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Causes: Cancer, Cancer Research, Health, Medical Disciplines, Medical Disciplines Research

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.

Community Stories

84 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 1

I was a long term donor to this charity & we STOPPED supporting this charity. The CEO and the President & COO are husband and wife team & their salary is $750,000 / YEAR. Only less than 20% of the total revenue raised is going to Cancer Research. They spend most of their money on fundraising and salary of employees.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Foundation for Cancer Research does great work in the cancer research field. As I have learned from attending many of their programs and events, they fund brilliant minds in the field of scientific cancer research and their work continues to lead to major breakthroughs.

I always enjoy getting involved with their many programs and learning more about the research they currently fund. I have also had the opportunity to meet the scientists and learn about their work and some of the groundbreaking discoveries that will help future generations.

I suggest you find ways to get involved with NFCR and support their programs, as this organization seems to be growing and doing some amazing things in the research field. I know I have personally enjoyed learning about their work and can't wait to see where they go in the future.

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Donor

Rating: 1

Nothing more than a "junk mail" charity. So many solicitations every month, I cant count them all. PLEASE STOP!

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Donor

Rating: 1

NFCR has to be one of the most dysfunctional and least effective charities in the world. The President runs it like her personal concierge service and everyone is afraid to cross her when she actually comes into the office. The charity relies completely on direct mail and spends the VAST majority of it's funds paying the company that manages that. VERY little goes to cancer research. Makes me sick to imagine all those people that give us small amounts so it can go toward the President (wife) &CEO (Husband) salary (a total of about 1 million dollar) and raising more money. Most research money actually spent all goes to China so the President can look good there in her home country.

Time for a reboot. The place is dysfunctional. My advice to the Board is stand up and make NFCR great by focusing on the true mission of curing cancer. The groups budget for cancer research is less than 10%. Shameful.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The Board of this organization continues to allow CEO and the President of group (who are married to one another) to make over $750,000 year in salary, pay for lavish trips and fancy lifestyles, while organization continues to have a serious decline in funds to support cancer research. Research on the decline while salaries go up, this organizations Board should be ashamed. This is no way to manage a Charity.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This organization is well-known as one that supports the unethical and inhumane treatment of animals in the name of cancer research. The management of this group should be ashamed for supporting cruel research on dogs, monkeys, cats, mice and other animals.

27 TzuChen

Donor

Rating: 1

Charity run by husband and wife making over $750,000 a year with additional perks as joining exclusive clubs with Foundations money, using foundation airline miles for personal travel and first class international travels. Board of Directors need take a look at other charities to see comparable salaries and bonuses. This is a charity and should be used to cure cancer, not make people rich.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so pleased that the anonymous poster below -- who creates a new fake account every time he posts -- is finally being honest and admitting that his rants on this page are all just personal attacks. You are the worst kind of coward. You are slandering a charity that has fought to cure cancer for over 40 years - just because you hate the woman who fired you.

The truth is that NFCR is a GREAT NONPROFIT. Please stop the personal attacks and please stop pretending to be so many different people. We get it... you can stop now. For people wishing to help fight cancer -- this kind of activity is nauseating.

5 Keith53

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have witnessed despicable behavior on this page. Shame on Great Nonprofits for allowing such hateful lies to be spread here by internet trolls with an axe to grind. In particular, one former employee of this charity - who was fired for misconduct - is using fake names and posting anonymously to repeatedly commit personal attacks. Just see the attack comment below this one. Do not believe the hatred. Dr. Sujuan Ba is a scientist and leader who has dedicated her life to cancer research. The National Foundation for Cancer Research supports leading edge science in the lab and has done so for generations. Shame. Shame. Shame.

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Donor

Rating: 1

I DECIDED NOT TO SUPPORT THIS CHARITY ANYMORE. I am a long time major donor to this charity. I was planning to incorporate National Foundation for Cancer Research in to my will and decided to do some homework. Then I found all these remarks about the President (Ms. Ba) and her husband CEO (Mr. Salisbury) on Guidestar, Charity Navigator and Glassdoor etc. I spoke to several employees and volunteers from this organization. They said many positive reviews are written by their employees (Ms. Zhao, Ms. Diamond, Mr. Wang etc.) and their consultants/vendors (Mr. Frame, Ms. Funt, Mr. Belmar etc.). I independently checked whether they are employees/vendors/consultant and is very true. That made me furious.

The Husband (Mr. Salisbury) and wife (Ms. Ba) together make $750,000/year as salary and benefit. They leave in a Mansion & drive BMW's. Members of several private clubs in Washington, DC, New York City, China etc. At least 25 employees left NFCR in last few years because of the toxic work environment. I am not sure the NFCR board is aware of this fact. These two executives are running the foundation. The FOUNDER is charged with FRAUD (for 25 MILLION dollars). They are trying to fool American public and making huge salary instead of supporting cancer research.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NFCR.ORG is a wonderful organization that is dedicated to finding a cure. NFCR helped coordinate the care of my father as well as the care of my best friend. My family has been so impressed with the organization that, in an effort to give back to those that have given so much, our daughter volunteered for them this summer.

What a great group of folks.

Keep up the good work, and let's find a cure together!

Clark Minker, Naples FL

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Donor

Rating: 5

i am stage 3 breast cancer survivor. I have know Sujuan Ba both professionally and personally for over 15 years and there is not anyone more devoted to finding a cure for cancers. I
Believe so much In what NFCR is doing for cancer Rsh that I have them in my will. NFCR is making great strides to curing cancer and Sujuan Ba and the rest of the staff are dedicated to making that happen.

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Donor

Rating: 1

DO NOT CONTRIBUTE or buy airline miles to support this group. If you do, they will NOT STOP asking you for more money. I have at least 20 letters, emails and even a phone call from them asking me for more money. I regret that I ever bought airline miles for their cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 1

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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Volunteer

Rating: 1

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.