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 $64 million in 2018.

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 Your Money Goes:


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 2018: 

  • The AACR provided over $65 million to support peer-reviewed scientific publications, as well as research grants, awards, and prizes to fund and recognize innovative, meritorious research.

  • More than 22,500 attendees registered for the AACR Annual Meeting 2018. More than 6,000 scientific abstracts were selected for presentation, complementing an outstanding program of scientific and educational events.

  • The AACR hosted 25 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.

  • 42 million full-text views of AACR journal articles were recorded.

  • 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:

2018 Audited Combined Financial Statements
You can view our latest IRS-990 tax exempt returns here:
2018 AACR IRS-990
2018 AACR Foundation IRS-990

Last year the AACR provided over $64 million in grants and awards funding lifesaving cancer research. There are many ways you can support our mission to prevent and cure all cancers. Take Action

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