the recent successes of AACR Project GENIE has earned the support of an increasing number of industry partners who see the value in the project’s goal of advancing cancer treatment by linking genomic data to clinical outcomes.
During the 2017 Annual Meeting, one of the AACR’s longstanding supporters made a dramatic gesture of its commitment to the AACR’s mission. Amgen, whose relationship with the AACR began in 1996, announced a $1 million contribution during the Opening Ceremony. This unrestricted gift will accelerate progress against cancer by enabling the AACR to identify and pursue the most promising areas of inquiry.
AACR Runners for Research: Building Community to Support Cancer Science
The AACR Runners for Research team enables cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and their friends and family to challenge themselves while advancing the AACR’s mission. Team members participated in 20 races across the country in 2017, raising more than $450,000 to support lifesaving cancer research. More than 750 team members participated in the team’s three signature events—the AACR Runners for Research 5K Run/Walk at the Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.; the AACR Philadelphia Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in September; and the AACR Philadelphia Marathon in November.
Local Outreach, Global Impact
The AACR strengthened its connection with its home city of Philadelphia in 2017, building upon existing relationships and establishing new ones to increase awareness of the AACR’s mission and to raise funds to support it.
Securing the Future of Cancer Research: Dr. Bayard D. Clarkson Legacy Society
During a year in which the AACR celebrated its past, the AACR Foundation worked to secure its future by focusing efforts on a legacy giving program. The group of distinguished and generous individuals who have to date pledged to support the AACR through an arranged estate, endowed, or other planned gift are celebrated with membership in the Dr. Bayard D. Clarkson Legacy Society. The legacy society was renamed in 2017 for Dr. Clarkson—a Past President, a fifty-year AACR member, a Fellow of the AACR Academy, and the Founding Chair of the AACR Foundation—so that others would be inspired by his vision, his generosity, and his lifetime commitment to improving the lives of patients through cancer science and medicine.
RESEARCH GRANT FUNDERS
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Debbie's Dream Foundation
John and Elizabeth Leonard Family Foundation
Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation
Ocular Melanoma Foundation
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
The WWWW Foundation
Acknowledgment of Supporters
PARTNERS IN PROGRESS
ANNUAL GIVING SOCIETY
Annual Giving is an important component of the overall philanthropic plan at the American Association for Cancer Research Foundation, and affords all donors an opportunity to sustain lifesaving cancer research and related mission activities of the AACR. We gratefully acknowledge those individuals and family foundations who gave $500 or more, and those special events, associations, corporations and foundations that contributed $5,000 or more during the calendar year.
The AACR gratefully acknowledges all other supporters whose contributions advance pioneering cancer research. Visit AACRFoundation.org to support lifesaving cancer science.
AACR Foundation Giving Societies
Dr. Bayard D. Clarkson Legacy Society
This society honors individuals who have invested in sustaining the future of the AACR by establishing an estate, endowed, or other planned gift to the AACR.