The AACR Foundation supports the mission of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) – to understand, prevent, diagnose, treat, and​​cure cancer through research, education, communication, and collaboration.​

The AACR takes great care in placing your donation where it truly belongs: in the hands of scientists working on breakthroughs in cancer research. While working hard to keep expenses low, the Foundation raised a total of more than $48 million in 2016.

The AACR and the AACR Foundation are 501(c)(3) public charities as determined by the Internal Revenue Service. We provide transparency to assure our members and our donors that their dollars are wisely used. 

Where the Money Goes:


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The goal of the AACR Foundation is to prevent and cure cancer by promoting research, supporting researchers, increasing understanding, and raising awareness. 

The Foundation does so by funding programs deemed by the American Association for Cancer Research to be of the highest priority and impact.

Here are just a few of the AACR's  accomplishments in 2016: 

  • The AACR provided over $49 million in research grants, awards, and prizes to fund and recognize innovative, meritorious research.

  • More than 19,400 attendees registered for the AACR Annual Meeting 2016. More than 5,600 scientific abstracts were selected for presentation, complementing an outstanding program of scientific and educational events.

  • The AACR hosted 26 scientific conferences and educational workshops.

  • Published eight peer-reviewed scientific journals: Cancer Discovery; Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention; Cancer Immunology Research; Cancer Prevention Research; Cancer Research; Clinical Cancer Research; Molecular Cancer Research, and Molecular Cancer Therapeutics.

  • Articles in AACR journals were accessed over 70 million times.

  • Since 1961, the AACR has presented more than 400 prizes, awards, and lectureships recognizing the achievements of researchers and physicians who have made significant contributions to the understanding, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer.

Financial Documentation

The following audited financial statements provide an accurate view of the combined operations of the AACR and the AACR Foundation, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles:

2016 Audited Combined Financial Statements
You can view our latest IRS-990 tax exempt returns here:
2016 AACR IRS-990
2016 AACR Foundation IRS-990

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is a 501c3 registered nonprofit organization with offices at 615 Chestnut Street, 17th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106 | 215.440.9300