If I Donate to Cancer Research How Does it Help?

Donations can be a huge part in long term and continuing research and can be used toward; charity expenses, financial support in developing and testing treatments or medications for clinical trials, discovering new information on everything from how the immune system functions, cancer spreads to treatments that can limit or prevent occurence or recurrence of cancerous cells plus a whole lot more. Each charity may function and use donated monies to cover different costs but information as to what donations or funding is used toward can often be obtained via websites, public information or by contacting the specific charity directly.

For the most part charities operate in such a way that they collect donations that are then given in support to medical facilities or specific/specialized researchers to hunt for cures and treatments. If there is a concern about how donated funds will be used donors are often allowed to designate their funds. Which simply means donors specify how and where their funds should be used. 

Charitable donations have been a necessity for most charities to help cover costs that other funding does not. 

Cancer Research Charities: 

There are hundreds of charities, programs and foundations that are dedicated to supporting cancer treatment, prevention, victims and research. Some  cancer research charities are focused around specific types of cancer (breast, colon, lung, testicular, cervical...) while others take a more broad approach and require funds to search for treatments and cures for cancer in general. Here you will find some of the top picks chosen for a  Cancer research charity.

Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF)

Founded in 1993 by Evelyn H. Lauder

Type: 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit

Money Raised: Approximately $350 Million[2220]

Cancer Research Institute

Founded in 1953 by Helen Coley Nauts

Type: 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit

National Childhood Cancer Foundation (CureSearch for Children's Cancer)

Originally named Orion Medical Sciences Institute in 1987. Name changed in 1992 to National Childhood Cancer Foundation (NCCF)[2221]

Type:  Non-Profit

St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital

Founded in 1962 by Danny Thomas.

 Donations: Tax Deductible

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker in honor of her sister Susan G. Komen.[2249]

Type: Non-profit

Before You Donate to a Cancer Research Charity 

Donating to a worthy cause is an awesome thought and one that can truely make a difference. However, that means ensuring that the non-profit or foundation that you are giving to is legit and checks out. Always do your homework before opting to make a financial contribution.  

There are websites that you can utilize that are designed to help you make a wise and beneficial choice: www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/ and GuideStar.org are just a couple to help get you started. Both sites may show you where the charities fall with meeting or exceeding standards, give a little history on the research charity itself and potentially provide reviews on the charity and its operations. 

If You Plan to File a Tax Deduction for the Donation 

Make sure that proper records and receipts are kept for monies that have been given in order to write it off on your end of year taxes. Canceled checks or account statements can often be adequate for donations of $250 or less. For amounts over $250 a donation receipt signed by the charitable organization showing that there was no "benefit" to the donor in exchange for monies is necessary.