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National Foundation For Cancer Research

Rating: 3.79 stars   76 reviews 4,643

Nonprofit Issues:

Health, Cancer

Address:

4600 East West Highway Suite 525 Bethesda MD 20814 USA

Mission:

The National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) was founded in 1973 to support cancer research and public education relating to the prevention, early diagnosis, better treatments and ultimately, a cure for cancer. NFCR promotes and facilitates collaboration among scientists to accelerate the pace of discovery from bench to bedside. NFCR is committed to Research for a Cure - cures for all types of cancers.

Results:

40 years of supporting cancer research! Today, we stand proudly beside more than 11 million cancer survivors living in the United States. Since 1973, we have provided more than $320 million to fund cancer research and prevention education. NFCR has allowed some of the world's brightest scientists to take initial steps toward breakthrough discoveries, laying the groundwork for the development of many of today's most innovative and effective cancer therapies. NFCR is making a difference in the lives of millions of cancer patients and their families worldwide.

Target demographics:

The National Foundation for Cancer Research affects people all over the world - we all know someone who has been touched by cancer. Our discoveries in the laboratory turn into life-saving cancer treatments, many of which you read about in the news today! To learn more, visit www.NFCR.org.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones

Geographic areas served:

cancer research

Programs:

funding cancer research programs all over the world.

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1-800-321-CURE
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Rating: 1 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

This groups idea of "Cancer education" is a flyer stuck in a fundraising packet...over 50% of all funds raised go into raising more funds...another $720,000/year go into the husband and wife's pockets.

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I am done with this charity!!! I am a major long-time donor and volunteer for National Foundation for Cancer Research. I was planning to incorporate NFCR in my will. I checked their financials, leadership, who they fund, how much they spend on fundraising etc. and spoke to several employees at NFCR. So many employees of Chinese origin and very difficult to communicate. NFCR President (Ms. Sujuan Ba) and CEO (Mr. Franklin Salisbury) are HUSBAND & WIFE team and take home about $720,000 / year. Some of my friends are executives in multinational corporations and their salary is less than these executives. NFCR is a small public charity and is unbelievable that these executives are paid at this level. They live in an expensive mansion in Bethesda cost several million dollars and drive very expensive luxurious cars. Members of many private clubs in Washington DC and New York. I am not sure they have any interest in finding a cure for cancer. Also, NFCR founder and former board member is charged with with bilking 25 million in fraud scheme. IRS should investigate this charity.

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Rating: 1 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Check REUTERS News on May 2 to see that the FOUNDER of this charity was CHARGED WITH BILKING $25.7 MILLION IN FRAUD SCHEME.

In addition, Mr. Franklin Salisbury, Jr. (CEO) and Ms. Sujuan Ba (President & Chief Operating Officer) are HUSBAND & WIFE. Their take home pay is about $750,000/year according this charity’s 990 on their website. The Average Gift from a donor for this charity is $18. That means 41,667 donors ($18 X 41,667 = $750,000) support just goes to pay these TWO EXECUTIVES SALARY instead of supporting CANCER RESEARCH.

This charity spend most of its funds on salary and fundraising NOT on cancer research. The charity racket business is thriving.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have personal experience with this charity, as my brother has battled cancer - twice. My experience is that the organization provides seed funding for research to some of the most exciting research concepts in this arena, so that scientists can test out new interventions. These research projects then have the potential to go on to get greater funding from NIH and other large institutions.

My perception is that some folks may not understand the funding cycle of doing real, innovative cancer research, and the vital role that "seed stage" funders like NFCR play.

In digging a little bit behind the numbers, here is what I have found:

Since inception until end of 2014, NFCR raised $484 million from public support and spent $331 million on research, and public information and education.

For the last 10 years, NFCR raised $152 million from public support and spent $112 million on research, and public information and education.

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11 people found this review helpful

According to government report, many cancer research charites "have "rampant nepotism" at play" (CNN 05/20/15) . So true at the husband and wife-led NFCR. The couple make over $750,000 and many perks, country club and private club memberships. Sujuan Ba, President and Franklin Salisbury, CEO are married.

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13 people found this review helpful

Charity Navigator show over 49% of ALL Expenses this charity go to fundraising. Fifty cents of every dollar! And that does not include salaries of husband and wife.

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11 people found this review helpful

NEVER GIVE TO THIS CHARITY!!!!

Mr. Franklin Salisbury, Jr. (CEO) and Ms. Sujuan Ba (President & Chief Operating Officer) are HUSBAND & WIFE. Their take home pay is about $750,000/year according this charity’s 990 on their website. The Average Gift from a donor for this charity is $18. That means 41,667 donors ($18 X 41,667 = $750,000) support just goes to pay these TWO EXECUTIVES SALARY instead of supporting CANCER RESEARCH.

This charity spend most of its funds on salary and fundraising NOT on cancer research. The charity racket business is thriving.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

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Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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11 people found this review helpful

The FOUNDER of this charity is CHARGED with FRAUD. We never donate to this charity again.

Two charged with bilking hundreds in fraud scheme
Fri, May 02 18:54 PM EDT
CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. authorities on Friday charged a California firm with bilking hundreds of investors of almost $26 million in an illegal commodities trading scheme, in a complaint that said one owner used $1 million in victims' funds to invest in a golf course.

Futures regulators and law enforcement agencies froze the assets of Safevest LLC, of Mission Viejo, California. The firm and its owners and officers, Jon Ervin and John Slye, were named in a complaint by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Ervin, who operated the firm, was arrested on a federal wire fraud charge, according to the U.S. Attorney's office for the Central District of California.

In addition to allegedly using victims' funds to invest in a golf course in Georgia, the U.S. attorney said Ervin spent more than $41,000 to buy a sport utility vehicle.

The agencies allege that Safevest solicited some 550 investors to transfer $25.7 million in funds to participate in a commodity-trading pool.

Instead of their promise to deposit customer funds into accounts for trading commodity futures, Safevest "misappropriated virtually all customer funds," the CFTC said.

Many of the fraud victims were parishioners recruited by Slye, an ordained minister and pastor of a church in Washington, D.C., and a founder and former board member of the National Foundation for Cancer Research.

CFTC alleges that Safevest misrepresented to clients that the firm consistently produced daily profits between 0.5 percent to 1.0 percent trading commodity futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Besides skimming investor funds to pay their personal expenses, Slye and Ervin allegedly used at least $18.5 million to pay off other pool participants in a manner characteristic of a "Ponzi scheme."

A Ponzi scheme is one that involves paying high returns to investors out of the money paid in by subsequent investors, rather than from actual profits generated by a real business, and encouraging the original investors to find new recruits.

The Securities and Exchange Commission also filed a lawsuit against Safevest and Ervin on Friday.

(Reporting by Ros Krasny; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

It takes sustainable financial support to move cancer research forward. Yet the spending capacity of the National Institutes of Health has declined more than 20% over the past decade. The success rates for research grant applicants have dropped from 30% to 14%! (Read the recent interview of the 2015 Szent-Györgyi Prize winner Dr. Fred Alt with Huffington post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/30/nih-cancer-research_n_7180894.html).

Visionary organizations like NFCR are playing an increasingly important role for scientists to test their new ideas and transform research findings into new treatments and diagnostic tools that save lives. So proud to be part of NFCR!

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2 people found this review helpful

I was recently privileged to attend the 2015 Albert Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research, which is presented by NFCR. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) gave an inspiring (and alarming) keynote address about the crisis facing cancer research funding in this country: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqNIidNEYY4 That is why the work that NFCR does is so important.

When I began volunteering at NFCR in 2014, I was absolutely blown away by the quality of the scientific researchers that this organization supports -- many of whom they have supported for decades. As a trained cancer researcher (Ph.D. in Medical Physics, UW-Madison), I recognize the critical role that NFCR plays. By providing these scientists with "seed funding" on a long-term basis, NFCR allows them to pursue truly transformative ideas wherever their research leads, without getting caught up in red tape. In terms of "bang for the buck" in the fight against cancer, there's no better model.

Thoroughly inspired by their mission and genuinely impressed with their remarkable track record over 40 years, I was thrilled to join the NFCR team.

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