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Why Support Cancer Research Funded by Damon Runyon?

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation funds early career cancer researchers who have the energy, drive and creativity to become leading innovators in their fields.  We identify the best young scientists in the nation and support them through four award programs: our Fellowship, Pediatric Cancer Fellowship, Clinical Investigator and Innovation Awards.

Damon Runyon awards give young scientists:

  • Freedom to follow their own ideas, explore new paths and take risks
  • A prestigious endorsement that attracts further funding, advances their careers and accelerates their research
  • Guaranteed financial support, allowing them to focus on research and not grant writing
Since 1946, Damon Runyon has invested nearly $275 million in the best young minds in the nation.  Our alumni include 12 Nobel Laureates and leaders of major cancer centers across the United States.  Many of our 3,420 scientists have gone on to make breakthroughs in the way we prevent, diagnose and treat many forms of cancer.

100% of Donations Fund Cancer Research


Every penny donated goes to our young scientists and supports their research.  We pay our administrative and fundraising costs from our Damon Runyon Broadway Tickets service and our endowment.

Below, you will find our mission statement, history, introductions from our Executive Director and Board Chair, and more details on our financial efficiency.

We are fully accredited by the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance and have received an impressive 4 stars from Charity Navigator indicating that the Foundation “exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its Cause.” The Foundation is also a proud member of the GuideStar Exchange program.

Our Mission

The Mission of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

To accelerate breakthroughs, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation provides today’s best young scientists with funding to pursue innovative cancer research.

We support young scientists who have great potential to achieve breakthroughs in how we diagnose, treat and prevent cancer.

> See more about the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation’s purpose.

 

History of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

History of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

From a simple call over the radio that ignited a nation, to the host of sporting and Hollywood celebrities who were intrinsically involved in bringing its message to the world, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation’s extraordinary begginings are second only to its even more promising future.

> Learn more about one of America’s first cancer research foundations.

 

Financial Information

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation is a highly efficient and effective organization with low administrative and fundraising costs.

> See details on how Damon Runyon performs as a cancer research foundation.

 

Leadership

Damon Runyon Board of Directors

Meet the business leaders, scientists and other prominent citizens from all corners of the country who make up our Board of Directors.

> See a list of Damon Runyon Board Members.


Damon Runyon Staff

Meet the people who work at the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation – and contact them if you’d like to know more about what they do.

> See a list of Damon Runyon staff and their contact information.