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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Cancer Research, Health

Mission: The mission of the Hope Funds for Cancer Research is to encourage investigation of innovative cancer treatment and detection for the most difficult-to-treat and understudied cancers. The Hope Funds for Cancer Research will support scientific and medical research programs aimed at increasing knowledge relating to both cancer care and prevention. We will support programs we believe have the highest probability of success in addressing unmet medical needs, which we will determine by rigorous scientific and economic analysis.

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7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have watched this organization from its beginnings. The level of committment, ethical behaviour, and intellectual capital with which this organization operates are outright impressive. The fact that it is run with great efficiently and impact is a testament to the professional volunteers who manage every aspect of this organization. From the caliber of the researchers it funds, to the premiere, hands-on scientific advisory who guide its work, all make this an outstanding place to invest in the fight against understudied and difficult to treat cancers.

Review from Guidestar


Rating: 5

Hope Funds is not only the most efficient cancer research non-profit with 96 percent of dollars going into research, it also does the most comprehensive review of fellow candidates and research plans when deciding what cancer research projects to fund.  Hope Funds also prioritizes funding for areas of research where there is the greatest need.

The result is a dollar has more impact with Hope Funds than other non-profits.


Rating: 5

Hope funds for Cancer Research donates 96 cents of each dollar raised to young research scientist. Very few non profits can make this statement.


Rating: 5

The Hope Funds for Cancer Research highlights understudied/rare cancers and raises funds to provide research grants to cure them. It has grown enormously since it's inception and rather quickly. The Hope Funds honors scientists, philanthropists, and advocates with the Hope Funds Medals of Excellence every year at it's gala. This gives the fellows the opportunity to interact with esteemed professionals in the oncology field who often serve as models for their careers and inspirations to their work.


Rating: 5

The Hope Funds for Cancer Research is a wonderful charity that is making an impact in the fight against cancer by funding young, amazingly bright researchers at a critical point in their careers. By distributing over 95% of the donations it receives to cancer researchers, this charity is working to better the lives and give hope to people with cancer.

1 Leah C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a highly impactful charity that funds scientific research in cancer at its most critical juncture.

1 Ross C.


Rating: 5

The Hope Funds for Cancer Research is making a huge impact in a very short period of time and in a very cost efficient way by funding research by the best post-docs at the finest institutions (like Yale, Dana Farber, Rockefeller University and many others). These young researchers are the future of medicine. They have the most innovative ideas, the most energy and they are the least expensive to fund!

The Hope Funds has a rigorous, quantitative, peer review process to make sure that the best proposals are selected from the hundreds of applications they receive. The research they have funded in the most difficult to treat and understudied cancers has already made its way to Nature and Cell magazines, the pre-eminent journals of cancer biology. The Hope Funds, by leveraging its strong volunteer team, has a very low overhead rate (as Guidestar can attest) so nearly every penny of a donation goes to support the young researchers who will make the discoveries that will make a difference in your grandchildren’s, children’s (and maybe even our) lives.