National Foundation for Cancer Research

Rating: 3.93 stars   71 reviews

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
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Rating: 1 stars  

4 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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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

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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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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  

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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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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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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Life-changing

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2015

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"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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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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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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