Charity Ratings and Reporting

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The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) is a top-rated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN: 13-1837442) that upholds the highest standards of fiscal responsibility, integrity, transparency, and accountability. CRI provides open disclosure of our financial information and governance to donors in charity watchdog ratings, annual reports, audited financial statements, and IRS 990 forms. When you give to CRI, you can trust your charitable investment will be spent wisely and will make the greatest possible impact in cancer immunotherapy research to save more lives. 

In fiscal year 2019, 87 cents of every dollar spent went to programs. 

Charity Ratings

Charity Watch Top Rated Seal     Guidestar 2019 Platinum Seal of Transparency     Charity Navigator Four Star Charity Seal      BBB Accredited Charity Seal

Before choosing to donate, it's wise to research first how your charitable contribution will be spent with the help of watchdog groups, such as Charity Navigator, CharityWatch, GuideStar, and the Better Business Bureau. It's an easy way to check a charity's financial health and how much an organization spends on its programs versus overhead expenses. CRI consistently receives exemplary marks from watchdog groups, including an A Rating from CharityWatch, Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, and Four Stars from Charity Navigator. CRI is a proud member of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, meeting all 20 standards of charity accountability.


In 2017, 2018, and 2019, Cancer Research Institute was included among the Best Charities for Your Donations by Consumer Reports. In 2019, Cancer Research Institute was included on the Great Nonprofits Top-Rated List and in Parade's curated list of charities for Giving Tuesday

Annual Reports

The Cancer Research Institute's annual reports recount our accomplishments in the previous fiscal year, ranging from impressive scientific work by CRI researchers to the impact of our awareness campaigns in building understanding of cancer immunotherapy with the general public. Moreover, the reports provide clear financial breakdowns of our revenues and how donor money is spent. 

2019 Annual Report
2018 Annual Report
2017 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report

Audited Financial Statements

The Cancer Research Institute is audited annually to ensure proper fiscal responsibility. CRI provides these audited statements publicly to provide accountability and transparency to our supporters. (Fiscal year runs July 1-June 30.)

2019 and 2018 Audited Financial Statements
2018 and 2017 Audited Financial Statements
2017 and 2016 Audited Financial Statements
2016 and 2015 Audited Financial Statements

IRS 990

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Cancer Research Institute submits an annual information notice to the United States Internal Revenue Service each year with the IRS 990 form. CRI is happy to share this information with the government and general public for charitable and other regulatory oversight.

Fiscal Year 2018
Fiscal Year 2017
Fiscal Year 2016
Fiscal Year 2015
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can donate to CRI?

Anyone who has an interest in helping to advance the fight against cancer is encouraged to donate to CRI. Individuals can make cash donations and also include CRI in their estate planning or planned giving. Corporations and foundations also can make donations.

Are there tax benefits for donating to CRI?

CRI is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, so your donations are deductible for federal or state tax purposes as allowed by law. Planned giving, which can encompass bequests and gift annuities, may offer other tax or financial planning advantages as well.

Why is CRI a good choice for my charitable support?

Through our strategic programs, CRI is leading global efforts to bring new immune-based treatments to patients sooner. Our focus on immunotherapy – which is applicable in the treatment of almost all types of cancer – means our donors are making an impact in the lives of more cancer patients. We are proud to have one of the lowest overhead expense ratios among nonprofit organizations. Historically, between 85 and 90 cents of every dollar donated to us goes to our research and medical education programs.

How do "charity watchdog" organizations rate CRI?

We consistently earn high marks from charity watchdog organizations, including an A or higher from the American Institute of Philanthropy. We are also a proud member of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, the most rigorous evaluator of charity activity with 20 standards of accountability and ethical practice. We have 4 out of 4 stars from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most utilized evaluator of charities; an A grade from Charity Watch; and a Platinum Participant Seal from GuideStar.

*Immunotherapy results may vary from patient to patient.

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