National Foundation for Cancer Research

Rating: 4.08 stars   65 reviews 3,333

Issues: Health, Cancer

Location: 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.
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 04-2531031
1-800-321-CURE
www.NFCR.org
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I recently came across this science news release “NFCR-supported scientists discover key factor in brain cancer resistance”. The release says that scientists at a Research Center it funds just discovered a key factor in brain cancer resistance. I copied the link here if anyone is interested to read more. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/292729.php 
This organization does great work in supporting cancer research and one can clearly see this from the results produced with their funding. I’m impressed by what they do!

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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2 people found this review helpful

"Charity" raises $12 million/year in mail. $1.6 million goes to "research"....$1.9 million to salaries. The rest goes to raise more money. Husband and wife manage group and pay themselves over $750,000 in salary. Sujuan Ba, President, should be ashamed of this terrible record.

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3 people found this review helpful

This charity is hardly charitable. Will not stop sending me mail despite multiple requests to stop. My husband and I receive more than 20 solicitations from them a year. The amount of money wasted on printing and postage could have funded 10 research projects. Please stop....biggest mistake I made was donating to this group.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

From day one, NFCR has stood apart from larger cancer charities and government science funding institutions because we support the cutting edge research that those other groups can't and won't fund. NFCR is dedicated to supporting "high risk/high reward" cancer research and public education relating to prevention, early diagnosis, better treatments and, ultimately, a cure for cancer. With the help of 4.5 million individual donors over the last 40 years, NFCR has delivered more than $320 million in funding to cancer research leading to numerous breakthroughs, including prevention strategies, earlier diagnostic techniques, and new anticancer drugs and therapies.

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7 people found this review helpful

Charity is run by a husband and wife making over $700,000 per year. Source: 2012 IRS Form 990.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

As a professional currently working with many different charities, and in my former role on staff at NFCR, I can say without hesitation that this is a charity that makes every attempt to fund the best cancer research in the world. Take a look at the institutions the scientists they fund work for -- Yale, MD Anderson, Dana Farber, Georgetown. The impact of NFCR's work is far reaching, truly global -- and that's a good thing.

This year my business partner was diagnosed with breast cancer and without the assistance of NFCR's leadership team and science network, things could have turned out much different. Thankfully, she now has a clean bill of health except for a year's treatment of Herceptin (a drug which NFCR's funding helped create).

The fact that NFCR spends its money on research in the lab (as opposed to running high-profile awareness events, or courting company sponsorships) is what inspires me to support their mission. The fact that they've had the vision to seek out, and align the efforts of, the best scientists from all over the world shows to me that they know what it takes to accelerate the pace of bringing an end to this terrible disease.

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3 people found this review helpful

I am a donor of the National Foundation for Cancer Research. As a cancer survivor and a scientist working in the field of biomedical research, I believe the research funded by this foundation is focused on addressing the key challenges facing the early detection of cancer and the drug resistance problems related to cancer treatment. I make my donations to encourage them to continue doing these research that would give cancer patients more chance to survive longer with improved quality of life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

On the Thanksgiving Day in 2014, I am very thankful for being given the opportunity to work at this foundation for 12 years, which has allowed me to make my personal contributions to the field of cancer research that brings clinical benefits to millions of cancer patients in the US and around the world. What I like most about this foundation is its mission to find cures for cancer by doing research and its collaborative approach to speed up the process of translating the research results from laboratories into clinical benefits to cancer patients. Since I joined this foundation in 2002, I have witnessed many research breakthroughs coming out of the research labs funded by NFCR, and more promising research progress will be made in 2015 and beyond. I will continue to work here and keep doing the very best I can to find cures for cancer and to save lives of cancer patients.

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2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I worked at this organization briefly, realized they really don't care much about cancer but how to connect with privileged people from China and the U.S. Of course, ever since Ba and the president got married, they shifted their focus heavily to China. They spend tons of money on "fundraising" event in Cancun, Mexico, to accommodate government officials from China. And I remember Ba, the wife, who is Chief Operation Officer, only fly non-stop/ first class flight and is member of many luxurious hotels and clubs. They even bring their family businesses at work, asked employees to do paperwork for their son's passport and Chinese visa. They hired some really nice Americans to be the donor relationship officers, who usually make really friendly, nice phone calls to follow up. But remember, this is not the foundation who can fulfill your wish and help cancer research.

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My experience has been positive with this charity- I care about research and that is their focus. They respond to my gift promptly and frequently send me updates on progress. I think we need to judge charities on the effectiveness of their stated mission.

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