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Leadership and Innovation in Cancer Research

Your support of CRI directly impacts the discovery and development of powerful immunotherapies for all types of cancers—funding more breakthroughs and saving more lives.

88 Centsof every dollar spent goes to programs
All Cancerscan potentially be treated with immunotherapy
$25 Millionawarded in 2018
Over 120clinical trials funded

Immunotherapy has the profound potential to cure all types of cancer.

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CRI funds the full spectrum of discovery, from lab to clinic to cure.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Donations

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 Gold Participant seal from GuideStar.

What is the minimum donation amount?

We request a minimum donation amount of $5 when giving online. We instituted this minimum online donation amount to protect donors' data and to prevent fraudulent transactions.

We’re grateful for any donation and accept smaller donations via phone or check. Many CRI donors find it affordable to donate smaller amounts via automatic monthly payments rather than make one larger gift at once. Some donors find that planned giving arrangements allow them to give more generously to CRI.

Where can I view CRI's latest financial statements?

Visit our Financial Statements page for a financial summary and IRS form 990 information. To learn more, you also may want to download our current annual report.

How does CRI use donations?

We turn donations into direct research and educational support for the world’s top cancer scientists and medical professionals. CRI grants and fellowships help to provide crucial resources for laboratory work and clinical trials, including personnel, equipment, and supplies. We also host conferences and meetings for the global scientific community. CRI donations also are used for cancer immunology awareness and education for patients and the public.

What can I donate to CRI?

In addition to making “cash” donations by check or credit card, individuals can donate vehicles and securities. You also can make a planned gift, by including CRI in your will or estate plans. You may also be interested in workplace giving, which allows you to make regular payroll contributions to CRI.

Can I donate in memory or honor of someone?

You can make donations in memory or honor of someone important to you. You also can designate that your donation be used for certain kinds of research or CRI programs. Our online donation forms allow you to request that we send a card notifying others of your gift. You can contact our development staff with questions about naming or directing your donations.

Can I include CRI in my will, estate, or long-term financial plans?

We are grateful to those donors who are willing and able to make significant or continuous donations to CRI through planned giving arrangements. One option is to make CRI a beneficiary of your estate by will or trust. You also can donate through any charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts and charitable gift annuities that you establish, as well as through gifts of life insurance policies and retirement plan assets. Contact Rupinder Kaur at or (212) 688-7515 x241 to discuss your options and see which one(s) may be right for you.

Besides making a donation, are there other ways I can help CRI?

Friends of CRI have planned fundraising events on our behalf and also encouraged their employers to establish workplace giving programs, which enable people to contribute regularly to CRI through payroll deductions. You can also help generate donations to CRI just by shopping online with your favorite stores. Click this link, find your store, and complete your transaction without closing your browser. At no extra cost to you, your purchase will trigger a donation of a percentage of the sale. Percentages vary based on the store.

You can also help to spread the word about our important work by joining us on Facebook and Twitter and share our posts with your friends.

Does CRI sell or trade its donor information to outside parties?

Under no circumstances will CRI sell, trade, or share your information to outside parties. All personal data is kept confidential. Please refer to our Privacy Policy to learn more about how CRI uses and protects your information.

How do I make a donation?

Following are the ways for individuals, trusts, foundations, and corporations to make donations of cash to CRI:

Click here to go to our secure donation form. Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and Discover are accepted.

To donate via credit card, call us at 1-800-99-CANCER. Our donation line is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

You can also download and print our mail donation form. Send your check payable to "Cancer Research Institute" to:

Cancer Research Institute
Web Donation
29 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10006-3111

We will acknowledge your donation and provide a receipt for tax purposes.

Read our Ways to Give page for details on types of donations as well as making arrangements with CRI staff.

My caller ID says "Cancer Research" every time I get an automated telephone solicitation. Is that CRI?

No. CRI does not solicit funds via telephone campaigns and does not use automated services for this purpose.

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