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Donate or fundraise in memory or honor of a loved one to support lifesaving cancer immunotherapy research. 

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Too many lives are lost to cancer. The Cancer Research Institute is dedicated to saving more lives by fueling the discovery and development of powerful immunotherapies for all types of cancer. 

In lieu of flowers for a loss, or gifts in celebration of a loved one, request donations or create a fundraiser to support a future immune to cancer. Memorial and honor giving demonstrates respect for each person’s struggle against cancer and makes an impact in the global fight against cancer. 

Make a Memorial or Honor Donation.

Tribute gifts may be made online, by phone, or by mail. Send an e-card online or a physical card if you provide the contact information of the person you would like us to notify of this tribute. We will let them know you have made a gift in memory or honor of someone special.

Create a Memorial Fundraiser.

Honor your loved one's memory with a dedicated fundraising page. Photos and stories can be added to customize the webpage. A custom webpage link can be used in obituaries and funeral materials to encourage donations. Donors are able to leave messages on the page when making gifts. 


Create a Tribute Fundraiser.

Encourage gifts in honor of someone special with a dedicated fundraising page. Create a special page, share stories, photos, and videos, and find creative ways to encourage donations. Both you and donors can leave messages and updates on the page.


Make a gift in memory or honor of an individual. Generous, tax-deductible donations in a loved one’s name to Cancer Research Institute will fund the most innovative clinical and laboratory research around the world and support the next generation of immuno-oncology's leaders.

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.