The John and Elizabeth Leonard Family Foundation has worked with the AACR to provide fellowships to young investigators working in basic cancer research. Through the leadership of John E. Leonard, PhD, who has served on the AACR Foundation Board of Trustees since 2014, the foundation increased the amount and duration of this vital fellowship in 2019—expanding the one-year grant of $50,000 to a $110,000 grant over two years.
Industry plays a vital role in the cancer research enterprise, and the AACR’s industry partners increased their critical support of its programs and initiatives in 2019. The AACR’s Sustaining Member program expanded to a total of 29 corporate partners, three of which made substantial financial commitments to advance the AACR’s mission:
While its industry partnerships continue to raise the AACR’s national and international profile, the AACR Foundation maintains a strong presence in its home city of Philadelphia—raising funds locally to support the AACR’s mission.
While AACR member scientists, industry partners, patients, and advocates have long supported the organization’s mission, the AACR continued its efforts over the past year to establish itself as a beneficiary of choice among the general public. The AACR fostered partnerships with the estate planning community, establishing relationships with financial planning professionals and working with estate planning councils in the greater Philadelphia are to sponsor informational events. In addition, the AACR joined FreeWill, an online tool that enables families to create a will at no charge and to establish bequests to their favorite charitable organizations. This increased public awareness of the AACR’s mission led to increased support in 2019, as the organization received more than $2 million in bequests—with an additional $700,000 in bequests committed from FreeWill users—to support innovative cancer research.
Annual giving offers all donors an opportunity to support lifesaving cancer research and sustain the mission of the AACR. We gratefully acknowledge those individuals and family foundations who gave $500 or more, and those special events, associations, corporations, and foundations that contributed $5,000 or more during the calendar year.
1907 AACR Founders Society
AACR Foundation donors whose cumulative (lifetime) giving exceeds $1,000,000
The Medaled Society
AACR Foundation donors whose cumulative (lifetime) giving totals $50,000 to $999,999
We gratefully acknowledge the following individuals who have made an endowed, estate, or other planned gift to the American Association for Cancer Research. Creative gift planning provides an opportunity to make a meaningful commitment, maximize philanthropic objectives, and receive important tax benefits.
All those who have established an estate or other planned gift to the AACR, such as a bequest naming the AACR in their will, are recognized with membership in the Dr. Bayard D. Clarkson Legacy Society. This society honors individuals who have invested in sustaining the future of the AACR and its initiatives so that generations to come may benefit from the leadership and groundbreaking work of the AACR and its membership.
The AACR Sustaining Membership Program is a support mechanism that engages industry partners in the AACR’s mission-based activities year-round.