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Charity Ratings

Not all charities are equal. Before choosing to donate to an organization, it's wise to research first how your charitable investment will be spent. There are a number of online resources to help make the process easier. Charity "watchdogs" like Charity Navigator, CharityWatch, GuideStar, and the Better Business Bureau, all publish reports on annual charity spending. It's an easy way to check how much an organization spends on its programs versus overhead expenses, and can help you gauge a charity's financial health.

CRI consistently receives exemplary marks from these and other watchdog groups:

Charity Navigator, the nation's largest and most utilized evaluator of charities, rates CRI 4 out of 4 stars.

The Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance, which offers the most comprehensive analysis of U.S. charities, says Cancer Research Institute exceeds or meets all of its 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
CharityWatch, formerly known as the American Institute of Philanthropy, gives CRI an 'A' grade—CRI is one out of only a handful of cancer charities to receive this distinction, and is the only highly-rated charity dedicated to cancer immunology.

GuideStar has listed Cancer Research Institute as a valued partner in the GuideStar Exchange Partners in Trust program, and provides easy access to the information most donors want to know about a charity, including financials, program impact, leadership, governance policies, and more.


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When I began my career in cancer research in 1989, CRI was the only organization that believed in supporting junior researchers as the future of cancer immunotherapy.

Drew Pardoll, M.D., Ph.D.