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Cancer Research Foundation is headquartered in Chicago, IL, has an EIN of 36-2385213, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. Deductibility of donations depends on various factors.  It is classified by the IRS as a Charitable Organization, with a ruling year of 2017.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)

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This organization cannot be evaluated by our Encompass Rating methodology because it does not e-file IRS Form 990

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What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

More than 70 years ago, our founder, Maurice Goldblatt, asked himself “What would the world look like if cancer were no longer the disease it is today?” To answer that question, the Cancer Research Foundations strives to create the greatest possible opportunities for major breakthroughs in cancer science by leveraging money where financial support is needed most – and doing it in the most efficient way possible. One way we do this is by supporting young investigators, early career cancer scientists who face a real danger of not finding funding for primary data sets. This is often one of the most difficult points in a young researcher’s career; if a young investigator does not find funding, he or she might never get the chance to make the next great breakthrough in cancer science. However, many funding sources will not consider proposals without a primary data set. Our goal is to bridge that gap and support scientists when they first start pursing an idea and funding is difficult.

What are your strategies for making this happen?

The Cancer Research Foundation is dedicated to supporting innovation in cancer science and backing the application of new minds and original ideas to discover novel and more efficient ways to prevent, treat and cure cancer. For more than 70 years, the Cancer Research Foundation has been instrumental in supporting research and science leading to important discoveries that have reduced suffering and extended life. Our strategy is to provide funding to scientists much in the same way a venture capitalist provides seed money to a new and exciting idea or entrepreneur, making early stage grants that are focused on novel ideas and new technologies which may be still too risky for more traditional science funders.

What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

Throughout our history, the Cancer Research Foundation’s grants have been guided by the desire to fund “tomorrow’s big discoveries” in cancer. We support researchers studying cancer, young scientists searching for new directions, and senior scientists poised on the brink of new discovery. Our greatest capability springs from our history and our track record in funding cancer. Not only have we supported early career scientists who have gone on to become leaders in cancer research, we maintain relationships with our past grantees and they help inform our future funding decisions. We also maintain strong connections with the NCI recognized Comprehensive Cancer Centers at which we have funded more than 180 scientists. Our grants are not restricted to only one type of cancer or one field of science, which allow us to help new technologies and novel ideas enter cancer science, from fields like data science, molecular engineering and biochemistry.

How will your organization know if you are making progress?

Today, after more than seventy years , we are starting to see real promise of a world in which cancer is thought of as a chronic disease rather than a deadly one. Recent investigation has revealed new similarities in the way cancers are constructed and propagate and major advances have been made in pinpointing the mechanics of metastasis and identifying why one person develops cancer when another does not. We can start to see a future in which a diagnosis of cancer is most often tempered by a discussion of how to manage the disease, just as you might manage high blood pressure or diabetes. These are clear indicators of real change in the way we battle cancer, but they are not enough.

What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

We are proud to have been involved in major discoveries in scientific fields as varied as early imaging and personalized proteomics. The CRF was an early supporter of Dr. Janet Rowley, who discovered the first consistent chromosome translocations in human cancer and showed the world that cancer could be a genetic disease. Today, Cancer Research Foundation funded scientists are focused on identifying the particular mutations that lead to genetic cancer predisposition. This is just one of many instances where CRF funding has supported the arc of cancer knowledge at multiple points. From the beginning, the CRF has supported ground breaking cancer science by funding scientists who might otherwise be caught in the “catch 22” of having a new idea but no support to fund the data required to secure funding. The landscape of cancer treatment, prevention and cure has changed radically since we started funding cancer science and our support has been important in many of those changes.

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